This is the wonderful place where I live and this video shows our spirit and friendliness
Good morning everyone. I am lucky to be nice and warm inside as outside it is vey cold wet and windy today. At least we are not snowed in like a lot of the rest of New Zealand.
I am exercised to write today because there was an item on the news last night and in the paper this morning about taxing our food! This upsets me because we are becoming such a Nana state and no one takes responsibility for what they do. The answer to everything seems to be tax it!. I have to explain to those of my followers in the rest of the world that all our food is already taxed at 15% GST so why more? The excuse proponents use is that it worked for smokers and has dropped the numbers of smokers and saved many dollars in health so they think they should tax dairy food, eggs and meat as they have fat in them, of course salt and sugar has also been mentioned and fast food. these taxes will supposedly stop obesity and mean savings in our Health budget.
My real concern is that we need these food groups to survive ( smoking is a choice eating is not) I also know that now I am on a limited income I do not eat meat every day as I can not afford to it is already quite expensive. I do enjoy eggs as they hold all essential proteins, fats and vitamins. dairy I eat a little of but that’s because I have never liked milk even as a child. There are many people in New Zealand that are on fixed incomes or low incomes that can not afford good quality food now like fresh vegetables fruit and meat so imagine what taxes will do. we will have anemic people who will have no energy or strength to get up and move will that help.
I firmly believe that there are many other underlying reasons why people in the western world are becoming so obese, the highly processed food, the opportunity to get fast food, the fact that portion sizes have got bigger and bigger and the additives to food must all play a part. I feel that there is too much emphasis on the way we look and modern social media does not help in this. The dietary businesses makes huge money from our need to get “slim” and fit in.
I think we all need less stress in our lives, less seeking of “happiness’ and instead seek contentment with our lives and getting back to the simpler ways of living. If we were all able to achieve this maybe the world would be a healthier and better place.
Fourteen years ago I moved to my home on a small street in a country town. A little while later my neighbour popped over to say hello and also invited me to a street “get together” they were organising. What a great way to meet all my new neighbours. It was fun casual and every one contributed to the meal. Over the past years these parties have continued children have grown up , parents have got older and of course some people moved and new ones came. We usually gather in summer and then in winter so a couple of weeks ago I decided it must be time and I dropped an invitation into 6 letterboxes.
It is always a potluck situation and as I prepared my dishes and tidied up the house ( great incentive having visitors ) I wondered how many would be available to come. I had replies from four couples and discovered one neighbour was away overseas in Cyprus ( must catch up with her when she gets back) .
The. Night was cold but what a lovely warm atmosphere as we gathered together and caught up with everyone’s news and life happenings. You see while we always wave and say a quick hello we rarely sit and chat except at these parties. Conversation flowed back and forth , laughter and smiles as stories were related of past events. Sad stories also about pets who had passed on and elderly parents causing concern around their health.
The best thing was that no one was tapping away on cellphones we were all talking and focussing on each other. It was so refreshing and reminded me that the art of conversation is so important. I find it so intrusive,exclusive and down right rude when people do not put their phones aside when you are talking to them or at a table enjoying a meal. This is my grouchy moment!
Back to the party as everyone headed home they were deciding who would host the next one and let’s not leave it so long ……… I went to bed that evening in a warm contented glow.