Saturday, August 9, 2014

Christchurch's Own Tropical Jungle Conservatory

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Since the 2011 Earthquake the Hagley Park botanical conservatory- Cunningham House has been closed for earthquake repairs...and now it's finally open again! This was one of my favourite little places to escape to in Christchurch, like a tropical oasis in our wintery city, So Andrew and I made some time last weekend on a beautiful sunny afternoon to visit the reopened building. 
Cunningham House was originally opened in 1923. In the early days of Christchurch's establishment it was a very "English" city, so the pioneers brought with them British gardening traditions. Cunningham House is a good example of this; The Victorians used to make exhibitions out of exotic, far away curiosities including ancient artefacts, taxidermy animals, objects and botanics. This era of thinking is evident in the building in its tall airy windows and layout so the plants can be looked at like a museum exhibit. It's such a beautiful collection of tropical jungle plants that you wouldn't normally find growing in cold Canterbury! 
In a nod to monumental buildings, I wore my Renaissance chapel tights which reminded me a little of the structure of the conservatory (Minus the winged cherubs!) The airy white blouse is vintage, belonging to my Mum in the 80's (Thanks Mum!) I love it because I can wear it loose and baggy or tie it into a crop top. I'm always trying to incorporate at least one retro/ vintage/ op-shop item into my outfit...This blouse looks so chic you can hardly tell that it's from the 80's! I look for any excuse to wear a hat and it was such a sunny winter day outside that I needed it! Bring on the beautiful spring sunshine!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christchurch March Against Factory Farming

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I normally keep 'politics' and my blogging completely separate, but animal welfare is so close to my heart and too big a problem in New Zealand not to ignore. 
 Today Andrew and I went along to our first ever protest march! These marches against factory farming happened all around New Zealand today; here in Christchurch I was so impressed with the massive turnout; Every corner we turned, you couldn't see the end of the massive line of people as far as the eye could see!...It's times like these that I am so proud to be a kiwi girl, because people care so much! 
 I spent my Friday afternoon making a protest sign whilst getting some funny looks in the design suite as I photoshopped the Prime Ministers face in egg yolk! This was all for a great cause however; loopholes within the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act ensures that where there is money to be made, most standards go out the window and this ensures abuse and cruelty towards farm animals. It is time politicians listen to its citizens when we say that things drastically need to change. 
 We live in a country where over 100 million animals every year suffer in pain, fear, filth and abuse before making it to our plates. Chickens, pigs and other intensively farmed animals are confined to tiny cages with literally no room to move at all. These are intelligent, thinking, feeling beings full of personality and life. No living creature deserves to live and die like this. This is not farming, this is not commerce, this is cruelty and abuse. 
SAFE are far better at telling you in a nutshell what is really happening in our farming industry than I am, so head over to their website and have a look. If animal abuse doesn't sit well with you, please think hard about what it is you are putting in your mouth. There are more wallet friendly free range pork and egg products on supermarket shelves, so read the labels carefully when you are out shopping. Another option is trying a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle like I do- I have a clean conscience with every bite I take! Last but not least, Animals have no voice, so we have to speak up for them...The biggest way you can do this is by checking out different political parties animal welfare policies, and making your vote count this election year :)
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