Wellbeing in the Workplace

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The Aged Care organisation that I work for has a strong culture of wellness and enablement for both clients and staff.

Each month, our office has a theme that encourages team work, inclusion, communication and encourages us to regularly get away from the desk for a few minutes.

In August, the theme was “Creativity”. We had lunch time sessions on origami, doodle art, zen-tangle, paper creations, toilet roll quilling, paper clip characters. We got knotted with a team macramé challenge. Colleagues shared their own creative passions and we had fun experiencing new crafts.

This month, the theme is “Air We Breathe”. As well as breathing exercises, lunch time singing sessions, we have quick challenges to roll the dice and complete the numbered task. We each have a pot of seeds to grow through September. We are all happy to take our seedlings for a short walk outside, to blow bubbles along the balcony or beside our desks. This is the most relaxed office I have worked in 🙂

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4 years

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I haven’t posted much in recent weeks. I haven’t read other blogs. Life has been busy and hobbies have dropped by the wayside for a while. I’m hoping that longer days and the start of spring will give me renewed enthusiasm for blogging and taking photos.

It’s now 4 years since I started this blog. Initially as a way of sharing news and photos with family and friends back in the UK, as we moved to Tasmania. I had no idea how enjoyable blogging would be, how many friendships would grow from this online community.

It is also 4 years since I started taking a “photo a day”. Some photos represent my day, others relate to a daily prompt from an online PAD Group. There have been lots of blue skies and bright colour days during these happy years.
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PAD collage 4 years-2Just glancing at this collage is bringing back joyful memories of ordinary days and special days. I’m feeling inspired for another twelve months of photos and blogging 🙂

Antarctic Festival

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Over a century ago, a ship sailed into Hobart harbour. Roald Amundsen, walked up Elizabeth Street to the General Post Office and sent a telegram to the King of Norway, announcing the success of the first expedition to reach the South Pole.

Hobart has had a close association with the Antarctic ever since and this weekend, hosted the Australian Antarctic Festival, sharing information about the great southern continent and ongoing research.IMG_6959

Marine research ship “Investigator” was open to the public.

So was the Australian Ice Breaker ship “Aurora Australis”. It was fascinating to tour both ships, hear about their work, talk to crew and scientists who have sailed to Antarctic and lived on the ice for months at a time.Hobart is their home port and we regularly see both ships sailing in and out.

There was a photo exhibition, penguins and huskies. I loved the cut out penguins decorated by 8,000 school kids across the country.IMG_7071IMG_7070IMG_7073IMG_7072

Celebrating July

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It’s the end of another month. July has been a month of celebration…. Our 30th wedding anniversary, a mini break, a new job. We decorated our drift wood tree and wine was consumed.IMG_E6643IMG_E6280

I have lots to learn in the Aged Care organisation where I now work , including how to drive this rather scary photo copier machine! IMG_6689The office is in a good location near Kangaroo Bay.IMG_E6604

On weekends I’ve relaxed by walking on the beach and balancing pebbles.IMG_6176DSC02122

It’s been a mix of mild sunny days yet with snow on the mountain. There are flowers in bloom.IMG_6673DSC01722

Tasmania loves any excuse for a public winter bonfire. The annual “Festival of Voices” concluded with “The Big Sing”, an outdoor stage, various choirs, singers, everyone joining in. All keeping warm near two huge bonfires.

The Mid-Winter Festival also involved bonfires, local food and wine, cider, wassailing the apple orchards, Morris dancing.

As life settles down, I hope to have more time for blogging, to post and to read other people’s posts. This is my contribution to Su’s Changing Seasons.

Round the World Yacht Race 2017-2018

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Last December we had the privilege to see all of the Round the World Yacht Race competitors in Hobart.

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This weekend the race was won by “Visit Sanya” when the yachts arrived back in Liverpool, UK, after eleven months at sea. “Visit Seattle” came in second place.

History has been made, as both these boats were skippered by women. Australian, Wendy Tuck, aged 53, became the first women to win any round the world yacht race. British skipper, Nikki Henderson, aged 25, took second place.

Congratulations to both women and all the teams involved.

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