I'm determined not to turn this blog into a mommy/baby blog completely so today I am writing with a few bits of news from New Zealand. Of course, I can't promise the posts won't be sprinkled with a couple of photos of Morgan but I will try to keep them relevant to the subject matter!
Last week there was a major global conservation victory. As you may have heard, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must halt its Antarctic whaling "activities". Over the years, Japan has claimed that its hunting of whales in the Southern Ocean was for scientific purposes but everyone knows they were actually eating the whale meat. Honestly Japan... did you really think we would all fall for that?
In celebration, Morgy donned one of his whale onesies (he has at least four outfits with whales on them, not including two pairs of whale socks) and did a small victory dance.
But I'm sure he wasn't the only one partying. Sea Shepherd, an international organisation which goes to all lengths to protect various marine species, would have also been claiming a massive victory. While I sometimes find their tactics in the Southern Ocean a bit reckless from a pure maritime perspective, I applaud their determination and perseverance. In this case, it's really paid off for the largest mammals on the planet and we should all be thanking them for their efforts. Sea Shepherd's ship, the Bob Barker, was docked in Wellington for the last couple of weeks in March but I didn't get down to the harbour to see it.
Meanwhile the weather in Wellington has been ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC this autumn! It's been so good we've been down the beach several times now since d-day. Of course we've got a little bit more... "baggage" to bring down but it's well worth the schlepping. We get quicker and quicker each time out of the house -- by now it probably takes us less than 20 minutes! (Naturally we'll work on reducing that cycle time even further.) Here we are at Island Bay beach, keeping an eye on a crazy Welshman who enjoys swimming out to (and climbing up!) the island.
Sadly the spell of good weather has come to an abrupt halt today, just in time for the Royal Visit to New Zealand. As you may have heard, Kate, Wills and the baby touched down in Wellington today and were welcomed at Government House in a lovely southerly. I must admit I love it when overseas heads of state land in Wellington and they come out of their planes and their hair gets blown everywhere! Welcome to my world.
The arrival sparks debate about whether New Zealand will ever abandon its current status as a constitutional monarchy and become a republic. With the Royals in town, all the pro-monarchy types are out and about and John Key has played down his opinion on when New Zealand might consider becoming a republic.
This isn't the only possible change afoot when it comes to New Zealand's national identity. You may have heard rumours that the country is even considering changing its flag. This is the current flag:
There's a whole bunch of new suggestions but I think this one is my favorite suggestion:
Anyways there will be a referendum after the election which has been scheduled for 20 September 2014. Looks like John Key will be a shoo in again this time around with the Labour Party in complete and total shambles. Sad.
So that's the news from New Zealand. Someone little is calling for me so I will leave you to ponder your feelings on the power running out of the black box for Malaysia flight 370 today. Who would have thought you could lose a whole plane this day and age?