Classical Flower Arrangement

The Mozart Collection

When it comes to arranging flowers; modern is not always best! Sometimes a classical approach to the art is more appropriate. This what a classical person like Mozart would like to see in a flower arrangement? He certainly would not approve of the modern glitzy foil covered colored boxes that are often used today. I love this image, it symbolizes exactly what i am talking about. A single flower variety used in a mass colourful arrangement often gives a more opulent and pleasing impression. AFD offers a range of online flowers for australia delivery in both modern and classical style, the same can be said for FNZ whom also offer the same service. An interesting side note is that one of the major searches for florists is order flowers online cheap! While the seniment of “Cheap” is common and often used in many product searches, it is really “Value” people are searching for not cheap which is often associated with “Nasty”.

Statue of Mozart with a Treble Clef in front

Circle is a New Zealand Online Flower Delivery website with a beautiful range of classical and modern style arrangements to suit any occasion. To state the obvious there are many reasons to send someone flowers. But did you know that it has been proven to actually help when someone is down or feeling sick.  In a study looking at the responce to recieving gifts ( full source here ScienceBlogs.com )

  • 147 women were found via supermarket ads.
  • Study about “normal moods during the day.”
  • Given 1 of ten gifts – not told which though.
  • They were phoned to assess their life satisfaction or mood.
  • Ten days later, 2 peopled delivered the gift.
  • Flowers to One third.
  • Fruit Gift Basket to One third.
  • A candle to One third
  1. A group of impartial volunteers chose the gifts to be of equal value and appeal.
  2. The fear some have of weight gain kept chocolate out of the gift choices.
  3. One tester gave the gift, and the other noted their reaction.
  4. The tester had no idea which of the items a person was going to receive.

Although everyone did smile with most of the gifts, there were much higher real smiles from the flower bouquets than any other category…….

In a subsequent test

  • A person stood inside an elevator and handed a flower, pen, or no gift to people as they entered.
  • When they were given nothing;  only 50% of the time the tester was holding a wicker flower gift basket.
  • They also initiated a conversation.
  • 60 men and 62 ladies entered the lift.
  • A 2nd tester noted 4 different things, did they:
  1. Smile.
  2. Stand close
  3. Speak
  4. look

at the tester. These 4 observations were collated into a score from 0 to 9.
Both sexes scored much higher in social behavior if they received flowers compared not receiving a gift or being given a pen.
Noteworthy is that the lowest scores were received when flowers were seen but not given – So being given flowers affects social behavior and mood, not just the sight of them.

Flowers make you happy

Happier with Flowers

A final study, a group of women in rest homes received one, two or three flower bouquets over 2 weeks. They were then interviewed before and after the experiment

women who received the flowers had much better moods after the 2 weeks. The level of happiness or lack of depression directly correlated to the number of bouquets they were given – the more the happier!

Tours Enjoyed By Kingston and Frank

Kingston & Frank Go Fishing In NZ

Firstly we tried it alone and just fished of the wharf in Russell. Lots of people do it and a few we spoke to caught good Snapper. On the second day at the wharf a boat called 4 Reel cam in and dropped of 5 very happy looking Brits. But before they left the owner sat chatting to the group while he filleted the biggest and most Snapper I had seen since visiting New Zealand!

That was it we were hooked haha. So after the group left we went over and introduced ourselves to the owner and captain of 4 Reel Fishing Charters in Bay of Island – Carl. He is a pretty laid back guy and soon had us enthused enough to join the afternoon trip he had booked; he seemed happy to increase the group size from 2 to 4 with Franklin and I joining them.

We set off just after lunch and Carl explained that the legal size and Number for Snapper allowed per person had just changed. The limit is now 30 cm’s and we are allowed 7 each Ha – still too many for us in our Maui Motorhome. After catching livies (what he called live bait) we headed to the spot he said “guaranteed us a good feed”. After a safety brief and a few instructions as to “what works” we lowered out lines equipped with a “livie” and wam within 30 seconds I kid you not we all had bites and 2 of us including me :-) were winding up our first good sized Snapper.

Needless to say we had a great afternoon and caught way more than out motorhome fridge could support – Carl said don’t worry “I have heaps of people that will happily take what you don’t want. What a day!!! [Edit] last I looked there is a picture of me holding my first Snapper here [End Edit]

 

Kingston Canoes The Wanganui River

Canoe trip with Yeti

I don’t have my motorcycle licence so I left that for Frank. I briefly thought about taking flying lessons in Taupo, I do want to learn to fly – but it’ll have to wait. But look what i discovered; can you imagine how beautiful it is to drift along through one of New Zealand’s national parks surrounded by amazing native trees, plants and flowers? Well let me tell you that my trip with Yeti Tours in Ohakune was a highlight of my time in New Zealand! I chose the guided tour where they look after everything for you. We did pass another group that just hired canoes from Yeti but I feel my choice was better – you can’t beat local knowledge eh! Also having all your meals cooked for you just makes it feel more like a holiday – to me anyway. I would highly recommend this type of tour, you do not need to be very fit either, most of the time the current keeps you moving. There are a few spots where you need to put in a burst though so you can’t expect an armchair ride haha.

 

Franklin Does A Motorbike Tour

As I mentioned above I don’t have my licence, however Frank doesn’t like writing so I’ll give you a second hand view of his trip. He chose MCR motorcycle tours to go with because they have older style “cool bikes”. He chose a Triumph T100 Bonneville as his weapon of choice to travel with and left the garden city Christchurch (Hagley park was full of spring flowers) well equipped with a GPS to explore SOME (Its huge) of the open space in the lower part of the South Island. One thing Frank mentioned is the open smooth roads are almost mesmerizing and he had to keep reminding himself that there are risks riding a bike :-). Queenstown was a highlight as was Te Anau – he likes lakes haha.

Anyway once I convince my mate to actually write something; we may get a few more details. Thanks for reading.