Nourish your hobbies

When things felt overwhelming at work this year, I found solace in playing my trusty ukulele.  It provided distraction.  It got me using my hands.  It allowed me to sing.  It made me concentrate on notes and chords. I was engrossed in an activity that felt so far removed from my day job.   Even during…

Matariki – the Māori New Year

Happy Matariki everyone! For those who aren’t aware, Matariki is the Māori name for Pleiades, an internationally recognised galactic cluster which can be viewed from anywhere in the world.  The rise of the Matariki star cluster is an important time in the Māori calendar as it signifies the Māori New Year. I love this description…

And a 1, 2, 3, 4….

In my last blog post I professed my love for playing the ukulele and today’s group performance at the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market really cemented this into my psyche. We, The Unicorns, were blessed with sunny weather and there were lots of people filtering through the market.  No pressure at all… We got stuck into…

Ukuleles and unicorns

I love alliteration.  How often can you use ‘U’ words in consecutive fashion? In case you’re wondering, I have been playing the ukulele for about seven years, firstly starting out with a bright blue Makala ukulele adorned with a smiling dolphin.  Over the years I progressed to ‘more serious’ ukuleles and contained my playing to…