It’s our latest #lovethetron roundup!
It’s our latest #lovethetron roundup!
The one where we break with tradition and add a bit of a ramble to our #lovethetron roundup
There were many points this past week where stared at our phone/tablet/computer screens in utter awe and surprise. The first time was on Monday night, on the eve of our first birthday. Earlier that day it had hit us that we would be turning a year old on the 26th of November -i.e. the next day. Somehow, amongst our collective busyness of work, travel, exams, non-fatal seasonal illnesses and so on, our first birthday had sneaked up on us and we hadn’t even realised!
And yet, just hours after we had tweeted as such, we were overwhelmed with kind messages of well-wishes and love from Hamiltonians all over the Twitterverse. The amazing Miss @georgie_pienz concocted this beautiful creation below, and organised an open-invite fête at Milk and Honey. Then the Waikato Times published this lovely piece by Paul Barlow, reflecting on a year of the #lovethetron movement. To everyone who read, tweeted, turned up at Milk and Honey, or was just generally happy this week: thank you!
Hamilton is a wonderful place, and it’s only getting better. Over the past year, we have seen many lovers of the Tron (Tronphiles?) come out of the woodwork and wholeheartedly declare their passion for the city (Hat tip: Hamilton Mafia). We have also seen many, many skeptics convert and fall in love with the place. From people and culture, to sport and nature to art and food -we have seen more sides to this city than we can count. We have seen people delight over uncovering new secrets of the city (especially places to eat cake), and we have seen people bond and make new friends over a shared love of the city. While we can’t take any credit for any of this, we feel so privileged that so many of you choose to share your stories, thoughts and photos with us. #lovethetron is your movement. Happy one year Hamilton!
Hamilton is an hour drive from anywhere you would ever need to be. In summer that means regular trips to beaches like Raglan, Mount Maunganui or up the Coromandel to escape the heat.
But how do you cool down in the city? We’ve come up with a list on ideas of how to take advantage of summer away from the waves and escape the heat.
Either in your own pool or the great public pools around town.While Hamilton’s oldest pools may be temporarily unavailable there are so many other options but the particular favourite for this time of year is anywhere outdoors like the pools at the university or Te Rapa. Swimming is not only a good way to keep up with a new years resolution but it keeps school holiday children entertained AND is an amzing way to blow off steam and cool down after work since the University pools are open until 6pm and Waterworld is open until 9pm. http://www.hamiltonpools.co.nz/index.php & http://www.uleisure.co.nz/index.cfm/1,302,0,42,html/University-of-Waikato-Pool
Summer is the best time to eat fruit and there are so many amazing providers like the blueberry shop in Garden Place which we talked about here, https://lovethetron.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/the-summer-of-the-blueberry/or the Hamilton Farmers Market https://lovethetron.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/becoming-a-locavore/. Otherwise there are great farms just outside of Hamilton where you can pick your own or my favourite, buy fruit ice-cream http://www.oldeberryfarm.co.nz/. There is nothing better than fruit to counteract the sweaty, fatigued work environment created by summertime and a faulty office air-con system.
Around the Gardens, the lake, along the river as research has shown that being outside amongst nature can improve your mood ( http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100603172219.htm ) and our City ought to be one of the happiest with the amount of walking path, parks and lush green spaces so get out there and take a quick walk in the morning, during your lunchbreak or when you come home.
We have been meaning to do this for so long and we will hopefully be posting, about our outrageously sucessful picnic, soon but in the meantime grab your friends, a rug and some cushions, a bottle of cold water with fruit in it, some bread, some cheese and finish off with pavlova and then you have yourself an amazing afternoon.
Throw in some swimming, a walk and fruit after your picnic and you have a summer’s day to surpass any spent getting burnt, covered in sand and surrounded by people at the beach. Let us know, via our Twitter (https://twitter.com/lovethetron) or below in the comments, how will you be having fun in Hamilton or elsewhere this summer?