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Chasing adventure slowly

I don’t know who was more keen to get a “safari car”. Max, my nearly 5 year old, or me.

Max developed a very rare talent, at a very early age. He has the remarkable ability to identify a “safari car”, otherwise known as a Land Rover Defender, if it even enters his distant periphery.

For Max a safari car represents adventure. Something he and I want to chase more intentionally this year.

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6 months with Malakai

These past 6 months have been a whirlwind. A work trip to Germany and then Canada. A very noisy, messy house renovation. And 3 months of “colic”, that was fortunately followed by another 3 months getting to know a gentle, happy, smiling little Malakai.

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Sir Basil the great

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Hold a tennis ball behind the camera and he’ll hold this pose all day long…

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Grand Meetup 2016

The craziness of the Automattic Grand Meetup is now behind us. An action packed week of workshops, classes, town halls, flash talks, team building activities and tasty meals over good conversation with new work colleagues.

It really is a surreal week. Throughout it you are completely overwhelmed by the scale of it all – borderline burned out by the constantly busy schedule. Burnout likely influenced by the 30 hour commute to Canada and a 9 hour time difference… Looking back at it you realise how special and unique this diverse team, distributed company and unforgettable experience is.

I lugged about 10kgs of camera equipment from Cape Town to Whistler, Canada for the trip. Very excited about being in such a photogenic part of the world. I ended up taking a measly amount of photos 🙁 Below are a few of them.

Thanks to Donncha for the company photo. Some more of my snaps on Instagram.

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Taking a gondola to work

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This week I’m at the Automattic Grand Meetup in Whistler, Canada. We are nearly 500 co-workers from all corners of the world congregating for one week of the year in one place.

Today I’m at the top of Whistler mountain working on a WooCommerce town hall presentation and discussing a 3 year plan for our division. Just a regular day at our remote office…

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(Free internet at the top of the mountain, 10 times faster than my home internet…)

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Cape Sugarbird

I’ve never been a big bird watcher, but sitting in a wild garden watching an assortment of birds feeding off the local fynbos is quite therapeutic. And wildly colourful.

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Hermanus by night

We spent last weekend in Hermanus – a seaside town our family love to escape to as often as possible. It’s also the place we got married, and a town known for it’s incredible whale sightings.

I rented a Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens and enjoyed spending a few hours one evening trying to capture the coastline and starry skies. Hermanus is often misty and there was a lot of cloud cover for the most part of the weekend. Night skies are a challenging subject matter and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the process and eerie outings.

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WooTrip Berlin

The day after WooTrip is always a nostalgic one. Last week we were in Berlin for WooTrip 2016. 80 ninjas from all around the world.

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Perseverance

When on site we often have kids wanting to help the builders, but we’ve never seen a kid with quite the same perseverance levels as Max. He’s been doing this for hours now!

Said the foreman about our 4 year old.

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Global domination

Love our Oliver Jeffers map hanging over my desk at home. “A self-congratulatory guide to personal global domination”.

Jeffer’s picture books are some of Max and my favourite bedtime reads. Check out this fun documentary made about the artist.