Here you'll find my thoughts about life, travel, books and, because I love a laugh, the occasional spoof. All this from the perspective of a small town, on an island, in a country that's too close to the Antarctic for comfort.
Nau Mai, Haere mai. Come on in!
The Gumboot Capital of The World to the Shearing Capital of The World via the Desert Road. That was the plan. Except we didn’t get as far as Te Kuiti. We got a bit distracted. And what distracted us was the iconic volcanoes, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe; the two […]
Day One : Art Deco To Gumboot Capital of the World. Instead of going troppo we’ve gone over The Annie to the Gumboot Capital of The World. Why? Because we can. Because it’s off the beaten track. And, most importantly, it’s a road like no other. And […]
Today, at Jill’s Scene, is a day in the sun for women writers but not just any women writers. To make it on to my list the posts had to make me laugh. And not a little laugh, either – it had to be a great, big belly […]
Travel Theme: Close-Up An early morning start, a taxi trip across town, the first and the most cramped tuk tuk ever, and we were in the middle of this. (The we on this trip was my husband, our daughter-in-law, both our sons and myself.) The welcome was […]
Late last night I came across a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’ve heard a lot about him. He was a magical realist. Many of my reading friends admire his writing. For myself, I haven’t had much luck with the genre. It has to do with the works […]
All my mother ever wanted was a quiet life. But with five kids, Raccy the cat, Peter the talking budgy, the family business, piano practice for me,violin practice for my sister, Dad’s trombone, my older brothers coming and going, and the baby demanding her share of attention, ours […]
Zero to Hero: Assignment 11 Today’s assignment: get out and about in the blogosphere and comment on four blogs that are new to you. Here they are, my fab four in no particular order, plus one more: Exile On Pain Street I’ve followed this blog for a few days. […]
Our Family Roll of Honour Each one an ANZAC Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. – General George S. Patton Daniel Bodley, 21 years Shepherd Killed in Action, 15 September 1916, The Somme, WWI Son of Henry and Elizabeth Bodley, Te Pohue, […]
Zero To Hero: Assignment Six Write a letter to my dream reader, the assignment said. Include techie things you’ve never done before (my paraphrase). I thought it would be the techie bits that would be the big challenge. Spotify has had me baffled up till now. And I […]