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Jill's Scene

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!

Where to Go? Tiko!

Last weekend, for the first time in nearly two years, our children were all together in our old family home. They are city dwellers. Currently, that means living in Wellington and Bangkok – although change is afoot, one way or another. So, what better to do than get […]

The First Hurdle

Zero to Hero: Assignment One I’ve had my blog for almost two years. I signed up in 2012. My first post was two photos of kiwi icons. Both of them food: Marmite, which is a staple in my house, and a mutton bird, which I’ve eaten only once. […]

Fame and Recognition in a Small Town

Alert: Read on at my peril – because, my friends, once you’ve read this confession you may wish to unfriend/unfollow and generally unknow me. It all happened one day last week. I was striding purposefully through town, to work. One sentence written and here’s the first confession: I […]

One Kindle and Two Books

  I’m a Kindle and, by implication, Amazon fan. My Amazon Wish List is like my very own library; one which is as wide-ranging as I want to make it. It can and does include pieces of whimsy and fantasy, literary reads, and matters for serious research. The […]

A Landmark Day

Minuscule in the blogosphere – a landmark for me. So a big thank-you to all my visitors, where-ever you are  in the world! Flags courtesy of ITA’s Flags of All Countries used with permission

Travel Theme: Pink

On The Perils of Over Preparation; Or, A Case Study in Over Excitement. In the life of an officer worker, especially during winter, black suits, black handbags, black brief cases, black laptop sleeves, and black wallets predominate. The colour conveys a certain I-expect-to-be-taken-seriously image, I suppose. But it can all […]

Travel Theme: Gardens

Earlier this week I came across the travel blog WheresMyBackpack.com.  The post I read is a tribute to gardens. And it got me thinking about the gardens I’ve visited – there’s been a few. Especially if I count all those visits to my grandparents as a kid. Without […]