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 […]
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.
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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 […]
Most people associate Wimbledon with tennis and some with wombles on the Common. Not many will think of the small, okay tiny, settlement in Southern Hawkes Bay. A bright spark, probably in an office somewhere in Wellington, has changed the boundaries and technically Wimbledon is now in the Tararua District. […]
Four o’clock last Saturday afternoon, the temperature was thirty plus, and on the platform at Napier Station we and everyone else sizzled from the heat and the anticipation. This was no ordinary train service. There isn’t one any more for passengers on the Napier line. We were there […]
So far it’s been a day filled with music, parades, air displays, promenades, and lots of laughs. Everyone is out to have fun. . And now we’re Otane bound. What Ho and all that.
Some might think that Otane, in Central Hawkes Bay, is about as off the beaten track as it’s possible to get. Wikipedia seems to think so. But Otane does have a school, a café, a town hall, a country pub and, on Sundays, a market. Once a year, on Waitangi Day, […]
Jill’s Scene has been off the scene since going tropical back in November. But this month sees us out and about, off the beaten track, once more. The small village of Otane, in Central Hawkes Bay, features twice. We were there on Waitangi Day – a post is […]