No Sting at Onga Onga

I and several others are partial to a drive in the country and a pub lunch. Last Sunday spring was in the air.  (That didn’t last.  It’s 7C, the wind even sounds cold, and I’m told the snow is low on the surrounding hills – I’m not going […]

True Love in America

Suzanne Lenglen, from France,  was a world class tennis player almost a hundred years ago. Never heard of her? Me neither. Not until I was researching this post. It turns out she and I have a lot in common. (Note to my kids: if you’re reading this – […]

How flat can a valley be?

“The beauty of travel, as of love or terror, is that it regularly turns all your ideas on your head and reminds you that you really know nothing at all.”  Pico Iyer I’m used to a land crunched up on itself. The force of two tectonic plates grinding together […]

This aside is an announcement

This aside is an announcement! Coming soon: the adventures of a Kiwi AFSer. Yep, you read it correctly. Inspiration has struck and the ideas are flowing. The series will be haphazard, unpredictable, and short-lived. But, hey, it’ll be all mine. What better way to celebrate the centenary of […]