Doing the Duckboard Walk for Whitebait / Inanga

In the eastern Bay of Plenty a small river runs beside the road towards the estuary, creating a swampy area edged with rushes and mangroves and flax. Many people thought it a waste of space, good for nothing. But Margaret and Stuart Slade who operate Cheddar Valley, their handmade pottery business across the road, thought otherwise. … More Doing the Duckboard Walk for Whitebait / Inanga

Wide open spaces

Celebration time! I’ve sold my house by the beach that I’ve owned for 25 years. Now I have the wide open space of the rest of my life to decide what to do with. I have no idea where to live or how to create a supplementary income. What is my soul’s deepest desire? I … More Wide open spaces

Magical Mystical Pureora Forest Park – and Elections

POETRY: OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE Tony Chad, the editor of the  Valley Micropress, the monthly broadsheet that publishes our local poets, issued a challenge in the last issue; with the elections coming up, we need to ask serious questions, he says, about who we want to receive excessive salaries for … More Magical Mystical Pureora Forest Park – and Elections

Starting Again

It’s been a while, dear blog. Since my last entry I’ve written a fiction story of 100,00 words, a first draft, to be read and critiqued by many so I can improve it. Then I’ll ask more Beta readers to  test it again. I’ve prepared my children’s chapter book for ages 7-10, written a covering note, found … More Starting Again

House sitting in Wanganui, the gracious lady of New Zealand

My grandparents emigrated from England to Wanganui in 1904. At that time it was the cultural capital of New Zealand and they were cultured people. My grandmother was known as Madame Emily Briggs, She taught pianoforte, voice production and mandolin to the daughters and wives of wealthy farmers in the rich countryside around Wanganui. Getting … More House sitting in Wanganui, the gracious lady of New Zealand