Te Aroha snuggles beneath the moutain bearing the same name on the Waikato side of the Kaimai range which divides the Bay of Plenty from the Waikato. Hot springs emerge from a fault line at the base of the bush-covered mountain. The small rural town surprises me with the number of large fancy Victorian/Edwardian buildings; … More Te Aroha – the mountain of love and a surprise Edwardian town in the Waikato
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
Have you ever wished to get away from it all, get into nature and escape into solitude? Probably, and I’m there now for two weeks, minding a garden and a B&B for friends. Ohiwa Harbour between Whakatane and Opotiki, New Zealand, is a magical place to retreat and reflect. What force of nature draws … More Wilderness as therapy
The Green Wizard of Tauranga and I were having a cup of coffee when this bright idea came to mind: “What if I turned my blog into an Enviro Warrior blog of really interesting stories of people, their passion and purpose to help sustain the planet? We could make a joint effort – I … More Being an Enviro-warrior – Noel and his e-cycle
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I’m launching my first book ‘Doctor Peter’s Good Earth Magic’ at the second New Zealand Independent Writers Book Fair in Auckland this weekend. It’s at the North Shore Events Centre. There’s author signings, workshops, books for sale; a licensed cafe, Bouncy castle and pony rides. My chapter book is a fairy story with … More NZ Indie Book Fair coming up in Auckland
Exciting stuff! I’ve just picked up my first book from the printer. i’m now an Indie author, self published and independent. It’s a fairy story in a chapter book with a real live person working with the fairies to sort out their soil problems, the same problems that farmer’s have. Here’s the cover – Doctor … More Doctor Peter’s Good Earth Magic – my first book out now