Reflections Post – on the elections for local government

Reflections in Lake Brunner, Westland             Noel at the Permablitz, Papamoa Rock Gardens Congratulations to all those people who stood up for the environment and put their name forward for the elections. They’re all winners, even if they lost. Well done to Noel Peterson of Tauranga who stood for Mayor … More Reflections Post – on the elections for local government

Te Aroha – the mountain of love and a surprise Edwardian town in the Waikato

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

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

NZ Indie Book Fair coming up in Auckland

    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

Doctor Peter’s Good Earth Magic – my first book out now

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

Exploring the outdoor art murals in Katikati, New Zealand

I’m house sitting with a stuffed grizzly bear in a small rural town called Katikati in the western Bay of Plenty New Zealand. I’m here for five months over the winter and spring, from June to October. I write children’s stories. I paint landscapes and I explore. This is an exploration story. Katikati is a … More Exploring the outdoor art murals in Katikati, New Zealand

I’m back again.

Where have I been? House sitting round the North Island of New Zealand. And writing. As the song goes,”I’ve been everywhere, man…” Napier, Wellington, Levin and Katikati, Horowhenua by the beach, on a farm and over the Bombay Hills to Auckland. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zntSv18kDYjI.kqUukHZv0ISE&hl=en I’ve trailed round the route that my character in my children’s story took on … More I’m back again.