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.

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

What if I fall?

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:
“What if I fall?”  “Oh my darling, what if you fly?” Do you ever ask yourself if you like the person you are? If you are who you’ve always wanted to be? Do you know who you want to be? To be honest, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago…