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…

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

Christmas is widdershins in New Zealand

Widdershins is an old English saying meaning ‘upside down. When the early colonists came to New Zealand in the 1880’s, they found the seasons back-to-front. Christmas was hot and July was cold, whereas they were used to it being the other way around. “It’s widdershins here in the colonies,” they wrote back Home, “and the Christmas trees … More Christmas is widdershins in New Zealand