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

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

House Sitting Adventures In New Zealand – Pet Disaster

  I’m into my fourth day house sitting and had my first pet care disaster last night. One of the cats ate the goldfish! Both of them! Not even all of them, merely had a nibble and discarded the little bodies on the carpet! Horror! Will myself or Slinky Malinki be held responsible? Here’s the … More House Sitting Adventures In New Zealand – Pet Disaster