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
Happy Christmas to you, readers. I invite you to join me on a short trip around New Zealand over some Christmas days which is also my birthday. Yes, I’m a Christmas baby. Hopefully you won’t see me age between 2007 and 2011! We’ll travel from the South Island to the North Island and India. … More Christmas season in New Zealand – a photo essay
Hi reader – Yesterday, a magnificent day, I drove back from Wanganui to Wellington in the North Island of New Zealand from checking out another house sit. On top of a hill range I sat in a wide landscape, entranced by the thick silence broken only by birdsong, composing poetry for the new Age. A … More Poem for the new Age
Mt Ruapehu is the stuff of Maori legend, eruption and lahar causing death, great walks, climbing, skiing and The Chateau to stay at. In a desolate region, it has fascinated me since I was a child. I watched nearby Mt Ngaruahoe erupt in the 90’s while sinking down on my crutches into snow. (I was … More Travel theme: Transportation
Yesterday was 12.12.12 and to mark it we held a Celebration of Sound at Stonehenge Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand. It’s situated 1.5 hours drive from Wellington, the capital of NZ at the southernmost point of the North Island http://www.wellingtonnz.com/ The standing stones mark the configuration of the Southern stars, as the original in England marks … More Weekly Travel Theme – Circles
This is a now a historic photo of iconic buildings in Lyttelton, New Zealand before the earthquakes in 2010-11 devastated the port of Christchurch. The buildings are reflected in the windows of those opposite. Most of them no longer exist.
I travel and house sit, seeing new places and providing a service at the same time, living in beautiful homes for free but keeping them tidy, pull a few weeds and look after animals while the owners are away. I wrote a book last month! 50k word fiction. Now poems are popping out of me … More travel theme foliage
Now that I’ve completed writing 50k words and before editing begins, poems squashed up inside me want to come out. There’s a special tree in the back garden, four actually, that inspired this: This isn’t the tree of the poem – I find I haven’t got a photo of it yet, but this will … More Novel finished – time for poems to emerge