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.

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 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