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
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.
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
I’m house sitting at long, lonely lovely Himatangi Beach in the North Island of New Zealand. It is even used as a road the sand is so firm and the beach is so straight. 30 kph is the speed limit. just don’t get into a soft patch when you take the dogs for a walk … More Life’s a beach even in winter
It’s been the most wonderful summer for many of us. Months of sunshine, like we remembered when we were kids. Not good for our farmers though. Our green country is now gold. Stock have run out of feed. Cities like Wellington, our capital, are running out of water. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow,” we … More A Summer we’ll remember in New Zealand
I visited Napier this week, the city that was devastated by earthquake and fire in 1931. It was rebuilt 22 months later in the latest style – art deco. I visited the Art Deco shop near the Marine Parade which was uplifted from the seabed during the quake. As I walked in the front door, … More The Fabric of the 1930’s styles
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