Tag Archives: New Zealand

Bay Watch

On the South Island coast I’m on the alert for local fauna.  My first sighting is a sea lion flinging an octopus about in Blueskin Bay.  That dark shape in the water is the sea lion’s head, octopus dangling from … Continue reading

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A box of birds

“A box of birds” means happiness. One morning two weeks ago my sister-in-law Clare, Matthew and I sit outside at Blueskin Nurseries Café in Waitati.  Clare suggests taking us to Orokonui Ecosanctuary just up the hill as we all love … Continue reading

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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now

It doesn’t matter what the weather turns on in New Zealand.   Blue sky and sunshine can be delightful but clouds add drama to a landscape.  My first post of photos from a two week trip in March celebrates the beauty … Continue reading

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Small Country, Big Heart

Matthew and I have just returned from 12 days in the South Island of New Zealand.   Though we have traveled globally over the years, our country of birth never fails to inspire us.  I invite you to partake in some … Continue reading

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Christchurch: Now’s Good

When is a good time to visit Christchurch? In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch suffered catastrophic earthquakes. It still hasn’t recovered.  You can see huge empty spaces right in the city centre. Perhaps you should have visited prior to 2010. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Nothing but Flowers

Down beside the Avon river there used to be genteel houses set among lush gardens.  I used to think that if I lived in Christchurch, I would like to live in one of these old houses.   Now look.  The … Continue reading

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“Have You Been to New Zealand?”

I have just listened to Marc Maron interview Sir Ian McKellen on Maron’s podcast “WTF”(Episode 621, 20th July 2015).  Here is a snippet of their conversation which I faithfully wrote down in my journal. Sir Ian McKellen: “Have you been to … Continue reading

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