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Beautiful Bluster

Waitetoko Latitude:-38.8982 Longitude: 175.9202 She’s lived here 40 years so I guess she should know. “It’s not often like this. Got to have just the right wind direction to get these waves. Doesn’t it feel like we are at the sea?” I had to agree. Windy. Boisterous. Waves crashing over the rocks on the point. […]

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An ‘Eeyore Weather’ Day

Week 5: HATEPE Latitude: -38.856212 Longitude: 176.014326 I fell in love with the quaint cottages all grown topsy-turvy and nestled in close to each other with little lanes almost too narrow to drive down connecting them all. Once again we didn’t have enough time here to paint all I’d like to have a ‘go at’. […]

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Too Hot For LongJohns

Week 4: Waitahanui River Latitude: -37.83333 Longitide: 176.5999976 It was too hot for longjohns, but who was to know. It had been a cold wind blowing through us all for a few days, like Winter was nearly here. So we came out to sketch all prepared to ward off the cold drafts that seep through […]

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A Great Group of Birds

Latitude -38.71068303 Longitude 176.08646320 Week 3 of #360in365. (week 2 was a public holiday here in NZ, being ANZAC Day) Our destination was Kaiwaka Point. To be honest none of us have ever heard it called this, but the map had it named and Uncle Google agrees, so who are we to disagree. Kaiwaka Point […]

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Hasn’t it Been A While

Well, hasn’t it been a while since I’ve written on my blog. I wish I could say I have been sunning myself in Tahiti…don’t we all?…but, instead we have shifted into a wonderful little ‘do-er upper-er’. With no fences on some sides and rotten fences on others, we have been running since the moment we […]

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Firstborn Mama Moments

It’s a long time since I held that precious bundle in my arms and we looked into each other’s eyes. There’s been a lot of water go under the bridge since then. Over the years there have been times when I have felt akin to Pooh Bear and his friends from 100 Acre Woods as […]

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

A week of bitter winds, hail and snow. Not a week I wanted to walk the dog. How come my dog doesn’t know it’s cold and stay in front of the fire like other dogs? She even still wanted to swim, but I drew the line at that…well, the two coldest days, anyway. Those pleading […]

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Gr8ful

I am Gr8ful. Gr8ful for all the love I have been shown this week past. It started with a dinner date with my darling dearest just for two at our favourite restaurant. Plateau has been an absolute winner every time we have been there. Love the ambiance. Love the flavours. Love the company. Then the […]

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Skype and Sunsets

Walking the beach to clear my head between studying and painting all day and classes for the evening still looming. That lovely dog as keen as ever to accompany me. Dadada…dadadah Dadada…dadadah A skype call on my phone. My parents want a quick chat and then he notices the background. And I realise again how […]

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All Boxed In

No, we are NOT shifting again. Rather, it is that moment when you are all settled then decide you R.E.A.L.L.Y. need some thing from the storage. In this case, it was art books for a class tomorrow night. I’ve wanted them before but managed to do without. Tonight, that hero of mine offered to enter […]

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