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Hatepe

A day free of classes is a wonderful excuse to find a new place to walk and explore. Nylah is always keen. We’ve been in our new house for just over 2 months now so today we decided to go south…well, Nylah didn’t decide. She’s the dog and happily goes where ever I choose. Over […]

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The Best Job ever!

It’s true. I REALLY do have the best job EVER!!!!! That’s if you can call it a job, cause most of the time I find it just pure pleasure, and today was no exception. We had decided a couple of days before that we were going to do it, so we jumped out of bed […]

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Sun-Filled Days of Summer

In between the storms rolling through you have to make the most of every sunny day. This week has been no exception. So, the dogs and I spent the afternoon at the beach on Lake Taupo, while the storm brewed further south. The wind was excellent at whipping up some waves that were pretty impressive […]

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New Toys

New toys in the art studio are SOOO exciting! And this trip to the art store saw me bringing home a set of Winsor and Newton watercolour markers. Hamilton is a town around the river and so there always seems to be a bridge waiting to be drawn. As you can see the markers are […]

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Coming Up Roses

I’ve fallen off the bandwagon just a tad with my grateful drawings… not that you don’t already know that 😛 I’ve still been making my daily lists of things I am grateful for but haven’t been putting the time into the drawing side…could claim too many other things but we all have a choice every […]

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What If…

‘Let’s go out Plein Air painting’, he said. He was gently coercing me past my fears. What if I couldn’t do it justice? What if it just didn’t work? What if I was a fraud and couldn’t paint this scenery in all it’s majesty? What if…? What if…? What if…?I’ve heard the talks on not […]

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Canterbury Plains

What a fun night! Fire roaring keeping our faces all rosy pink even after we derobed our hats, scarfs, jackets, etc., at the door. Pete’s fabulous baking to nibble on between strokes. Arthur’s Pass Alpine Motel were wonderful hosts. Fi had everyone laughing and feeling welcome. Chatter flowing freely. Enthusiasm abounding as they all tried something […]

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Shifting Suns

Our many years living close to the Equator had taught us new sun patterns. Gone were the longer sunrise and twilight zones. It all happens in a matter of minutes up there catching many visitors out as they linger on thinking they still have time before nightfall. But, already three years back in our beloved […]

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Acquiesced to My Request

I love the dictionary meaning of this word… ACQUIESCE: (simple definition) to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing (intransitive verb) to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively …and that is exactly what my darling dearest did when we arrived in Wellington with an hour to spare. He kindly […]

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Tauhou

Waxeye… Whiteeye… More correctly, Silvereye. So common here in New Zealand. But what I did not realise was that it was not known here before the 1830’s. It was believed to have blown in from Australia, thus the Maoris called it ‘Tauhou’ which means ‘Stranger’ or ‘New Arrival’… good name, guys! Don’t be a stranger…click […]

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