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Camping for Two

Sun beating down… My darling dearest asleep on a stretcher under the tree… Me lazily watching the breeze blow through the towels and togs (swimming gear) hung  between the branches. Us all cooled down from a dip in the lake. Ah! Camping for two. Lake Rere Whakaaitu you are working for us!!!! #Grateful  

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Drawing with Graphite

Drawing with Graphite is fun, easy and inexpensive…what’s not to love?! They are small enough that you can keep a set of pencils and paper in your handbag for all those little moments when you find yourself waiting for five minutes at the bus stop or for a meeting to begin. One tutor told of sketching […]

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All in a Vacuum

They’ve gone. After all the noise and activity  of this Christmas holiday period they are gone. Within three days the nest was vacated. And I am all in a vacuum. But very grateful for those Boxing Day Sales that had each of them sent on their way with a new vacuum cleaner to start life […]

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Bonded

Fulfilling my promise to draw them as a baby, I was not at all surprised that he chose this photo. Yes, these two have been bonded since the day they met…my darling dearest and son number one. He’s taller than his daddy now, but still proudly following in his footsteps. Embarking on the same career […]

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A Clean Sweep

It wasn’t a New Year’s Resolution, though it should have been. Rather, a gift given to me that I was most grateful for. Tech-savvy daughter home for the holidays between uni courses and I am the grateful recipient of a cleaned, organised and backed up computer. But not only my computer, but also ipad and phone. […]

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Orthotics

The reducing of pain from a pair of good orthotics is a gift that brings enormous amounts of gratefulness from my body AND emotions. I confess to not always being the most patient of patients, so I am sure that this reduction in my pain will have spin-offs of gratitude from my family as well. To […]

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Treats in Store

I am terrible at remembering birthdays. It is not unheard of for me to have finally got the present in a rush and a flurry and then realised too late that I had no wrapping or card, The kids all laugh and tell stories of how Mum wraps presents in teatowels or dressing gowns. Once […]

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Delightfully Delish

It was taking a while for her to peruse the dress shop. I had decided to stay in the car so we could keep the windows down keeping the car cooler for the dog. We don’t have this dress shop in our town so we were happy to wait. No one was fazed. And she […]

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Game On!

The suggestion was made and everyone was up and ready. “Wanna have a round?” Daughter laughing  all fun and happy. Son quietly taking us all on. Grandma sitting on the sidelines watching the play while wearing a smile. Granddad bouncing light and nimble at the ready. And that darling dearest of mine in his element enjoying […]

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Touches of Rosemary

When your 24 year old son offers to cook you a roast, you accept. All afternoon we had been smelling those scrumptious odours…tantalizing! He even made the gravy himself using all the juices from the bottom of the pan…Mama taught him good! The call went out that dinner was ready and we were all scurrying […]

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