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Gardening of a Different Kind

“Make a list of the jobs you’d like some help with and I will give you four days over Easter to get as many as possible done”. What a gift! It wasn’t hard to think of them. If I can chip away at something and do it myself, I will, but there are some jobs […]

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‘To My Dear and Loving Husband’

This week I heard about a mid-seventeenth century poet called Ann Bradstreet. Ann lived in the new world (now the United States of America) and was the first, not just woman but person, to have a book of poems published there. In her book was a poem entitled ‘To my Dear and Loving Husband’. If […]

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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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The Gentleman

gentleman ˈdʒɛnt(ə)lmən/ noun 1. a chivalrous, courteous, or honourable man. Although I am quite capable of getting my bike out of the garage by myself, that chivalrous man keeps doing it for me…His kind favours in my direction. A little love gift each time we go riding together. His considerate behaviour has not gone unnoticed. […]

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Intimacies With Another

Though it wasn’t as rough as on the day the Wahine went down, nor the last time we had crossed between the North and South Islands of our beautiful New Zealand, it was still far from calm. I tried so hard to keep it together…looking out the window, taking my jacket off to stay cooler, […]

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Sing, Sing A Song

He might be a bolshy little fellow in his bright orange suit of feathers but, oh my, he can sing a great song. Seems to start with the cover coming off his cage until it goes back on at night. Personally, I LOVE it. My family, however, aren’t quite so thrilled. Perhaps they just don’t […]

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Sunbathing Beauties

The warmth of the sun just oozes out of Sunflowers. It’s as if they are face forward and palms out sunbathing. Absorbing all those glorious rays and sharing them with us all in the sunburnt colours we love so much. Sharing the love! This study of three sunflowers is done in graphite and charcoal. Charcoal […]

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Be My Valentine

Looking up from the closing prayer I saw her standing by the door…waiting for us to finish. With a dash of willpower and a big breath she moved forward… “Would you like to be my valentine?” she asked the first. “For me?!” came the surprised reply. They take the red rose extended. She moved to […]

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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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The Calling Card

Coming to, I was greeted with the sound of gentle dove coos. Laying there with eyes still closed just listening and drinking in the moment. I love doves. My dad built me an aviary when I was a girl and I had four white turtle doves. The bobbing and cooing are all tied up in […]

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