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Just in Time

Yep, we were definitely just in time! Just in time for our trip to Auckland to spend time with our kids before the country goes back into lockdown. Being grateful for things working out well… that hubby and I didn’t end up separated in different parts of the country, that we had this time together […]

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What a Glorious Time! Pt. 4

Waking to another glorious day, I headed off with dogs all keen, to enjoy the morning sun on the freshly washed beach. That early morning sun on the beach is the elixir of life for me. I love it! However, it can be quickly drained away when rascally dogs don’t come when called. It is […]

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What a Glorious Time Pt.3

Monday came up gray and cold. I guess it is winter after all. A very bitter southerly straight from Antartica. The locals were saying they had never seen it so cold. BUT, I had a dream and the show must go on. Surely us Tauponians could handle this?! I say ‘us’ because two painting buddies […]

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What a Glorious Time Pt.2

The storm has passed and we are back at Thornton Beach. We’d packed up the day before so that we could leave early and get straight into it, but on arrival I had such a severe case of the munchies that, while my darling unpacked, I had the cooker out and cooked us up a […]

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What a Glorious Time!!!

Wow! Wow! and Wow! What a glorious time it has been. A dream has come to pass. It has begun and I couldn’t be happier. It’s as if my inside has been filled up with total joy and excitement. This dream? To go plein air painting. But not just to paint any ol’ thing, but […]

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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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Over-Sized

Waipehi Reserve Track Latitude: -38.881030 Longitude: 175.971257 Mind wandering as I drove to today’s destination I replayed my Mum telling me “He was doing a little wiggle, all excited that he could fit into one of his old shirts,”.  She was so excited for his success. And why not be excited when you have worked […]

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Magic Remedies

Hinemaiaia River Latitude: -38.8499966 Longitude: 176.0166666 It’s been two weeks since we went out sketching together…my fault entirely as I had given myself a concussion after having an altercation with a garden pot, and then got a bout of the prevailing flu. Finally, though,  we were off on another adventure and I, for one, was […]

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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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