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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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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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Pakira Marae Opening in Waitahanui

A special day was dawning so in the dark  we all gathered outside waiting to be welcomed in. The call went out and slowly the crowd moved through. We filed along with them expectant. Ipads and camera flashes illuminating the dark along with fire drums emitting both light and heat. The drone overhead capturing the […]

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Kindness in Rotorua

They offered and I accepted. And thus, we got to spend a day together travelling over to Rotorua for my appointment at the hospital. This was only Miss C’s 2nd trip to New Zealand, and her first to the North Island. I knew that she was seeing more of the country by taking me over […]

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#usksymposium From Afar

Instagram is full of them. It’s all over my Facebook. They’ve been on WGN news. And I gotta say that seeing these urban sketchers everyday, all day, is paying off and getting me all inspired. But, as beautiful as Chicago is, why go there when this place I call home is SO amazing?! It might […]

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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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