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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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Painting Moments

All lined up waiting in your queue for the boarding call…what to do? Sketch! Cars all sitting nicely still in rows while I look at perspective and ratios. Little water jars sitting serenely on the dashboard awaiting my brush. No hurry. “Keep it loose”, she had said. I try. My darling dearest with eyes closed […]

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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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Whanganui Detours

The Desert Rd was closed due to all that wonderful snow that had been sent at my request. So, around the western side of the mountains we went enjoying places we had picnicked at during the Summer months now all covered in freezing white.We drove past trees packed with fresh snow driven against one side. […]

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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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Soft Falling Snow

Finally the moment had arrived. All the preparing, arranging and packing had been done. Little notes were stuck to appropriate places around the house so that birds would not be forgotten, dogs would be cared for, plants would be watered and still alive on our return. The car had been checked over for oil, water […]

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Huka Falls

This was my choice of painting destination…the amazing Huka Falls. I was excited. Arriving at the arranged time at the top lookout I got myself organised and ready. Enthusiasm was flowing. Excitement for the next two hours of en plein air painting with Trevor Dowman, an amazing mentor. “Be bold”, I told myself. I tried. […]

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Avalanche

Clever daughter had been giving me photography lessons. “Sit on the rocks and use your knees as a tripod,” she had been telling me. “You get great movement shots of the water.” It had seemed such a long way down to the ground after all our sitting in the car that I declined the offer for […]

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If It Weren’t For Ya Gumboots…

An unexpected road trip with Jo is always going to be filled with fun and laughter. She is the Queen of Disney Princess music and her theatrical bent and gorgeous voice have you singing along before you know it…Okay, it might have been just my finger tapping on the steering wheel but I was definitely […]

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Autumn Watch

A normal morning walk with the dog was all set up to be nothing but normal until… Until I heard that quiet voice telling me to take my camera. I hesitated. The dog was already doing circles in the back of the car all eager and excited, and I had a list of things to accomplish […]

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