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Another Time and Place

Finally, we were here. The place of our destination. The opportunity had been given to come and be the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Alpine Motel Arthur’s Pass, and we had grabbed it with both hands.My darling dearest had suggested he take time off from his work and we make a holiday/road trip for two […]

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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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Stairway To Heaven

Mending Achilles and Cape Palliser are not two things that should automatically go together. This stairway to Heaven has 250 nearly vertical steps leading to the lighthouse atop a rocky outpost at the southeastern corner of the North Island. New Zealand can boast some very rugged country and this is amongst it. Not hard to […]

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Surrender

We found this fallen tree trunk in the Opepe Forest. Trying to get a good photo as reference to paint it, I stepped on it trying to get over and found myself right through it. It had truly surrendered.  But it was in it’s surrender that it had given light to the other young trees […]

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Bush Baby

I love the way nature looks after the weak and the young. These bush babies were found nestled among the roots of the magnificent Kahikatea on one of our walks in the Kaimanawa ranges. A few years from now and these young Lancewoods will in turn be giving shelter to other young trees. here’s the […]

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Morning Light

What is your favourite time of day? I wouldn’t call myself a great morning person, but I do love the morning light. It has a beauty all of it’s own. Enough to make it worth getting out of bed for…most of the time. The dog, however, is a great morning, noon and night ‘person’ when […]

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Kindness Just Blew In

Strong winds, rain and more wind… But we went away anyway. Eager as a beaver we were down to the beach with the dog leading the way, excitement oozing out of her. Zipping the jacket right up to the chin, we braced ourselves against the elements and off we went. It was easy one way, […]

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Neath the Pongas

Walking in the Kaimanwas on a winter’s afternoon wrapped up all warm against the cold, I found myself looking eagerly for the sunny spots where the sun managed to get through the trees. I was after any warmth possible. Here, ‘neath the Pongas, was a gorgeous sunny spot enveloping us in a kaleidoscope of colour. […]

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The Blessing of Boots

On wet winter days I would come home  with feet soaked and cold from walks with the dog.She didn’t seem fazed but I wasn’t finding it too exciting. My darling dearest woke up one Saturday morning and announced that we were going shopping for a new pair of tramping boots (hiking for those of other more demure […]

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Always Thankful!

Don’t you just love those cold mornings when the dog takes a dump and you gotta pull off your gloves cause you are fighting with those wretched doggie bags that stay stuck together at the top not letting you in? Wind ripping through your trousers… had to do it on the top of a hill, […]

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