I leave the South Island … for now

Farewell Te Wai Pounamu, it is with sadness that I leave

Yesterday morning I left.  I had followed the Picton detour signs, a reminder of an earthquakes capability, and was on the 0215 ferry to Wellington and then homeward(?) bound to Auckland.  I have spent most of 2016 with you and have grown to love who you are. Continue reading “I leave the South Island … for now”

New music to explore: Ali Handal – singer, songwriter

Music discovery … introducing Ali Handal – guitarist, singer-songwriter and cat lover

I found Ali through Good Life Project where the host, Jonathan Fields, picked up on her musical story – a women guitarist in the rock world.  At an early age Ali was enthralled by other singer-songwriters: Carole King, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney but Continue reading “New music to explore: Ali Handal – singer, songwriter”

the Awe of Lake Alta (part 2)

Lake Alta (The Remarkables, Queenstown) inspired awe within – here are the visuals

You can read part 1 of Awe and Lake Alta here.  Pictures were taken by either Craig or me.

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Looking west, on the way up The Remarkables. Left to right is Lake Wakatipu, Frankton, Queenstown Airport and the Shotover River meets the Kawarau River

Continue reading “the Awe of Lake Alta (part 2)”

the Awe of Lake Alta (part 1)

Queenstown is a fantastic place with some amazing scenery which can leave you in a state of awe

It came to me as I was walking up the ski road – the “wow” moment, the “yes! this is why I packed up my stuff and left Auckland”.  I am doing the right thing, peace and contentment surround me. Continue reading “the Awe of Lake Alta (part 1)”

Seaweed collection

This picture shows people collecting seaweed from the Timaru coast after a wild day of weather. The waves are big and the sky is blue. Mountains in the far distance have a coating of snow

the sky was blue, the air was fresh, a typical day in Timaru. Fresh snow had fallen on the mountain backdrop. The sea still showed signs of the wind from the day before. The waves roared and the pebbles grumbled. It was the best time to collect seaweed for the garden. Ted gave me some gardening tips:-

  • seaweed around the fruit trees, especially good for apple trees in clay
  • worm farms are great for recyling, the worms eat lots of things
  • diluted seawater has many minerals which the garden needs

so, time for a walk along the beach with Jock (my current dog) …