War Memorial Museum Visit

A visit to the War Memorial Museum in Auckland was long overdue when I ventured there last week. It has been years since I last visited. Within moments I regretted this. What an amazing place full of interesting items. It would have been easy to spend a whole day or even longer there, but the visit was limited to only hours. My visit coincided with the exhibition “Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour”. Most of the afternoon was spent … Continue reading

A Proud Moment

It was a very proud moment and an honour to attend a function at St John’s Theological College recently. The occasion was the College’s annual Powhiri which among other highlights included the graduation of our son with his Diploma in Christian Studies. This is the beginning of a long period of study he intends to continue. I hope the next few years will go as well for him as last year did. It was a hot and muggy day on … Continue reading

Weather Can Be Cruel

Weather Can Be Cruel when we least expect it. Like now. Its summertime. Sunshine, blue skies, bbqs and beach visits. In the northern half of New Zealand we’re okay. Although we do face drought conditions. The days are hot and muggy and yes, to my mind, beautiful. But then, I love the heat. If the temperatures sneak up above “normal”, I hope I never complain. However in the southern reaches of our lovely island nation, the weather has taken a … Continue reading

Globe Theatre

Our daughter gave us tickets to the pop up Globe Theatre as a Christmas present. I’d never been since it had “popped up” in Auckland five years ago. My daughter and her family have attended regularly and urged me to give it a try. Shakespearean plays never excited me so I had my doubts. Particularly as the play we were to see was Romeo and Juliet. I understand my likely enjoyment – or not – was the subject of a … Continue reading

Experiencing Bali

Depending on one’s age, experiencing Bali can be a very different exercise in enjoyment. For the fit and healthy For those fit and healthy, probably without graying hair or arthritic joints, experiencing Bali can include great excitement. A trek up Mount Batur – an active volcano – to catch a sunrise might attract you. Although since the recent catastrophic event on Whakaari/White Island in New Zealand, I’d think twice about scaling any volcano. (The volcano unexpected erupted and killed/ dreadfully … Continue reading

A Romance Writer In Bali

What would a romance writer in Bali find to encourage her imagination and send her fingers flying across a keyboard? Resorts advertise themselves as wedding venues. Often couples choose Bali as a honeymoon retreat. All around there is romance and excitement. What a great place to holiday. What an excellent place to gain ideas and explore the romance all around. Pools at Seminyak Hotel Unfortunately while this romance writer was in Bali I found the ambiance of our resorts took … Continue reading

New Year In Ohakune

I never considered New Year in Ohakune as an exciting option to start the year. However, friends visiting from Queensland expressed an interest in revisiting the area. Suddenly New Year in Ohakune became a reality this summer. I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. Ohakune was close to Waiouru where we lived in the early 1980’s so I had been to the town before. A visit to Ohakune’s supermarket once every few weeks, while a change of routine, never enthralled me to stay. … Continue reading

Resolution of a Writer

Resolution – “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. New Year’s resolutions are such a crook. Did you make one? Most of us do. Many have already cribbed on their determination to uphold that resolution beyond the first week of the new year and then we forget all about whatever promised we’d made to ourselves. Why do we continue to waste our energy pretending this resolution is going to be different. This year I’ve kept away from … Continue reading

Your Story

How important is your story? To yourself, your children, grandchildren and others who follow? Or to the world at large if your story is of significance to those beyond your family? Don’t decide you are of no real consequence or importance. You have no earth shattering tales to share? You are so wrong. No matter your walk of life or the journey you’ve taken – are taking – your story is so very important to someone. I’m not talking about … Continue reading

Melbourne and the Twelve Apostles

My favourite memory of our Melbourne break will be the day we visited the Twelve Apostles. Of the day trips offered, there was a funny reason for choosing this one. I saw the journey, all 600km of it, would touch the town of Colac. Having grown up in Colac Bay in NZ, I just had to visit Australia’s Colac and compare these two place names. We left Melbourne at 8am. It was an overcast day, but I had my fingers … Continue reading