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On the road again...

Mt Taranaki showed us much of his impressive bulk, euphoric about the warm days, there was no need for him to shroud in mists and clouds. 562 more words


Out and About New Plmouth

We did try to get to as many parks as possible, even the pathways near the Motel. Rod was not prepared to chance the many steps, late afternoon gloom, nor the feeling that once you descended into the deep gullies there was much confusion about where you actually were. 372 more words


The romance of flowers

Roses, berries, leaves, trailing things – my most favourite bouquet of flowers – a bit wild, very romantic and quite “messy”…..  perfect in my eyes! This bouquet was beautifully crafted just for me…how lucky I was! 29 more words


Festival of Lights

We set off eager as teenagers, in the half twilight, and are quickly engulfed by crowds doing the same thing. They are equipped with chairs, rugs, picnic hampers and much more prepared for the long wait until darkness than us. 389 more words


Obscure connections

Finding a plaque on the shore, while we peered at a cold-steel-grey, unwelcoming ocean. Agreeing, ‘it’s just a tad too cold to swim.’ Informing us that the two Australian kayakers James Castrisson and Justin Jones made landfall just near that spot, after they paddled from Forster on the mid-north New South Wales coast. 675 more words


Now the West Coast

The black sand is a shock, really dark. Take your shoes off and it is uncomfortably hot, even with the weak sunshine and cutting winds. 729 more words


Concert Review: Paul Simon and Sting

A few days ago I told someone Paul Simon and Sting were a rather random pairing of musicians to perform together on an extensive world tour. 627 more words