From Lake Brunner, we headed to 'Jackson's Alpine Retreat' with Jamie on Saturday 13th February. We enjoyed some amazing experiences.
It's always a wrench for me to leave Gisborne. It's the place in the world where I feel the happiest, the most 'at home'.
It’s vastly different to the UK. The festive season here in New Zealand falls in the middle of summer. Is it better or worse?
Twenty-twenty. It's been a traumatic, often terrifying, yet strangely transformative year few will forget in a hurry.
We arrived back in Gisborne on Tuesday 1st December, in readiness for Barry's 65th birthday party on Saturday 5th. What a party it was!
Our recent visit to Wellington was wonderful. Helped enormously by Tracy and Rod's convivial hosting, friends who used to live in Gisborne.
Crikey, so much for slowing down to smell the roses! We frequently hear people our age, saying they wouldn't know what to do with themselves if they stopped working.
It's been many years since either of us properly visited Christchurch, garden city of New Zealand. We had a blast last week there with Jamie.
I may have been spotted on one my many walks around Gisborne (Tūranganui a Kiwa), with a silly Cheshire-cat-like grin on my face - possibly simultaneously talking to myself. Next month will mark 19 years since I first set foot in this paradisical coastal city teetering on the edge of the world. I'm guessing those … Continue reading Walking And Reconnecting In Tūrunganui A Kiwa
Being back in Tairawhiti/Gisborne is, for me, akin to slipping on my comfiest shoes whilst sighing contentedly ...
That sounds odd, doesn't it? A day off Managed Isolation? How can that be? No, just a day off 'work' with far less screen time
Forty-four years ago today, a monumental event in my life occurred. On 26th August 1976, at 10.36 pm, my eldest daughter Lisa Marie was born.
Today is our third day back in New Zealand; the second full day of Managed Isolation. Being 'stuck' in a lovely hotel room is beginning to feel like our 'new normal'. Admittedly it's frustrating at times, as there are obviously things we want to get sorted now we're here but are unable to. But it … Continue reading MIQ Day 2 – Back To Work
In case you're not aware, MIQ stands for Managed Isolation and Quarantine. Part of the NZ government's 'Unite Against COVID-19' plan ...
Any midwives reading will be familiar with the transformative and often terrifying transition stage. The period in labour between the 1st & 2nd stage.
I’d forgotten what a contrast cruising on rivers are to canals. Leaving the delights of Trent Lock on Thursday morning, we turned right ...
Can you believe it's August already? How did that happen? I’ve intentionally not posted since last Sunday, as since then Areandare has sat empty ...
It's been a while since we moored up near Lichfield. We spent many months hovering around the area whilst doing Calendar Club in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
One of the reasons so many people choose narrowboat living, is to slow down. When we made our New Zealand return plans, we booked Areandare into Debdale Wharf ...
After such a magnificent blue-sky day on Sunday, the British weather resumed it's grey and damp outlook. You have to grasp sunshine while you can here!