Although the weather has been, and continues to be, erratic and predominantly wet, we're adoring being back in Gisborne with family & friends.
New Zealand and the UK have opposite seasons. Many people prefer the cold at Christmas. I personally love the warmth and long light days!
Leaving Gisborne on Sunday 1st August, we flew back to the UK on Thursday 5th August. It's an interesting time to be flying that's for sure!
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'.
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!
As the UK heads into a second lockdown, we're celebtrating being in a COVID-free country having a wonderful time with friends & family.
Many months ago, during our lovely lockdown near Hurleston Junction, I reported to the COVID-19 Symptom Study I was experiencing a headache.
Being back in Tairawhiti/Gisborne is, for me, akin to slipping on my comfiest shoes whilst sighing contentedly ...
After an incredibly convoluted, complex and challenging journey to our 'second home country', finally, we really are back IN New Zealand.
I've wanted to write this tribute for many months. Unashamedly there follows a rather extensive post, one of the longest I've ever published. I suspect few people will reach the end of it. However, it's important for me to share these stories, for our library of memories. Who knows, there may just be a snippet … Continue reading My first birthday without a mum in the world
It's been a crazy year so far. Travelling to Nigeria, Northmoor and New Zealand in the space of three months has been incredible. It does now mean we're a quarter of the way through already - time flies when you're having fun! I recently spoke to a couple of people in their 70s, who are … Continue reading A brief breathing space to blog again …
I can't begin to describe how grateful I am to have had this amazing opportunity to bring my mum back to New Zealand to remember dad on the anniversary of his death. They both came to visit me here in March 2002, on my first adventure, so we have many precious memories of fun and … Continue reading What a difference a year makes – last day in New Zealand
It's hard to imagine a more striking contrast than the differing weather Barry and I are currently experiencing. In Gisborne, NZ, the temperature is in the high twenties, in the midlands in UK, I believe it's hitting a number of minuses. Barry sent me a few snowy shots so I thought I'd share them here ... … Continue reading Sun in the south and snow in the north