Dunedin and the natural world

After the spectacular rain and wind when I arrived, my last two days have been just stunning, and I also got an unexpected afternoon trip to Otago Peninsula. Lucky me, and again, friendly generous people are everywhere. On Wednesday, knowing I would see granddaughter and her friend in the evening, after their classes, I decided … More Dunedin and the natural world

Manawatu River

The Manawatu is a wide river flowing from East to West through the south of Palmy. I have had two good days alongside it this week, on Friday when friend J brought me to the new footbridge He Ara Kotahi that allows folk in the west of the city to walk or cycle much more … More Manawatu River

Wellington 3

It is over a week ago since my last day in Wellington. I want to remember it, so need to write now. I had been told by the nice young woman at Te Papa gallery that the City Gallery was really worth a look, so the intention was that I would find it – not … More Wellington 3

Upper Turitea

Back in Palmy (still got masses of Wellington photos to sort, and thoughts to write before I forget) but time flies by and I am back in Palmy, where it is son’s day off and we went for a local nature walk along the Upper Turitea river. It was a lovely stroll, varied, with a … More Upper Turitea

Wellington 2

On the second day in Wellington, I realised just how this city is built, about three long wide streets curving round the huge semicircle of bay, some called ‘quays’, crisscrossed by squares and smaller streets, then the rest rises steeply back inland up the side of the mountain. There are “lanes” up to the “terrace” … More Wellington 2

Wellington 1

My first day on short trip to Wellington started out well as on the coach there (from Palmy) I heard from NZ son that my lost luggage had finally been delivered so would be there waiting for me when I returned. I have been feeling quite liberated, though also alternately smug and irritated, about my … More Wellington 1

Totally Fresh

‘Totally Fresh’ is the name of the very impressive fruit and vegetable shop in Feilding near Palmerston North (Palmy) that is owned by my daughter-in-law, Cindy, Xin Yan. My visit to New Zealand has ups and downs, for me the down is that my carefully packed bag with presents for grandsons and son and his … More Totally Fresh