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

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

First Walk of 2023

I have had a Happy New Year walk to one of the favourite places: Blackford Pond. As most who read this know, I like walking. After last year’s descent into difficulty with maybe sciatica, maybe stenosis, maybe just too sore to walk much, I am now really really appreciative of every step taken, and full … More First Walk of 2023

Living in Winter

There are bright frosty mornings this week, encouraging walking. Having watched the not-so-well old trees being carefully brought down on South Meadows walk, I remembered that quite close by were some of the best trees in town, that I love to see throughout the year. In Grange Cemetery I suppose trees are well nourished, though … More Living in Winter