I leave the South Island … for now

Farewell Te Wai Pounamu, it is with sadness that I leave

Yesterday morning I left.  I had followed the Picton detour signs, a reminder of an earthquakes capability, and was on the 0215 ferry to Wellington and then homeward(?) bound to Auckland.  I have spent most of 2016 with you and have grown to love who you are. Continue reading “I leave the South Island … for now”

New music to explore: Ali Handal – singer, songwriter

Music discovery … introducing Ali Handal – guitarist, singer-songwriter and cat lover

I found Ali through Good Life Project where the host, Jonathan Fields, picked up on her musical story – a women guitarist in the rock world.  At an early age Ali was enthralled by other singer-songwriters: Carole King, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney but Continue reading “New music to explore: Ali Handal – singer, songwriter”

the Awe of Lake Alta (part 2)

Lake Alta (The Remarkables, Queenstown) inspired awe within – here are the visuals

You can read part 1 of Awe and Lake Alta here.  Pictures were taken by either Craig or me.

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Looking west, on the way up The Remarkables. Left to right is Lake Wakatipu, Frankton, Queenstown Airport and the Shotover River meets the Kawarau River

Continue reading “the Awe of Lake Alta (part 2)”

the Awe of Lake Alta (part 1)

Queenstown is a fantastic place with some amazing scenery which can leave you in a state of awe

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It came to me as I was walking up the ski road – the “wow” moment, the “yes! this is why I packed up my stuff and left Auckland”.  I am doing the right thing, peace and contentment surround me. Continue reading “the Awe of Lake Alta (part 1)”

The Beach

A soft coated wheaten terrier runs the beach

this picture shows Sumner Beach, looking south, the tide is out. Lots of sand and blue skyI’ve had breakfast

She’s had breakfast, she’s putting her shoes on – we are going walking

Treats in her pocket, lead, keys

“Rafi, let’s go for a walk”

I’m waiting outside the door ready.  Door closed. Lead clipped to my collar and we are heading towards the gate.  Gate open and I am off.  Oops not so fast I am connected to my pet sitter. Walk up the drive, stop at the car.  Click, car unlocked.  A car ride!  Beach? Could we be going to the beach?  Continue reading “The Beach”

Murray, the great Great Dane, sadly missed

My condolences go out to Juliette, Dean and Murray’s other companions. He will be a huge loss in their family

this picture shows Murray, the Great Dane, sitting on his favourite two seater sofa in the conservatory. He wears a red bandana around his neckAlready this year Murray has lost two good dog friends, Gladys , a German wirehaired pointer, and China, another Great Dane, but December was Murray’s time to pass on.  Murray lived with several other dogs, two cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, three donkeys, two llamas and his carers, Juliette and Dean. Continue reading “Murray, the great Great Dane, sadly missed”