14 March 2017


A splendid ,large wall hanging at Whangarei Central Library. 

A vibrant field of hand knitted ( and perhaps crocheted )  poppies made to commemorate the Anzac Day centennial

Apparently this was made by a local library staff member - that's all I could find out.

I love it, so warm, tender, hands on and sad.

Come on Whangarei, give me more information.

Re-think......perhaps the fact that the maker is anonymous makes it all the more poignant.

23 February 2017


Backtracking a bit to show you some images from Rarotonga last month.

Timely, dont you think!

The cutest thrift shop in the world. in a beach hut...still going strong.

Saturday morning market....

you can't go wrong with that background.

15 February 2017

Jogging along

My mini-etsy travelling shop has been jogging along.

A few sales that give me an excuse to visit any Op-shop I come across

 and an opportunity to seek out Kiwi post offices. I like the small POs best.

Neat 1950s ties are about, more than in Canada I find.

09 February 2017

Busy busy.....

Its all happening,

in all kinds of weather,  

at all times of the day and night,

beneath my kitchen window,

in Port Nelson, New Zealand.

   The tugs chugging out tell me there's going to be action!

I never tire of the activity

even when the crashing and banging of loading and unloading of containers keep me awake all night.
In fact, I find it rather comforting.

Off to the North Island next week.

01 February 2017


Lots of choice of refreshments

at the Sarau blackcurrant festival last weekend.

R visited the hop farmers!

  I am not a beer drinker and it was too hot to knock back the local vino

but the day was saved by the good ladies of the Upper Moutere Tennis Club.

Thanks girls!

27 January 2017

New Models

Some young guests staying for a few days here in Nelson, NZ

had to sing for their supper.

In truth, they were happy to model these scarves for me and we had a lot of fun.

Some  of them are now in my travelling etsy shop.

Thank you, ladies. See you soon.

24 January 2017

crisis averted

Our computer was left in the x ray / security tray at the airport  ( not by me!) 

Fortunately,  our son was able to retrieve it and take it to our neighbours.  We were meeting up with them in Nelson, New Zealand a few weeks later.

So, no live  blogging from Los Angeles ( top pic) 

 or Rarotonga.  - see pretty Cook Islands cash.

Blogging resumes this week from New Zealand.

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