Heading Out To See

On the day I left Wellington I met one of my dear neighbours. The sight of the removal van inspired her to commission a painting of our beloved a South Coast….. she’d been meaning to for years – and now here it is!   We’re in a little boat, And we’re heading out to see… Continue reading Heading Out To See

Turning towards Home

Another, rather special, commission has found its way home!     In an incredibly generous act to celebrate the completion of a self build, it was commissioned as a surprise house warming gift for my niece and her family by some of their friends. I had to sneak about incognito in the dawn light to get… Continue reading Turning towards Home

The Last Post

Today its appropriately raining heavily for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme in 1916…. remembering the mud and stench of the rain filled trenches. A hell of futility not to be forgotten in the strange times we live in today. Its especially poignant for me to remember my Great… Continue reading The Last Post

The Big Blue

A few days spent in the McKenzie Basin is enough to widen your horizons,  …….and fill your heart with awe and wonder – both day and night.  “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” — Ansel Adams Staying at the brand new Lakestone Lodge was just as magical… Continue reading The Big Blue

It’s that time again!

I’m happy to say I’ve been invited again to be one of the judges for the Cliftons Art Prize. One of a panel of international judges I’ll helping to select regional winners and the overall prize winner. I’ve been involved for a few years now and have seen the award grow in stature and quality.  Each… Continue reading It’s that time again!

For the love of it!

It’s harvest time in the olive grove at ‘Hou Ngahere’ and its been a whirlwind of activity on the hillside! I’ve just returned from my Diamond Approach International Retreat Group and getting out among the birds and trees is a great way of integrating the work.  It’s making me very happy indeed!  There is something… Continue reading For the love of it!

Unintended consequences

Places that changed my life: A few years ago, with a group of neighbours, I spent 8 days on the yacht called the ‘Breaksea Girl’ travelling through the Fiordland National Park in the World Heritage Area. We went from Doubtful to Dusky Sound. Sailing through these majestic waterways which included a stint on the Southern Ocean. Sailing with a… Continue reading Unintended consequences