Bringing it on home: Part three. The final delivery of the house. After the perilous long and winding road and the steep climb up the driveway there was the just little matter of lifting the house off the trucks and up onto its foundations! Digger driver and wild goat hunter extraordinaire Richard watches the final… Continue reading Flying high
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
The last of the spring planting is done at ‘Hou Ngahere’! We got the final 30 Kowhai trees in the ground (part of the 270 from the Easter planting) before it dries out for the summer. Now we’re watching the Kereru (Wood Pigeon) shred the older Kowhai trees. Its not all bad though, having them visit… Continue reading Planting the seed
I’ve just had word that the Island Bay Art Auction on Friday was a huge success and has surpassed the last Auctions record fundraising total! The funds go to the schools art and culture program -which to my mind is a vital part in any child’s education, so I’m very happy to have helped with that!… Continue reading Auction success
At the top of the lake, in the heart of Lord of the Rings country, is a place called Paradise….and it truly is! “When we can truly see and understand the earth, love is born in our hearts. We feel connected. That is the meaning of love: to be at one. Only when we’ve… Continue reading A trip to Paradise!
We all have roles to play; this is me in my former role as President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, according to Jackson Pollock “Painting is self discovery. Every good artist paints what he is”….So what is that really?….. “It’s very important to remember that we all have Buddha nature. That cannot be… Continue reading Playing Hamlet
It was great to get into the fresh, clear and wintery air of the South Island and the hot pools at Hanmer Springs. There is nothing like a trip into the wilds to open your heart… “It is essential to acknowledge that the Earth is not unfeeling matter, but a living being that has given… Continue reading We are One
We’re back at Hou Ngahere for a week of tree planting….. Our Diamond Approach retreat group, the IRG, has committed to plant trees to offset the carbon emissions used in attending the two retreats in California each year. Called “Trees for Travel“, the scheme really has something tangible to show for it now with the… Continue reading Giving back
my latest painting…. “Hideaway” – Woodpecker Bay, West Coast, oil on canvas, 20 x 40cm Woodpecker Bay is one of my favourite places. One I’ve painted many times, from on the beach or above it. The raw elemental nature of the coastal rainforest and limestone bluffs enveloping the rock strewn shore, with wild surf and… Continue reading Hideaway
Drawing the curtains Giving the cabins back to the geckos. With a deeply felt connection to the land, weary bones and very open hearts we’re leaving Paradise and heading home to Wellington. Painting the curtains? That may come later….