Whenever I return from China I am asked “how was the food?” The food is fabulous; not every dish suits the western palette but most do. Don’t be put off visiting China because of the food, that would be a big mistake. Spicy food doesn’t agree with me and if you also have a delicate constitution then watch out for the chillies.
Allerton Garden on the lush green Island of Kauai in Hawaii is a must see for any garden lover. 80 acres of lush tropical trees and flowers with surprise sculptures around many corners. The Allerton is one of 3 Botanic Gardens on Kauai. This picturesque setting has been used in a number of films and TV shows, including South Pacific, Jurassic park, Magnum PI, Starsky & Hutch and Donovan’s Reef. Continue reading
Honolulu’s best kept secret is the Museum of Modern Art – an $11.00 Uber fare from Waikiki! So when the salt, sand, humidity and heat on the beach get too much, grab a cab to one of the best art galleries I’ve visited in ages – air con makes it a pleasant escape from the humidity too. There is a cafe and excellent restaurant; calm amongst the chaos. Photo: Courtyard Honolulu Museum of Modern Art.
Being widowed is no picnic…
I was widowed over ten years ago and now days I can talk about it more easily. At the time our dreams for the future were shattered.
If your husband (wife/partner) dies suddenly, that is quite different from someone dying from the ghastly cancer. I wouldn’t dare suggest how others might respond. They are all totally different journeys. I nursed my husband for months, and this article is about how I managed my grief.
If these words help even one of you I will be pleased. Everyone’s experience is quite different so we mustn’t judge others on our own journey, it seems to me that our lives prior to this tragic event have a huge bearing on our ability to deal with this and move forward. Some folk are not emotionally able to move on and hit a brick wall. What goes before has a huge bearing on who we are and how we cope with life’s curve balls People don’t choose to react negatively, I’m sure of that. They just cannot see light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not talking about the elderly here, more about people in their prime of life. Make no mistake, it’s tough. Continue reading
In February 1968 I traveled to Australia as a young Karitane Nurse. Recently the letters I wrote home were discovered, my Mother had kept them all and some of the snippets, I think, are worth repeating here. Remembering I was raised on a farm in Central Otago and then I had been to boarding school so I had a rather sheltered up bringing!! My letter writing was prolific, 3-4 pages hand written most weeks. Postage was 7c Airmail to New Zealand. Continue reading
Just a quick note with these two links – I am absolutely thrilled with this article about my trip to Greenland. Comments always welcome and please do share with your travel minded friends.
The first link is to the magazine, the second link is directly to my story.
Destinations Magazine is free to subscribe to so feel welcome to tick the appropriate box.
Mark this date in your diary 13th June..My exhibition ICE opens at Exhibitions Gallery, 19a Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland until 2nd July.
Creating double exposures in camera is a lot of fun..one is never sure what the result will be, it is akin to waiting for a roll of film to be processed. Double exposures are one of photography’s most creative techniques, giving photographers endless possibilities to produce unique and inspiring photographs.
Experiment and enjoy the surprises. Funnily enough I have sold a few of my doubles and won awards too so there is method in my madness! Simply put, double exposure is a combination of two different images in one frame to create a unique photo. Continue reading
It is ironic that my last blog in January started off “I might be gone for some time” ..at the time I did not realise I wouldn’t write another blog until now!! And this one many of you may have read somewhere in cyber space over the last few days! However for those who have not…please enjoy. There is no real reason, new grandchild, trips to Sydney, rain, a new exhibition looming, brain fade..all of those reasons.
No one would have been more surprised than me when the Editor of a Photography Magazine I subscribe to called me last week. “Lynn he said, I’ve trawled through your Flick’r account ( 10 thousand images)) and I would like to do an article about you.” Once I picked myself up off the floor and checked my in box there they were ..about 35 images he wanted to see the high res originals!! Seriously some dated back to 2009 and all I can say is thank heaven Lightroom Library worked a treat and most of them I found that day!!
Last year I blogged about the Rural Women’s speech writing award I presented in memory of my Mother Pat Rowley. The award is The Rowley Brooch and you can read about the award here. Jenny Malcolm from North Otago won the Rowley Brooch in 2016 and to my delight went on to win the National Awards in Wellington.
Myself with Jenny Malcolm on the left
Jenny has kindly allowed me to reproduce her speech here. all contestants were given the same topic from the annals of history.
Captain Lawrence Edward Grace “Titus” Oates ( 1880 – 1912) was an English army officer, and later an Antarctic explorer, who died during the Terra Nova Expedition. . Oates, afflicted with gangrene and frostbite, walked from his tent into a blizzard. His death is seen as an act of self-sacrifice when, aware that his ill-health was compromising his three companions chances of survival, he chose certain death. As he left his tent he said “I might be gone for some time”.
Topic “I may be gone for some time….” Time 3-5 minutes.
Here is Jenny Malcolm’s words and interpretation of the topic; and I can assure you her delivery was exceptional.
I love wandering around the shops at this time of year..so many amazing unique gifts. Of course I can not buy them all and I don’t need any of them; perhaps that is why I like to window shop and share my discoveries of the unique, practical and bazaar!!
Blush in Gladstone Road Parnell is a very attractive florist shop but they are different from most florists. The wreaths are from Blush in Parnell. They also sell a range of bespoke gifts such as this beautifully packaged tea and cute soaps, miniature orchids and bespoke books. these beautifully packaged message soaps come in about 20 shades of pastel.!
Locally made South Island Gin – The Source $120.00 a bottle makes a unique gift.
Rose Rabbit New Zealand Orange Liqueur –
New Zealand Single Malt Whisky
‘the reid’ Single Malt Vodka –
Check out the website for ordering on line.
A couple of books to consider –
Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is the moving diary kept by a 27-year-old Vietnamese doctor who was killed by the Americans during the Vietnam War, while trying to defend her patients. Not only is it an important slice of history, from the opposite side of Dispatches and Apocalypse Now, but it shows the diarist – Dang Thuy Tram – as a vibrant human being, full of youthful idealism, a poetic longing for love, trying hard to be worthy of the Communist Party and doing her best to look after her patients under appalling conditions. She wrote straight from the heart and, because of this, her diary has been a huge bestseller in Vietnam – 350,000 copies sold in 2005 alone. Rider brings the first English translation, in book form, to the Commonwealth markets. But there is more: how the diary came to light is also an unusual story in its own right. Fred Whitehurst was a US intelligence officer on the scene just after Dang Thuy Tram was shot. He came across the diary and, instead of burning it there and then, took it home. His brother translated it and so began an odyssey that took 35 years, to find Thuy Tram’s family in Vietnam, and return the small brown book to them. Remarkably, in 2005, Fred Whitehurst tracked down the young doctor’s mother who graciously accepted it from this former GI who, as a result, was able to complete his own journey of reconciliation after years of bitterness as a Vietnam vet. $29.95rrp. Paper Plus etc. or as an E book from Amazon.
Below is my own personal bespoke coffee table book, this makes a beautiful gift. Buy from Blurb.com US$109.99 or more depending on Blurbs Pricing and currency. 🙂 Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm 98 Pages – Preview available on line –
ICE are photographs taken in Scoresby Sound East Greenland and Jökulsárlón in Iceland.
These cotton robes and sun hats scream SUMMER from Isobel Harris in Newmarket.
Whitestone Cheese are an award-winning NZ company. An original wooden gift box containing six award-winning varieties of our range. We courier New Zealand wide and will include your message in the box. $50.00 Check out their full selection.
Give a Kowhai tree this Christmas… it will help with your Carbon Footprint too.36 – 43cm high baby tree in wooden planter containing high quality potting mix.
- Purpose designed Trees Please! gift box made of sustainable untreated plantation pine (45cm high)
- Copper tag for recipient to mark the occasion and date the gift is received.
- Information on care, repotting and planting tree for best results.
- Complimentary Trees Please! message card
Mugler is the new perfume from ANGEL and the bottle is a limited edition for Christmas. Stunning – I was naughty and bought myself this Christmas present!!
Fragrance notes: bergamot, praline, vanilla/patchouli/musk
So those are my best pics for this Christmas season.
Have special times with your family and friends…love one another and enjoy every day!!