New Zealand – the itinerary so far!

February 1, 2023
Wanaka Tree

NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL PLANS Since my last post suggesting we may be going to New Zealand, things have progressed! We are no longer going to try and see both the north and south islands within 3 weeks. We will only be visiting the South Island on this occasion. Flights have been booked! We fly to Christchurch mid May – not arriving there until midnight!  We leave Christchurch early June. We’ve seen a travel agent . . . and accommodation and…

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Word of the year

My Word of the Year for 2023

MY WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2023 I haven’t believed in new year’s resolutions in a long time. They set you up for failure I believe and I don’t want to do that to myself. As long time readers would know, I am already…

January 27, 2023
Natalie of Studio Yellow

Art Chat #10 – Natalie Lynch of Studio Yellow

Today I’m happy to introduce you all to my ‘art teacher’ and friend Natalie Lynch. I started attending Art Mentoring classes with Natalie at her ‘Studio Yellow’ in April 2021. I’ve done seven of the eight of her Art Mentoring modules and will be…

January 25, 2023
2023

Hello 2023

HELLO 2023 Hello 2023. I am cautiously optimistic about what you have in store for us. I know it won’t be without more challenges, because that is how life goes, but I hope that there is lots more good stuff within you than there…

January 18, 2023
Taking Stock - December 2022

Taking Stock – December 2022

It’s time for my last quarterly Taking Stock post for 2022. Here’s where you can catch up on any previous Taking Stock posts if you’re interested. For the very first time I’ve decided to use the A-Z prompts for Taking Stock which is Denyse’s…

December 14, 2022
Maudie

ART CHAT #9 – Maud Lewis

MAUD LEWIS I recently watched a movie on SBS on Demand called ‘Maudie’. It was recommended by one of the members of my art social club. It’s about Maud Lewis.  Maud was born in 1901 on the Yarmouth and Acadian Shore of Nova Scotia,…

December 7, 2022

Christmas Spirit

I was nearly going to skip posting this week because I’m not going to be at home the day this post publishes and it’s a busy week this week. I feel bad that I can’t reply to comments and read and comment on other…

November 30, 2022
Block Printing

ART CHAT #8 – Block Printing

BLOCK PRINTING For Art Chat I decided to share about an art medium that I’ve been interested in revisiting for a while now – ‘Block Printing’ (otherwise known as ‘Lino Printing’). I’ve only tried it once before and that was in art class in…

November 23, 2022

10 things that may help you during hard times

  GEM OF ZEN #39 10 THINGS THAT MAY HELP YOU DURING HARD TIMES Life has thrown many curveballs at me in the last 12 months. I’m not going to lie – it’s been tough! However, I believe that everything we experience in life…

November 16, 2022
Woman in nature

Empath vs HSP

Empath vs HSP: In my last post for Empath Corner I explained the difference between ‘having empathy’ and ‘being an empath’ and within that post I touched lightly on the definition of a HSP which stands for Highly Sensitive Person. I also mentioned that…

November 9, 2022
New Zealand

New Zealand – Tell me must see’s, do’s and stays!

The tennis player and I have squeaky new passports and are ready to dip our ‘kinda’ post pandemic toes into a bit of overseas travel. Ok we know the pandemic isn’t over but we’ve sat on our hands for three years now. It’s time…

November 2, 2022
paintbrushes

Art Chat #7 – Artists Block

ARTISTS BLOCK – WHAT CAUSES IT? Artist’s block, like writer’s block, is a lack of inspiration that most artists experience from time to time. It describes a period of time when an artist has no ideas for new work or no motivation, or both!…

October 26, 2022