CHRISTMAS IS COMING…

and if you’re stuck for presents, I can mail these out right away, either to yourself or as a gift.  Just go to my Antipodes page to find out how to order…  They will both be available in selected shops, but I can save you the trouble of searching.   At $(NZ)15 and $(NZ)20 respectively these are a good buy – and postage free in New Zealand.

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‘Fearless Fred’ has already been enjoyed by dozens of satisfied children, and was short-listed for a Joy Cowley Award, and ‘Antipodes’ has been beautifully published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa, with an endorsement from our very own poet Owen Bullock.  Both good reads.

 

SETTLERS’ DAY AT MATAKOHE

ukulele band
belting out the message
foot-stompin’ good

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Not a fantastic day, as we had to go down to Auckland for a funeral, took the wrong turn off the motorway, got lost, and almost missed the funeral.  Coming home we decided to stop briefly at the Matakohe Kauri Museum and found they had big celebrations there for Settlers’ Day.  Loved the band…

BELOW THE TREE

shining cuckoo
in a shining tree
summer song

This was an exercise in frustration – I couldn’t clearly see the bird from below, plus I didn’t have a tripod, but I wanted to identify it!  Now I can see it is a Shining Cuckoo, but the bonus was the wonderful tracery of leaves against the sky…  Click on any photo for better definition