Take Me With You Too is underway!

So, last month I spent three very busy weeks in Otago, supported once again by the wonderful people at the Robert Lord Trust in Dunedin – plus loads of others from Oamaru, Macraes, Balclutha, Wanaka … Thanks everyone for your support and great Southern hospitality! The aim of my trip? Getting all the photography done … Continue reading Take Me With You Too is underway!

Lockdown: the ideal time for a little wordplay

This ANZAC weekend is really turning on the sun at our place, and being still in Lockdown Level 4 until Tuesday means I am making the most of it. Life seems to like mixing it up with the good and the not-so-good, don’t you find? For me at the moment, this means that I’m busier … Continue reading Lockdown: the ideal time for a little wordplay

Writing in Dunedin

I have just completed the first week of my second stint at the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage in Dunedin.  I was offered a residency in two parts – three weeks in August/September, then seven weeks from November to January. Although unintentional, this split in my time has worked very well for me. This photo was … Continue reading Writing in Dunedin

ANZAC Day 2019

It was heart-warming and humbling to be part of the 2019 ANZAC Day commemorations at Kaiparoro’s ANZAC Memorial Bridge. Many people from the wider local community and a large number of relatives of those named on the bridge itself were among those in attendance. Dr Kay Flavell joined the gathering for the first time in … Continue reading ANZAC Day 2019

Nireaha’s charming WWI memorial

Symbolic memorials were far and away the majority of memorial types erected in the aftermath of World War I in New Zealand. Jock Phillips makes this clear in his summary of First World War community memorials (in To the Memory, 2016) – of the 505 counted, a staggering 176 (more than one in three) were … Continue reading Nireaha’s charming WWI memorial

Whakahirahira – a modern concrete celebration

It is totally fitting that Whakahirahira is my home-from-home while I’m on the ANZAC Memorial Bridge Fellowship. The house in modern and wonderfully luxurious, and I have been very well looked after by hosts Andi and Gray. Located not too far from the bridge itself, the house incorporates a number of concrete features – including … Continue reading Whakahirahira – a modern concrete celebration