Voluntary work quietens down over the Christmas period so I thought I'd play truant and spend three weeks with my youngest daughter, Suzi, at her home in Tauranga. And what a lovely holiday it was ... Keep Reading
This series of blogs is my way of bringing back wonderful memories. I took this beautiful photo very close to where I live and it reminds me that there's no place like home. My youngest daughter, Suzi, describes my walk around the Pauatahanui Inlet each morning as my 'happy place' and it is.
Of course, I have many memories and photos before this blog began. However, it was when I got to grips with the combination of the technology of the digital camera and blogging that I realized that I could record some special memories. Some people like to keep albums, others put their photos in the cloud but I like to research where I’ve gone, and write something about it so that the memories come to life every time I want a ‘happy fix’.
I’ve had feedback from friends about memories that have been triggered for them – about places where they were born, places they’ve gone to for a holiday or places where we’ve been together.
I hope you enjoy reading about some of my travels.
The final days of a wonderful holiday, jam-packed with games of hockey to watch, a brand new house to marvel at and experiences of life in a big city, so far removed from my life in New Zealand ... Keep Reading
A second visit to Singapore, this time to catch up with Adam as well as with Jan and Cameron. A thoroughly absorbing few days of total immerson into family life ... Keep Reading
Back to our old stamping ground and a chance to catch up with so many old friends from the tennis, hockey and bridge clubs and then the excitement of meeting players from international hockey days at the Women's World Hockey ... Keep Reading
A whirlwind of socialising in and around London and in the Oxfordshire countryside,all the time enjoying the marvellous summer which just seems to go on and on and ... Keep Reading
So what were my impressions of Myanmar, now that I'm home and have had time to reflect? Certainly, I will remember the visit with a real sense of warmth towards the country and its people ... Keep Reading
Sunday was a lovely family day and we paid a visit to the Botanical Gardens. We all enjoyed a lovely final family evening and dinner together, glad that we’ll all be together again in New Zealand early in the New Year ... Keep Reading
After four months away it was so good to chill out with the Sydney family and then to be back in New Zealand, very grateful for a wonderful holiday but raring to get back in the saddle again ... Keep Reading
The purpose of going to El Coronado with Suzi was to indulge in ‘cocktails at sunset’ and it’s a delightful experience. While we indulged in our cocktails, we could watch the world and his wife enjoying the last rays of the sun in idyllic surroundings ... Keep Reading
At Carmel one can walk along the beach or take a stroll on the paths above. Carmel’s beach is famous for its white sands, frolicking dogs and fabulous sunsets. It’s a natural jewel ... Keep Reading
More, and different, sights met our eyes. Clearly it hadn’t rained in California for a very long time and everything was dry. Fields of crops, ploughing, fruit trees and vegetables stretched away on either side of us as far as the eye could see ... Keep Reading
Suzi set off to visit the Aquarium in Monterey while I caught up with my blogs ... Keep Reading
Crater Lake is stunning. It is a caldera lake, a large volcanic crater formed by a major eruption which led to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano, and is famous for its deep blue colour and water clarity ... Keep Reading
Julie’s plane was leaving Vancouver for San Francisco at 12.50. It was sad to see the third musketeer leave us but she had places to go, people to see and things to do back in New Zealand ... Keep Reading
There’s no denying the beauty of Vancouver’s natural setting. Green coastal mountains and the deep blue Strait of Georgia are tailor-made to grace the front of a postcard and what a beautiful place to conclude Julie's holiday before she left us to return home ... Keep Reading