'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

At Ohope Beach - Pet-Sitting Again.

Oh woe is me - such a horrible time I am having at Ohope Beach again. We walk on the beach twice a day, about a total of 5 km (3 miles) and the waves, sun, fresh air and blue skies ... oh boo hoo. Ghastly.

It's so bright it hurts my eyes so I have to wear sunglasses and a sun hat. 

With her little legs Poppy gets tired after about three kms, so has to ride. 

Too hot so have to cool off in the water sometimes. Awful. 

Too many smells that get renewed each tide.  Can't keep up! 

So few people we have to be vigilant all the time to catch the ones with dogs. 

Distracting small creatures' burrows all over the place. 

Sometimes it's quite windy and our fur and hair get in our eyes. 

When the sun goes down we can't see any more. 

Between the road and the beach there are garish bright  flowers 
Horrible rare sharp shells ...
We get so hungry we are really ready for tea time. 

Monday, 28 October 2019

Sweden. Sandhammaren.

Resuming my diary: 2.7.18. Sand ... beautiful white sand on the shores of the Baltic. We drove through a pleasant strip of pine reserve, and there was the popular white sands of Sandhammaren in the South of Sweden.
A visual feast of white and blue with a few bodies of Homo sapians disporting themselves. 

It could be New Zealand.

Friday, 18 October 2019

All kinds of things going on.

I think in the last five years since I stopped blogging so regularly (I used to blog almost every day, my goodness, however did I do that!) I have started at least three times with the intention of catching you up, and myself at the same time, with all the adventures I have had. 

A while ago I received a lovely email from RWP saying it was time I returned!  Dear man, thank you for your loyalty, or whatever motivated you.  So anyway, here I am again. Back in blogland.  For a while, at least.

Here in New Zealand it is late spring.  The wisteria that drapes itself over my verandah is almost over its main flush of mauve sweet-scented flowering, and the pin oak, always the last tree in the garden to leaf, is tinged with yellowy-lime uncurling tender tips...

... while the huge old rhodo is in full-throated pinkness behind my studio, and trying to distract me in my painting by thrusting itself in the windows too. 

I have a number of commissions on the go.  One for CJ, a bunch of cherries, is waiting for cherry season, (as am I!  One of my favourite fruits - yum) and two others for GB are going to be completed when I go soon to Ohope Beach next (soon GB!) to do my usual dog-sitting for a Scottish Kiwi couple (who since I have now known for so many years I count as dear friends).
Next year I have another trip to the UK, including the Midlands and, for the first time, Yorkshire, so watch out Ian and YP and Shirley! I am then farm-sitting in Suffolk, so that will be fun! And then it will be off to Sweden to visit my son, daughter-in-law and meet my dear little newest grandchild Ian for the first time.
Afterwards:  an adventure! My cousin Thea, daughter Natalie and I are looking for a good 5-day walk in August (in Europe) - all ideas welcomed! Thinking at this stage of the ancient forest in Poland. Anyone know anything about this place? Any other ideas?  Not too hot please.

That's enough for today.  So, how are you all?  What have you been up to? Please tell me in the comments.  I will come and visit your blogs when I can.  I am just catching up on a few urgent tasks that have been put on the back-burner as I've just been down to Hawkes Bay seeing my Dad...

Bye for now. 
Kate x