Visual Storyteller Series

A Visual Storyteller #4 – Silence Please

Hi everyone, Quiet moments are precious. With the inclusion of photographs I have for a change, inserted a wee poem. Some folk execute it with words, that come alive the moment you turn that first page of their book. While others share it via sound effects to make you gasp in delight as you wait… Continue reading A Visual Storyteller #4 – Silence Please

Life at No.22, Musings

Do you Donate to Charity Shops?

We all know today's modern mantra, is to reduce, reuse and recycle.  The rippling effect of that usually means frequenting a charity shop is high on the agenda for many folks.  If the charity shop I work in is anything to go by.  We are very busy with incoming goods and with hopefully satisfied bargain hunters… Continue reading Do you Donate to Charity Shops?

History, Life at No.22, New Zealand

NZ Women’s Suffrage – A Tauranga Connection

A few days ago was the 126th celebration of women in New Zealand achieving the right to vote. It was also my first week back volunteering at The Elms/Te Papa for a few months. I tend to arrive early to enjoy a walk around the gardens and familiarise myself before any visitors are welcomed in.… Continue reading NZ Women’s Suffrage – A Tauranga Connection


The Hues and Moods of Autumn – McLaren Falls Park

“How beautifully leaves grow old!” wrote John Burroughs, the American naturalist and essayist. “How full of light and colour are their last days.” Burrough’s himself could have been shuffling through the colourful leafy carpet around McLaren Falls Park when he made his equally vivid autumnal observations more than 100 years ago. A few weeks ago,… Continue reading The Hues and Moods of Autumn – McLaren Falls Park

Life at No.22, New Zealand, Walks

A Walk around Mt Maunganui [Mauao]

The day started with grand ambitions to scale a Mountain, she's a reasonable size towering an impressive 231 metres skywards. These were changed when darkening skies were forming right behind us as we headed towards the start of our walk. Thoughts of a less wet ending to this story might occur if I went around… Continue reading A Walk around Mt Maunganui [Mauao]