Recently we had the experience of staying in a place that was once a grand 19th-century hotel. Which sits proudly on a hilltop overlooking the Waitomo Caves. It does sound very posh doesn't it, well, as it so happens the Queen's head once lay on a fluffed up pillow on the first floor, during late… Continue reading Have you stayed in a Haunted Hotel?
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?
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
“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
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]