Archive for June 2011

how to organise a fancy wedding in your pyjamas

June 30, 2011

Image credit: Sus Early on I made a rookie error and bought a Bridal Magazine. After that trauma we decided to ignore the ‘Wedding Industry’ as the planning of ones special day should ideally not result in blood-shed. We made a list of everything, divided up the tasks and had semi-regular progress discussions. I will always be […]

i'd give it an eight out of ten

June 29, 2011

Married life so far: Sunday picnic in the garden of The Old Bell with the ‘new’ whanau before a teary farewell as they continue their adventures to New York, Paris and Dubrovnik respectively (next Clan Gathering scheduled for Crimble 2012 in Whangarei); pizza by the river in the evening sun; a long, lazy breakfast before […]

the presence of absence

June 28, 2011

The day before, I had a teary chat to Sus as I realised that the only guests at the wedding who had known Mum would be me and my lovely friend Moira. I felt as though I was moving on without her; that she was falling away from my life in a way I couldn’t […]


June 27, 2011

I checked the WeatherPro app eleventy squillion times last week; by Wednesday it seemed that the building of an ark may be necessary. By Friday evening it was clear that all of the WeatherPro app people were just PRETENDING at meteorological knowledge as I looked out of a window of  The Olde Bell at the […]


June 23, 2011

One of the things I learnt growing up is that sharing DNA does not a family, automatically make. As ex-pats in their early twenty’s, 12,000 miles from home, my parents built a family out of neighbours, workmates, and kindergarten helpers. And now my family are my ‘Sisters From Other Misters’: a Kiwi, a Canuck, a […]