Have I mentioned my fondness for apples and for tractors?
A wild apple tree and rowan berries.
I also have a fondness for the 20th century method of haybaling, as opposed to the 21st century method with its gigantic, rolled-up bales sheathed in ugly, hospital-green. I was so pleased to see that some farmers still bale the old way. I much prefer the friendlier, chug-a-lug balers and the naked variety of chunky hay-bale.
For part of the Easter break, ABM and I went camping.
And as a consequence, my plan to take part in NaPoWriMo this month came to a sudden halt. Any hopes I harboured of writing a poem a day while 'on the road', were tested and found to be unrealistic.
Largely because of my incapacity to concentrate on more than one thing at a time.
Checking out a pair of Paradise ducks with the 'nokkies' .
When I saw this abandoned truck just along from our campsite, I just had to take a photo - abandoned vehicles being another of my weaknesses (image-wise.)
It was time to admit defeat, put down the pen and 'take five', at first with ABM and myself on our own
near Lake Wanaka,
and then with his parents in Queenstown. This is the view from their deck, overlooking Lake Wakatipu and towards the Remarkables mountain range.
I did manage to write one poem.
On a fantastic autumn day, the kind that reminds you why autumn has such a good reputation, I sat under willows that had leaves just beginning to change colour. I wrote while ABM played a couple of rounds of golf. I discovered that in the time he takes to complete 18 holes, I was able to complete a 'first' draft of a poem I was reasonably happy with.
By NaPoWriMo standards this is officially Day Twelve, however I am only up to Day Four. I am writing ideas for poems in a notebook with the hope of getting back to the writing very soon. Even if there's no time and space to do anything with it, at least the inspiration hasn't dried up.
Another thing that has stalled any hopes of keeping to the mark, was the startling yet deeply exciting news from Artist Son M that he and K are going to get married on Friday afternoon, 20th April. So. As we help them to organise a wedding ceremony that is to take place here in Dunedin, in a week's time, on a windy hilltop with an ocean backdrop, my life is in just a teency bit of a whirl.
Needless to say, I won't be back until the confetti has settled.