Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Homeless Hermits

Talented poet Dana from the blog My Gorgeous Somewhere is launching a poetry project (that also involves shells) designed to help out struggling Hermit Crabs. Go here to find out more about this fascinating campaign.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Opening Night

The Opening for Mike's exhibition 'Thunderhead and Rainbow Face' last night was fantastic. We couldn't have wished for better. Heaps of people, and all of them gobsmacked at Mike's work. He has done a tremendous amount of work all year for this exhibition, and the result blew everyone away. It is up for three more weeks at Blue Oyster for many more people to visit, peruse and be wowed.

The artist is the one in the white T-shirt.

My daughter and my two grandchildren,

Sunday, 16 November 2008



R's parents are here for M's Exhibition Opening at Blue Oyster Gallery on Tuesday night.

Today we checked out the Chinese Gardens.








... and then popped into the Blue Oyster Gallery to see how things were progressing ...









life's work

Today, washing the dishes

the smell of dish-washing liquid,

the sound of distant conversation,

a grey warbler, the neighbour

putting in his vegetable garden;

our son hanging

his life's work

so far in the balance;

I think


but maybe not

of the smell of haymaking

and the bliss of stopping

for a picnic tea

on a woollen rug

and the taste of sun

and time, not lost

so much as stoppered.

Kay McKenzie Cooke


And here are two older posts to add to the bottom of this one:

Catherine and I met up and had dinner out at the Circadian Rhythm cafe, taking in a Poetry Reading at the same time.


It was a good chance to show Catherine, who is herself part of the poetry scene in Christchurch, a little of the poetry scene in Dunedin.

By the way, here is a link to Bill Direen's take on the night at Scott Hamilton's very fine blog.


David Eggleton


Jeanne Bernhardt




David Karena Holmes

poetry-reading-viewpointBill Direen

Other readers were Peter Olds and Richard Reeve.

Claire Beynon

I urge you to drop into Claire Beynon's Antarctic blog, Ice Lines - it's definitely got the WOW! factor. Amazing photos and videos taken with her artist's eye - plus fabtastic (I just made that word up!) writing. Claire is a talented writer and artist.

Plus a link to Reviews of books by Richard Reeve, Jeanne Bernhardt, Martha Morseth and Gary Brecher

And another choice of a link to the reviews c/- Wordpress

Clocking Out

 I have been neglecting this blog for some months. I think perhaps I should face facts and accept that it is indeed time to retire this blog...