Looking back, looking forward

Our last (March 20)  newsletter featured only two events on Friday 15 March 2019: a peaceful and creative school student demonstration on climate change in Auckland’s Aotea Square (one of many throughout the world that day) , and the appalling terrorist massacre of Muslim people at prayer in Christchurch, which unknown to us was happening […]

Forgotten World Adventure…

We haven’t forgotten our adventure, 4-8 March – our 16th annual trip with our longtime friends, three other lesbian couples who manage land projects- small or large.  Steph and Annette are on  Seahorse Farm near Whangarei , Jenny and Lesley have Pokaiwhenua Tree Farm near Putaruru, and Joy and Jill have been developing their extensive […]

A Capital Visit

Charmaine’s cousin Audrey had her 90th birthday at the end of January , and we took a trip to Wellington/Whanganui-a-Tara  for her party.  We  have quite a few lesbian friends in Wellington whom we hadn’t seen for some time,  so we stayed four nights, and caught up with several of them.  Our AirBnB purpose-built cottage […]

Tai Haruru

Soon after our return from Wellington we went for a few days to North Piha to stay in the lovely Forest and Bird house, Tai Haruru, again.  It’s a very restful place in the bush, old-fashioned and well-furnished for five in the house and another four in a separate self-contained flat. Tanya had her 40th […]

Summer in the City

Walking… Christmas Day was a fine, cool day for a walk, so we set out to explore the Westmere coast.  A bus to Meola Road, and then we took the new boardwalk through the mangroves to Weona Reserve.  Glimpses of Meola Reef across the water, until we climbed to a clifftop and saw the wider […]

Exploring our city’s stories

We’ve had another lovely day exploring different aspects of our city with Taiga, our 9-year-old friend from Earthsong. We found a beautifully produced booklet called Te Paparahi, Toi Maori: Walks in the City , produced by Maori artists and designers and supported by the Auckland Council and ATEED, the Council’s tourism and events organisation.  It […]

Rainbow…

..How better to finish our summer story than with a rainbow…promise of some showers for our thirsty gardens…the most spectacular, complete double rainbow we’ve seen from our top deck since we’ve been here, arching over the whole of the central city area from Ponsonby to Mount Eden for a few precious minutes… .

Isaac…around and about

We have been getting to know some more of our neighbours in Isaac apartments by having the odd gathering at our place to welcome newcomers. At a recent one, our new co-building-manager, Jo, talked with us about the blasts of noisy music from 7am onwards blaring out the huge doors of the local panel-beating workshop […]