Posts Tagged ‘family’

Girl in Melbourne

May 12, 2013

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Melbourne is a city that swaddles you and keeps you warm, as long as you are appropriately dressed.  It’s the kind of destination you always park a scarf when visiting (especially in Autumn) because you never know how bitterly cold it might be.  This is why Melbourne feels a lot like home, because New Zealand is the same.  And because my sister lives in Melbourne, so a part of home is always there to welcome me.

I never really do much when I am there, only the things that you imagine people do in this town.  Shop, go to cafes, eat, wander through parks, walk up four flights of steps in search of a bookstore, go to museums and galleries.  But it is an easy to navigate city, so simple to get around.  Perfect for exploring and for solitary wandering days punctuated by meals with friends.

Farm Life

March 16, 2013

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A trip to the family property in Waikouaiti, just outside Dunedin, usually involves hanging out with the sheep and chickens and a bit of hard work – usually gardening or helping with the sheep.  This trip both my sister and I were home and helped with the end of summer haymaking.  Our father cut the grass using his vintage tractor, and we then spent three days raking and turning the hay.  I will always remember the smell of the grass drying in the sun and whenever I close my eyes all I see are Dorothy Norman’s photos of grass.

Mum

October 14, 2010

This photo is of my Mother, and was taken in 1967. I think she must be sitting on a lawn in the Wairarapa, in New Zealand. How cool are the Hydrangeas?

Things I love about my mother: her compassion and complete acceptance, her love of words, her secret subterranean girlishness. Her cooking.

I wish we didn’t live so far away from each other.