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Fishing in the Hauraki Gulf #travel #NewZealand

A favorite activity – for hubby, at any rate – is to go fishing. We’re blessed with many choices of fishing spots in Auckland. Usually hubby tags along with his brother and they go fishing somewhere in the Hauraki Gulf.

Fishing

Here are some friends that decided to tag along.

Fishing dolphins

They like to play and take a good look. Must be a spectator sport…

Fishing scenery

When they overnight on the boat, they tuck into sheltered bays near one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

Fishing mooring

Lots of neighbors to chat with…

Fishing Allen

Then there is the fishing. The ones that got away…

Fishing Paul

And the ones that didn’t.

Do you like to fish? If so, where is your favorite fishing spot?

The Case of Bella and the Chicken… #pets

Hubby loves roast chicken, and his favored way of cooking one is with the barbecue. He sticks a beer can (half-full) and herbs inside the chicken, and as it cooks, the chicken absorbs the moisture from the can.

Chicken

Bella loves to know everything that is happening and watches proceedings with interest.

Chicken Bella

Close interest…

Chicken Bella Window

Close, close interest…

Chicken Lick

Luckily, hubby rescued his chicken before Bella moved near enough to nibble. A close call!

Beautiful Tekapo, New Zealand #travel

Tekapo is a gorgeous spot in the Mackenzie basin of the South Island. Lake Tekapo is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

Lake Tekapo

The lake is glacier-blue since it is fed from the Southern Alps.

Church of the Good Shepherd

The Church of the Good Shepherd was built by settlers in 1935. It sits on the lake shore and worshipers have a stunning view of Lake Tekapo.

View from Church of the Good Shepherd

The dog statue, not far from the church is another popular landmark. The statue of the collie sheepdog represents the contribution of man’s best friend to the Mackenzie region.

Tekapo Collie Statue

Tekapo Dog

A close up of the statue.

The entire Mackenzie basin is known for one other thing. It is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Both nights we were there we got up in the small hours of the morning to stargaze. I don’t have any photos, but I have never seen so many stars in all my life. The sky was carpeted with stars and planets, and this is a memory that will live with me for a long time.

I love this region of New Zealand and highly recommend a visit if you’re ever near this part of New Zealand.

Christchurch: Then and Now #travel #NewZealand

On 4th September 2010 an earthquake struck Christchurch in New Zealand. A second struck on 22 February 2011 with loss of life and property damage.

I visited Christchurch in 2006 and this year was the first time I’d returned. It was sobering, even now almost five years later. The center of Christchurch remains empty with ruined buildings and lots of vacant lots.

Christchurch Cathedral

This is a photo of the cathedral and the square, taken prior to the Earthquake.

Christchurch Cathedral

A second view of the cathedral.

Cathedral Ruins 1

Cathedral Ruins

Cathedral Ruins

Cathedral Ruins

As I said, sobering. The cathedral is one of the many buildings in the city center that is still damaged. There are also many empty lots where the buildings have been removed. There is talk of restoring the cathedral, but the cost is phenomenal. I would like them to reinforce the shell enough to make it safe and to use it as a memorial. It’s certainly an emotional topic for the Christchurch locals.

Update: A 5.7 magnitude earthquake occurred on Valentine’s day (14 Feb 2016)–the first big quake for some time. Thankfully, there were no fatalities.

College Glacier, Alaska #travel

College Glacier, Alaska

This is a portion of the College Glacier in Alaska. We were able to get quite close and witnessed a calving, which is where a hunk of ice falls into the water. This was taken before the calving and you could hear the ice crack and shift then it toppled.

Floating Ice

We sailed past chunks of floating ice, some a pretty blue.

Glacier

And this is me bundled up against the cold on the approach to the glacier. It’s a beautiful part of the world with pristine water and air and gorgeous scenery.

Mush! Dog Sledding Mendenhall Glacier #travel

JuneauDogSledding

This was my trip highlight. We flew by helicopter to the top of the Mendenhall glacier and then went sledding. Amazing! Absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to do it again. This is hubby saying hello to one of the sled dogs.

Love Letters for Valentine’s Day #lovebites

Do you ever read a romance novel and wish you could revisit your favorite couples to see how they’re doing? Well, now is your chance! Take a look at the beautiful love letters from our sexiest heroes to their sweethearts!

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Check out the three new love letters at Paranormal Romance Lovers, written by Rachel Leigh, Smith, Kristen Strassel and Kallysten.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Bites Valentine’s Day Love Letters #lovebites

I’m taking part in a fun promotion for Valentine’s Day. Nine authors have helped their heroes write love letters to their ladies.

The first three love letters are up on Paranormal Romance Lovers today.

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There will be three more letters tomorrow, and my letter will appear on 14 February. Saber Mitchell (My Scarlet Woman) writes a love letter to his mate Emily.

Romance on a Shoestring

The hero in my current work-in-progress has money problems, and his marriage is suffering because he is working such long hours.

A romantic date

Sometimes it’s difficult to make a dollar stretch to cover necessities, let alone having enough to spare for romance. But that doesn’t mean romance needs to take a back seat. Here are some ideas to keep the romance alive that won’t hurt the budget.

Inexpensive Ideas to Keep the Romance Alive

1. Write a love letter to your sweetie.

2. Make a special romance pack. You could include a special music playlist, a candle, bubble bath or scented lotion, massage oil.

3. Turn on some romantic music and  slow dance together.

4. Take a picnic to the park and play on the swings.

5. Watch the sunrise or sunset.

6. Swap babysitting services with a family member or friend. Make a nice dinner at home, watch a movie and enjoy the togetherness without the kids. Christen every room in the house…if you catch my drift.

7. Read a sexy romance together

8. Make an at-home dinner special with candles. Add soft, romantic music.

9. Go for a walk in the countryside.

10. Sit outside on a nice evening and star-gaze.

11. Surprise your partner with a lunch date during the working week.

12. Kiss before you part for the day—a proper kiss that will make the pulse-rate pound!

Do you have any other suggestions for my poor cash-strapped hero?

House of the Cat on Kindle Unlimited #kindle #paranormal

All the books in my House of the Cat series and my Alien Encounter series are now available for free via Kindle Unlimited. My Military Men series plus Interplanetary Love are also in the Kindle Unlimited program. Grab your copies now!

Captured & Seduced

Innocent Next Door



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