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A Trio of Kiwis

A Trio of Kiwis Earlier this year my husband and I went on a cruise around the coast of New Zealand and over to Australia. Most of the passengers on the ship came from America and Canada and the following conversation came up several times with various people. “I like...

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13 All Black and Rugby Facts

The World Cup Rugby tournament is currently underway in Britain, and as I write this the quarter-finalists have been decided after several weeks of pool play. I’ve been cheering for the New Zealand team. Thirteen All Black Facts 1. The All Blacks are New Zealand’s...

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Sirocco: The Kakapo Ambassador

New Zealand has some fascinating birds, some of which are rare these days due to man encroaching on their habitats and predators killing chicks or eating the birds’ eggs. While I’ve been privileged to see many of our rare birds, I’ve never seen a kakapo. When hubby...

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A Weta House in a Rimu Tree

We visited relations during the weekend, and one of them keeps a weta house in their garden. She says it’s so the wetas don’t jump out at her while she’s in the garden. This is a native rimu tree and where the wetas live. The rimu tree is very cool. You can’t tell...

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The Otago Peninsula – World Famous!

On Christmas day we spent time in Port Chalmers. The sail away was beautiful with fine weather – very different from the last time we were there when the peninsula was covered with fog and visibility was nil! The scenery was gorgeous – blue skies and this group of...

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Tales of Christmas Past

  I’m visiting Joan Reeves today and showcasing my recent release Merry & Seduced. I’m also reminiscing about Christmases past. Check out my snippet plus the posts of the other authors at 12 # Authors Reflect on Christmas Get in the Christmas mood!

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Seven Signs That Summer is Here

Signs that summer and Christmas are really on the way… 1. Some of our native pohutukawa trees have burst into flower. The trees growing near the sea have started to flower and the others closer to our home should start flowering soon. The pohutukawa tree is known as...

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Z is for Zealandia

Zealandia is a wildlife sanctuary in Wellington—an inland island where endangered native species are kept safe from predators in the hope of increasing dwindling populations. The 225 hectare site includes two dams that used to supply the city of Wellington with water....

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Y is for Yachts

New Zealanders love their boats, and particularly those who live in Auckland, which is also known as the City of Sails. There are several marinas around the city, and we have some excellent boat builders who are based here. They make huge super yachts for wealthy...

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