August 10, 2015

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…. Fiji Winter Holiday

What I wanted:   Warmth, endless sunshine, beautiful tropical beaches with clear blue crystal waters,  frolicking in the ocean, kayaking, perhaps some stand up paddle boarding, spending time with Bruce, painting, relaxing, going nowhere, yoga, reading, good food. What I got:  Some warmth, some cool breezes, limited sunshine, plenty of rain, […]
April 28, 2015

Birdsong in Action: January – April 2015

It has been an incredibly lovely, long, luxurious and hot summer here in Wainui.   After nine years in the Christchurch region, this was by far the loveliest weather we’ve had.   I felt like I had a summer – a summer of fun:   camping trips, lots of visitors, abundance from the […]
January 1, 2015

Road Tripping: Me, Mom, and Yosemite National Park!

Mom and I have never traveled together as a duo.   But when friends told me they were heading to Yosemite for a few days, I jumped on board and decided that mom and I should go on a road trip.   Two hundred miles from San Francisco, we had a four […]
December 21, 2014

Long Days, Long Nights

As we approach the summer solstice and the longest day in the southern hemisphere, I suddenly find myself catapulted into the shortest day here in San Francisco.   I am recently arrived after having had a peaceful and enjoyable 30-hour transit which took me from Christchurch NZ, to Brisbane OZ, to […]