The division between the spiritual and material worlds softened this evening and the magic was powerful over Capital E; in Wellington’s Civic Square. There was a strong sense that King Arthur was amongst us as we journeyed into the medieval castle. It was with trepidation that we ventured into the Medieval Horror Hall and it […]
Sophie, at two month’s shy of her second Birthday, today demonstrated what I knew was on the horizon. What was to be our regular, pleasurable afternoon visit to the local playground turned into misery for Sophie and I. Jealousy struck at the heart of Sophie’s emotions and she was in despair. Charlotte, now an independent, […]
In the midst of Wellington City is Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. New Zealand stood alone from the rest of the world for 85 million years. The only native land-mammal is the short and long-tailed bat (peka peka). Bird life used to be prolific and only on offshore islands, now cleared of introduced predators, can people get […]
Charlotte went on her first Kindi excursion last week and she didn’t show a trace of nerves. On the contrary, she gloated that, ‘You can’t come. It’s for Kindi teachers and children only.’. She went to see ‘Thomas Saves the Day’ and travelled into the city, by bus, from her Kindi. She absolutely LOVED the […]
The good weather and long-weekend provided the perfect opportunity to get green fingered with the children. Charlotte delighted in writing labels to accompany our freshly planted tomato plants and hiding peas in the soil to the chant of, ‘Hail the pea-pods!’. With a bit of luck we’ll be enjoying fresh tomatoes, strawberries and peas throughout […]
This Labour Weekend the girls delighted in having an extra day with their Daddy (whilst in Wanaka the annual Speights ‘Find the Perfect Woman Competition‘ was held). The weather was beautiful and Sunday morning was spent at Lyall Bay Beach with Daddy creating a sand airplane for the girls. Whilst Sophie and I took a […]
Sophie reports: At close to two year’s of age I am already becoming a Wellington Cafe Critic; though my criteria for a good cafe are somewhat different to those of my dear Mummy. Living in Houghton Bay, I am lucky to have a number of top Wellington cafe’s within toddling distance. On occasion, Mummy drives […]
Te Papa had been transformed this Labour weekend; into a bright beacon of colour and music from the Pacific. We approached the entrance and gasped at the colourful ribbon, stars and banners hanging from the main foyer. Charlotte laughed hysterically at this ‘full’ head of afro hair saying, ‘He’s wearing a microphone on his head!’: […]
Whilst Sophie enjoyed her nap the other day, Charlotte and I got crafty making masks and necklaces. There was glitter everywhere; the more the better!
KEVAN ANDERTON/Dominion Post JUST VISITING: A 12-metre southern right whale has been cruising Wellington’s coastline since Sunday.
On a recent visit to Te Papa we listened to a curator talk about old toys. She showed us some beautiful toys made of paper, including paper dolls with various paper costumes. Yesterday afternoon, Charlotte discovered a wonderful game on Nick Jr where you can decorate a house, print it off and then make the […]
We got lucky and saw the whale today! The day started with Dan catching a bus to work, at 8.10am, and then Charlotte shouting at me, ‘Telephone! Telephone!’. I pelted downstairs (as I keep forgetting to set the ring tone to ring more than six times) and just grabbed the phone in time (to cheers […]
A Kiwi bird lays eggs THIS BIG! Always something new at Te Papa! This coming Labour Weekend promises lots of free fun and action with the opening of the new Tangata o le Moana Exhibition: The story of Pacific people in New Zealand. Sophie enjoyed the Pacific themed ‘Story Place’ at Te Papa last week. […]
I can’t believe we missed seeing this whale in Houghton Bay on Sunday! We had friends round in the ‘avo and they said the traffic was crazy along the South Coast. We presumed there must be dolphins close to shore. If only we’d taken a stroll down to the bay! At times, the whale was […]