Delighted at our new dinner set made for us by Paul Melser. Really works fantastically with the new kitchen design.
Paul’s wonderful pottery is located on Norfolk Road towards Mount Holdsworth in the Tararua Range, Wairarapa, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dad, me and Mum
Jenni, me and Mum
Mum & Jenni
Jenni and me
He rangi ātaahua tēnei!
#eke #eketahuna #ekecountrycottage #morena #tewikiotereomāori #aotearoa #family #garden
Every now and then a history book comes along that helps you think about the past in entirely new ways.
This new history of the Vikings by Uppsala University archaeologist Neil Price does just that. 📚
See: Kirkus Reviews
An eclectic but aligned mixture of styles sometimes just works...
This new novel by Susanna Clarke (author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), references (in multiple ways) the work of the Italian artist and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi known for his etchings of “fictitious and atmospheric prisons” (Le Carceri d’Invenzione). It is a ‘realist fantasy’ that conjures up both internal and external ‘otherworldliness’ in a lyrical and ultimately tender tale of loss, forgetting, and remembering.
Themes of finding truth through madness, caring for the dead and the lost, and devotion to place and the world (or worlds), are balanced with examinations of narcissism, ‘transgression’ and deep and enduring malicious manipulation.
It is all the more remarkable that this is told through a tale with initially only one character, and ultimately only a very small number of additional participants. It is a short read, for as the puzzle unfolds, the story draws you rapidly along until its ultimate and satisfying conclusion.
Highly recommended. 📚
Reviews and Links
Fascinating new book 📚
Only just started reading it and it’s intriguing and delightful.
Exposed elements of the wreck of the Hydrabad Waitarere Beach
We went for a walk up the Hokio / Waitarere beach in search of the whale burial site, and couldn’t see anything, but visited the site of the Hydrabad wreck instead:
Sunny Wellington, Cuba Mall. After several days of wind and rain, it’s delightfully sunny.
New book 📚- “The Making of the Middle Sea” A history of the Mediterranean from the beginning to the emergence of the Classical World. (Cyprian Broodbank, Oxford, 2013)
A large whale washed up dead on Hōkio Beach. Muaūpoko Iwi, as mana whenua, were responsible for ensuring the whale’s remains were treated according to tikanga. It is believed to have been Pygmy Blue Whale.
Up early to head to the slopes, and watch the moonset over the mountains in Queenstown #travel #skiing #queenstown #winterpridenz 🏳️🌈
Arrowtown Library 📚 #library #books #heritage #otago #aotearoa #winterpridenz #travel