• Over 100,000 people visit the Festival of Lights each year

A Walk in the Park

September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

I love sitting under the stars, watching the moon rise over the tall trees on the skyline while listening to live music at the Bowl of Brooklands. Carlos Santana’s electric guitar charging through the crowd – all on their feet dancing – was a night to remember. The only interruption being the quacking of ducks [...]

  • Geometrical design is a feature at Gravetye

Springtime in the Garden

June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

After the cold and grey months of winter there is nothing like a little spring sunshine to entice us into the great outdoors. Plants start appearing in my garden that I had forgotten about – it’s like someone cast a wand around the garden conjuring up green foliage and flower buds. As a garden photographer [...]

  • Representing Australia (white masks) and Kiwis (dark masks)

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

There was literally not a cloud in the clear blue sky and nothing to indicate that the Coast would be hit by a devastating weather bomb a few short weeks later. “The West Coast’s full,” we were told; as well as the wildfoods festival, the Wanaka A&P show was on, one of the very few [...]

Last of the Summer Wine

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s five days before the Mangonui waterfront festival, and there’s a hole in the road just north of the venue. Well, to be accurate, big tides have underscored the footpath and part of the road, and repairs are underway. Obviously, repairs to a tidal area are tide-dependent, especially when using heavy machinery, and it’s not [...]