A tuatara in the wild! The first time I’ve ever seen one outside of an enclosure. This beautiful creature was sunning itself on the side of the track on Matiu Somes Island today where I went with my daughter on a class trip 😊
Hydrangeas of Aro Valley. As a kid I could not get over how flowers this pretty did not smell nice or really have any noteable scent. They are still a bit magic though, in their slight resemblance to fractals and in their litmus-like effect. If they grow in acidic soil they flower pink instead of blue. They may have missed the scent adaptation but they are still adaptable.
It was great to be part of this Wellington LitCrawl session on the intricacies of writing about mental health, a few weeks ago. It was a bit scary too, to talk about my own experiences in front of people at Bats Theatre which was packed-full! I found this photo on the LitCrawl page by Fergus Haywood. (I’m the one on the right).
I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since this photo was taken. Me, my mother and my grandmother: three generations of women with PhDs! Here we are in the matching outfits we were allowed to wear as my grandmother is an emeritus professor at the University of Waikato where she worked for over three decades teaching psychology, and my mother and I both did our doctorates there ❤️❤️❤️
Day 35 of practicing my morning writing ritual. It must surely be ingrained as a habit by now! This morning I woke up at 5:45 and wrote down my lovely dream in which I’d visited the novelist Shonagh Koea in Auckland who had such smooth skin and lived in a kind of urban commune of older women, connected to an old monastery with lots of unusual stained glass. She was very kind in my dream. After writing this I turned to the new novel and ignored the post-it notes I’d written last night on what to write next because I had an idea that grabbed me. I didn’t even need to light my candle for encouragement. I wrote over 800 words. This is all going surprisingly well for someone who isn’t a morning person!
Elderflower liqueur. I made this by soaking elderflowers in water and citric acid then adding sugar and vodka and steeping them for a bit longer. I like leaving a few little flowers in the bottles for aesthetic value. Great for little Xmas presents 😊. This is delicious served over vanilla ice cream with strawberries! 🌼🍹🍨🍓
This is my board for writing projects (some of which I've been working on for years). The top post-its are things that I can do in the next week then things for the next month below, then next quarter. I'm not someone who naturally gravitates towards structure because I hate rules - so if I want structure to actually help me get things done I need to shape it so that it works for me. Do you use systems to organise your life?
What are you planning to do this weekend? My usual weekend plan is to relax as much as possible... but I might need to take it up a level. My daughter saw this at @unitybookswgtn today and said: "you need this!"