Pelican Feeding

Linda Stewart Of the many joys of writing is having somewhere to share your work.  Since QP’s muse recovered from a long spell of academic essays writing for the purpose to share has made me so much more mindful of my surroundings.  I have written of this before and each time we are away from…

Mt. Taranaki

Linda Stewart  According to Māori mythology, Taranaki once resided in the middle of the North Island, with all the other New Zealand volcanoes. The beautiful Pihanga was coveted by all the mountains, and a great battle broke out between them. Tongariro eventually won the day, inflicted great wounds on the side of Taranaki, and causing him…

Thoughts about Turkey

Linda Stewart When we decided to visit Turkey and spend a month exploring the west coast, we were apprehensive about how we would cope in a culture so different from our own; Anglophiles to the bone, albeit antipodean Anglophiles. We enjoy the interacting with people of other cultures but we do like to be able…

Share Your World – 2015 Week 12

Linda Stewart When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion. Parks and their benches make great outdoor meeting places for clients we are not able to visit in their homes.  Approximately twenty percent of our client group’s homes are assessed as high risk…

185 Empty Chairs

22nd February this year marked the fourth anniversary since the Christchurch earthquake that damaged the city.  We were visiting family who had experienced the earthquake we wanted to spend time in the city centre trying to understand the impact of the disaster on their lives. Every few hundred meters memorials to those who died in…