Beach Road MacMillan Reserve, Katikati

 Sometimes we take the beauty of the area we live in, for granted!  A couple of weeks ago, we were reminded of that beauty, enough to take our breath away.  The nature gifts that are there for us, day in, day out, but we are are too busy with worldly activities, to stop, to open…

Stunning Te Puna Quarry Park

What a beautiful place the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand is!  The Bay of Plenty Beauty!  I took some visitors to Te Puna Quarry Park on the weekend and I was reminded of not only the beauty of the Bay, but also what a collective bunch of inspired souls can achieve when they work…

Te Uru Taumatua

What a brilliant Marae!  Te Uru Taumatua near Whakatane.  Well worth the visit!  It's a Maori Meeting House of Incredible Sustainability and vision.  Brilliant!  This amazing marae welcomes visitors and enthusiastically explains the journey of transformation.  The marae is a treat to behold, and well worth the effort to go and explore.  Their journey is…

Best of Katikati

Katikati, Western Bay of Plenty. Between Waihi and Tauranga. A little town 2 1/2 hours south of Auckland. Lying nestled between the foothills of the Kaimai mountains and the shores of the Bay of Plenty, Katikati is the Kiwifruit and Avocado capital. When the Maori landed on these shores, they stopped and found plenty to…

Portrait Snatching

Photo Bombing; when someone is having a photo taken and you burst in on the scene.  Captured forever on someone else's photograph. Selfies; a new term to capture the essence of how self-absorbed we have become. Portrait Snatching; a term I have invented to describe the moment you record someone's portrait when they are completely…

Ancient Roman Africa

They came, they saw, they conquered.  The Romans, that is, in Africa!  Walking up to Volubilis near Meknes, Moroccco, one might be forgiven with thinking you were in the Italian countryside, and not Africa! That the Romans sought to cross the Straits of Gibraltar around the first century, and build this little metropolis, is amazing.…