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In support of teaching classes that could be viewed as Art Therapy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

At the moment I am teaching a group of nine clients from the Te Aratu Trust and their delightful and artistically talented tutor, Lorraine Willoughby.

This is the second you I have taken the group for lessons and the payment for the lessons has been helped by grants  from the Civic  Arts Trust.
The Civic Arts Trust has been very supportive towards my mosaic and painting projects over the

Attraction of the wonderful things I want in life, spiritually, physically. mentally and emotionally. .

Sunday, November 25, 2012

  I have been listening to a tape on manifestation. 
Here are some of the important things the person has said. 

If you could do a single most immediate thing to increase your abundance it would be to change the words you use on a habitual basis. 

Words are your open sesame
Change the words you speak to reflect abundance, happiness power and fortune.
Don't talk of lack.

Words have

Fantastic graphic Look at this. So empowering.


"People who say it cannot be
done should not interrupt those who are doing it."

~ George Bernard

National Novel Writing Month November.

I'm only four days behind on this because I have been otherwise engaged. 

My husband, Graham, went away on a business trip for Hayes International to Brisbane,  Australia for three days. 
I couldn't go as I was teaching art classes from my home studio. 

I am hardly ever without him. 
We are almost joined at the hip. 
I was dreading it because I thought I would be lonely and wouldn't be able to

What have I been up to creatively and otherwise over the past couple of days?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Everyday seems bursting with things to do.
The sun is out, yay and so are my roses.
I need to tidy my studio as tomorrow I'm having a couple of clients in for morning tea.

  I had a busy day yesterday teaching and I have a big mess from all the collage.
I have such lovely, incredibly gifted and special  pupils, it makes everything so rewarding.
I am loving seeing how they are developing.


This is my new camera lens.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Look at this beautiful lens. 

It is the nicest one I  have ever tried. 

It is an all round great lens to go travelling with and I will take it to Italy when I go next year. 


It is mine, I just love it. 

Canon 24 to 105 


24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic

What have I been up to creatively lately

 I am writing the equivalent of a blog post every day for the month of  November in order to celebrate National Novel Writing month.
 It's a lot easier than writing 1666 words per day.  
I did this two years ago and it was a marathon and I was totally exhausted.

I produced a pile of unpublishable words, but it was thereupeutic. 

The posts all of this month will be made to achieve the goal of

Creatively using books in a lecture or a public speaking engagement

Sunday, November 18, 2012

If a speaker brings along a sample of books to illustrate a powerful message during their talk I think this is an effective and creative device.
Analagy is clever. Connecting two separate things forms a visual metaphors.

It is a way of showing not telling. 
The most powerful one for me lately has been the iPad and the mini iPad and a simple childhood piano duet being played on it.
What is the

The importance of using props creatively when public speaking in public.

I think the idea of using a suitcase  when delivering a sermon about baggage you carry around with you is a good device.
 A visual  prop is very powerful.
 You can tell people till the cows come home that it is a good idea not to hold grudges and it could easily just pass the listener goodbye.

Every time I look at suitcases I think about grudges  and travel, but I notice so far that it hasn't

Poetry, I'm having a break from gardening posts, but not for long so be warned.

About a Cockroach


A cockroach is climbing up the wall

into the kitchen after a night of thunder.

You call me in to see and I explain

that it would be sad to leave it there:

it might fall into the soup;

We must take care

that no-one eats it.

You pick it up in a handi towel

and carry it outside,

to hide it in the wood pile.


I see then that a kind of faith

Ladies from Tirau Garden Circle come for a garden tour and mosaic demonstration.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I don't have vast numbers of people trecking through my garden for tours.
 It is more like a gentle trickle.

It is enough to keep  me on my toes as far as the weeding and planting goes.
The admission I charge doesn't really cover the amount I pay out to the  person I employ  to help with the weeding on an adhoic basis.
But I figure it's worth it to have everything looking like it's  cooking

Gardening in Rotorua. This is supposed to represent a post every day on this blog in support of national Novel writing Month.

 My garden could be described as a rustic bird haven or sanctuary. 

 It's not perfect, there are weeds in the lawns. 
 There are gaps where there shouldn't be. 
 I don't plant in drifts of one type.
 I  have things poking in and out all over the show. 
If something pops up and it's not colour co-ordinated I don't worry too much. 
I honour its decision to be there.  

Every election I always

More Flowers in my Organic Mosaic Cottage Garden

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Angelica Flower

Don't know the name

Dont know the name



Roadside Daisy

Japanese Maple

Ponga frond

Water buttercup
( This is a plant in my fish pond)

                                  Lambs Ears



Flowers and plants and herbs in my organic garden

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I am now one day behind my intention to do a blog post per day for the month of  Novemebr so you will be treated to two posts on the same day, when I get time.

While writing my column on creativity for the Rotorua Weekender I had an idea of going around my whole garden to document photographically every plant and flower.
It will be interesting to see how many plants I can identify and how

Gardening off and on all weekend

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have a group of twenty  Garden Club women are  coming for a visit from Tokoroa on Thursday.
 Over the years I have had  people and groups  from garden clubs and bus tours visiting and they pay me for a mosaic demonstration and a tour around the garden.
This is good because it helps me keep my garden as up to date as I can manage.
It's never perfect but I like to think that its part of its

National Novel Writing Month, How photography has changed my life.

Friday, November 9, 2012

On one hand  it's less expensive than ever to do photography now with digital  because you don't need to spend large amounts of money on processing.  

Kawaha Point, Rotorua

It's more satisfactory because you can just delete the photos you don't like in camera  and take another shot. 

Koutu, Rotorua

Ohinemutu, Rotorua

Sulphur Point, Rotorua

One legged Gull

National Novel Writing Month, Todays Blogpost Appreciating the seaons.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda


There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.  ~Celia Thaxter


 “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

Jim Bishop


 We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day

Natonal Novel Writing Month..Blogpost in support of this.

Overlooking the simple and common things because they are always there.
Photography to me is about not taking any subject for granted.
Like seagulls.
How many times have you heard people make disparaging remarks about their screeching, leaving deposits in public places and their meanness to each other?.
I find them quite beautiful, especially in the early morning and late evening light.

National Novel Writing Month In support of this I'm positing the equivalent of a blogpost a day.

                                       Birds I have met

                       Wingspan Birds of Prey I have met

Creative Quote of the day

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”

J.M. Barrie,

The Little White Bird

 “In order to see birds it is necessary to become a

Photography Competitions.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

As part of  National Novel Writing month instead of writing a  50,000 word novel I am going to try to do thirty posts with photographs for the month of November. 
 They are about my creative activities and will include quotes and maybe a haiku or two. 

Today I had to submit some photographs for Rotorua Camera Club end of year competitions. 
I was late as usual. 
I down loaded about 40

Exhibition at Essence Cafe, Ngongotaha, Rotorua

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I have organised an exhibition in this cafe until the end of November with three of my advanced acrylic and mixed media painting students.

The work is fairly naive in style and designed to appeal to children and people who still  like fairy tales even though they have grown up. 
The work is narrative, whimsical  and full of symbolism for me.
Here are the latest two paintings.


Sunday Drive: Taking a trip out of town for a mini photographic adventure to Te Ko Utu Park Cambridge. .

Monday, November 5, 2012

             In support of National Novel Writing Month 
 (I am committing to writing a blog post every day with photo's for one month. )
                         Te Ko Utu Park Cambridge.
How many of you who live within the Bay of Plenty or the Waikato know about Te Ko utu Park and lake in the middle of Cambridge? 
My husband Graham  has been living in this area all of his life and he had

National Novel Writing Month Landscape Photography

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Already its the 4th of November and I  am two days behind with  my commitment to write a blog post with photo's every day.

So I'll do three today. 
Here are my favourite shots from the two day Landscape Photographic workshop that I went on last weekend with the Rotorua Camera club and professional Photographer Craig Robertson. 

This is at Waiotapu.
If you take someiIdentification, Rotorua

Landscape photography workshop with Craig Robertson

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This post represents my commitment to write a blogpost every day for the month of November in support of National Novel Writing Month.

                                                  Landscape Photography
Tonight I went out with a group of people from the Rotorua Camera Club with professional photographer/tutor Craig Robertson.


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