Teapot Tribute

My beautiful teapot, the only teapot I've ever loved, must be discarded. Despite lots of hairline cracks (crazing I think its called) it did the job for years. But now it leaks a puddle of tea every time I use it. As soon as I find another, it must go. Many of you know how... Continue Reading →

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Grace Mends Fragile Things

Before I started the Where and What is Beauty? series I ran the idea past Bishop Jake. I've been keen for Jake to contribute all along; he's been really busy and suggested a post for reblogging. I've been holding off until I felt the time was right and now's the time because Mending Fragile Things... Continue Reading →

Banishing The Dark Cloud

If this was a personal conversation I'd take a deep breath and warn you that I'm about to relate something that's initially distressing. Its the story of my journey from a dark place to a place of light and colour, of new understandings, of hope and transformation. By sharing some of my story I hope... Continue Reading →

Giving and Receiving

This week has been a very unusual week for me. On Sunday I was one of four participants who spoke at an art gallery event in Dunedin about Colour. I called the talk 'My Colour Journey' and shared about me, colour, and my experience of blogging. My delivery fell well short of what I aspired... Continue Reading →

Whale Rider

On Monday when we were in Dunedin I asked Nigel to take me to the Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition. As always there was a wonderful variety of art on display but this was my favourite. This is a watercolour by Doug Hart simply called Whale Rider. ** Click on the photo to enlarge **... Continue Reading →

Come Away With Me

Come away with me to realms of fantasy... The latest contribution in response to the Pete's Dragon creative invitation is the dramatic and powerful poem DREAMS AND DRAGONS by Damien B. Donnelly accompanied by an exquisite "little pastel sketch" also by Damien. Please, please visit "Dreams and Dragons" and immerse yourself in the magic and... Continue Reading →

Bright is Beautiful

Yesterday morning I came across a colourful blog-post by Sayanti Dasgupta that features the photo below, and I was blown away by it. Sayanti was very helpful answering my questions and I found out that this Gond mural is next to the entrance of the first floor of her house. I also learned from Sayanti... Continue Reading →

Lessons of Nature by Tanja Britton

A new addition to the Where and What is Beauty? series. At the end of May I read this wonderful post by Tanja that she'd posted earlier in May. She kindly agreed to my request to reblog it in its entirety, as part of my series. Blog Home:  Tanja Britton   Lives and writes at the... Continue Reading →

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I found this lovely oil painting on display at Dunedin Public Art Gallery when I visited on Monday 21 May 2018. The girl is blowing on a dandelion seed-head in time-honoured fashion to determine whether she is loved or not. The painter is Carlo Eduardo Perugini and he was born in Naples but moved to... Continue Reading →

Tea at Tapanui

Sunday 13 May. Dying to get out of foggy, grey, cloudy Gore;  decision at 2.20pm to drive to Tapanui hoping to find (a) Top Nosh still open and (b) warm, bright sunshine. Arrive Tapanui: Top Nosh still open [we were only in the nick of time] AND warm, bright sunshine So we sat down in... Continue Reading →

Me to a ‘T’

Travelling back home from Central Otago we were in need of refreshments. We'd already driven Clyde to Hawea in the early morning and then found that Hawea was seriously lacking anything that resembled a cosy cafe with an ounce of ambience. Nigel had visited a prospective client in the morning and we faced a long... Continue Reading →

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