A Gift from France

Our family has expanded this week. We have welcomed 16-yr-old Joséphine, an AFS exchange student. She is from Dijon and has come to live in New Zealand for just two months. She’ll go to school here and hopefully get a taste of the Kiwi lifestyle. She has fitted right in and it feels like she […]

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You can take the girl out of Ireland…

I was born in Northern Ireland, and lived with my family in a little (as in: blink or you’ll miss it) village called Altnamackin in County Armagh until we made the long and alienating journey to New Zealand in 1974. I was named after Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who, legend has it, planted a […]

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Resolutions

Welcome to one of my favourite places in the world. I’m not going to tell you exactly where it is, because not many people have discovered it for the treasure that it is, and as a result it is still a relatively peaceful backwater. Most people head to the nearby holiday town (two words that strike […]

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Experiencing Samoa

It’s been a while since my last post. Apologies. School holidays tend to put the brakes on any writing urges (and opportunities). I’m back with a vengeance now though, teaming with new ideas. You’ll be sick of me before too long. Another reason behind the writing hiatus was a trip to Samoa. I had wanted to […]

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