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31 March, 2014

Mud pools and silica terraces

Carrying on with the journey south through North Island, New Zealand, a lovely teaching weekend in Hamilton    was followed by a two day trip to Rotarua.  We had two days in the Rotarua area where thermal activity and volcanic valleys abound!  But first, a little flora outside the Thermal baths at Rotarua…      The first trip was to Waimunga Volcanic Valley…..     and the second to Wai-o-Tapu                 Then we visited Haku Falls, a really fast and furious flowing waterfall….     before heading off to Lake Taupo for the night.

The next day was the drive down to Wellington going over the Desert Road, where the rock erosion was fabulous but where we could not often stop…..          Another fun workshop   then a day on the beach at Waikanae…                  And now we are off to Wellington city for a bit of culture…!!

Enjoy the photos and Happy Weaving!


Adventures in New Zealand

I can’t believe how quickly time is passing here in New Zealand!  I’ve been here a month now, and we are just about to leave the North Island for the South Island, and I realised I haven’t blogged about the amazing time I am having here!  I landed at running speed and it just hasn’t stopped !!  :^)) No time for jet lag – it was straight into the Professional Weavers Network Conference at Coopers Beach on Doubtless Bay in the north.  Stunning scenery…  

Then the exhibition was underway in the Earth House, Peria and received some lovely comments.  Agnes and I were both really pleased and happy at how well the work fitted into this individual house…


Then teaching courses with PWN delegates – a lovely bunch of ladies both in Oruru and in Auckland…  

I did get a day off to explore the Tauranga Bay and Whangaroa Harbour        and had a swim in amazingly beautiful waters before my next workshop.  

I also had time for a trip to the very tip of the North Island, Cape Reinga….      where the Tasmin Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and you can see the two water masses meet and mingle.

Next it was the trip to Auckland and an hour or so watching a moody sky from Mount Eden…      

Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures from the active thermal and volcanic areas near Rotarua, the Desert Road and the south of the North Island…..

Enjoy!  And Happy Weaving!

2 March, 2014

Travelling half a world away…..

Well, D-day has finally arrived.  Everything is packed – I hope – and it’s double-checking time.  Passport?  E-ticket?  Double-check the weight of the bags?  Money?  Everything electronic charged?  Charging cables etc packed?  Camera?  Oh yes…. and mustn’t forget the artwork!!

Now – how to get the zip done up!!

There are so many people involved in preparing for a trip of this kind….  Agnes got the ball rolling in the first place with an invitation to give the keynote speech at the Professional Weavers’ Network annual gathering.  Although she is well versed in organising things, I don’t think even she quite expected the myriad details this trip has entailed!!  Then Sue who so kindly volunteered to do the printing probably didn’t realise quite what a deluge of handouts, drafts and booklets she’d be inundated with!  She has also done a lot of organising of the different workshops and lectures I’ll be giving on my round NZ tour, finding host organisations who wanted workshops, arranging for accommodation etc.  Then the trip will finish up at the Creative Fibre Festival in Dunedin in April, and Sarah has organised that aspect of things!

Then there is the exhibition!  Agnes has really worked her magic here!  Late nights (sometimes no-sleep nights!!), organising 2 different venues – the Earth House in Peria, and the Arts in Oxford gallery, getting together the different hanging systems and methods of hanging from grid walls to monofilament or fishing line, ordering the catalogues and postcards, getting the PWN conference fine-tuned, organising the funds, the logistics, and all the time interleaving (pun intended!) her own professional weaving work and teaching, and getting the house and garden ready to receive visitors and a workshop!  No one would believe that just a few short months ago, Agnes was airlifted to hospital and not at all well!!  Her stamina is amazing!

This is all set to be an amazing two months.  I am so looking forward to meeting old friends and making very many new ones, spending time with weavers and other fibrey, textiley people, seeing amazing natural history and geology and generally having the trip of a lifetime!  Without a number of people, some of whom I have not yet met, none of this would be possible.  So thank you to everyone who has worked so hard and tirelessly, despite all the difficult stuff that arises in our lives, to pull this together for a person they don’t yet know!  I’ll do my best to make it everything you want it to be!

See you on the other side (of the world!!)