On this page you'll find various snippets of news - perhaps somewhere I've been, something I'm involved with, something that takes my fancy - check back regularly for a month by month update!
I have a small share in two horses - Saintly Way (3yo gelding) is trained in Cambridge, Popova (4yo mare) in Cranbourne, Victoria.
Popova raced on 4th January at Cranbourne and ran a beauty for a strong Maiden win. She has ability! She races again at Cranbourne Friday 18th January. Fingers crossed.
Saintly Way raced on 27th Dec at Rotorua and everything went wrong He subsequently trialled at Cambridge and won effortlessly - 3 wide all the way, romped away to win by nearly 5 lengths! He has ability! He races at Te Rapa Sunday 20th January. Fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, am looking forward to Karaka Millions races on Saturday 26th January at Ellerslie.
I visited Sculptureum at Matakana - what an outstanding world-class experience! An outdoor garden full of wonderful treasures, contemplative spaces and beauty; a gallery that houses gorgeous pieces including those by Rodin, Picasso and Matisse; another outdoor space showcasing contemporary pieces in a delightful setting. There is colourful birdlife in the aviaries and cute rabbits as well. Rothko Restaurant on site is superb (food and setting) and they make their own wines. This place is exceptional in every way. It has been a decade in the making and has been created with huge passion and vision by its owners Anthony and Sandra Grant. Get there soon! You will not be disappointed.
My WOW garment that was in the 2018 WOW show in Wellington is now on display at the WOW Museum in Nelson - it will be there until November 2019.
NEWSFLASH: My 2019 tours for Maher Tours are now confirmed as follows:
Murray River Run Coach & Cruise - 16 days - departs 5th April 2019
trip flies into Melbourne, heads north to Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura
followed by 5 days/4 nights cruising the Murray River towards Adelaide.
Then a leisurely journey back to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road.
Nature, wine, waterways and some wonderful cities and townships. Come
join me on this relaxing and laid-back trip!
For more info https://www.mahertours.co.nz/tour/australia-pacific/murray-river-run-coach-cruise/
Russia, The Baltic States, Eastern Europe & The Danube River - 32 days - departs 17th July 2019
is a very special trip encompassing many parts of East and Central
Europe. We'll visit Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland before
embarking on an 8-day river cruise from Budapest to Prague (via
Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany). Our boat is the brand new
"Amadeus Queen". Singapore stopover. Come with me to see this wonderful
part of the world. (NB: This trip is now full).
For more info https://www.mahertours.co.nz/tour/europe/russia-baltic-states-eastern-europe-the-danube/
ORAKEI SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION & SALE:
I am participating in this excellent exhibition - a portion of each sale goes to the school. I am submitting several pieces and they will all be ink artworks so I am busy in my studio - I call it Tinkering! The Exhibition is on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, with the Gala Opening Night on Friday 9th. Held at the school.
I entered WOW Wearable Arts again this year with a garment called "Minerva Maxima" - it took several months to create and I sent it off to Nelson for judging in June.
I was thrilled that it got selected for the show - it's my 8th garment in the show since 2011. I attended the Awards Night show in Wellington on Friday 28th September. "Minerva Maxima" appeared in the Reflective Surfaces category and looked wonderful on the WOW stage.
If you are going to WOW this year, 2018, do look out for it!
Here are some photos:
Minerva Maxima - WOW, Reflective Surfaces Section, 2018 - made of 150+ lace and metal masks
My husband and I recently had a long weekend in New Plymouth - he was brought up there and we used to go often to visit my mother-in-law, particularly when the kids were young. However, I hadn't been down for nine years! It was brilliant to reconnect with this lovely part of NZ. It's a wonderful city and, in my view, highly under-rated. Taranaki is an area you go "to", not "through" and therefore it is a destination in its own right.
New Plymouth is a city that has many
treasures: the Len Lye Gallery, seriously fabulous cafes and restaurants
(try Social Kitchen and Gover St Bistro), plenty of surfing spots, a
fantastic coastal board walk, the impressive Mt Taranaki, artists
studios ... and so much more. Pukekura Park is one of the best parks you're likely to come across, particularly in New Zealand, but I think it's world class. It's just one of many gorgeous parks/gardens in the area.
The city is gearing up for the Taranaki Garden Festival (held 26th October to 4th November 2018). I visited some of the gardens that were prepping for this event - gorgeous! The Festival is worth a visit. New Plymouth also hosts the Taranaki Arts Trail each year, as well as WOMAD (8th-11th March 2019).
Go visit if and when you can!
The Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth
With my Maher Tours tour leader hat on, I led a group of 18 on the recent Queensland Winter Retreat trip. We spent two weeks travelling from Brisbane up to Cairns and Port Douglas. The weather was perfect, the itinerary was excellent and we had a heap of fun. There were a few challenges along the way with various illnesses that needed managing - but, hey, that's what I'm there for! Being a tour leader is like being a PTC for an entire group.
So many wonderful sights, so many laughs. A trip to remember forever.