From the window I can see the bridge. Steel cables and structure spans between Northern San Francisco and The Bay. We are on the fifth floor, level with the bridge at this distance. It is little after 05:00 as the sun peers over the horizon, catching the windows of cars and trucks. They flash and […]Read More Awake in San Francisco
The 99c gift shop was the height of this part of town. The other units were an assortment of fast food counters and bars. The bright flickering of former Hollywood glory had all but dwindled. Art Deco was a faint memory, class and charm left town some time ago. Litter blows across the glittering sidewalk […]Read More We Drop Stars
For the first time I am pleased to have a guest author. Please give a few minutes of your time to read this challenging post, there are exciting times ahead. ——————————————————— Guest Post by Paula Hogarth: – I have had a heart for anyone who is vulnerable and needy for many years. I know what […]Read More Asia Mission Trip 2013 – Guest Post by Paula Hogarth
Part Seven: Top of The South If you find yourself wandering through a land lined with the most exquisite vineyards you could quite possibly be in Marlborough, rich wine country. We had travelled through Marlborough and on into Nelson, The Top of the South. It had been a surprising start to the summer months. The […]Read More Land of The Long White Cloud – Part Seven: Top of The South
I have a big brand SATNAV, I have Google Navigation on my phone and I also have another brand of SATNAV on my phone. You could say that I like to know where I’m going. If I have a meeting to get to or if a new independent coffee house has opened up, I’ll just […]Read More Scheming SATNAV
Part Six: Not a Sound On the Western coastline of the glorious Southlands there is an opening in a long stretch of high rock-faced cliffs. It was some time ago, and estimations do range significantly with embossed capillaries signalling passionate opinions, that a series of glaciers carved out their passage from deep inland that reached […]Read More Land of the Long White Cloud – Part Six: Not a Sound
Part Five: The City of Sails The City of Auckland sits on the harbour with countless boats and yachts dotted around the opening of the big blue. During December the harbour is a stunning place to walk around and appreciate the variety and richness of the City’s Port. I imagine that on a warm February afternoon, with […]Read More Land of the Long White Cloud – Part Five: The City of Sails
Part Four: Bucket List Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman entertained us with the film Bucket List and although the concept always has a bleak ending, the #MakeTheMostOfNow centiment is first class. If you are working your way through a bucket list get your list out because you need to add an item: – Visit Lake […]Read More Land of the Long White Cloud – Part Four: Bucket List
Part Three – What happened to Saturday… Our journey had continued from the West Coast of California and taking an oceanic bearing south to New Zealand, somewhere beyond the sea. The journey from London via Los Angeles had been a long day and a half. It had been so hard to keep open eye lids […]Read More Land of the Long White Cloud – Part Three: What happened to Saturday…
Part Two – The view from a Cab It had been ten hours, four films and two meals since roaring down the runway at Heathrow airport. We’d flown over the Atlantic, crossed through the skies above Newfoundland and the white Canadian landscape. I’ve driven for ten hours, maybe even twelve hours on a drive down […]Read More Land of the Long White Cloud – Part Two: The view from a Cab
If you walk into a English cafe, tearoom or even a coffee house and you ask for a Flat White, you will be faced with a glazed look across the face of our budding baristas. Sure we can serve you an excellent cup of tea. An impressive latte and even a smooth yet strong cappuccino. […]Read More A ‘Flet Wyte’ did you say?!
Part One – The Journey South. The 19:58 to Euston was late into Preston. A passenger further up the line had fallen ill and an emergency doctor had taken him to the nearest hospital. Only the most stubborn can remain frustrated at the trains timekeeping considering the ordeal that the man had gone through. Just […]Read More Land of the Long White Cloud – Part One: The Journey South
On approach, you get a glimpse of the urban spread that covers the horizon. Networks of roads, rail lines and power grids remind me of a microscope photograph of fabric. After all, this really is the fabric of Tokyo, the ‘Capital in the East’. Travelling through a metropolis like Tokyo is a dizzying yet unforgettable […]Read More Two nights too short.