I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking something like: Jo is in Queenstown so there’ll be some great location shots and some fabulous photos of remarkable places to eat. You’ll also be thinking that I’ll be using the word remarkable a lot…. Read More

As this post goes to press I’ll be on my way to the airport for a flight to Queenstown. I have the weekend in this fabulous city and then on Monday we tackle the Milford Track. I’ve been to Milford Sound a… Read More

So anyways, I didn’t wrap last week up properly and, given that I’m now on holidays for the next week and a bit and off to Queenstown tomorrow, here’s a special wrap-up of the week that was…with absolutely no mention of the… Read More

I spent last weekend in Wellington, New Zealand, visiting with a close girlfriend. It was exactly what I needed. I also, for the first time in months and months, did not type a word. No blogs, no manuscripts, no emails, no notes…nothing…. Read More

Have you ever noticed when you visit somewhere not particularly known for their good weather that people say things to you like ‘Yeah, nah, it’s not good today- you should have been here yesterday…it was great then!’ It’s like when we were… Read More

I’ve enjoyed a few memorable oyster moments. The first was on a road trip with the man who would become my husband. It was also the first oyster I’d eaten that wasn’t from a tin and that didn’t get eaten on a jatz… Read More

Li Chun. It’s a day in the Chinese calendar traditionally significant for farmers looking for a bountiful harvest. It’s the first day of Spring in the Chinese calendar. The deal is on that day you don’t withdraw money (after a lot of… Read More

I came across this piece of work under a bridge on my morning walk in Nelson.   Aside from the colour, the title of the piece See the Past To Look to the Future… resonated with me.. as did the words in the… Read More

So anyways, I can’t complete a series of posts on a city without including some street art…  

Why stay here? The Art It’s called an Art Hotel for a reason….It starts outside… continues in the lobby… and is in every other nook and cranny… It’s  everywhere… The Lobby I like a lobby with a little glitz and glamour, but… Read More