Does anyone else remember that song from the 80’s? “I wanna be a Cowboy… and you can be my cowgirl…” It was a decently benign song with a bit of cheek. Kinda sums up how I feel about the Stampede, which is equally benign to me, yet very, VERY important to the locals here. … More I Don’t Wanna Be a Cowgirl
Day three. This morning I woke around 5:00am. That’s 7:00am in New Zealand, so a respectable hour. I did not leave bed until 7:00 and stayed snuggled in my dooner (Australian slang for duvet for those who are not antipodean) reading and listening to music. I keep putting my book down as I do … More Books, Lectures, Talking, Music.
I am in Melbourne. I adore Melbourne. It makes my top 20 list for favourite cities. Maybe even top ten… wait, no. Probably not top ten. Scandinavia and South America take up quite a lot of space on that particular list. The reason I am here is a study tour for a Masters degree I … More Soft Skills
Where do I start with this one. My husband Phteven and I are soulmates. This is just fact. Like gravity. Like life, death, or paying taxes. I attribute every strange twist and turn on the broken road that led us to each other to divinity, and magic and some very special people who … More Goodbye Brian Borland
I was a desperately lonely and unpopular kid. My best friends were my cat and my cousins and people in the small village I lived in weren’t too keen on my particular brand of crazy. Now I am very nearly 40 years old and I have a support network and scaffolding of friends … More Not What I Expected
It is an overcast Saturday as I am sat at my laptop looking out the castle window toward the Port Hills here in Canterbury. We arrived on the South Island on Tuesday. Tuesday had been a typically hectic morning, with a mountain of major decisions being made, and all the swearing, emotion and banter … More South Island and Aurora ‘Sup
I wanted to write a blog for International Women’s Day. Perhaps I could talk about some of the amazing trail blazers like Marie Currie, Kate Sheppard, or Emilie du Chatelet. I’ve written and shared information on these amazing women quite a few times. Then I thought I’d write about some people I work … More 8 Women Who Bring their A Game (who all have an A in their name)