Impressions of New Zealand – June 2022

Aotearoa – the North Shore

New Zealand just visible beneath the cloud

There it was, “the land of the long white cloud”, gleaming on the surface of the ocean. I watched its shores get closer and closer.

Thirty hours of travel were about to end. London was now the dot out of sight, and there below was the upside down, lumpy exclamation mark that I’d peered at so often on our map on the kitchen wall.

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“What have you been doing?” Good question.

Reindeer by Mac (Supporting the Harefield Transplant Hospital)

Happy Christmas! Very best wishes to all out there – may there be some fun, and hope, and love where you are.

Many thanks for your company.

Georgie

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2021

ZANE – into the eye of the sun

Tom and Jane Benyon, and their dog Moses, are walking to raise money for the bereft and suffering in Zimbabwe. The charity, founded by Tom, is called ZANE – Zimbabwe A National Emergency. I joined them for one day of their walk.

I am not at my shiniest at 5.30 am. Last Monday when the alarm went off I was barely alive, every cell in deep sleep.

It was so comfortable … until I was suddenly jangled awake, by the thought of trying to explain to Tom and Jane that I would not be joining them on the walk due to sleepiness.

I set off to find them somewhere in Warwickshire. The car radio warned of a hot day ahead.

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