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The males in the house are watching some awful spaghetti-western Kung-fu movie with a LOT of fighting, of course, and they should all be in bed, really. I'm not noticing. I watched Without a Trace up in the bedroom but it was rather impersonal and disjointed, maybe Suilven was right, the fifth season isn't as riveting. There's just no personal thing going on.

Anyway, I'm going to go write. And I am thinking about a road trip after Easter, to research the central North Island bush. I have to go north anyway, with the children, to see my mother, but I might plan a rather diversionary route, maybe go right off the track like come up through Wanganui, even visit my friend on the farm in Hurleyville, then swing west up towards the mountains, past Raetihi perhaps - central North Island, creeping up on Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro from behind *g* (they're huge snow covered mountains). I'd really like to go back to Taumaranui, that was in my head when I started creating Breathing Space, but I haven't been there for a zillion years, not since I did a boarding school teacher-parent night up there with a couple of the priests from school. I stayed the night in...wait for it... a convent!!! Yeah, I really did, a country convent, an elderly two storey building from about 1910, with a few quiet nuns living in there. I was petrified, but the priest I drove up there with had thought I could stay where he was staying, but suddenly it was deemed unseemly for me to stay in the presbytery with him! As if... *snort*

It was fun meeting the country parents who all came into town for a shared meal and some speeches. There was an important Maori chief whose son was in my class, and he spoke for ages, praising our work and school. It was quite moving. And this was a long way from the school, probably over 300 kilometres. I recall the road looking like a ribbon laid in the bush. For miles you saw nothing but thick bush and this grey ribbon of a road curling across the rugged undulations of hills and valleys. I'd love to try to write all about that...

Ooh, and I got a parcel in the mail today VBG!!! I'm glad it didn't come yesterday because it poured yesterday and the parcel in the mail got soaked (and it turned out it was for the man over the road!) Anyway, this was from greenpizzazz6 and you know what? It was like a care parcel, because it made me feel so great, and it made me smile. How lucky is that?

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natesmountain
Mar. 16th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
-and I've never travelled up behind the mountains - so lots of pictures please
oh, it's amazing, a really mountainous rural place, but still open air, plains, as well as huge hills and mountains.

-I urgently need images of hot sun, towering mountains, cool flowing streams and ferns...maybe some thermal activity too.
You're getting me all excited now, I think I'll get map book out!

-if I just close my eyes I can see some steam rising from the ground and hear the bubbling of a stream...now where was I?
Hee! I'll be looking forward to steam rising!
vivh
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
You're getting me all excited now, I think I'll get map book out
Well I can't make the trip just now... so I just have to let my imagination run wild...and there are few lovelier to let your imagination run free!!!!
natesmountain
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
- so I just have to let my imagination run wild
And your horoscope said you have a good imagination, huh!

Well, you've taken me to Italy and all sorts of European places. So I'll take you up country into the wop wops *g*
vivh
Mar. 16th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'll take you to Munich and Salzburg straight after Easter... maybe other places too, but I'll look forward to travelling through NZ again too...when are you planning to go?
natesmountain
Mar. 17th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
I love those flowers. I must make myself some pretty icons!!

Munich and Salzburg? OMG! Compared to Taumaranui LOL!
- but I'll look forward to travelling through NZ again too...when are you planning to go
I think after Easter, maybe Easter Tuesday or Wednesday.

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