TheNext40 — a great motivator

Mum and me, 1955ish.

Rather than a major birthday marking the end of something, for me it’s marked the start. I’ve made myself a hashtag which is proving quite motivational.

A cheap bookcase refreshed

Bookcase side detail

I stripped a cheap bookcase I bought and used tung oil to refurbish it. The results are very satisfying.

Wellington in the red


Wellington’s pohutukawa trees are finally flowering, and they are as splendid as ever.

No novels round here, but a daily blog


My experiment in writing every day for a month has been a success. Whew, I can still write after all.

A Melbourne mystery


It’s a bit of a relief to read an Australian mystery book for a change. The book is also enjoyable and well-written.

The yellow fuzz


Lupins: lovely but fiercely scented and allergy producing.