Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jenn Bostic - "Jealous of the Angels" Live at the Grand Ole Opry



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded lanes. Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins, Strong love of grey-blue distance Brown streams and soft dim skies I know but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror - The wide brown land for me! A stark white ring-barked forest All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon. Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When sick at heart, around us, We see the cattle die - But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady, soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country! Land of the Rainbow Gold, For flood and fire and famine, She pays us back threefold - Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze. An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land - All you who have not loved her, You will not understand - Though earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly. Dorothea Mackellar http://www.dorotheamackellar.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rain is romantic

In a previous life rain was romantic. Dark mysterious clouds sweep and swell around us But his arms encircle me in warmth Soft the touch of his hand on my face his eyes holding laughter his smile love The fire roars and the wine poured we snuggle and enjoy the moment No guilt for doing as there is nothing to do the weather too bad too gloomy to cold we have no need to venture out It is enough to hold you close to talk and laugh to just be together Rain batters the house heavy drenching rain it is dark and cold beyond the walls but our love keeps us safe protected a lazy Sunday no need to do snuggle closer safe and warm oh yes rain can be romantic Poem by Jacqui POD Hamlett

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thames Coromandel

.The town of Thames has a rich history. Here you can walk through a gold mine, watch a stamping battery crush rock and try gold panning.

Thames is the Coromandel Peninsula’s main town. Idyllically situated between the Firth of Thames and the mountains of the Coromandel Forest Park, Thames has a fascinating history linked to gold mining and forestry.

Historic wooden commercial buildings, pubs and homes give the town plenty of character. There are two museums to visit and a hands-on goldmining experience to try.

As a sizeable town, Thames offers a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants and shops. The Saturday morning market is a great place to find an arty souvenir. For fresh air and exercise, head for the hiking tracks of nearby Kauaeranga Valley.

Functional facts: Approx. population 10,000, i-SITE Visitor Centre, wide range of shops and services.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hauraki Rail Trail

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Opening of the Hauraki Rail Trail













The Grand Opening of the Hauraki Rail Trail will be held on the 5th of May 2012, at 1pm at the Victoria Battery site in the Karangahake Gorge. Public entry is from the Waikino Railway Station end on SH 2, Karangahake Gorge.

The Hauraki Rail Trail will be a multi day ride, making it an ideal weekend experience. The trail will be accessed from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, or Te Aroha, and the trail will also offer a range of shorter riding options, including day rides.

The trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering history. A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 Wonders of New Zealand”.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

THAMES HERITAGE WEEK

Over 40 events planned for Thames Heritage week - don't miss out!

“It’s going to be another full program this year in Thames for their Heritage week from the 9 to the 18 March with over forty events including guided walks, men’s shed tours, markets, cooking demonstrations, dinner theatre, music and entertainment,” says Rex Simpson, co-ordinator of this year’s event.
Totally Thames brings us yet another exciting Heritage Week. The team this year has talented local designers presenting garments, using historical methods for fabrics, adapted for today’s ecological need to recycle, re-use, re-invent or be bio spherically correct.
Thames’ ”golden-boy” Kim Larking presents his Bamboo Super soft eco-apparel range, Gaye Mitchell’s (Palmers Store) shows off her chic recycled and vintage wear, Sheryl Wenzlick, and Raewyn Penrose separately displaying their amazing felt designs, Socheat Fallas producing one-off loved designs for different occasions, and Linda Stephenson new to town but not to fashion, debuts her stylish vintage clothing range, Coromandel’s Christine Rabarts range shows unique remaking of past fashions in the here and now

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thames film

... New Zealand short film Meathead, for Best Short Film in the Youth Jury Generation 14plus section. Writer/director Sam Holst was in Berlin to receive the award. Shot on location in active meat works in Waitoa and Thames belonging to Wallace Meats, ...