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I went on a lovely walk one morning last week, when the temperature wasn’t too hot and wasn’t too cold, and I wasn’t in a hurry, and there was only a light breeze, and everything felt just right. I was enchanted, as usual, by the pohutukawa flowers which are still vibrant on many trees, but not for much longer, as the feathery stalks of the falling blooms were carnage on the footpaths and in gutters.

I was equally enthralled by the beauty of the weeds, the way they swayed in the uncharacteristically gentle wind, their size and very existence creating a pleasing, relaxed, everyone’s-on-holiday degree of overgrown unkemptness. (Yes, I’m inventing words).

Appreciating what we have, even the weeds, I snapped a few photos with my phone.

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I did a review post on my other blog, and I thought it might be an idea to look back on blogging here too, in what was a very weird year for everyone.

I wrote 78 posts last year, 14 more than the previous year. It might have had something to do with the fact that at the start of the year, a group of blogging friends began another blogging challenge, less rigid than our previous, daily project in 2018. I wrote 21 blogs as part of our project, on topics we decided on together. As the year progressed, we ran out of steam – but if any year is going to make us run out of steam, 2020 was it! Regardless, blogging with friends is fun, and I hope we get to do it this year in some form too.

Fifty of my posts were written on Mondays, or maybe a sneaky Tuesday, but still labelled Microblog Mondays. I do it as part of Mel’s community, and it is a good discipline to ensure I blog once a week. I also got into blogging about trees on the second and fourth Thursdays, with an international group on Parul’s blog. I don’t usually know the names of trees, but it has given me a new way to look at trees as I go about my days.

I write lists – Blogging tip #1: when in doubt, write a list – whenever I begin to lose my mojo, or I am in a rush. Though sometimes, it is just the best way to say what I want to say.

I write about road trips, and friends, and food, and feminism, and pretty much anything. I generally steer clear of party politics or religion. I write about things that drive me crazy, or things that make me happy. I wish I was more deliberate about the art of writing though. Too often (to my frustration) I realise it is Monday, and dash out an impromptu post, without too much thinking, without any art. So what you get is often unplanned, unedited, and frequently unabridged. That’s me, I guess. I hope you don’t mind.

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  1. Long, light, evenings
  2. Strawberries and raspberries, and summer desserts like trifle or pavlova (to go with the strawberries and raspberries)
  3. Walks in gardens and parks or on trails to (begin to) work off all the pavlova and trifle!
  4. We can escape outside if we start to feel too cooped up
  5. Lazy afternoons in the sun/hiding from the sun under a tree with a gentle breeze and a good book
  6. Boxing Day on a yacht in the water
  7. Swimming – if you’re brave enough to enter the NZ ocean! (Note: I wasn’t, so walked around the coast!)
  8. Left-overs and salad make meal preparations easy
  9. Ice-creams in lieu of lunch
  10. It’s really the start of our summer – or at least, our summer holidays – so there is no anti-climax when it is over.

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