Thursday, January 24, 2008


The coming weekend is a holiday weekend in Auckland so I'm taking advantage of that to head off today to the far north to a remote beach to join friends there where I plan to do little except eat, drink, sleep and read! I have five novels from which to choose!

There is no phone or Internet connection up there so this is au revoir until next week.
The picture above is by courtesy of Maryanne Mummery and was actually taken on Great Barrier Island at Christmas but the outlook is quite similar to where we are headed.

All best, back on air after the weekend.

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