1 // there: that afternoon i take a walk through brockwood bottom with my dear friend caroline. october 2008
2 // here: this morning i clamber up the rocks between palm and little palm beaches, sitting and breathing in the ocean for a while, watching the dog walkers and early morning swimmers below and marvelling at the colours of the sea and sky
+ playing along with 52 photos project ‘look down’ prompt today
1 // there: the towpath cafe. one of my all-time london favourites. getting there is half the fun of it – choosing an entry point, then walking along regent’s canal before stopping for some lunch and people watching. i often dream of things from that menu, wishing there was a towpath cafe cookery book. june 2012
2 // here: island coffee. where we buy our freshly roasted coffee beans every week. a small and quirky place that doesn’t serve food, but does have a stack of vinyl and a record player which customers are encouraged to use.
1 // there: we have a long weekend in rome with three of our nz friends. september 2010
2 // here: from reading about this island’s history, ancient buildings (any left standing that is) on waiheke date back to the early 1900’s. not quite the same as the colosseum!
+ playing along with 52 photos project vintage architecture prompt today
1 // there: in the last place we rented in london, richmond park was virtually our local. we would often do a ride there on our bikes – a nice 40(ish) km loop on a saturday morning. i especially loved coming across the deer, just wandering around doin’ their thing. october 2010
2 // here: same bike, different country, definitely no deer sightings.
1 // there: we are up early in the morning getting a safety briefing then climbing aboard a hot air balloon for a ride just after sunrise, soaring high above the bristol countryside with all these other balloons. august 2009
2 // here: morning walk, palm beach
1 // there: nowhere in new zealand is there the quality of street art that london has to offer. i miss discoveries like this. april 2012
2 // here: i treat my sister to an early birthday present – a half day horse trek at muriwai beach. it’s just the two of us and our guide and, being fairly experienced riders, we get to give the horses a decent run along the beach on the way back. february 2014
1 // there: we take a trip to crosby beach to see the antony gormley ‘another place’ sculpture installation for ourselves. it defies all of my attempts at verbalising how it felt to be standing in amongst them. may 2013
2 // here: it’s me, half a world away, standing in the waves this morning.
1 // there: xanthe takes me out for a day of doing things she loves – a wonderful farewell gift that includes a superbly refreshing swim in the ladies pond at hampstead heath. july 2013
2 // here: my morning walk.
Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.
– Robert Henri
1 // there: we are up before sunrise and out on a boat in the harbour to photograph the beautiful big raptors. it’s jaw-achingly cold, and my hands and feet feel like they’ll never be warm again… but i’m having the time of my life. hokkaido, japan. february 2013
2 // here: the seagulls are very confused by me i think. i’m not a dog, but i’m often chasing them along the beach trying to make them fly.