At the moment we have a friend from England staying with us. This is his first visit to New Zealand, and we are enjoying the opportunity of showing him the local sights as well as places further afield we love to visit. One of the great things about doing this is that it makes you look at familiar places as if you’ve never seen them before.
Last week we
spent a few glorious days in Sydney, and it was great to look at this city we
love as if it was our first visit.
We took lots
of photos – although we already have plenty!
There is a
saying that a picture paints a thousand words, but words can also paint magical
of Driftwood is set in Sydney and while
I haven’t experienced any of Juliet’s problems or had someone try to kill me,
there are a number of elements and snatches of scenes included in the book that
are places I’ve visited or things I’ve seen. When I read those scenes it brings back the incident I witnessed, or alternatively, when I
visit a place I’ve included in Driftwood it reminds me how I used it in Juliet’s
Juliet to dinner in Darling Harbour – this is a favourite spot of mine and
while the restaurant they visited doesn’t exist, there are heaps of good places
to eat in Darling Harbour.
scene Juliet watches a street entertainer in Circular Quay – I’ve since cut
back this description, but the little I’ve left reminds me of his act and I can
still see him clearly.
One of the
chapters ends with Juliet watching a bride and groom in the gardens close to
the Opera House. I watched the couple I describe posing for their wedding photographs by
the harbour, and I sometimes wonder where they are now, and hope they are as happy
as they were that day.
Zealand sections of Driftwood are set in Auckland, Christchurch and the Tasman
area at the top of the South Island.
view from her home of the Auckland Harbour is the one we had at the time I was
writing the book. The scenes set in Christchurch are ones I remember vividly,
and with great sadness, as some of the places were badly damaged in the
earthquake in 2010 and the severe aftershock in February 2011.
and Abel Tasman areas of the South Island are outstandingly beautiful and we’ve
spent many happy holidays exploring the beaches and walking the tracks through
the National Park.
interested in seeing some of the places, I’ve been working on a board using
photographs I’ve taken during visits, and I’ll be adding more images over the