Back from beautiful Mangonui, NZ

The New Zealand retreat was wonderful! I cooked and ate clean, NZ produce, drank and washed in sweet rainwater, chopped kindling and built a fire for my heating each day and I managed to slow my brain right down and get lots of writing done. The Northland winter was astonishing, equally cool, sunny, blue sky days and wild, wind-whipped stormy days which made one think in sympathetic wonder about Tasman and Cook and the men who lived through that weather out on the seas to find the place. I was highly inspired by both the isolation and the scenery. The fiction writing mood continues, however, so the blog writing feels a little like time taken away from it – hence the tardiness and brevity of this post.

This slideshow is mostly of photos I took from my little house – you will see why I felt no need to leave and why the creative juices flowed!

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3 comments on “Back from beautiful Mangonui, NZ”
  1. Hi there. Enjoyed this post. Am wondering if you stayed near Mangonui. Some of the places in the photos look familiar.

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    1. Yep that’s Mangonui 🙂 The house overlooked Mill Bay so Mangonui proper was down the coast to the right.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    […] hunting for a new desktop photo from my 2009 writing retreat in New Zealand, just now, I found this shot of my work table and had a realization. See that yellow legal pad? […]

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