The Glorious Yachting Voyages of Captain James Cook

Narrative batiks by Dinah Priestley and Tony Burton.

Exhibiting our batiks at NZ’s Embassies in London and Paris in 1980, was fun. Our exhibition included the  glorious scientific   voyages of  our great hero, Captain James Cook.

James Cook
James Cook
The First Voyage (Transit of Venus)/ The Death of Cook
The First Voyage (Transit of Venus)/ The Death of Cook

Finding the batiks rather exotic, even Galleries Lafayette in Paris purchased several of them.   I think these ones of Cooks first and last voyages, between 1768 and 1780 ,would make rather good stamps. They’re the right shape.

French Shooting Party 1770's
French Shooting Party 1770’s

Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD

On Wednesday, 13th of December my beloved book, For God Sake Saddle Me  A Donkey, launched in written form at the Millwood Gallery, Thorndon and is available at leading book stores, such as Marsden Books and Unity in Wellington and Wheelers in Auckland or from me, send me an email please.

Thinking of our traveling partners: the Bicklers, Colin and Shirley and their daughter Rachel, and Vernon Wright, my first husband who could not be here. There is a picture of Nikki and Rachel in the book, Nikki was one and a half when we left New Zealand she came to the launch to help and sing the song. Continue reading Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD

Who was the Sheila I knew

Having a dear and companionable friend is what makes life worth living don’t you think? And that’s what Sheila was.

She was a most delightfully unusual person

deeply soaked in that tough Stewart Island background she’d come from. Whalers and sealers who had married into Maori families. People with names like Jacka Lee, Yankee Smith Black Swan, Manuel Gomez and Ned the Nailer.

Both she and Gilbert would say of themselves.” We are Foveaux Strait. A very mixed crew. Down here we think of people by name not by whether they’re Maori or Pakeha.”

I’ve known Sheila since the 1990s when in desperation I asked her to introduce me to Stewart Island families whom she thought I should interview for my radio series Dinkum Purlers. People whose blood was worth bottling.

Continue reading Who was the Sheila I knew

FGSSMAD Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

For God’s Sake Saddle Me A Donkey

Listen to the audio here on Radio New Zealand: Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

Glad so many of you liked For God’s Sake Saddle me a Donkey. I’m currently working on the book illustrated with my cartoons. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

This episode  recalls how our small group of travelling New Zealanders came to stay with the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

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The 21 March 2019 Supermoon, or the more common name, Perigee Syzygy of the Sun, Earth and Moon system.

News from the Galactic Centre

Most models of the Moon orbiting the Earth depict its orbit as being circular but we know from Kepler’s Laws that celestial bodies orbit one another in an ellipse rather than a circle. What this means is that sometimes the Moon is closer to the Earth than at other times in its orbit. When this is combined with the Moon being a Full Moon then it’s commonly known as a Supermoon. The last of these occurrences for this year is tonight, the 21 March 2019. At 8:30pm the Moon was 360,242 km away, about the distance it takes light to travel in 1.2 seconds. This is the third Supermoon this year, so basically all of the full Moons this year have been Supermoons.

By comparison the full Moon in August last year was 399,892 km away (1.33 light seconds) and its diameter appeared to be 29.9 arc minutes. Compare that…

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Alfred (Bunty) Preece

Last surviving commissioned officer of the Māori battalion has died.

He was a Dinkum Purler and in a Radio series of that name he speaks of his years growing up in the Chatham Islands, of his early Moriori ancestors and his time with Colonel Awatere at Casino during WWII and the horrors of that war.

I interviewed him just before the Millennium, and he was the most wonderful man, modest, unassuming, with a great sense of humour.

You can listen to the interview here:

 

Available as a book! Buy on the Website! For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey

For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey is finally available as a book with Dinah’s wonderful illustrations!

It costs 25NZD and 3NZD packaging and posting.

Free delivery in Thorndon, please contact Dinah on the phone (04-4727 257) or e-mail

Alternatively, you can buy the book on PayPal if you live in New Zealand.

 

 

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