Cornish Delights

It was dark. They don’t do bright lights in our village. I caught someone sneaking their recycling into our neighbour’s bin. I’d been about to do the same. And so an exchange ensued. Turns out he’s the grandson of one of the matriarchs of the village. His grandmother socialised with Pete’s late Grandpa Billy. With … More Cornish Delights

The Magic of Donegal

The locals called it the Republican Riviera. This was during the troubled times of Northern Ireland’s past. I can picture the Donegal Peninsula as the perfect bolthole. Close to the border but far enough away from the everyday business of violence and politics. Gerry Adams still has a house here. And a pub. People are … More The Magic of Donegal

Scotland for Beginners: Visiting a Hebridean Paradise

We packed wetsuits and waterproof trousers. Never before have I worn so many layers or swum in such cold water with so few. Yet even when the water is a chilly 14 degrees, a quick dip in a bikini at an alluring white sand cove holds more appeal than donning a soggy wetsuit. Scotland’s Outer … More Scotland for Beginners: Visiting a Hebridean Paradise

Origins and Roots

Most New Zealanders feel closely connected with their heritage. Whether it’s tracing our whakapapa back to the first New Zealanders, or donning backpacks as we fly out to discover the origins of our grandparents from Britain. Unfortunately, I have no Polynesian ancestry to speak of, even though I like to channel my inner Moana with … More Origins and Roots

E Tangata

A famous Maori proverb asks: what is the most important thing in the world? The response is He Tangata: It is people, it is people, it is people. What has been the most important part of our first three weeks in the British Isles? He Tangata. We’ve just enjoyed a beautiful week in western Wales, … More E Tangata