Wednesday, February 26, 2014


It has been a while...a long while and I can only say, it has not been pretty.  You know when things in your life go a bit pear shaped?  You know how some people use that as an opportunity to share and create great work? And others retreat , retreat, retreat?  Well as it turns out I am a retreater. Beside the support of some very close friends I have gone underground for the past 7 months, dealing with some very BIG things in my life.  It was too hard to share and far too private for the big wide world.

So in saying that, I will say that my life changed forever on 17th June 2013.  Sounds very dramatic doesn't it? Well it bloody was and still is. No regrets and it is not over.  One day I want to share my story, I hope I can. But right now I have to get back on the horse and get the hell on with it.  People need me to be present and alive so, here I am, back to old me, talking about books, movies, the beach and the good things in my life.   You might not know it Justine but you are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing.

So I hope the spark is back and that people who pop in to my little blog find something that sparks them a little bit. I think the bar has been lifted since I started this blog 8 years ago this month with regard to  social media.  Not sure how I am going to respond to that but we will see.  Three sparks to share

1.  Classical Sparks in the Park - courtesy of Christchurch City Council.  My favourite of all summer events in the city.  I love classical music, so does Nic and sitting under the stars listening to music and watching fireworks is a certain form of bliss.
2. Icy Sparks - a beguiling gorgeous main character of this lovely book by Gwyn Hyman Rubio.  Being a non judging loving person I always feel for others pain and in this book I learnt about the strength that people with troubles or differences have.  I don't have to feel sorry for people but rather assume that people are not their disabilities.   Nice one Icy.  Go and find yourself a review of this book.
3.  Ruby Sparks - a DVD I picked off the shelf of the library to help me get my head out of my own sadness.  I don't know that this movie would win any awards but it really 'spoke' to me of  the power of words and stories and of love, its power both for good and for bad, as it builds you up it can also bring you down.

Because I am writing this on my iPad I can't work out how to get the images loaded.  Technology fail. Oh well. Nice to be back and I am really looking forward to getting my spark back and sharing my stuff.  Thanks for dropping in.