Dec 9, 2016

Another Year Nearly Done.

I can't believe how fast the months have gone by - and yes, I say that every year. You'd think I'd know by now to grab each and every day and make it count. but I think I did have a darn good crack at it. Here are some random photos of my year.

 Delicious scallops we dredged in the Sounds for last |January.
I love nothing more than to prepare a feast of these for family and friends when they come to visit.

Taking a ride out in our bay. I like to get out in the middle and lie back listening to the silence and thinking about nothing or everything.

One of my girls had an off day this day. Not sure what was going on. :)
My two most favourite littlies on the planet.
Bath time and Granny Sue ended as wet as they were.


                       Flowers from HM&B London office on being a finalist in the RWNZ Koru award.

Travelling this road many times over the year between Christchurch and those grandies and our place in the Marlborough Sounds.
This road is now closed, gone in many places, due to the earthquake three weeks ago. A tragedy for many people living in the area.
                                                     A bad photo of dolphins in our bay in September. Need a new camera, one that focuses when I need it to, not three minutes later.

LoveCat in the Wild, Barbara DeLeo and I at the RWNZ conference in August.
Out Now: December
And finally, my 20th book is out now.
One of my favourites to write, this one is a step away from small town NZ and into a war zone with consequences that take some getting used to.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.


  1. Sue, all the best for Christmas! I love your photos and am in awe of you being able to go out and get fresh scallops. Sigh. What a life! I hope the festive season is a beaut one for you and yours. Here's hoping for no more earthquakes for quite some time too.

  2. Thanks, Annie. Unfortunately three's a ban on scallops this year, and the earthquakes keep coming. But hey, we're very lucky in a heap of other ways. I love where I live and how I can go walking in the hills or kayaking on the water, hear the birdsong when the sun's coming up.
    Hope you get to spend special time with everyone special to you.

  3. Hi Sue

    Time does go by fast when you are having fun :) love those photos and your thoughts and I have you book calling to me from my kindle now to just get more hours in the day.

    I still have a few things to do for Christmas and I am starting to feel a little stressed (as normal) and I really only have this week to get them done :) I better get moving

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family thanks for the fun and great stories Sue

    have Fun

    1. Yep, the stress levels do start cranking up, don't they, Helen? Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  4. Oh, Sue! Those scallops have my mouth watering! Such a delicious treat, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing your lovely photo memories with us. Merry Christmas and I hope the tinsel doesn't shake too much!

  5. Scallops are one of my favourite foods, Yvonne. As for shaky tinsel, I'll just have to have another wine. There's not much else I can do. :)

  6. Gorgeous pics, Sue! May many more scallops, kayaks in the bay, and fun bathtimes with the grandies feature in your future. And may the quakes subside for a VERY long time now.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks for that, Michelle. I'm looking forward to 2017, preferably not such a shaky one. Have a wonderful Christmas with your man and family.

  7. Totally agree about how quickly the year has gone by... I love how you have looked at what has happened though.
    Boo on the ban on scallops and other seafood from the Sounds this year.
    Hoping for a much less shaky 2017

  8. My sentiments exactly, Lyn. You've had it as bad over there. Cheers for a great festive season.

  9. I would comment on all the beautiful photos, Sue, but I'm stuck on those scallops as well!

    Congratulations on another successful, happy year filled with memories. And on your 20th book.

    1. Aren't scallops one of nature's most delish treats, Bronwyn? Here's to a wonderful 2017 for you too.

  10. Sue ~ All your pictures are lovely. I really got a chuckle out of the egg picture.

    I thought of all the Kiwi Love Cats when I heard about the quakes. I was praying that all had survived. One picture that made the quake stand out was the one of the two cows and a calf on a tiny island of land with deep newly formed gullies around them. I'm hoping that they got rescued somehow.

    Congratulations on your 20th book. It just seems like not too long ago I was reading your debut.

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and less shaky 2017.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments on my books, Kaelee.
      Yes, the cows were rescued by the farmers digging a narrow track up to them. It took some time and effort but a good result.
      All the best for Christmas and 2017.