Author Archives: Ngaire Wallen

About Ngaire Wallen

Landscape designer, thinker, partner, mother, reader, wanna-be writer keen to inflict my thoughts on the world.

Dear Julia (Louis-Dreyfus)

Dear Julia One year ago today I was walking in the boots that you are currently wearing. What can I say to you, and all the other women diagnosed with breast cancer today, as I look back on the past … Continue reading

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One-not-so-bloody-smart card

It was all a bit of a leap of faith, but stupidly I thought it was a good idea to use a ‘currency card’ for my quick flit to Europe.  Apologies if this is a first world problem, but I … Continue reading

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Expecting the unexpected

September already.  In just 6 more sleeps, I will be leaving the safety of New Zealand for London, Paris and New York.  Despite noting that my horoscope in no way gave any indication of an impending cancer diagnosis, it did … Continue reading

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Shortest Day, Longest Year

Here it is, the shortest day of the year.  In NZ of course we get through that before anyone else does.  So happy 21st of June, world.  Bang on time we are about to be hit with a winter storm … Continue reading

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Journeys, non-journeys and the madness that seems to be in us all

My idea of a journey is to decide where to go, plan how to get there, successfully arrive and return safely home. Life itself is sometimes referred to as a journey.  I question that.  No one has any certainty about how … Continue reading

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ANZAC Day

In New Zealand, the 25th of April, ANZAC day, has been a public holiday for many years, but in recent times has taken on renewed impetus.  It is the date of the invasion of Gallipoli in WWI – a complete … Continue reading

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Housekeeping

Due to a lapse in thinking, I managed to flood the floor behind the washing machine.  Having pulled the machine out about 2 weeks ago, to survey the situation, I was aghast at how disgustingly dirty it was down there, … Continue reading

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