Lovely day yesterday in picturesque Nelson. The sun was shining and the hills were gleaming green as I drove out to Mahana School. I didn’t know that Shirley Gawith lived opposite with her daughter and son-in-law but they found out I was coming and invited me for lunch. Such a special time. Yummy food and good conversation Shirley was a delight and at 91 she has a sparkling wit. A great sense of hour. She didn’t want to talk about herself she wanted to talk about me but I managed to ask a few questions and will post an interview when I get home. She had a stack of poems for me to read. So it was a very special lunch.
Then off to Mahana School which is tucked in a gorgeous country spot. The whole school (75) just bubbled with poetry. Friendly teachers, warm atmosphere. I didn’t know when I organised the visit that it was the school my mum went to. So very special.
A visit to Page & Blackmore Bookshop to finish off. I had never heard Rachel Bush and Melanie Drewery read before and that was a treat. Some students from St Joseph’s read poems and they were terrific. A wonderful occasion.
Thank you for a lovely visit.
I am now at the airport about to fly to Christchurch. Exciting!