Dear Aotearoa children
I am in my bubble with my partner Michael (he’s painting pictures as usual), one of my daughters (26, she’s writing, reading, going on her computer) and our two cats Agile and Charlie. Loads of birds come to visit, especially kererū and tūī. Don’t worry our sleepy cats are too old to chase birds.
I am sad I can’t see and hug my other daughter who lives 5 kms away but we talk on the phone (23, she is doing yoga, running, painting) .
Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and when I can’t sleep I make up a poem.
I am really busy getting an anthology of NZ children’s poems ready to send to my publisher in a few days. Which is fun. But sometimes I just have to sit in the garden and look at the clouds.
We live in the country so all we can see is birds and sky and trees. I can’t tell there aren’t so many cars about from my place, except I can’t hear so many cars on our road. It is really really quiet. I shut my eyes and can hear a rooster, some sheep, a dog barking, a kererū whooshing.
I am trying to think of things I have never done before. Like make some cheese! I make loads of bread but I am going to try making bagels! Like plant loads of seeds and hope they grow.
I am going to try writing new things. Set myself challenges like I do you.
I am reading books and watching tv – then I get to go all over the world!
I am going to edit a little video on my computer (this seems really hard!). I was inspired by Ruth Paul’s muddy one.
I am staying at home in my bubble to keep safe, to keep everyone safe. I miss the beach.
YOU MIGHT LIKE TO:
Write a letter or poem or comic strip or a picture or make a little video from your bubble.
What are you doing?
What’s everyone else up to?
What are you eating?
What are you reading?
What are you doing outside?
Where is your favourite spot?
How are you feeling?
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
please include your name age and name of school
don’t forget to put BUBBLE TIME challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it
don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)
You can also try:
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges
There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children. I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.