Back in New Zealand

I arrived back in New Zealand this month.

I’m up against my deadlines again for Arctic Circle (the strip below was a recent favourite),
cartoon about the internet going downand I started running the new cartoons for my Doodle Diary on Which means more deadlines. As well as Reasons to Be Cheerful, I’m documenting some of my life here in Lyttelton with a New Zealand Diary. New Zealand flax Being away for so long has given me a newcomer’s perspective again, so it is an opportunity to illustrate the things that are different to life in Europe. There is a lot I remember from being here before, people who are still here and the natural wonders that attracted me in the first place. But things have changed in the country as a whole and with Lyttelton in particular. It and the rest of Christchurch are still recovering from the earthquake that struck in 2011.

Upcycled Skirt

At the Top Hut on Bealey Spur

At the Top Hut on Bealey Spur

I’m just back from a visit to NZ, catching up with friends, going to a fantastic wedding and doing an overnight tramp (hike!). On my last day, I went into Christchurch and browsed the Arts Centre Market to find a gifted artist, Ron Tekawa, who uses old fabrics to make wonderful skirts. They can’t quite save my legs and wonky toes, but they are as flattering a shape as I can wear! (more…)