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Tramping in New Zealand (Newsletter Extract)

I discovered that Oxford Forest allows dogs, plus the tracks take you through native forest (you can see photos on my other blog) with the sound of bellbirds all around.It had been years since I had done an overnight walk and camp and I consulted my essential tramping list to make sure I didn’t forget anything:
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Epistle Extract: New Zealand Road Trip to Mapua

Since the last Epistle, I started work on the illustrations to the follow-up to my middle grade book, FAB (Friends Against Bullying) Club. If you want to be part of my advance reading team and receive an illustrated chapter of the book every week you can sign up at Tiny Letter.

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I’m a little late in writing, because I just got back from a road trip to the top of the South Island to see my good friend, Jane. She and her husband run an illustration, photography and design business in Mapua, about 430 km (267 miles) from Lyttelton.
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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 GoComics.com. 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.
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