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Art Every Day Month Day 25 - Love the Pacific

It is a very sad day here in New Zealand after the horrific explosion at the Pike River coal mine...

To The Families and Friends Of The 29 Who Were Tragically Killed In The Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy. Accept Our Heartfelt Sympathy To You All In The Time Of Great Sadness. May The Spirits Of Those Lost, Live On In The Lifes Of Those Who Loved Them. RIP

The church bells rang 29 times so we knew it was final and the end of the line. Now 29 miners are at heavens gate with coal silt dirty faces asking is it 2 late? When God replies with half a grin no my children come on in. They place their mining lights gently on heavens floor when ......God said "job well done" leave your boots at the door.

A few days ago Maddy came into see me holding a folder containing the Sky Daily, it is a guide to what is on each day for the Pacific Sky, a boat that I was on for a 10 day cruise, travelling around the Pacific. There was an article in there of a book about pacific art that I had saved, which made me think time to get back into my Pacific painting, it is one of my favourite subjects to paint. Later that day met a lady who owns a waterfront resort in Samoa - I think it is time to plan a holiday! 

Here are some of my paintings inspired by the Pacific...

This was painted for Shaughan

Hula Girls




Church at sunset


Brown Tapa


Red Tapa

Travelling Around the Pacific Islands
What can I say? The Pacific Islands are the most beautiful, peaceful and inspiring place I have ever been to. I was very fortunate that my Aunt Lyn decided to take me on a 10 day cruise around the Pacific. Thanks Sweetie!
We boarded the 'Pacific Sky' a P&O cruise-ship in Auckland, Jan 2006 and set off into the sunset with cocktails and music flowing. 
It took three days to get across the great ocean most of the people aboard were stuck in their cabins with sea sickness for the first couple of days. I felt like I was the only one aboard walking around getting familiar with the boat. Our first stop was Mystery Island, a cute little island. It was just as I had imagined with white sand, crystal waters and a beautiful warmth to the air. I walked through the markets and was taken by the spunky little kids with white hair and brown bodies, they are so cute! I found a spot under a tree, close to the band playing local Island music and got into reading a book. I think it was The Lovely Bones that I was reading? Back on board the boat, that night we had a Hawaiian fancy theme party on the deck, so I put on our glad rags and danced into the early hours of the night. Dancing on a boat with ruff seas was an experience. 
The next day we entered Port Vila, we jumped on a bus which drove us all over the Island and taught us  about their culture was magic. They have a very respectful culture, they treat family members how we all should! The markets there where amazing, with the cutest jewelry, I loved shopping that day. 
I went to heaven on the sixth day, it was called Ouvea. I had a lovely time swimming in heavenly waters and sunbathed of course. I wanted to stay longer!!!!!
Seventh day was Noumea, New Caledonia, it is like a French city everyone talks french drinks coffee and eats pastries. Lovely place everyone was pretty relaxed. We took a tour on a glass bottom boat and saw a big turtle, fed some really fat fish. Back ashore we took a train tour around the city, drinking champagne & eat the best pastries on the top of the world, perfect. 
Our last port stop was the most beautiful place of them all, it was the Isle of Pines. It was inspired, I had white fish swimming around my feet in the surf and felt very relaxed and at peace. I could live there!
I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to have everything organised for them. You get looked after every minute of the day as they offer such a wide range of activities, yummy food, and have great facilities - like the spa that has meter swells. I meet some wonderful people, ate way too much food (put on way too much weight), and had a fantastic time seeing the Islands. I had motion sickness for about 5 days after the trip. I now have a dream to one day live on an Island in the Pacific.

Here are a few off the photos I took on our trip...

Lyn sunning herself

Yummy cocktail 

I love these trees!

Champagne Darling

The Pacific Sky

Isle of Pines

The view for the first 3 days

I was the only person who got up early on board. 

A local couple kissing

 Ronda and Bob



Us girls with Captain Stefano.

Click here to check out my more photos from our holiday.

My Youtube clip for the day is How to Hula Dance...

You know you want to give it a go!

My card for the day was RELATIONSHIP

it said..  you're entering a more positive phase in your relationships. As the picture on the card shows, you're now out of the forest and entering an area filled with light and beauty. Like the angel portrayed on the card you just need to hang on a little while longer. 


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