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See my story: Travel New Zealand

This is where I get to spend a good deal of my time when traveling, Airports.

Glamorous you say….and I’ll agree with you in essence. It’s better than doing the dishes or doing the housework. However, I’m in this lounge for 7 hours when all I really wish for is to be home. I just have a day turn around before I’m back in   another airport and the tour for the next few months. 65 days to be exact.


I was up at 4.00 am to meet a shuttle at 4.30.

It was dark and chilly at that hour,  and the reception I received at the shuttle door as I bounced a friendly “good morning” to the 10 occupants matched the  weather outside.   I think they lost their smiles.


I flew from Christchurch, New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia. Leaving at 6.50 am and arriving here at 7.30 am Australian time.

I drew on the plane for the 3 1/2 hour trip.


The pen flies fast over the tablet and I lose sense of time as I work.  And as I look out the window I see a miracle happen.


The mountains decorated by clouds rise out of the morning dusk and an orange glow affords me a great view… it was just for a minute, but I grabbed it folk.


Silent cold ribbons of rivers snake through the valleys and suddenly it was gone under a cover of grey cloud.

Now it’s reflection time. The moment has gone and I begin a new adventure in just a few days.

I’ve been on an Invitational Lecture Tour traveling through 8 cities  visiting the artists of the area. It was an absolute honor.  I met wonderful people, I had the opportunity to share my ideas on textile arts with literally 100’s of people.  I took a few thousand photos, wrote pages of dialogue and the weeks of preparation by my PA and I prior to the trip paid off and I have a sense of satisfaction that I actually achieved it.

Auckland, Hamilton and Hastings.

I’ve never traveled by bus from event to event, so that was certainly an adventure. It was a wonderful way to travel. I saw so much of the country. The logistics of getting 2 large cases, hand luggage containing the electronics for the lectures and a largish bag of cameras was rather a  day to day program. I don’t expect people to understand the difficulties, but I made it with the guidance and gentle persuasion of my wonderful program co-ordinator Dianne Southey.

This trip was a gift from the co-ordinators of the Palmerston North Symposium Committee. who invested time and money in a continuing education program for the Quilters of New Zealand. I think it was a wonderful gesture. Those attending were unaware of the immense amount of time taken in the preparation.

But there it was. I loved each event and I extend a huge thank you to everyone who shared in part of it.

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Feathers captured in early morning light.



Images of Napier.

New Plymouth Residency.


Just pure delight.

Then there’s the textures to make you think. Makes you look twice and fuels the imagination.

Cultural Stories in Palmerston North.


And the beauty.

I also learned how to eat whitebait patties, home smoked salmon and pineapple chocolate things.

Flowers and Textures so rare.

Wellington for color and Inspiration.

I flew into Blenheim, and out early in the morning but thank you so much to my hosts… it was wonderful.

And finally Christchurch.



I let my images speak for themselves.

I personally learned a lot and gained a huge amount. Inspiration abounds. This is my trip folk… my inspiration.

With the help of my wonderful hosts I made the most of every day, but now its time for other adventures.




10 Comments Add yours

  1. Marina says:

    I attended your Palmerston North lecture. It was immensely enjoyable, gave me food for thought for days. You have an incredible talent, with a needle and a camera. Thanks for coming!

  2. Karin says:

    Thank you Pam for sharing your trip,with these wonderful pictures. I had a great time at your lecture and class in Christchurch, learned so much and had such a good time. Hope to see you some time again somewhere.

  3. Bev Crabb says:

    Pam, I am constantly amazed by the photos. I haven’t attended a class from you in many years, but the lessons from you in looking at color and texture have served me well. And the blog posts act as another creative nudge. Thank you so much for all you do.

  4. Maureen says:

    I attended your Blenheim lecture. Thank you Pam for such a great evening, it was so inspiring. The quilts you showed us were amazing. Thank you also to the people who bought you to our part of the country.

  5. Gypsy pamela Armas says:

    I loved all he photos from your last rendezvous. Thanks so much for sharing. They are so inspiring.

  6. Dianne Southey says:

    It was fabulous having you here Pam, and a pleasure to organise the tour for you. The quilters of New Zealand thank you for your time and effort introducing a fabulous lecture series and , for a few lucky ones, some great classes.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thank you so much Dianne, I loved spending time with you and Colin.

  7. glendajean says:

    WOW Pam what a visual image blog, my brain went in to over drive!!!! I Will have to come back again and again to take it all in. What stands out is your drawing of the shark and his rider and the feather laying on the flower!!!!! Thanks for taking ALL the time to upload this wonderful trip to a beautiful country that grew up in. Cheers Glenda FNQLD

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Glenda you’re welcome.

  8. lovelyyyy, I really enjoy the photos.

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