Normalization

HARP FOR SALE: Martin Haycock "Gothic" renaissance harp, asking price NZ $ 2.000 or best offer email me for more information

DIGITAL PRINTS now available on Ebay • Greeting card selection now available on Etsy • ASNI'S GARDEN: Original Watercolour paintings available on Etsy

SHEET MUSIC: Diego Fernandez de Huete: Compendio numeroso — original music for harp from baroque Spain
TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME MUSIC: Harp sheet music store * Travels in Middle Earth CD700 Years of Pop CD

Asni the Harper digital downloads: CD Baby ** Amazon MP3 * iTunes

NOW AVAILABLE: New Zealand Film Locations map: A3 poster * Snowflake Christmas/seasonal card * Queen Galadriel holiday card * Easter greeting cards

In this newsletter:
*** Normalcy
*** News & Current Projects
*** Wetland Walks Photo Essay

Normalcy

There isn't really all that much to write. The Featherston art sale has wrapped up – more of it below. The show at Pukaha still runs until the end of June. A person by the name of Donald Trump is still president of the US for some reason. I have caved in to social pressures, and adopted a cat.

For the last two months, I have been working on building a proper run for my chickens. Then a month or so ago, my wandering hens started disappearing at an alarming rate, but police told me that because they are free ranging, it is not theft. Apparently. To be honest, having the chickens scratch about the backyard every which way is getting a bit old – I haven't even been trying to grow any vegetables these last two seasons – but the thought of confining them to such a small space does not make me happy. I will have to work my head around this.

Noodle the Indian runner duck, who had been abducted by one of my neighbours, has been returned to me. One of my other ducks still lives on this person's property, and there is bugger all I can do about it – but when my peahen sits on someone's fence, it is quite OK to verbally abuse me and then do away with the bird. But I am surely just imagining this. Because of my mental health issues.

There has been an article in the paper about an investigation into workplace bullying at Auckland mortuary. Two women, both well qualified, both from the UK, testified to being subjected to this, as well as witnessing gross disrespect to dead bodies. I find it quite upsetting how familiar it all sounds. I have no doubt that everything these women have been saying is true, because it agrees 100% with my own experience of working and living in New Zealand. The only thing that surprises me is that this has been so widely reported in our media. Usually, these things are hastily swept under the rug. One of the women who was making these bullying claims, was required to see a psychiatrist to prove she is mentally stable. Just saying.

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Wetland walks, Lake Wairarapa



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Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale</a> at the Featherston Community Centre Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale</a> at the Featherston Community Centre Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale</a> at the Featherston Community Centre Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale</a> at the Featherston Community Centre Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale</a> at the Featherston Community Centre Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale</a> at the Featherston Community Centre

Setting up the Wairarapa Art Sale at the Featherston Community Centre

News and Current Projects

Our Wairarapa Art Sale at the Featherston Community Centre was once again well attended, and a good deal of artwork sold. The selection of works was, if possible, even more wide ranging than last year – apart from the paintings and prints in various styles and media including digital and photography, and the ceramics and object art, this year there also was jewelry, weaving, and outdoor sculpture. I spotted one of the sculptures in a neighbour's garden the other day. It's totally a local thing.

My two digital birds – Kotuku and Piwakawaka – earned a lot of admiration and positive comments. The Kotuku print found a buyer, which is even better. Still no luck on the oil paintings, though they were also well admired. A couple of people approached me with suggestions for exhibiting space, so I will follow this up. High time to organize another personal show.

The people at Pukaha Mt. Bruce are clearly stoked to have an art exhibition as part of their annual calendar, and they treat us artists well. The other day, they put on a little function with wine and nibbles just for us. Usually, they do this sort of thing at a public opening, in order to inebriate potential buyers and loosen their purse strings, but this was just a thank you, and much nicer.

The community of artists here in the Wairarapa who do it full time or as their main profession, is relatively small, and there was substantial overlap of faces between the two shows. It's nice to have a social occasion once in a while to meet our fellow fighters and have a chat!

Plus, we almost got to hear a nighttime kiwi calling.

Kotuku — digital print by Astrid Nielsch Kotuku — digital print by Astrid Nielsch Kotuku — digital print by Astrid Nielsch Kotuku — digital print by Astrid Nielsch

Artist function at Pukaha Mt. Bruce

I am taking another shot at selling my Martin Haycock Gothic harp. It's a 25 string late medieval/renaissance style harp built by one of the pioneers of the early harp revival, back in 1985 or thereabouts. The harp has bray pins except on the two top strings, and has a fine sound, and it is a bit more solid in build than some of the more recent copies of this style of harp.

You can hear the harp on a few tracks on my CDs: "Lament for Gandalf", on the Travels in Middle-earth CD  – Suite from "musicalische Rüstkammer" and "Amoroso", on the 700 Years of Pop CD – and the Faenza codex piece "Rosetta che non cançi mai colore", on the Rent a Nightingale CD.

Asking price is NZ $ 2.000 or equivalent, or best offer, plus shipping. Please email me for more details – and please pass this on.

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Zelda and Zibaq

Zelda the impossibly photogenic rescue kitten arrived here just over a week ago, after I had spotted her on Facebook and for some reason unbeknownst to me, asked if she was still available. I wasn't looking for a cat. I have been toying with the idea of getting a cat in order to keep my mice under control, but really, I mean allergies, and anyway a mousetrap would be far more economical. Right? Well – too late now, she's taken over the sofa and made best buddies with Zibaq "Quicksilver" the Rex rabbit, who came here just after New Year as a buddy for little sweetheart Habib, who then unfortunately went and died under my shed. :'( Zibaq also lives indoors in winter because of her short (but amazingly velvety) fur. With those two around, I don't really need another pet. Should have had them first.

Yin has been temporarily banished to a hutch after she popped yet another accidental litter, but those babies are about ready to find new homes now, and hopefully it won't take too long. She will either need her own run, or move in with us into the house. I should probably get her fixed. Two rabbits is the most anyone should ever have at one time, really.

I do love having a goldfish tank in my spanking newly done up studio, though. Perhaps I'm on a healthy road to pet normalcy?

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Cat, rabbit, fish



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Wetland walks

After seven and a half years of living in Featherston, and driving down to the Wairio wetlands fairly regularly following a sign that says "walking access to lake", and taking many walks there which, although pleasant and among various bodies of water, did not lead down to Lake Wairarapa, sheep and I have finally found the right way. I will leave the writing for now, and post some photos instead.

Arohanui, from Asni



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Trips with the sheep