Life adventures

The Freedom Years - longer healthier lives

On average people are living longer - leading healthier and more productive lives for longer. Many of us can look forward to longer and more active lives than previous generations. Let’s replace...Read more

Mary Somervell

04 June 2018

Making the best of now

Every day is precious. Making the best of now is about living in the moment. One of the  best ways is discovering new adventures right on our doorstep.  Bucket lists have...Read more

17 October 2017

Making the most of major life changes

Major life changes create wonderful opportunities for new beginnings and doing things differently. Some transitions come unexpectedly – redundancy, a major health setback, the loss of a loved one or a...Read more

Mary Somervell

08 June 2017

Relocation - a different kind of adventure

A change of scene is like a breath of fresh air. We relocated to sunny Nelson and are delighted to be here.  Golden weather, beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, fresh produce, local vineyards, walking...Read more

Mary Somervell

16 March 2016

Wildboy's inspirational Kiwi adventure

What a ripper of a tale this is! Brando Yelavich turned his life around by walking the entire New Zealand coastline. Raging dogs, charging bulls, steep cliffs, rugged bush, mudflats, pounding...Read more

Book Review - Wildboy by Brando Yelavich

08 August 2015

Lessons learned from major surgery

Waking up on an operating table to the sound of drilling and hammering is a pretty novel experience. Fortunately I couldn't feel a thing and soon nodded off under the...Read more

Mary Somervell

11 April 2015

Kiwi seafaring adventurer who changed lives

Here is a different twist on outdoor adventures - a classic tale of triumph over adversity. The gripping and hilarious tales of Johnny Wray's seafaring adventures have inspired generations of sailors,...Read more

Book review - South Sea Vagabonds by J.W. Wray

15 January 2015

Coastguard to the rescue

A few close calls and some hair-raising moments over 20 years of regular trips on dive boats, sailing yachts, a seagoing waka, friends' boats of various sorts, commuter ferries and...Read more

Mary Somervell

31 December 2014

Women only adventures - vive la difference

So why choose women only holidays and adventures? Women often tell me how much they value the company of other women when we are away together exploring new places and...Read more

Mary Somervell

14 February 2014