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"What time do you call this?"

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Former opera singer Helen Medlyn withdrew from performing after her singing career came to an unfortunate end. Throwing caution to the wind, she withdrew her savings and bought a little caravan and an SUV. She's been on the road ever since. Each week she'll bring us tales of her new-found gypsy lifestyle.

Morning. I tip-toed over the wet, newly-mown grass to the ablution block for a hot shower, got dressed, got blown about by the gale-force wind as I wound up the stabilisers of the caravan, got into the car along with several kilograms worth of grass clippings attached to my shoes, and got on my way.

Controversial as it is for not being up to snuff, the Kapiti expressway brings a swiftness and simplicity to the journey south ... but, after the curves built for speed, I loved how, at Paekakariki, we had to haul to a crawl as we clung to the cliffs on the sea edge; gave us prisoners of the white line time to breathe some negative ions........

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