Blogger recognition award

23 Dec 2019 .. my notifications include a pingback from writer Jane Dougherty and I find she's included me in her Blogger Recognition Awards. I feel honoured and grateful. It was a lovely acknowledgement and I'd like to do the same for those whose friendship and blogs have meant so much to me since I... Continue Reading →

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... Continue Reading →

Plants As Partners

I've been busy doing a blogpost for Nigel's Growplan blog, based on a great poster he's put together to display at Wanaka A&P Show, Fri/Sat 13-14 March 2020, Site W7. I've taken his work and chatted to him about the underlying concepts, written an introduction and added text to tie it all together ... and... Continue Reading →

The Skylark Rose

Lark Ascending. This post celebrates ongoing achievements by writer Kay McKenzie Cooke who lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. This year Kay will see her 4th book of poetry published. Not only that, she's been working on a novel for the past decade and has now reached the stage where she's scouting around for a 'home'.... Continue Reading →

At What Price?

At what price do we support industry in our local communities? Industries provide employment and may attract related industries, providing even more employment. Councils generally welcome industry. Just hold that thought. Last week we had torrential rain for days on end after an extended dry period. Southland's a region of rivers and they quickly rose.... Continue Reading →

We’ll Care Next Time

Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG has been under enormous pressure to NOT proceed with his company's contribution to the construction of the Adani Mine in Australia. Because this is a German company I was especially hopeful he might take a stand and withdraw his company's support. Unfortunately this is not the case... Continue Reading →

How Things Change

The photo below is one that Nigel took of me as we were on our way back from Dunedin on 08 Dec after staying in Dunedin to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I'm relaxed and happy, exploring a riverside location by a bridge we'd just driven across. I blogged about it in Akatore Creek. South Otago,... Continue Reading →

Bright Red Gate

We both loved this wonderful gate (see below), found while taking a look at St Patrick's Basilica in South Dunedin, New Zealand. The church itself is a fantastic building but our photos of that will have to wait for another post. Photo taken by Nigel, 25 Dec 2019. Also, I recommend watching this interview with... Continue Reading →

We Are The Lifeline

"We are the lifeline if anything goes wrong, so we have an important role to play, and I think people are generally very grateful for what we do," Charmaine says. Aboriginal mums / grand mums who started a fire brigade to protect their area: "There was a sense of helplessness before we came along but... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Australia

I had little to offer in terms of indigenous perspective on the current bushfire situation but I thought you might be interested in the few stories I'd found. Then two more articles became available while I was still completing the post! STOP PRESS: Just as I was proof-reading my post I noticed a tweet linking... Continue Reading →

Current Affairs

The bookstore in the fire-ravaged village of Cobargo, New South Wales, has a new sign outside: “Post-Apocalyptic Fiction has been moved to Current Affairs.” I used to work as a librarian so was particularly taken with the above line which was taken from an excellent opinion piece in the New York Times. The whole purpose... Continue Reading →

#AustraliaBurns

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to comprehend what's going on in Australia. I've read so much recently via twitter i.e. tweets and the articles they point to. Various photos and video clips. My eyes feel tired. In a way none of it makes sense to me. Australia is such a big and well-resourced country and... Continue Reading →

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