Category Archives: Nature

Load of….

…abalone. Or paua, as we say around here. Advertisements

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The New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) aka pīwakawaka. We have a pair at the cottage that patrol the deck, zipping up and down between the eaves and scoffing anything insect-like. They’ll perch on the clothesline and have a chat on … Continue reading

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CR-V Sunset

Not artistic? No? OK….

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“O” stands for ……..

A day’s harvest from the pony poo-powered organic raised beds. True story. Supermarket, callow youth at check-out picks up one of these and asks “What’s this?” “Aubergine” Flicks through his price list and says…. “All I’ve got under “O” is … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:55 (King James’ Version)

Oh Bathytoshia brevicaudatai death, where is thy sting? Seen fleetingly at Port Mapua. Boy, they’re graceful. (Young Friend Sam, our local biologist, says that stingray populations are increasing, unlike the populations of some of his favourite animals which will be … Continue reading

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The fire

It started on Tuesday about 18km away from some sparks caused by a disc-harrow hitting a stone. Out of control within minutes and that’s still the situation. 2500 people evacuated, only one property lost due to the sparsely populated nature … Continue reading

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Thieving b@#$%^rds…

Avian bottom-feeders….

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