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The great fig battle of 2021 has begun

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I had a head start on the birds this year. I’m on day three of picking ripe figs and the birds (Tauhou, or Silver Eyes) have only just worked out they are soft enough for their beaks to get into. … Read More

Māori potato harvest

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  My summer garden harvest was a bit truncated this year. Right at the peak of summer eating, next door’s sheep broke in and the eight of them had a lovely time eating my vegetables. I was slightly heartbroken. The … Read More

NZ COVID lockdown number 3 and the Folk Festival

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  I think Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, has done it harder than the rest of the country with lockdowns. Last night three community cases were reported and a Level Three lockdown was announced yesterday evening and went into effect … Read More

COVID kittens

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  Summer is kitten season and this year, rescues all over our city were inundated. Mostly, these days, any kittens are desexed before they go to their forever homes. There are some great desexing programmes being funded by some very … Read More

Election Day in NZ 2020

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Yesterday was election day here in New Zealand. Early voting has been open for awhile and we had a record turnout all up. I took the boy with me to vote. We had to make a special trip into town … Read More

Clematis flowers, our harbinger of Spring

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We’re on the slow slog out of winter here in New Zealand. There are blossoms on fruit trees, the grass is growing faster and driving through the Waitakere Ranges, the canopy of the bush is lit up where the clematis … Read More

Winter wanders

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We grabbed a rare moment between rain showers and headed out for a walk. Luckily Phoenix the dog is an understanding sort of a guy and doesn’t give me a hard time if he doesn’t get to go for a … Read More

Rad Reading: Mary, Glennon and Rebecca

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Essays seem to be my thing at the moment. Writing them. Reading them. Thinking about them. I’m reading Glennon Doyle’s Untamed on kindle. I kinda speed-read/skipped through her Warrior books but this one, this one I am taking my sweet … Read More

Joining the lockdown sourdough club

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Seems like everyone was making sourdough over lockdown. Egged on by a comment on my facebook page by my friend Jake, I joined the movement. It started with an illicit sourdough starter drop in my letterbox. My friend sent me … Read More

The shark tooth

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When I was about eight, I read a book where the main character found a shark tooth on the beach and it changed her life in wonderful ways. I have been looking for a sharks tooth at high tide marks … Read More

Colour jungle

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I am drawn to colour in hard times. I caught this photo of a shirt I made on my quilt recently. All that colour and texture gave me pause to breathe in the beauty. More and more these slow days I am reminded … Read More

Introducing my new comfort food

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I was given a signed copy of Nadia Lim’s Vegful cookbook as a Christmas gift from work. (I work for the NZ charity Garden to Table – getting kids into the garden and kitchen through our food education programme.) I … Read More

A teen-friendly Easter

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An Easter in lockdown has taught me an important lesson about the creative life and gave rise to a great idea for an Easter hunt for teens. Our house used to be in constant creative flux with various projects. It’s … Read More

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