Walking in the sun rain

I nearly turned back. I had no umbrella, and rain began to fall just as I’d started my afternoon walk. But sometimes it’s good to be intrepid, especially in winter; not to be deterred by a bit of wet or wind. And the rain wasn’t heavy. I decided to...
Red in the rain

Red in the rain

The rain has been pouring down steadily and the air has turned grey and fuzzy. But when I look out of my window I see red hot pokers standing up brightly against the dark green bushes beyond. How defiant they are! And the flame tree too, flaring above them. Who...
Finding holly

Finding holly

It took most of a month to locate holly for Winter Solstice celebrations, including the Solstice retreat I’m leading on Saturday. Auckland doesn’t have much, and I couldn’t find any in berry. I’m pondering on the drama of the holly tree, and...
Winter love

Winter love

Kawakawa leaves freshen up in winter, relieved of carrying those pesky insects that perforate them all over. Kawakawa, although associated with death for Maori, always reminds me of love because of the heart-shaped leaves and healing properties.As I went up and down...
Getting close to bumble bees

Getting close to bumble bees

My jade plant is flowering, putting forth a dome of pink stars.  Bumble bees love it. I’m feeling close to bumble bees since hearing about the short-haired bumble bee which is now extinct in the United Kingdom. This subspecies was brought to New Zealand in...
Little suns

Little suns

I’m enjoying the fragrance of lemon trees drifting up to my balcony; and the sight of their fresh yellow fruit. My friend’s mandarin tree is hanging out its little lanterns, and I’m remembering the orange tree from a previous garden, and how brightly...
More about ants

More about ants

Well, I’ve learned that the bach ants are quite different from the town ants, which are definitely Argentine ants, judging by their behaviour and what I’ve been learning from the Pest Man. I discovered the difference when I found my muffin in the morning,...
Winter warmth

Winter warmth

Collecting wood, lighting the fire, and snuggling up on the sofa. The walls warm up and the bach begins to glow. Good music on the stereo, an absorbing book, and I am content. No matter that the rain falls relentlessly outside and winter is turning more chilly. Every...

Talking about the Seasons

Ruth Todd is a marvellous interviewer, who reads the book, digests it, and then asks excellent questions. I loved talking about the seasons with her recently on Plains FM when she interviewed me about Dancing with the Seasons. Check it...
Flame tree defying winter cold

Flame tree defying winter cold

From my window I see a flame tree flaring against the backdrop of the sea. The tuis gurgle and creak amidst the branches. In winter we need to find ways of keeping the inner fire alive. Nature offers inspiration in unexpected ways. There is always something to delight...