House-warming

House-warming

Was I ready for my house-warming and birthday party? It’s taken me nearly two years to be ready. For the first year I was publishing and selling a new book. Somehow I hadn’t become settled enough, and there was always more to do. One thing I’d...
Unfolding

Unfolding

The buds that I’ve watched through snow and then renewed warmth are now gently shaking out their skirts, preparing to dance. My broken wrist is still in hibernation inside its white plaster cast,  but today I was able to take some one-handed photos....
Spring at the bach

Spring at the bach

The grass on the walk from bach to the sea is studded with these star-like flowers; so bright and perky. The broad beans in the bach garden are raising their stems towards the sun. And the steps were covered in leaves from the storms, with weeds growing up through the...
New growth

New growth

 I love to watch spring bringing new life to bush plants whem I’m at the bach. Here is the karamu, putting out its feathery blossom. And kawakawa having a growth spurt with its candle-like flowers. And rangiora spreading its fragrant flowerets. It can take...
Up the wall

Up the wall

I stopped and stared as I walked past a smart new townhouse and saw these plants growing up the wall. At first I thought it was a mural. Then I realised they were real. This photo is of the side wall. Spray-on shrubs, perhaps. Yet they are growing too, and putting out...
Cosy hyacinths

Cosy hyacinths

This year I grew two hyacinths in glass pots, starting them off in a dark cupboard so they could put roots down into the water below (to which I added charcoal for freshness). Once they put up their shoots, I brought them out into the light. It’s been a joy to...
Brave buds

Brave buds

How were the buds doing, I wondered? After all, just as they were opening, Auckland had its first snowfall in 72 years, and its ‘coldest ever daily high’ (which is an odd word, considering it was a low!)Of course, we are softies here, and the cold that we...

Snowflakes in Auckland!

Yes, it’s true! This afternoon the sun was swallowed up in the icy clouds above, and what began as rain suddenly softened into snow flakes.Rain falls, but snowflakes tumble, float, and waft down from the sky.Here beside the sea, the snow did not linger on the...
Twigs

Twigs

Not only are the leaf buds turning red, but also the twigs as trees return to life. I imagine the life blood flowing through these twigs, preparing for a great outbreak of leaves.Officially, it’s not yet spring. But to me, when I notice the subtle signs that are...
Buds opening

Buds opening

The same buds that I photographed just a few days ago and now peeling back their skins and showing their tender folded petals. And while some trees are still quite dormant, others are popping out little leaf buds, red with new life. It seems amazing that the bright...
Budding

Budding

I see buds everywhere, even in trees that look as if they are still winter-bare.As I walked down the street, musing on this word ‘Bud’, I found a poem writing itself inside my head. BUD A perfect word Let it be said Enfolding U From B/irth to...
Blessing for First Light

Blessing for First Light

Here is an Irish blessing, spoken in our circle last night as we celebrated First Light and remembered the Celtic Brigid, goddess of inspiration, poetry and healing: When the first light of sun — Bless you When the long day is done — Bless you In your smiles and your...
Celebrating First Light

Celebrating First Light

Tonight I’ll be celebrating the festival of First Light. In this land of Aotearoa, the inanga (whitebait) are wriggling their way up the rivers.We too will be listening to the new life that is young and wriggling inside after the hibernation of winter. The...