Sails in the sunlight

Sails in the sunlight

What a surprise, to look out my window and see a red sail. Someone was out there, enjoying this beautiful fine day. And then there were more and more still all colours, it seemed. Later in the afternoon, I took a walk and watched the yachts scudding up and down while...
Harvested!

Harvested!

It’s done! Dear blog friends, I have just brought in the harvest of over two year’s work: my new book.I like to savour such moments. Before I set out to walk to the post shop, I enjoyed crunching into one of these ‘NZ Beauty’ apples, which are...
Autumn gift

Autumn gift

This autumn gift arrived today from the south island. Here it is, freshly unwrapped from its litttle box.  What is it? I’ve never seen such a thing before. Here’s a clue: my fingers were sticky as I unpacked it, and when I licked them – yumm!...
Tasty equinox

Tasty equinox

It’s autumn equinox, the rain is falling – three month’s worth in 24 hours up north, creating more floods. And yet the fruits are ripe and lush. I visit some blogs where people post delicious food that they’ve cooked, and my mouth waters....
Low tide, west coast

Low tide, west coast

Yesterday was cloudy and the beach a little sombre, with the tide right out and the clouds darkening overhead.  I took my friends from England down to the south end of the beach, where driftwood curled into strange shapes, looped and tangled with kelp and debris....
Tick tock, dandelion clock

Tick tock, dandelion clock

One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, four.  Summer’s gone, it’s out the door It didn’t come here anyway Still the children want to play. It’s been a month since I visited the bach, and here I am, blessed with that...
Sandspit, tides and play

Sandspit, tides and play

Sandspit is an hour’s drive north of Auckland. There we headed for a family weekend, as the unexpectedly fine day began to gather clouds. There’s something soothing about estuaries, and watching the tide slip in and out, changing the beachscape as it...
The Garden fairy visits again

The Garden fairy visits again

 The first thing the visiting fairy said to me was, ‘Help me put on my wings.’ Of course I did. A fairy must be able to fly.  In return, she set to work trying out my new blue watering can and making sure all the plants had a good drink. She...
The other side of the storm

The other side of the storm

A ‘storm bomb’ hit New Zealand this weekend, hurtling across the Tasman Sea from Australia. We had planned to arrive at Half Moon Bay, where the class reunion was held, by ferry. ‘Not safe,’ decided my friend’s husband, who drove us...
Chasing the wind

Chasing the wind

We don’t mind windy days, little Mira and me. When we notice the wind is blowing, we look at each other and say, ‘Windmills!’ And out to the balcony we run, to see if we can catch the wind. Sometimes we have it, and sometimes not. It’s...