Kiwi Halloween tonight

Kiwi Halloween tonight

 Kiwi Halloween tonight, April 30, the night of the dead. Mira and I prepared the pumpkins. She loved popping out the ‘eyes’ from the inside, and watching the grin appear. Here they are, together with my black cloth, feathers, and flax woven bands,...
Kumara dig with creature

Kumara dig with creature

 The kumara garden lies hidden between the dunes and the hill. Kumaras like a light, sandy soil, and so the location is perfect. For Maori, this area was a favoured food basket, where gardens could be cultivated close to the sea. With kumara and sea food, birds...
Simplicity

Simplicity

 Life has been too busy, and so I’ve been craving simplicity.It was low tide, just before the rain returned with great enthusiasm, when I had an afternoon at the small local beach. A heron, came by, closer than usual.Oh, for the stillness of the heron! As I...
Harvest!

Harvest!

The mellowness of autumn is here. As I watch the evening light falling on the flame tree, making the trunk glow like the coals in a warm fire, I reflect on my own harvest. Yes, carton after carton arrived after being unloaded from the Cap Manuel, that sailed from Hong...
Adventure with a splash

Adventure with a splash

 When you are four and a half, and your legs are now strong, you are ready for a big adventure. Sometimes you like to go on alone, just to find out what’s around the next bend of the stream, and at other times, you like to go with your daddy and chatter and...
Easter treasure hunt

Easter treasure hunt

Every Easter for  my older granddaughter (now 18), I created a treasure hunt. And now it’s the little one’s turn. We actually began last year, and it was very simple: follow the yellow trail (See Trails and Treasure). But now, at four and a half,...