The white and the green

The white and the green

Winter has arrived uninvited, even though it is still May. Yesterday an icy blast swept the country, bringing snow to the south. In Dunedin, schools were closed as many roads were impassable. Ruth from Central Otago sent me this photo of her herb garden covered in...
Lantern magic

Lantern magic

 Tonight I was invited to the Steiner School, where the kindergarten pupils had been preparing all week for the annual Lantern Festival.  I was a little puzzled by the timing, since our Halloween has passed and winter solstice is a month away, but evidently...
Autumn fruits

Autumn fruits

 Every season has its own special fruits. My eye was caught by these bright little berries, on the pavement by the library. They are titoki, and I posted about them the year I saw them for the first time. Titoki is one of our native trees, also known as NZ oak....
Red in autumn

Red in autumn

 Red leaves Scuttle in gangs Scratching the brickwork  Or  fan out, spreading their glory, while others drop to where they can dance more freely. I lift my head to enjoy their bright bunting hanging out against the sky, and my toes wriggle inside my...
Lemon in autumn

Lemon in autumn

 New fruit crowds the lemon grove: unseemly jostling. Boronia leaves fan out against a terracotta step.  Flame tree turns lemon-leafed  this bright...
Barefoot through the hinterland

Barefoot through the hinterland

 Come with me; we are going to take off our shoes and walk through the hinterland.  I always loved that word, from when I first learned it at school. It means ‘the land behind the coast’, [German hinter: behind, plus land).I think of it as...