The feeding edge

The feeding edge

 The sun lingers on the inner harbour at the end of the day, and all is still. The concrete wall at the jetty is as warm as toast, even though the day is filled with winter chill, nippy winds and freezing wells of shade. But here I can snatch half an hour to do...
Of suns, moons and magic

Of suns, moons and magic

 In the cold, frosty night after the storm had cleared, the full moon beamed down on us.  Meanwhile, by day I played with the sun, as if that would help it to return more quickly,  and the little one played with the shells again, creating...
Which Solstice?

Which Solstice?

Which Solstice is it for you today? If you are in the northern hemisphere, today is summer solstice.Here in the southern hemisphere, we are in the chill and dark of winter. But today is winter solstice, the turning of the sun.  On my walk I found these strange...
The stones are black, she said

The stones are black, she said

 ‘Look granny, the stones are black,’ said the little one as we breakfasted after her sleepover in the weekend. The rain was driving into the balcony, over the planter boxes and into places that are usually quite dry.        ...
Welcoming Matariki

Welcoming Matariki

 As Matariki – the Maori new year – approaches, the light changes.  The winter light turns thin and watery, casting deep shadows.  In the sky, a lost constellation is due to appear. Over the weekend, I went out to the bach. When I went...
Last words

Last words

It’s a year today since my old school teacher, Jim Okeroa, died. I still miss him. This photo was taken when I went to Taranaki to launch my memoir, Touching Snow. It’s a favourite book, because it tells of my childhood and the years spent with...
Poetry along the pathways

Poetry along the pathways

 Last weekend I attended a poetry workshop in a little room situated in a beautiful garden. Eden Garden was hewn out of a quarry and is like an oasis of calm in the midst of the city.Writing poetry means being willing to sit and be still, to take a little climb...