Do  trees sleep?

Do trees sleep?

  What do trees and grizzly bears have in common? According to forester Peter Wohlleben, who wrote The Hidden Life of Trees, bears prepare for hibernation by eating and eating to grow fat and sustain themselves for months of sleep with no food. And would you...
Winter words

Winter words

Caught   I found a poem caught in a tree   fluttering like a leaf,   struggling to fly free     Oh kite of many colours, You strayed  into the season of stark   You must wait now for the season of flight     when the light...
Matariki today

Matariki today

As I’ve been walking the shoreline, clearing dead tomato stems from my garden, and gathering firewood in the bush, I’ve been pondering on this question:     Why is Matariki is the first Maori festival to be celebrated with enthusiasm by Pakeha...
Preparing for winter

Preparing for winter

    Does the idea of preparing for winter seem an odd concept to you? If it does, let me remind you that you may know more about this than you think. People have always prepared for winter through the acts of harvest, storage and containment.  ...
Nature pilgrimage

Nature pilgrimage

  How do you know when your soul is thirsty?    I’m talking about that deeper level of thirst, that you may not even recognise until it is satisfied. At the end of February I received an invitation to meet with friends and stay in a simple...