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...
Ripening and Assimilating

Ripening and Assimilating

    Has summer made you tired? Have you had ‘too much of a good thing’? Maybe you are all too ready to kick summer out the door? But don’t be too hasty! Because there’s an important seasonal task to be completed. And a good time to do...
Return to wonder

Return to wonder

Does this picture make you smile?   Well I certainly smiled when I came across this scene on the small beach near my home. Someone had been playing with shells and stones, finding different ways to place them all over the pohutukawa tree that sprawled down to the...