balance

balance

  Do you get frustrated — wanting to plan a weekend away and once again the weather is choppy? Wanting to take a long walk but the winds turn you back?   I find some of my frustration comes from an expectation that spring will turn into summer at any moment....

Bright festivals

    On a wet August morning last week, my readers surprised me. I had put a question to those who had come from the northern hemisphere to live here in Aotearoa New Zealand: ‘What were the hardest things about adjusting to our southern seasons’?  ...
Sudden storm

Sudden storm

  The odd thing was that just a moment earlier I had driven into a quiet patch where the rain had stopped and the air was still. I flicked off my windscreen wipers and drove into a side street.     The next moment, in a blast from the skies, my little...
Missing Matariki

Missing Matariki

  It’s June, and here in New Zealand an important event has occurred in the night sky: the return of Matariki, a beautiful star cluster that many will know by its European name: The Pleiades.   Matariki the wanderer dips above and below the horizon,...
Dark by day, dark by night

Dark by day, dark by night

    Can you love the dark? Do you flinch from it or do you walk towards its enfolding embrace?   The winter quiet We have entered the six darkest weeks of the year (or the six brightest weeks if you are in the northern hemisphere, so here’s...