Make way for Persephone!

  I was surprised. She didn’t want to be Persephone in the school play. I thought all the girls would have lusted after the part of the maiden, dancing with her friends amidst the spring flowers, her head crowned with a ring of blossoms. But not 11 year old...
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,...