First Fruits-Te Waru

First Fruits-Te Waru

  Here in Aotearoa after the expansion of summer, we are now facing contraction as the need to draw back into restrictions affects us all.   In uncertain times, the rhythms of nature bring comfort and teachings. Expansion and contraction are part of the...
Seasons Newsletter 2021: Do trees sleep?

Seasons Newsletter 2021: 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...
Harvesting Abundance

Harvesting Abundance

  Do you find that each season is resonant with memories?  Right now we are approaching autumn equinox (on March 20/21), a harvest celebration in praise of the generosity of Papatuanuka/The earth. This seasonal shift has stirred up a memory of another autumn when...

The kindness of oranges

  ‘Be kind’, she said, and people were during the time of Lockdown Level 4, smiling on the street, offering help with shopping, and phoning to check on friends and neighbours.   And then life reverted to busyness, rush hour traffic, and harassing by unkind...
No fruiting

No fruiting

This was my karaka tree last year, in a great abundance of fruiting. The ripe berries fed many native birds who visited the high branches, shaking the surplus to the ground, where it peppered the pathways with rich orange plumpness.   This year it’s a very...