many moons

Hello! Its been a few moons since I posted. Last year I received a grant from the Earle Creativity Trust to write a book about my life-long practice of keeping a journal. It was so wonderful to get the grant and I’ve been busy working on this time-bound project, which has to be completed in … Continue reading many moons

Another garden visit: Paekakariki School Garden

Another beautiful permaculture garden I visited recently, is the Paekakariki School garden. Lots of schools have gardens these days, but they are usually hotch-potch patches of vegetables gone to seed and a few calendula…not the Paekakariki School garden. It’s clearly lovingly and frequently tended, with huge compost and mulch piles, a working greenhouse and an … Continue reading Another garden visit: Paekakariki School Garden

porch sitting

It’s quite the year for foxgloves – they have self-seeded everywhere and are growing tall and pretty, especially around the front porch. People don’t seem to use front (street-facing) porches, but mine gets the morning sun, so I put a little table made from an old sewing machine base and chair there for morning cups … Continue reading porch sitting


So yesterday I turned 40. Here is me at three years old. This is my favourite photograph of me as a kid. I’m holding a quail that my father shot. I thought it was asleep. I carried it around and played with it for three days. Mum snuck into my room on the third night, … Continue reading 40