Category Archives: New Zealand

Good Things: Post the Fourth

There’s a week between posts because Petra and I have been in Dunedin hanging with the rellies. We’re home now though. Petra’s back to school. The dog is sticking very close to me. And I am thinking about all the … Continue reading

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Matariki

Petra’s class had their Matariki¬† (Maori New Year) celebration tonight. The children had made cardboard lanterns with tealight candles stuck to the bottoms. They were lit and we went in a procession through the school garden and into the park, … Continue reading

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Ducks in Paradise

It’s a wintery Sunday morning in Wellington. Windy, damp, and chilly. Petra’s still in her pajamas and kitties (which are slippers made by emu in Australia – they’re almost knee-high, wool-lined and trimmed, and they look like cats – if … Continue reading

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Winter Sounds

I just went outside in the dark to rescue Petra’s sheets off the clothesline. I couldn’t see much of anything (it’s dark by about 5:30 these days) but I could hear lots of evocative noises. The yells of children at … Continue reading

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The First Day of Winter

Has been absolutely gorgeous. Overnight frost followed by a beautiful, sunny, windless day. Long may it continue. We gardened, which mostly involves hacking back the burgeoning scrub and trying to keep the lawn under control. I hope one day to … Continue reading

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Monday Night Photo

Because it’s been a long and busy day, and my brain is gone to mush, here’s a photo of Mt Cook/Aoraki in lieu of a post.

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On Sharing and Rain

Miss Petra’s an affectionate lass. She’s keen for cuddles and kisses, and if you’re not careful, licking. She likes you to taste the particularly good bits of her food. And she gets right in your face for conversation and hanging … Continue reading

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