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13 August 2022: At the Make a paperweight workshop in Whanganui the glassworking area is on the bottom floor. The central furnace at 1100C is …

13 August 2022: Today I’m in Whanganui for a 30 minute glassmaking workshop. First a cup of kawakawa fire tea at the cafe next door.

13 August 2022: It’s very bracing this morning, with an overnight low of –3C, and a good frost. There’s even ice on the …

12 August 2022: On a mid-winter day with no wind, clear blue skies and warm sun the sea was lapping gently against the shore as though it was …

12 August 2022: At dawn, in the frost, I saw a beautiful full moon setting behind the lake at the end of the road.

12 August 2022: Beach mushroom.

11 August 2022: Don’t start listening to this if you’re supposed to be doing something else… 2Cellos - live at Sydney Opera House …

10 August 2022: Nearby land is very productive. As I drive I see teams working hard, picking veges in freezing cold or pouring rain. Many are …

09 August 2022: Yes, Autocorrect, I was in fact trying to buy Harraways Rolled Goats at the supermarket! Or was it Rolled Boats? 🤣

08 August 2022: A short, easy read. Shadow Council Book 1: Money Makes it Deadlier by Julie C. Gilbert. Not sure I’ll read more though, …

08 August 2022: We’ve now had enough rain that the paddock by the speed bump, that turns into a bit of a lake when it’s wet, has …

07 August 2022: Deb and I watched and enjoyed Falling For Figaro. No surprises in the plot, but great landscapes and singing. A perfectly …

07 August 2022: Woken by heavy rain. Time for a cuppa. So glad it didn’t wake Sasha as then I might have had to take her out in it for …

06 August 2022: That time in September 2015 when we went on a camel trek in Morocco. Thanks iPad for the memory.

06 August 2022: I’ve enjoyed this free 7-day email course — Discard Your Anxiety: A clear and practical Stoic pathway to start making …

06 August 2022: Interesting news today — Joffe Books Acquires Two Novels by Māori Writer Renée:  Otaki-based Renée is a much-loved and …

06 August 2022: Anna Havron gives us more interesting food for thought in Don’t Hold a Job, Hold an Office Instead: What if you thought of …

05 August 2022: Another enjoyable read in the series: Flame and Fortune (Miss Fortune Mysteries Book 22). Not nearly as many hijinks, but …

05 August 2022: Interesting article: The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn: our attention to negative …

04 August 2022: My little friend Willow likes to keep one paw elevated while she eats. 🐶

04 August 2022: Our resident Kingfisher is so photogenic. 🐦

04 August 2022: About 10 days ago I reported a bloated dead sheep on the beach to Greater Wellington Regional Council, as it was in their …

03 August 2022: This was intriguing and enjoyable music: DakhaBrakha - Full Performance (Live on KEXP). A group from Ukraine. Interesting …

03 August 2022: Excellent Nichelle Nichols cartoon for August 3, 2022 from Kiwi cartoonist Sharon Murdoch. 🖖🏼

02 August 2022: Heh, November 1999, when I had long hair and thought having the camera automatically date stamp photos was a good thing.

01 August 2022: A nearby hill / mountain had a hat on this morning. Also, I’m messing around with edits to the image.

31 July 2022: This year so far, according to my rain gauge, we’ve had more rain than in the whole of 2020 or 2019 and we’ll …

31 July 2022: Whew! Some server problem meant that for the last week or two I’ve completed the WSJ crossword on the web. That was a …

30 July 2022: 186+ mystery books I've loved I read a lot of mysteries. Some are mediocre — I abandon the ones that are too rubbish — while others are good, or even …

30 July 2022: Such an impressive channel! Anyone at all interested in languages will find this video fascinating: What Makes Papuan …

30 July 2022: Then I moved right along to Close to the Edge (Detective Sarah Burke Book 7) by Elizabeth Gunn because I knew it’d be a …

30 July 2022: I raced through Close to Home (Detective Sarah Burke Book 6) by Elizabeth Gunn. She’s an excellent author who tells a …

30 July 2022: After a few days I can say that using a feedreader is the best and easiest way to catch up with the overnight Micro.Blog …

29 July 2022: December 2008: flamingos at Honolulu Zoo. What on earth is that one at the back doing with its neck?! 🐦

28 July 2022: This cabbage tree serves me as a kind of a high groundwater indicator. Normally it’s several metres from the water in …

27 July 2022: Hang in there! 🐦

27 July 2022: My thanks to whoever on my timeline mentioned enjoying Only Murders in the Building. I’m loving it so much! 📺

26 July 2022: Such a lovely short story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Free Fiction Monday: Star: On the night Anna’s boyfriend tried to kill …

26 July 2022: This is useful: Create Your Own Acceptance Mantra: The purpose of an acceptance mantra is to act as a sort of trigger. It …

25 July 2022: Loved @Cheri’s latest book: Death at Dagger Cove (Butterfly Island Mysteries Book 2) by Cheri Baker. I’ll confess …

25 July 2022: The UP! 3D printer blog post originally published in November 2011 Note: the article below was originally published on my now defunct KnowIt blog in November 2011. Links have been updated or …

25 July 2022: Looks like it was November 2011 when I was sent a 3D printer to test out and write about on my KnowIt blog (now defunct). Now …

24 July 2022: The storms we had this month must have ripped out someone’s pine plantation. The beach is strewn with dozens of young …

23 July 2022: This is very interesting. Giving it a whirl: Use AssistiveTouch for Customizable Shortcuts on the iPhone and iPad - TidBITS.

23 July 2022: Another excellent read from a good author: Closing Ranks (Detective Sarah Burke Book 5) by Elizabeth Gunn. To solve a current …

23 July 2022: I like to add Titles to my Photos in the Photos app on Mac, but half the time what I type gets eaten up. Pasting works fine …

22 July 2022: I wanted a messenger style bag to carry my camera with its big lens when I walk on the beach to take bird photos. I found …

21 July 2022: Darn! So intent on measuring out 710 mls from a 750 ml bottle of milk I totally forgot I was supposed to heat the milk before …

21 July 2022: This is a great little story — Taranaki man’s e-bike wheelchair carries his wife to see the sea: he explained how he …

20 July 2022: Yesterday I sponged a patch of matted hair on the back of Sasha’s neck and found an open wound (the size of a small …

20 July 2022: I read Micro.Blog via Safari on Mac (mainly). Every morning it’s the same thing to catch up on the timeline: refresh, …

19 July 2022: The first third of Murder on Sea (Rina Martin Murder Mystery Book 1) was a bit annoying and not really my thing. I was …

19 July 2022: Finally had my second booster Covid jab. Hurt a bit going in but feels good being better protected. 😎

18 July 2022: Just amazed at the cleverness of NYTimes Sunday, July 17, 2022 Crossword Puzzle: Note:
Players seek to combine one or more …

18 July 2022: Really enjoying listening to Sona Jobarteh & Band (1 hour): Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come …

18 July 2022: Heh, the Spinoff are spending a week talking about a huge deal in the lives of over half the people in the world who are over …

17 July 2022: Two free books I abandoned: Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen. Should have been obvious it’d be all politics …

17 July 2022: Some very grim topics in Under Violent Skies (Detective Sara Hirst Book 1) are probably why I started the book months ago but …

17 July 2022: It’s not too surprising that I really enjoyed Old Bones Lie (Detective Clare Mackay Book 6 by Marion Todd, given …

17 July 2022: I wanted to like this writer who lives mainly in Aotearoa New Zealand, but the book simply missed its mark. It just …

17 July 2022: It’s 3.45 am and I’ve had a cup of tea and a biscuit after being awake for a couple of hours already. It’s …

17 July 2022: I’ve suggested our library buy this. It looks really interesting and is relevant around here. Life in the Shallows: …

16 July 2022: Sasha, mostly blind, stopped at the white line on the road then tiptoed carefully across. Next she ended up on one side of …

15 July 2022: Planning a trip out for dinner tonight to nearby Shannon, a 35 minute drive away. Including say 1 hour to eat that’s a …

15 July 2022: Silver and gold: this morning Sasha and I made it all the way to the lakes (approx 500 metres away). Looking southwest I saw …

15 July 2022: We’ve achieved a point where Sasha’s food, meds and the cool temperatures mean she trots happily along on our …

14 July 2022: The setting Supermoon at dawn.

14 July 2022: Sasha won’t go down to the dog yard any more so she now gets half a dozen ‘walks’ per day for toileting. I …

13 July 2022: It was a bit impressive down by the sea at high tide this morning. It’s winter so lots of rain, gales, high tides and …

13 July 2022: Nice! Amber Clyde: never take criticism to heart from somebody you wouldn’t go to for advice. Via This is what the future …

13 July 2022: I’m always a bit suspicious when military helicopters fly over in gangs. Today it was a gang of three, right overhead. …

13 July 2022: On Mangawhero Forest Walk I spotted these really really white fungi on a tree trunk.

13 July 2022: Rimu Walk and Mangawhero Forest Walk at Ohakune share a common entrance. I enjoyed both. Both are easy walks. On the Forest …

13 July 2022: Ohakune is a town just below the very popular Turoa skifield. Next to a walk I was about to do I found this memorial stone …

13 July 2022: I was surprised how much I enjoyed the 1 hour 40 minute concert Loreena McKennitt - Nights From The Alhambra. Generally for …

12 July 2022: My handmade leather iPhone sleeve by @aa was so excellent (it’s serving me beautifully) that I ordered a leather wrist …

12 July 2022: Ridge Track at Whakapapa is a short little trail that climbs up behind the Chateau offering views. In the last the snowy cone …

12 July 2022: Chateau Tongariro at Whakapapa is an impressive building, seeming to sit alone on the landscape. It’s certainly …

11 July 2022: The Taranaki Falls Track The Taranaki Falls Track is a 6 Km loop on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. It passes through both native forest and open land. The …

10 July 2022: In December 2008 I taught 3 WordPress courses over a weekend as part of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Pacific New …

10 July 2022: Mounds Walk at Tongariro was another short track, with several information boards. After a few minutes there’s a view …

10 July 2022: The Tawhai Falls Track was very short but led to a really nice waterfall. Midwinter and two young men were wrapped in towels …

09 July 2022: 9 kinds of fungi on Silica Rapids walk I don’t know anything much about fungi, except I like to look at them. The Silica Rapids walk was bounteous when it …

09 July 2022: My Silica Rapids walk I think the Silica Rapids walk at Tongariro was my favourite, even though the weather was a bit dull and drizzly. Native …

09 July 2022: Why is it anyone wants to live in Auckland? Three news items in a row in my feed this morning: a home shot at, a stabbing, …

07 July 2022: My Lake Rotokura walk Lake Rotokura is near Waiouru and is an easy ~30 minute walk, although there were a few fallen logs to clamber over. There …

07 July 2022: Before I went off walking I relaced my boots. In my photo the right boot is the old way (how they came from the shop). The …

07 July 2022: It’s not fair to laugh at a dog who’s old, blind, mainly deaf, frail, etc, but sometimes I have to: Sasha was …

07 July 2022: We have to accept the little facts of life. Bland indifference is a start, but cheerful whistling is even better. Source: …

07 July 2022: Woohoo, the book I co-wrote in 2006 is still earning me royalties. What shall I do with my 17 cents, I wonder?

07 July 2022: This 22 minute doco is a delight: Inside the wonderful world of Hairy Maclary creator Lynley Dodd. What Kiwi doesn’t …

06 July 2022: I somehow got this free: A Dealer Dead Ahead (Law & Carter Cozy Mysteries Book 1). I read it to the end but didn’t …

06 July 2022: My Tongariro National Park visit — summary Last weekend I visited Tongariro National Park to do some short walks. The winter weather was very obliging and I had a …

06 July 2022: Took me a while to get to this, but then I really enjoyed The Murderer’s Son (Jackman & Evans Book 1) by Joy Ellis. …

05 July 2022: These fungi on the Mangawhero Forest Walk at Ohakune were very white.

05 July 2022: I rounded a corner on a trail and saw a dark lump on this branch. Then I realised it had a short tail. Then I saw the eyes …

05 July 2022: It only takes 3 and a half hours to drive home, and that includes a detour to a track. I should visit this area more often: …

04 July 2022: One of my favourite photos from today’s Taranaki Falls track — steps just beyond the Falls.

04 July 2022: From the road to Whakapapa — look leftish and there’s Ngauruhoe; look rightish and there’s Ruapehu.

04 July 2022: That was me, though at ~1200 metres, not the tippy-top: MetService: To anyone standing on top of Mt. Ruapehu right now, …

04 July 2022: Well that was a … relief. Things aren’t always so … convenient at 1200 meters altitude.

04 July 2022: Today’s plan is to drive to Whakapapa again, walk to Taranaki Falls — 6 Km loop, then Ridge Track — 1.4 Km return. …

04 July 2022: Useful words: Accept that the present moment is rarely unbearable. … Accept that the past is gone and isn’t coming back. … …

03 July 2022: Caution road sign: Kiwi crossing at night. With Mt Ruapehu in the background.

03 July 2022: Silica Rapids walk could be named Fungus walk. I came across black, brown, white, blue, chestnut and even gold coloured …

03 July 2022: Silica Rapids on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. It was a fabulous walk through varied mountain landscapes.

03 July 2022: My plan for today is to visit the Silica Rapids Walk and Punaruku Falls near Whakapapa Village. I won’t walk the loop, …

02 July 2022: Mount Ruapehu appears across Lake Rotokura. I had a lovely 75 minute walk there but saw only a very few birds.

02 July 2022: As I neared Waiouru snow-covered Mt Ruapehu made an appearance.

02 July 2022: Today’s destination: Tongariro National Park: Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic …

02 July 2022: On the plus side: I did manage about 5-6 hours sleep and only one of Sasha’s 3 poops in the middle of the night was …

01 July 2022: Tomorrow I head off to Tongariro National Park for a few days of easy short walks and some lounging around. Should be fun, …

01 July 2022: Side eye. (Kingfisher) 🐦

30 June 2022: I just watched Soul and found it remarkable. Uplifting, clever, funny. Loved hearing the Kiwi actor Rachel House as Terry the …

29 June 2022: A genre I usually avoid is (heterosexual) romance, but Kristine Kathryn Rusch is such a skilled writer that I really enjoyed …

28 June 2022: I just rewatched How to Self-Publish A Novel from @Cheri in Micro Camp 2022 (17 minutes). This is such an excellent …

28 June 2022: The government just opened up second Covid booster shots for the over-50s. I was astonished to get an appointment so quickly. …

27 June 2022: Today I’m watching a bunch of videos, like this one: How to use Back button auto focus with Fujifilm camera as another …

27 June 2022: Waxeye stack. 🐦

26 June 2022: An article that everyone should read: The Sunday Essay: My breasts and me.

26 June 2022: We went to see Elvis (2022 film) this morning. It’s an intense movie and we all came out quite sombre. Austin Butler …

26 June 2022: I did my NZ Garden Bird Survey on Saturday and saw: 6 sparrows, 3 magpies, 3 swallows, 3 waxeyes, 1 fantail, 1 blackbird, 1 …

25 June 2022: We visited the Pottery Expo at Ōtaki Racecourse today. I bought this Sea and Sky bowl by Janice McDonagh. I’ll put it …

25 June 2022: A note for men in the US. Listen up! With the catastrophic Roe vs Wade decision you must support all women in your life. You …

24 June 2022: I had no idea there are 43 different blood types! From Horowhenua Chronicle, 24 Jun 2022. most people are aware of the four …

24 June 2022: Mānawatia a Matariki! “Matariki is about celebrating who we were, who we are, and who we want to be.”

23 June 2022: Sasha, aged 15 and a half enjoys: walks, food, treats, bonus rabbit poop on walks, an occasional cuddle, napping. Today we …

22 June 2022: Nice! “Don’t buy presents. Be present.” Mānawatia a Matariki! Tips for how to celebrate if you don’t know where to start.

22 June 2022: Just did that thing where you write a comprehensive email, check something in an archived email before sending then close the …

22 June 2022: Help on a small project I was feeling dispirited about has arrived from an unexpected quarter. What a boost that gives! I …

22 June 2022: First snow of the season on the nearby Tararuas. Brrr.

21 June 2022: I had errands in Palmerston North today so treated myself to a Chicken Teriyaki lunch at Mr Choi’s. As always, it was …

20 June 2022: Tomorrow brings us Winter Solstice. The good news is daylight hours start increasing. The bad news is now the weather will be …

20 June 2022: Storms like the ones that filled the first couple of weeks of June for us bring loads of stuff onto the beach: driftwood, …

20 June 2022: Yesterday’s excellent movie — Whina: Dame Whina Cooper was a Māori matriarch who worked tirelessly to improve the …

19 June 2022: This Eastern Rosella announced herself and then stuck around long enough for me to take some photos. 🐦 Updated with better …

19 June 2022: This little Piwakawaka was flitting round me, then landed close enough for me to be able to take a couple of iPhone photos. 🐦 …

19 June 2022: To celebrate Deb’s upcoming birthday we went with friends to Soprano Ristorante. Pricey but delicious food. We all had …

18 June 2022: The river mouth was looking pretty good at dawn today.

17 June 2022: I cooked Quick Vanilla Rice Pudding while Deb was driving home. Yummm! She’d better hurry up and get here or there …

17 June 2022: In a quest for variety and expanding horizons I’m listening to new-to-me music each day. I go to YouTube and search for …

16 June 2022: Our new Matariki national holiday, the country's first public holiday centred on Māori culture, is being celebrated on Friday …

16 June 2022: My Merrell Siren Traveller 3 Women’s Trail Shoes are my favourites, but only 7 months after purchase the stitching on …

16 June 2022: I must say, 1Password has always worked brilliantly and easily for me … until the latest version (8). Now it’s an utter …

15 June 2022: Goodnight Moon.

14 June 2022: Hooray for web searches. This solved my Quick Look ‘gone wrong’ problem: macOS 12 Monterey Quick Look preview not …

14 June 2022: Whew. After 18.75 hours power has been restored. Now charging all the things. 😀 And looking into @jean’s suggestion of …

14 June 2022: The power didn’t come back on overnight so that’s 15 hours now and counting. At least the thunderstorms have …

13 June 2022: 4 hours ago in mid afternoon we had yet another big thunderstorm. That’s when the power went off. Still in the dark… I …

13 June 2022: I was a bit surprised to find I really enjoyed listening to Tatar Folk Music, especially the track at 14:53 — Kirfiklere. …

13 June 2022: We get maybe two thunderstorms a year round here. Except for this month where intermittent storms have been rolling through …

12 June 2022: Signed up for a month of Disney+ to watch a few things. Finally saw and enjoyed and felt moved by Turning Red. One highlight …

12 June 2022: A couple of weeks ago I discovered, installed, paid for Grocery App: A smart shopping list, recipe manager, meal planner and …

12 June 2022: This is a wonderful story for a Sunday morning — The Sunday Essay: A never-ending pot of curry: As a child in India, Perzen …

11 June 2022: I wanted the ‘exoticism’ of this book set in rural Sri Lanka, but the book itself just didn’t grab me. The …

11 June 2022: About 2 hours after high tide, with an open sea swell of 5 metres, and westerly gales so strong they just about knocked me …

10 June 2022: Look who was groomed today! Sasha so clean and tidy. 🐶

10 June 2022: Rachel McAlpine on growing old: You know so much! From reading, hearing, viewing, and being there. … But which items swell …

10 June 2022: Did you know I went to Mars? You can too: Mars Photo Booth - NASA Mars. 🤣

10 June 2022: We’re getting a lot of these at the moment. ⛈

09 June 2022: Today’s order of business. ⛈

09 June 2022: HIP (on Acorn TV, French) is a really fun show. It’s another where a solo mum of several children solves crimes while …

09 June 2022: Hmmm, this video by Jan Wegener, mainly about bird photography, had some very useful info: Take SHARPER Images with ANY …

09 June 2022: I quickly glazed over while looking at About the security of passkeys - Apple Support. Can anyone point me to a “What …

08 June 2022: Today I helped a very smart friend set up a new Mac laptop with touch ID button. When it came to adding a fingerprint, …

07 June 2022: Deb and I enjoyed watching the all too brief Season One of Annika. No word if there’ll be another season, so fingers …

07 June 2022: Soon after I spent up large on a Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR zoom lens for taking photos of birds, Fuji have …

07 June 2022: Thank you sunrise, light shower and iPhone for this early morning rainbow. 😀

07 June 2022: Realised when I opened my MacBook Pro this morning that WWDC keynote was live. Tuned in as I do every year. Actually closed …

06 June 2022: Today’s main feature: a splitting headache, eased in the end by a one hour deep sleep in the afternoon. 🤕

05 June 2022: Gorgeous 5 Km beach walk to start my Sunday. Thanks to all those on my overnight Micro.Blog timeline who mentioned going for …

04 June 2022: 10 years ago I bought a Wacom Intuos 5 graphics tablet, upgrading from previous versions. Not for graphics, but because after …

03 June 2022: The sun was low behind me; the hawk circling high in front of me. 🐦

02 June 2022: Sasha has never really been the most cuddly dog. She seems to be changing her ways though. 🐶

02 June 2022: Fears cultural significance of Matariki may be lost: Matariki … is a period of solemn reflection, followed by a celebration …

01 June 2022: Leigh Mayberry has very quirky language in her books, but still I usually enjoy them. Murderous Profits (Lost in Alaska Book …

01 June 2022: A couple of mornings ago I was making breakfast when I noticed the top half of the quail run door was open. I rushed out to …

31 May 2022: Hey Kiwis, if you visit EECA’s tyre pressure tool it tells you what the tire pressure should be for your car. Enter …

31 May 2022: 10 minute video: Koko Ibaraki is a world class pole dancer at 50: pole dancing remains a challenging feat of stamina, …

31 May 2022: Keyboard Maestro helps with so much on my Mac. Sometimes I want to have the Clipboard contents in front of me, so I made a …

31 May 2022: What a wonderful way to start a Tuesday morning! So energising! 2.25 hours of Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra Live in Apolo …

30 May 2022: The problem with buying a tray of 30 eggs from the farm gate shop is when you’re trying to manage a single trip from …

30 May 2022: I enjoy this series, and just read the final 4 stories: Rachel Prince Cruise Ship Mysteries: Books 1-10. That is one unlucky …

30 May 2022: Loving this morning’s random listen: Andalusian Spanish Arabic Music: الأنْدَلُس - YouTube.

29 May 2022: I glimpsed this juvenile Kōtare, Sacred Kingfisher through the window, managed a couple of shots and then it took off. I love …

29 May 2022: It’s been a busy Sunday. Among other things, I cleaned out the old straw and sawdust from the quail run and topped up …

29 May 2022: I’ve signed up for this 30 minute New Zealand Glassworks Make a Paperweight Workshop for August. Deb did it back in …

28 May 2022: Today we saw an Air Force Heritage Flight of New Zealand flypast: the superlative Supermarine Spitfire and three modern …

27 May 2022: Today, for the second time in our lives, we have become mortgage-free. We have no debt and everything that comes in now is …

27 May 2022: I changed an account password today. Do you think I was too hasty?

26 May 2022: What an amazing resource. Thank you @scojjac I’m exploring Arabic: Language Transfer (languagetransfer.org) Fantastic …

26 May 2022: The upside of ending up in Apple Music was I rediscovered a piece of music I adore: Ramirez: Misa Criolla (5 songs, 21 …

26 May 2022: Utterly bewildered that to share with my family an app I’d just bought on the App Store I had to go to iTunes/Music‼️⁉️ …

25 May 2022: Fungi season: I suspect this is a fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). I like to see fungi but never know what they are. Found just …

25 May 2022: Sharon Murdoch’s excellent cartoon today: Forty kororā/little blue penguins found dead on a Far North beach. FORTY …

25 May 2022: A few years ago I bought a Korg Nanokey 2 keyboard. I can’t play… Today I finally labelled the keys and began to learn …

25 May 2022: Since I suggested today’s Challenge word (mountain) — I can never remember which mountain is which in the central North …

25 May 2022: This morning’s new-to-me music: Siberian Altai Turkic Traditional Music. I like it.

24 May 2022: Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Spoonbill parenting… Seen at the beach this morning: a juvenile Spoonbill with its parents. 🐦

23 May 2022: When I didn’t leave quickly enough one of the adult swans warned me off. I left. 🐦

23 May 2022: I think this little fantail lives in the bushes near our gate. 🐦

23 May 2022: No-one on the lake was very happy about me emerging from behind a bush to take an iPhone photo of the two black swans and …

23 May 2022: This morning’s very enjoyable sound track, Afghani music: Daud Khan Sadozai - live - 2013.

22 May 2022: Hah! I always have such a feeling of achievement when I wrestle with both logic and regular expressions and win in the end. …

21 May 2022: At 67 I’m neither geriatric nor elderly, but am having an issue with unintended weight loss. In December 2020 I was ~59 …

21 May 2022: At last! Eastern Rosellas have been taunting me. I’ve heard their chattering at various times recently, then …

20 May 2022: It’s been a bit of a morning. 24mm rain between 4 and 8 am, wind gusts up to 62Kph, thunder, lots of lightning, and a mini …

19 May 2022: Toutouwai, North Island Robin at Bushy Park. These little birds are such cuties, and so tame! 🐦

19 May 2022: At Bushy Park near Whanganui, this huge Northern Rātā: Height 39m; Diameter 3.72m; Girth 11.70m. Detail shows a plant growing …

18 May 2022: Given it’ll be winter, and ski season, I jumped in while a room was available and booked my next long weekend holiday …

18 May 2022: The Veronica Loop Track in Egmont National Park is ~3.5 Km long, with an elevation gain of ~240 metres. This …

18 May 2022: Feature request @help : after editing a Post via the web interface can we have a link to go straight to the published post …

18 May 2022: Actual Kiwi (the birds) are rare in Aotearoa New Zealand and sadly hard to find. At least on Taranaki Mounga, although I …

18 May 2022: An OK read: Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by …

18 May 2022: Not great. It all seems very stuffy, old-fashioned and rather unlikely. The Death of Amelia Marsh (Sally Nimitz Mysteries …

17 May 2022: I’m only just this minute home from holiday, but look at these wonderful tiny pink fungi I saw at Bushy Park near …

16 May 2022: Steps going up Veronica Loop Track with Taranaki Maunga rising up behind. Don’t know why it’s sideways. …

16 May 2022: The almost 4 Km Veronica Loop Track at North Egmont National Park took me a bit over 2 hours and left me beyond knackered! …

15 May 2022: They’re serious about not letting dogs into Egmont National Park. 🐶

15 May 2022: You get the best views from half way up the mountain at 1150 metres (probably, if it’s not pouring with rain).

15 May 2022: I was hoping to walk a couple of 1–4 Km trails today at Egmont National Park, Te Papakura o Taranaki. However, this region’s …

14 May 2022: Mountain shaped ginger chicken at Siam Thai restaurant in New Plymouth. Super delicious.

14 May 2022: Taranaki mounga is enormous! Very imposing from the surrounding countryside.

13 May 2022: Here’s one of our friendly neighbourhood horses enjoying the warmth of dark ground on a chilly morning.

13 May 2022: The first episode of CW ☛ Naomi was very interesting and enjoyable. Thanks to Winding up season 1 of Naomi - Old Ain’t …

12 May 2022: That ‘pimple’ centre screen is where I’ll be this coming weekend. 😀

12 May 2022: I have a rare holiday coming up: 4 days visiting Egmont National Park for some short walks, sightseeing and photos. Guess I’d …

11 May 2022: Sasha, still under the influence of post-surgery opiates. 🐶

11 May 2022: I’ve been a little on tenterhooks this morning as Sasha went in for dental surgery. The vet says all’s well. She …

11 May 2022: Hah! Picard S02E09: “We have to super urgently go there and do that. We’ll just stop every couple of minutes and …

11 May 2022: This is why I can’t donate blood: perhaps you lived in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s so you’re at risk for passing …

10 May 2022: It took a rather ridiculous and surprisingly exhausting 2 hours to assemble this garden cart today. Trundles nicely though.

10 May 2022: A flock of about 20 cyclists went past while I was walking Sasha this morning. About 20 older people enjoying the fresh air. …

10 May 2022: Interesting short video. Ever wondered what happens to milk at the factory?: In this video, Glen explains what happens to …

09 May 2022: The Tīrairaka, New Zealand fantail is a tricky bird to photograph and I’m still on a quest to get excellent photos. It …

09 May 2022: It may be 3 months since Oshi passed away, but Sasha has finally stepped into his ‘shoes’ with the …

09 May 2022: I was trying to take photos of the elusive fantails who were flittering just outside the window. What I did get were these …

09 May 2022: I’ve used the wonderful Pastebot for Mac for the longest time but for some reason only today learned how to use …

08 May 2022: There’s something about the opening of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds that grabbed me right by my childhood viewings in …

08 May 2022: In its second year my Granny Smith apple tree produced 7 apples. One fell off early in the season. I ate one recently. These …

08 May 2022: That was a treat! Deb made a delicious omelette for breakfast. Yum.

08 May 2022: This was an enjoyable read: Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series …

08 May 2022: This detail intrigues me: Two officers from the helicopter ran to the scene and took the seven youths into custody before …

07 May 2022: Striding. 🐦

07 May 2022: Skating! This little New Zealand dotterel turns out to be banded, when I zoom in. They’re very small, fast birds: 25 cm and …

06 May 2022: I’m surprised I finished reading Murder by the Book (A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery 1) by Lauren Elliott. It …

06 May 2022: I very nearly stopped watching Grace and Frankie in the middle of Season 7. It had been so long since the previous episodes …

05 May 2022: Misty morning. Cobweb. Flax spear.

05 May 2022: Naughty little House sparrows sitting on the roof (pooping in the gutter that supplies our drinking water). 🐦 Update: the …

04 May 2022: Hey southern hemisphere types: do some sky watching over the next few mornings before dawn: The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower Is …

04 May 2022: Meanwhile, the Australian coots were having a bit of a dust-up (volume up). 🐦

04 May 2022: To my delight, this morning’s walk brought me two Kakīānau, Black swans with 4 cygnets, already swimming. 🐦

03 May 2022: Sasha 🐶 was not a cooperative model today, either before grooming or after.

02 May 2022: Not too bad to while away a few hours: A Welsh Murder Mystery Box Set Books 1–4 by Cathy Ace 📚: women of the WISE Enquiries …

01 May 2022: The Alton Brown Shepherd’s Pie I cooked tonight was delicious. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

01 May 2022: [Accidentally, while cooking] confirmed the smoke alarm still works. 👍

01 May 2022: Touching. Pied Stilt. 🐦

30 April 2022: Kāpiti Island rises from the dawn mist.

30 April 2022: This Karoro, Black-backed gull was keeping a close eye on me this morning. 🐦

29 April 2022: I did a heap of things today that I wanted to do. Some are unfinished, and that’s fine. The sky was blue, the sun warm, …

29 April 2022: Fake puppies!: Police urge potential new pet owners to be wary following an influx of scams involving fake puppies and …

29 April 2022: This post by @gregmoore reminded me of this day back in 2003 when Aphra 🐈, on top of the shower, was wondering if there was a …

29 April 2022: Aotearoa New Zealand is right in the middle of a giant high today, giving us cold clear nights and warm blue sky days. And no …

28 April 2022: Things fell into place today for Deb and me to eat dinner out. We visited for the first time Nanyang Flavours in Shannon, a …

28 April 2022: Nothing special: just a photo from when I was walking Sasha 🐶 back along the lane to home, on a perfect morning. Blue skies, …

27 April 2022: This was such an interesting episode of Lingthusiasm: What it means for a language to be official. It’s way more …

27 April 2022: Hah! Scifi writers note: to write a character who is… expert… Give them a deep, intense hatred of some oddly specific …

26 April 2022: Deb did a clean out and found an old iPhone 5. It’s so tiny! Look at it next to my iPhone 13 Pro Max.

26 April 2022: A friend and I drove to Foxton today to visit the Ans Westra photo exhibition. I specially loved her photo of this young …

25 April 2022: Pukeko at the lake. 🐦

24 April 2022: Our dog groomer has come down with Shingles. Ouch! That means we need to find an alternative groomer for Sasha 🐶 who’s …

24 April 2022: Something I’d like is more information in the list of Micro.Bloggers I’m following (micro.blog/[name]/following) …

23 April 2022: Amazon have made a change I really dislike. When I look at a page of listings my eye now sees first in giant red letters a …

22 April 2022: On a day where I seem to be feeling a bit off-colour I’ve really enjoyed eating some Celery soup. Really easy and quick …

21 April 2022: Tonight I made Roast cod on spiced Puy lentils — delicious. There was no cod available so I cooked a fish I’d never …

21 April 2022: This month I am finally doing a chore I really have trouble getting to: selling stuff I no longer require. So far this month …

21 April 2022: This is interesting: The streets have eyes, including the bit that says: One of the problems is the [facial recognition] …

20 April 2022: Aaargh, Candice Renoir quickly became one of my favourite shows on Acorn TV. Just finished Season 4 which ended with a major …

20 April 2022: I think I’ve realised why my Netatmo rain gauge sometimes stops working. At this time of year we get little rain. When …

19 April 2022: I’m so much enjoying Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery. Only a couple of episodes left to watch and I’m having …

19 April 2022: Breakfast time for Sasha. 🐶

18 April 2022: I’m especially fond of waterfalls and have just discovered: the New Zealand Waterfalls website. 🤩

17 April 2022: Sasha 🐶 very obligingly naps in the car while I water the front lawn of our rental property. We could do with some decent …

17 April 2022: I enjoyed Murder at Sugar Rush Beach (Detectives Preddy & Harris Book 3) by Paula Lennon 📚: Detective Preddy hoped for a …

16 April 2022: Looked out the front door and spotted these two young pheasants moseying about. 🐦 They scurried off when they saw me though.

15 April 2022: I’ve been having a great Easter Friday, doing crosswords, watching videos, and during daylight, enjoying warm sun and …

15 April 2022: In case it’s useful for someone else — I wanted to be able to grab the title and URL of an article I was viewing in …

15 April 2022: I find recipes on the Internet then try out some of them. I’m forever converting measures of ingredients. This is …

15 April 2022: Wow. This 10 minute video An Interview with a Professional Jump Roper is quite something. Sometimes Tori Boggs and her rope …

14 April 2022: The pre-dawn sky is delightful. Look east to see Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. On the 24th the Moon will join in. Check …

13 April 2022: Whew. Finished watching Season 1 of Bel Air. That was quite an ending! Side note: I can’t get over the absolute wealth …

13 April 2022: Update on Sasha 🐶. Her ultrasound today went well. Her liver looks like you’d expect for a 15 year old dog, with no …

12 April 2022: This seems to be a busy week — it’s rushing by. One of my errands today though was to get this year’s flu shot. …

11 April 2022: Sasha, 15 and a half 🐶, is on her way to the doggy dentist (ie the vet) this morning for tooth surgery so we took a …

10 April 2022: I enjoy this author’s books and this was no exception: Striking Range: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima …

10 April 2022: En Pointe. South Island Pied Oystercatcher.

10 April 2022: We don’t often see starfish on our beach which doesn’t have the rockpools they may more usually be found in. This …

09 April 2022: In February 2022 @patrickrhone linked to the Meat/Less newsletter course. I’d wanted to reduce the amount of meat I eat …

09 April 2022: Back in January of 2022 a huge branch from a 40 year old pine tree on a neighbour’s property fell down for no apparent …

08 April 2022: New midwinter public holiday in Aotearoa New Zealand In the Northern hemisphere Christmas in December is a midwinter holiday, bringing hope and the renewal of the light when life …

07 April 2022: The information switch The other day I was reading a book set on a cruise ship on the Rhine in Germany. At one point the characters did some …

07 April 2022: Whiled away a day with Death of a Blogger: A Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe Mystery Novella by Dawn Brookes 📚: a gossip blogger …

06 April 2022: I’m a bit ambivalent about Murder in Midwinter (Oxford Dog Walker Crime Thrillers Book 2) by Annie Dalton with Maria Dalton …

05 April 2022: It feels like it’s been forever since I took a healthy dog to the vet for routine stuff. 🐶 Sasha’s teeth need …

05 April 2022: Interesting: Trying to Keep Aging Neurons Healthy and Growing: That set me on a tentative and then growing effort to become …

05 April 2022: Unknown Baby Girl, a short story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is very powerful. As always from this author, a superbly written …

04 April 2022: I enjoyed These Little Lies (Detective Inspector Siv Drummond Book 1) by Gretta Mulrooney 📚. A new police procedural series …

04 April 2022: Deb, leaving for work, told me to get out of bed and look at the sunrise. it was worth it. 😎

03 April 2022: Deb and I enjoyed Dream Horse 🎬 : the true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by Welsh bartender Jan …

03 April 2022: I like to do my beach walks at dawn, when the sun just catches the tips of the waves.

02 April 2022: We see some excellent sights from our lounge window, like the two Air Force Hercules aircraft that just flew past really low. …

02 April 2022: Another in a series I enjoy: Close to Death by Elizabeth Gunn 📚. Detective Sarah Burke is called out to a mass shooting in a …

02 April 2022: Scenes from this morning’s dawn walk.

02 April 2022: A hard but powerful read: This is How You Died | The Order of the Good Death: A physician who worked on the frontline during …

01 April 2022: My first attempt at a Chocolate Mini Loaf Cake, which thought it was maybe a volcano! Tasted good though!

01 April 2022: I can’t believe how many times I need to correct a Post or Reply after publishing. Thank you so much @manton for making …

01 April 2022: A big walk for Sasha 🐶 these days is to go all the way to the speedsigns, 500 metres away. On our early morning walk today we …

31 March 2022: Ready for some feelgood, with dogs? the dogs had to learn about 80 new behaviors before they [could] get their paws on the …

31 March 2022: An even better morning display today at 0644: low in the eastern sky a crescent Moon, right beside mighty Jupiter. Arrayed …

30 March 2022: This is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s smallest birds, often heard but seldom seen. I got lucky a few months back. Riroriro, …

30 March 2022: I had Keen shoes that were new many years ago, were demoted to dog walking several years ago and finally to gardening. This …

30 March 2022: This is bizarre: it’s not quite 5 am, pitch dark and I’ve been hearing a loud motorbike roaring around for 5 minutes or more. …

29 March 2022: I had low expectations for what turned out to be an excellent book. Murder on Port Meadow (Oxford Dog Walker Crime Thrillers …

29 March 2022: Has Apple Maps always had this? Just today I discovered Guides, and that I can add places to a Guide I’ve created. Very handy …

29 March 2022: At 6 am I remembered Mars, Venus and Saturn were to be close together in the morning sky. I popped outside and found the Moon …

28 March 2022: I’ve been listening to and enjoying @Matti’s excellent podcasts, The Early Riser and The Puppycast. That’s probably why I …

28 March 2022: Just experimented with Drafts transcribing a brief Voice Memo I made. Not bad at all. The hardest thing was getting the Voice …

27 March 2022: I suppose articles like Escape from Kyiv are ten a penny just now. It moved me deeply though. And made me think about how NZ …

27 March 2022: I’m not given to sharing Wordle results, but today’s was very unusual: Wordle 281 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

26 March 2022: Abandoned 40% through: A Deadly Course (Sugarbury Falls Mysteries Book 1) by Diane Weiner 📚. Amateur detectives leap to …

26 March 2022: I abandoned Aged for Murder (A Tuscan Vineyard Cozy Mystery—Book 1) by Fiona Grace 📚 about 33% through. The write-up …

26 March 2022: I quite enjoyed Murder Under the Palms (Detectives Preddy & Harris Book 2) by Paula Lennon 📚. It was a little slow …

26 March 2022: I bought myself an autumn day treat while out and about this morning. A very delicious real fruit blackberry icecream cone at …

25 March 2022: Hah, remembering this day in 2020 when global Covid cases numbered less than 500,000.

25 March 2022: I don’t often listen to music but this morning I’ve been captivated by Deva Mahal. For example this just released …

24 March 2022: I’ve had this M1 MacBook Pro for over a year now. Today after 9 hours of use the battery has ‘already’ …

24 March 2022: Up, up, down, down. 🐦 Canada Geese, on the wing.

23 March 2022: These ring-necked pheasants are very common round here. They’re splendid birds, but also kind of incredible. That eye …

23 March 2022: My new favourite — Shedunnit: a storytelling podcast that unravels the mysteries behind classic detective stories. …

22 March 2022: We see Kingfishers around here quite often — usually in the garden. I didn’t really expect to see this little one on …

21 March 2022: I spent an age today making a Big List of Waikawa Beach Birds. Counting only live birds, not those washed up on the beach, …

21 March 2022: These Rock pigeons, although common everywhere, are actually not that easy to find at Waikawa Beach. 🐦 I first spotted them a …

21 March 2022: This spammer failed to trick the detection engines by using these intriguing font forms. However, I do like the overall look. …

21 March 2022: These two annoyingly distant Spur-winged Plovers were at the beach this morning. I’ve been wanting to get photos of …

21 March 2022: A few small shakes overnight, 2 very close and shallow 〰️: * Sun Mar 20 2022 8:28 PM: 15 km south-east of Seddon; M4.5; …

21 March 2022: My good friend, neighbour and no relation, Dr Jan Jordan, has just published a huge book she’s been working on for …

20 March 2022: I was never really very fond of gulls, but I’m coming to quite like the ones at Waikawa Beach. Tarapunga, Red-billed gull. 🐦 …

19 March 2022: The Kuaka, Godwits were being very obliging this morning.

19 March 2022: I really enjoyed The Girl Who Killed You (The Shee McQueen Mystery Thriller Series Book 3) by Amy Vansant 📚: Shee quickly …

19 March 2022: Waikawa Beach at 9 am on a cool, clear, sunny, still morning. Paradise.

18 March 2022: After completely draining the batteries on my original Airpods and case as a problem solving step (I hope), today I thought …

17 March 2022: Sasha getting back to basics. 🐶

17 March 2022: Some kind of spacecraft launching gantry? No. Pouring concrete at the new subdivision, starting an hour+ before sunrise at 6 …

16 March 2022: This is now my official preferred scrambled egg dish: Soft Scrambled Japanese Tamago Rice Bowl. Totally yum!

16 March 2022: The garden shop down the road has had Cabbage Trees on sale for a while now. I’ve already planted 14 in various spots but …

15 March 2022: In the next-door-paddock-but-one the farmer grows corn or maize. Today was harvesting day. One machine harvested the maize …

15 March 2022: Another really good read in the Goodbye series: Goodbye Lake Street by Anne Shillolo 📚: Police and a secret group of citizen …

14 March 2022: OK. A] Add a video to Micro.Blog: click the upload button, write text, Post. 👍 B] Add a video to a static blog via Publii: …

14 March 2022: The public toilets at Waikawa Beach were built around 50 or 60 years ago. They’re now in a state of decay. Today …

14 March 2022: This morning on the beach I was lucky enough to get a decent shot of this Tuturiwhatu, Banded dotterel 🐦: Length: 20 cm; …

13 March 2022: Someone recently was asking about women podcasters (unless I imagined that…). Here are two that are utterly superb: The …

13 March 2022: Two photos from a couple of days ago of a Kawau, Pied Shag at the beach. 🐦 Length: 65 - 85 cm; Weight: 1.3 - 2.1 kg; A …

13 March 2022: This new channel was an instant subscribe: MinuteFood: MinuteFood serves up the science of what we cook, eat, and drink - …

13 March 2022: Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to bring us Micro Camp, and to all the presenters and those who joined in the …

13 March 2022: Proof that space and time are the same thing. 😆 Referring to the Micro camp online sessions I said I like the space between …

12 March 2022: On 03 March 2022 we had turf laid at the rental property we own. It must be watered daily. That water comes from a roughly …

12 March 2022: About 5 Km away is an organic Blueberry Farm that also has olive trees and makes award winning olive oil. This morning I …

11 March 2022: A new favourite photo: a Kuaka Godwit at the edge of the sea today. 🐦

10 March 2022: A View to Die For by Cheri Baker 📚: When a wealthy painter is murdered at the luxurious Londonian hotel, Paul and his new …

10 March 2022: Me: I wonder if I can Base64 encode text somehow on my Mac? Keyboard Maestro: I got you with one click: manual:Filters …

10 March 2022: Sasha was groomed yesterday. Here she is eating dinner. 😀 🐶

09 March 2022: I avoid driving my car because a] CO2 and b] petrol costs. Today I put 2/3 of a tank in: ~40 litres for almost NZ$120. The …

09 March 2022: I’d love to see this as a movie! Great article! How Death Positive Women Kickstarted a Civil War: By October [1846 in …

09 March 2022: I think I’ll be watching this. It looks fun. Apollo 10 ½ 📺

08 March 2022: Before I could plant these 3 cabbage trees I spent a couple of hours over several days digging out lupins, gorse and …

07 March 2022: Sometime I want to bike along this trail myself. Really interesting article today: Lake Dunstan Trail: 55,000 more riders …

06 March 2022: Busy day but it started with a dawn beach walk and an encounter with Taranui, Caspian terns. 🐦

05 March 2022: Only 2.5 minutes in on this 12 minute video and I’ve already learned a really useful tip about longer night exposures. …

05 March 2022: It’s roughly new moon, very little wind, and a 0.3 metre low tide almost 2 hours before this photo. With our gently sloping …

04 March 2022: I almost missed seeing this brilliant scarlet sunset.

04 March 2022: This is a very thoughtful piece by Anna Rawhiti-Connell in The Spinoff : Aotearoa is different now who reflects on the recent …

04 March 2022: Enjoyed Broken Places (A Cass Raines Mystery Book 1) by Tracy Clark 📚: Cass Raines took a bullet in the line of duty… Now, …

03 March 2022: 6 years ago we bought a property we’ve been renting out. The grass at the front was terrible. After a year or two we …

02 March 2022: The other day I found several jellyfish on the beach, mainly brown and dead looking. This 15 cm specimen was an impressive …

02 March 2022: Some of the (male) illegal occupiers are berating Police for advancing when there are women and children in the protest. …

02 March 2022: At long last Police seem to be actually working on clearing the occupiers at NZ’s Parliament: Live: Anti-mandate …

01 March 2022: Sometimes folks fish off the beach with a kontiki — a motorised thing that takes hooks and lines up to 4 Km. Today a fellow …

01 March 2022: This is an amazing thing. Not sure I’d be brave enough to do this ‘walk’ in Fife, in the south-east of …

28 February 2022: The Carrot & Coriander Soup I made tonight was delicious and really easy and quick. Next time I may try adding just a …

28 February 2022: Sometimes Sasha likes to rearrange the rugs and towels in her crate. 🐶 Today things went a bit awry… until I finally gave her …

28 February 2022: Sand scarab 1: “Man, I was so drunk last night I nearly forgot the way home.” Sand scarab 2: “You were drunk… It took me 3 …

27 February 2022: Sasha 🐶 enjoyed being one of the humans when we went with friends to Tuktuk Waikanae for Thai food lunch. Top down …

26 February 2022: Swallows nest above the door to Deb’s zendo. Today we took the nests down (and won’t let them return) and cleaned …

25 February 2022: Gotta say: way back in the mists of time I enjoyed watching Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Which led me to watch …

25 February 2022: Wowee, this was so delicious I didn’t think to take a photo. Quick and easy too: 20-Minute Chickpea Soup. Yum!

25 February 2022: I normal life I weedeated around the raspberry canes, as well as other spots. In abnormal life, NZ’s Covid case numbers …

24 February 2022: I think my immediate dislike of the narrator got me off to a bad start. I so much wanted to like this Australian book 📚 but …

24 February 2022: After a rest I planted the other 4 cabbage trees. Now I just hope they actually grow.

24 February 2022: The other day I bought 7 cabbage tree plants at $3 each. Mostly they looked a bit sickly which is probably why they were so …

24 February 2022: This 40 minute podcast episode is seriously interesting for anyone who uses written English: Why Does the Letter …

23 February 2022: The mistakes we learn from: if a plant will get wide, plant it further from the border. A few years ago I planted flax bushes …

23 February 2022: Aha, learned something: Overwintering Parks in New Zealand | The Butterfly Musketeers 🦋: The overwintering stage in New …

22 February 2022: Love this: Scientists Attached Tracking Devices to Magpies 🐦: Within 10 minutes … we witnessed an adult female … trying to …

22 February 2022: Finally refreshed the straw and shavings in the front part of the quail run. 🐦 Put the soiled straw round nearby vege garden. …

22 February 2022: This is a very informative article: The Wellington protest is testing police independence and public tolerance – are there …

21 February 2022: As usual, our load of firewood had a few bits that would be unlikely to fit in our woodburner. In the past I’ve chopped …

20 February 2022: I very much enjoyed Murder in Montego Bay (Detectives Preddy & Harris Book 1) by Paula Lennon 📚. Set in Jamaica and …

20 February 2022: OK, that’s some heavy rain right there.

19 February 2022: We live at Waikawa Beach. Travel to the two closest centres, Ōtaki and Levin, means using State Highway 1. There is no …

19 February 2022: Folks have rights: * get drunk * drive vehicles * smoke * work in an office * remain unvaxed * work in proximity with other …

19 February 2022: After Oshi 🐶 died I spent heaps of time going through my Photo Library finding and labelling photos of him. Then I created an …

18 February 2022: No photo, but today for the first and maybe only time in my life I came across a Briard 🐶: a French breed of large shepherd …

18 February 2022: This little 4 minute silent video is so powerful and thought-provoking: When the Giant Cruise Ships Came to Town: The …

17 February 2022: I enoyed Safe (Merrow & Clarke Book 1) by Jane Adams 📚, though the frequently mentioned Organised Crime Gang torture was …

17 February 2022: Yesterday + 2.25 hours work = today.

16 February 2022: Big congrats today to Dylan and Jeremy: NZ duo involved in music for major Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer: …

15 February 2022: Weird that while Sasha was sick she didn’t snore. 🐶 Now she’s better she’s back, full throttle. Maybe …

15 February 2022: Finished Straight Up (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 4) by Mia Gold 📚. I quite enjoyed it but there are things that strain …

15 February 2022: Pleasing dog news 🐶 : Sasha’s eye ulcer is almost healed. Some vascularisation that would worry the vet in another dog, …

14 February 2022: I tend to see ngutupapa, Royal Spoonbills on the beach solitary, in pairs or even three at a time. Today is the first time …

14 February 2022: I wonder why four military helicopters are flying south in formation? Going to help clear protesters overstaying their visit …

13 February 2022: Cancelling the reservations I made for the bike tour in April. I just don’t want to do that any more. I may instead do …

13 February 2022: Many thanks to @cheri for the excellent idea of delaying the birthday I’m not in the mood for! I’ve made myself …

13 February 2022: I slept an unbelievable 10 unbroken hours last night! Didn’t even have to get up to pee. Hope I’m not sick… 7 …

12 February 2022: Birthdays aren’t really a big thing for me but I’ve never felt less inspired by one (soon) than this year. I …

12 February 2022: It’s a rainy Saturday and my wonderful partner made delicious pikelets. Yumm!

12 February 2022: The very essence of Kiwi: while the French police are readying water cannons against protestors our police are deploying lawn …

12 February 2022: While I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series this third one just didn’t gel with me. Too Close to Kill (Detective …

11 February 2022: Friends gave us a Leptospermum scoparium Red Damask as a remembrance of Oshi 🐶. Today I planted it on ‘Cemetery …

10 February 2022: Sigh. Hundreds of times over the last x years, lift Apple Watch say: “Hey Siri, set timer [x] minutes”. Siri sets …

10 February 2022: Today more than 56,000 people received Covid booster shots while up to a couple of thousand protestors opposed to …

09 February 2022: Crunch, crunch, crunch. 🐶

08 February 2022: The vet’s pleased with how Sasha’s 🐶 sore eye is coming along and we continue with drops. We’re now also …

08 February 2022: Someone had fun writing this headline and teaser. Filling the big hole in Wairoa’s dental service

07 February 2022: I’m working back through my photo library finding all my photos of Sasha and Oshi and labelling them. The further back …

07 February 2022: 31 December 2009. “Yes, quite comfortable, thank you. Why do you ask?” 🐶

07 February 2022: Heard a snippet of this then sought it out. Magnificent! Prefer it to the song! Leonard Cohen … poetic reading of Simon’s …

06 February 2022: I enjoyed Death by the Thames (Tyrone Swift Detective Book 9) by Gretta Mulrooney 📚: Respectable, dull Sam Goddard is found …

06 February 2022: Suffer insomnia? Sasha’s 🐶 proven tips for best sleeping position. January 2014 and February 2022 — proof of …

06 February 2022: As I work through my photo library I find photos typical of Oshi 🐶. They make me feel fond and happy, rather than sad. He …

05 February 2022: I was towelling Sasha 🐶 off after her last pee in today’s pouring rain — she’s so good and reluctantly lets me do …

05 February 2022: This sticker I spotted on a car in 2016 gave me a laugh just now as I work though my Photo Library labelling photos of Sasha …

05 February 2022: Love it! Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett with “Mama’s Rap” (1989). Fabulous!

04 February 2022: First time Sasha 🐶 has been home completely alone: 2.5 hours this evening. I shouldn’t have left her. 😒 Poor thing must …

04 February 2022: I think we won’t need to water the garden this weekend. 💦

03 February 2022: And to keep our run of vet visits going, today we took Sasha in for what Mary the vet thinks is a “Melting Ulcer” …

03 February 2022: Thank you so much to the many many people who sent well wishes for Oshi 🐶 and to us. I really appreciate that I have …

03 February 2022: I firmly believe publication to be an essential step in the proofreading process…

03 February 2022: It’s new Monarch Butterfly day. The chrysalises are hatching. Life goes on. 🦋

03 February 2022: Stories of Oshi One day in February 2007 I had a brief errand in Ngauranga Gorge. Deb decided to come with me but wanted me to drop her off …

02 February 2022: When we saw Oshi 🐶 this afternoon he was benefiting from heavy duty pain relief for his total kidney failure. I’m not …

01 February 2022: Thanks to the 36 people who joined in on my little Daylight Poll the other day. It was fun to learn that my day length in …

01 February 2022: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 58 Manga Pirau Street. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 176 m2 floor, 985 m2 Land.

01 February 2022: Tundra Courage by Brenda Bowie Wise 📚: While on a village trip to watch her students demonstrate their [nursing] skills, …

01 February 2022: Oshi 🐶 update: he didn’t improve since yesterday’s vet visit. Now he’s at the vet for an overnight stay …

31 January 2022: Oshi 🐶 update: he’s had pain relief, anti-nausea shot and if he’s not a great deal better by tomorrow he’ll …

31 January 2022: Things you realise too late: after Mary the vet ascertained Oshi 🐶 needed to poop I should have taken him to the dog park for …

30 January 2022: Our 15 year old dog Oshi has always loved food. 🐶 For the last 2 or 3 days though I’ve been coaxing him to eat, with …

30 January 2022: Deb and I have been watching some Acorn TV together. Vera’s great but can be so sad. Agatha Raisin was lightweight fun …

30 January 2022: Seems I bought this 📚 7 years ago but only just finished reading Innocent in Las Vegas (Tiffany Black Mysteries Book 1). …

29 January 2022: When Canada Geese, Oystercatchers or Pied Stilts fly over you know all about it, thanks to the racket they make. 🐦 With other …

28 January 2022: It’s a while since I read others in this series so the style of Murder in Pembrokeshire (Tyrone Swift Detective Book 8) …

28 January 2022: New fave TV quote. Legends of Tomorrow S07E10, ~20 minutes in: Sarah: I always used to know what the next move was, now … I …

28 January 2022: Having trouble with my posts taking ages to show up on the timeline — for example, one from 2022-01-28 9:13 am hasn’t …

28 January 2022: Quick poll of Micro.Bloggers, with my answers: where are you? (Waikawa Beach, Aotearoa New Zealand) date? 28 January 2022 …

27 January 2022: Today’s discovery: a 2012 Māori language scifi book — Ngā Waituhi o Rēhua by Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira. 📚 4 …

27 January 2022: It was pretty nice this morning at sunrise.

27 January 2022: The Wow Waikawa! Photo Fest: community and heart Last year I devised a community event called the Wow Waikawa! Photo Fest and asked a friend to help organise it. Today I …

26 January 2022: New Zealand retains top spot in global anti-corruption rankings Good to see: The 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index released by global anti-corruption organisation, Transparency …

25 January 2022: The amazing Kuaka, Godwit flies between Aotearoa New Zealand and the Arctic every year to feed and breed. 🐦 They are a …

24 January 2022: Enjoyed very much: Murder Across the Lines (Warwick & Bell Crime Mysteries Book 2) by Janice Frost. 📚 At a busy crossing …

24 January 2022: Our dog Sasha, who’s 15, is pretty much blind. 🐶 She does not approve of the massive rearrangement of the furniture. …

24 January 2022: It’s ~6 years since we moved to Waikawa Beach and yesterday we finally achieved the ‘right’ arrangement of …

24 January 2022: Another in an excellent series: Goodbye Haldane Hill (A DC Holly Towns Murder Mystery) by Anne Shillolo. 📚 the body of a …

23 January 2022: Sasha was a reluctant participant in this selfie. 🐶

22 January 2022: Came across this photo of Harriette the Fox Terrier from back in 2004 when she was about 14. Taken at the top of Mt Victoria, …

22 January 2022: The other day I took photos of a Karoro, Southern black-backed gull as it flew by. Hand held. Pretty pleased with the …

21 January 2022: Dr Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford does excellent monthly night sky updates. She includes how …

21 January 2022: Excellent article: Love letter to the electric bike 🚴🏼‍♀️: New Zealand imports of new e-bikes … are on track to outstrip …

20 January 2022: This is a really interesting 30 minute video about concussion — Why I stopped watching football: I discovered so many awful …

20 January 2022: This is a learning site I want to explore more: BBC Bitesize. For example, my Physics education was over 50 years ago and I …

19 January 2022: I really enjoyed At Close Range (Detective Sarah Burke Book 2) by Elizabeth Gunn. 📚 … a double homicide in a rich …

19 January 2022: Eating oneself out of house and home… The multitudinous Monarch caterpillars have stripped every leaf from the Swan Plants …

18 January 2022: Tonga may not get comms back any time soon: Tonga’s undersea cable could take weeks to repair: The cable carries … …

18 January 2022: Tonga is tiny islands in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. It’s no surprise that a huge volcanic eruption on the …

17 January 2022: Many thanks to Batch Resize Images Quickly in the OS X Terminal for giving me a quick and perfectly adequate way to make …

17 January 2022: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 75 Strathnaver Drive; Offers over $849,000; 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 95m2 floor area, 8794m2 land area, …

17 January 2022: I haven’t spotted any Pukeko at the lakes recently so was glad to see a couple at sunrise today. 🐦

16 January 2022: Fiji to Tonga is 800 Km! Turn up the volume and watch this video clip of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption …

16 January 2022: It seems the Hunga eruption in Tonga was a one-in–1000-year event: Radiocarbon dating suggested one major eruption of …

16 January 2022: I very much enjoyed the Swedish book Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders Book 1) by Viveca Sten (Author), Marlaine Delargy …

15 January 2022: Watch these videos at Stunning satellite animations of extremely powerful volcanic eruption in Tonga. That’s amazing …

15 January 2022: What’s that repeated thumping / booming we asked one another as we ate dinner outside. It sounded like maybe the army …

15 January 2022: Kee-yah!

15 January 2022: On our Swan Plants some Monarch caterpillars are thriving. Meanwhile, the gory scene in the second photo shows a Paper Wasp …

14 January 2022: This proved very handy today when I had 32 photos to deal with: Create a Contact Sheet of Thumbnails with Automator in Mac OS …

14 January 2022: How lucky was I to get this shot of a Greenfinch on a moving flax spear! The flax spear was waving around all over the place, …

13 January 2022: I know others have felt unwell for a day after their Covid booster. I’m not quite up to par after yesterday’s …

13 January 2022: Murder mystery with a huge helping of travel writing: Destination: Maui (Destination Murder Mysteries Book 1) by Ann …

13 January 2022: I borrowed on paper from the Library Backyard Bird Photography: How to Attract Birds to Your Home and Create Beautiful …

13 January 2022: Wow, this 28 minute film is entrancing: Hargila 🐦 : Through the efforts of a remarkable conservation leader, Dr. Purnima …

12 January 2022: As all us ‘rich’ folks get Covid jabs 1, 2 and 3, The World Health Organisation now says that Africa (the …

12 January 2022: Covid boosted. 💉

12 January 2022: If you enjoy reading mystery stories by excellent authors then you may be interested in Make 100 Mystery Stories: Crimes …

11 January 2022: Little Yellowhammer on a flax spear, singin’ away!

11 January 2022: Errands in Levin today. As we drove north past the consecutive rail and river bridges and round a bend we passed a petrol …

11 January 2022: It’s a year since I ordered my M1 MacBook Pro. I was worried about moving from a 15“ to a 13” screen. Took …

10 January 2022: Having recently bought mini loaf tins I thought I should actually use them. Found and cooked this: Mini Gingerbread Loaf for …

10 January 2022: I’ve seen a few Spur-winged plovers around recently but haven’t had a chance to take a photo of them yet. This …

10 January 2022: For sale: 10 Arthur Street, Waikawa Beach: Offers Over $709,000; 2 bedrooms; 1 bathroom; 70m2 floor area; 809m2 land area.

09 January 2022: Interesting: Risk of Death For Female Patients Is Much Higher if Surgeon Is a Man, Study Reveals. It’d be interesting …

09 January 2022: Sometimes I try reading romance, but it’s unsatisfying like when hot chocolate is all froth… When Love Wins by Sherryl …

09 January 2022: This photo from February 2020 turns out the be the only one I have of a Goldfinch. 😒 Poor little mite flew into our window …

08 January 2022: So pleased with my new zoom lens. Juvenile Starling on a flax spear; rabbit on the grass.

08 January 2022: Hey @g see how you get on with this Applescript you asked for. Copy the contents into Script Editor and see if it works for …

08 January 2022: I chose dawn today to bike round the village. Slightly chilly but perfect conditions, with no wind. The river was super low, …

07 January 2022: Enjoyed, in spite of numerous typos: Unknown Victim (Gina Santoro Mysteries Book 1) by Kay Hadashi. 📚 Rookie Police Officer …

07 January 2022: Last night I met that rare and elusive beast, 8 hours good sleep. 😴 It’s life-changing! 💪🏼

06 January 2022: I got lucky today: Wordle 200 3/6 🟩⬜⬜🟩🟩 🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

05 January 2022: Tonight we visited our weekender neighbours. Amy, the vet assistant, brought Doodlebug, the rescue guinea pig to the beach …

05 January 2022: Oh my! ❤️‍🔥Katharine Hepburn as a boy in 1935’s Sylvia Scarlett 🎥: as she chops off her hair she declares, “I won’t be …

05 January 2022: Some folks are so desperate to get their vehicles onto the beach they’ll even drive through a high tide.

05 January 2022: Well, today I achieved variety, with breakfast anyway. Someone accidentally switched the locations of ground chilli and …

05 January 2022: This morning we’re heading out to a Waikanae Estuary Bird Tour. It’s only a 40 minute drive south. Mik will show …

05 January 2022: I wasn’t entirely sure about Close to Her (Detective Sarah Burke mystery and suspense Book 1) by Elizabeth Gunn at …

04 January 2022: Today I kayaked 2 Km upriver. It was sunny and peaceful. After watching some ‘how to paddle’ videos I think my …

03 January 2022: I’m learning a heap of useful info from the free videos from The Cornell Lab Bird Academy. Here’s one example: …

03 January 2022: I have a huge job ahead of me over the next unknown amount of time. I’ve been very poor at labelling the photos in my …

02 January 2022: With temps in the high 20sC we took the for us unusual step of going down to the beach for a “swim”. For me that …

02 January 2022: It was a perfect sunset last night. I found I could even see the Makara Wind Farm (via binoculars) some 100 Km away. In the …

01 January 2022: I love that BBEdit can compare documents and I can selectively copy text between windows.

01 January 2022: I have a lot to learn about taking photos of shags in trees. Just look at this dork though! 😆 🐦 Try zooming in.

01 January 2022: This is for @Cheri. Deb and I both looked at this Facebook Post and couldn’t figure out at first why someone wanted to …

01 January 2022: I don’t post my daily selfies, but did on 01 January 2021. So here’s my New Year’s Day 2022 selfie. 😀 On the beach at dawn, …

31 December 2021: I don’t do reviews, resolutions or plans these days — not sure I ever did really anyway. But this evening the thought …

31 December 2021: Every year a local couple mount a huge display of Christmas Lights on their house. The lights tell a story as Santa and elves …

31 December 2021: Initial results of my new zoom lens are very pleasing. Two different Oystercatcher chicks at the beach. 🐦

31 December 2021: I hadn’t realised just how ginormous my new zoom lens is compared to the old. Camera: Fuji X-T2. Old lens: Fujifilm XC …

30 December 2021: Trip to Wellington today. Photo of the Wellington waterfront on a nice summer’s day from a 9th floor apartment on …

30 December 2021: Haere rā, e hoa. RIP, Alana.

29 December 2021: Hmmm, this book didn’t quite gel with me: Nookie (Alex Dixon Humorous Mysteries Book 1) by Katrina Kyle. 📚 …

29 December 2021: For a while now I’ve been eying up the Fujifilm XF 100–400mm F4.5–5.6 lens to attach to my Fuji X-T2 …

28 December 2021: Out of nowhere the other day, I wondered what a Mint Julep tasted like. I don’t drink alcohol so made a Virgin Mint …

28 December 2021: The other day on a whim I bought a couple of mini loaf tins. Today I baked White Bread Mini Yeast Loaf. I brushed on egg …

27 December 2021: Today I noticed the Australian coots on our nearby little lake have babies. 🐦 When I arrived with my camera they …

27 December 2021: A very useful read: 😀 Baking and baked goods are a perennial source of US/UK miscommunication—in large part because most of …

27 December 2021: Yesterday I learned a good lesson about getting the right light for photos of birds on a lake. 🐦 I went back in the …

26 December 2021: At the lake this morning, I was unsuccessful in my attempts to take a good photo of the New Zealand Dabchick. I did manage to …

26 December 2021: The introduced Green and Golden Bell Frogs down at the lake this morning were making a racket: Waaaahhhhh woof woof. 🐸

25 December 2021: The Oystercatchers were protecting eggs recently. Now we have a fluffy grey baby to watch out for! 🐦

25 December 2021: Caught in the act! This Banded Dotterel, Tuturiwhatu, found something yummy! 🐦

25 December 2021: Many beach birds are quite big really: Gulls, Terns Oystercatchers, Pied Stilts. The ‘nationally vulnerable’ …

25 December 2021: Royal Spoonbill, feeding, flanked by two Pied Stilts, with a Black-backed Gull in the background. 🐦

25 December 2021: Merry Christmas, folks. At 7.30 am the beach was for the birds, including this group of Black Swans. Can you spot the odd one …

24 December 2021: It’s so trivial, but this “Enter This Side” sign at the store’s exit, irritates me every time. Unless …

23 December 2021: Remembering Alana Bowman. RIP.

23 December 2021: Word's out about the railing! Today a Warou, Welcome Swallow, opted for the full photo shoot, even including the …

23 December 2021: Vehicles on the beach is a hot topic where I live, so this is interesting: Vehicle access to popular Auckland beach to close …

23 December 2021: We seem to have our very own house Sparrow. This little cutie likes to sit on the railing outside the east door to our deck …

22 December 2021: Noone tends the grass verges along our private lane but I hate when they get too overgrown, so today I tidied things a bit …

21 December 2021: Today the farmer came and picked up the bales of hay. That was a two tractor job.

21 December 2021: This is cool. 5.5 minute video. Folks who write detective fic with high tech elements would like this. Comes under …

21 December 2021: A couple of days ago the farmer next door mowed the cow paddock. Later he came back with his tractor and spinner to flip the …

20 December 2021: Every single time I use Regular Expressions in BBEdit I just want to shout out my joy! Before and after screenshots.

19 December 2021: Today I made Courgette frittatas for breakfast. They were pretty good. Fresh courgettes from the tunnel house and a very …

19 December 2021: In the last 2 weeks we’ve had almost 200 mm rain (over 7 inches), and variously heat, high winds from several quarters, …

18 December 2021: The Royal Spoonbill was also a little wind-ruffled, while at least one of the nearby ducks was keeping a close watch on me.

18 December 2021: Annoying: I put my bike on its side stand so I could take photos of a Royal Spoonbill at the lake. A big gust of wind blew my …

18 December 2021: Rats! Apple Watch Locking: Other issues that can impact sensor performance include wrist tattoos. Thanks to an inconvenient …

17 December 2021: My friend Alana, and fellow Xena fan, gave me this fridge magnet many many years ago. Alana is very much in my thoughts at …

16 December 2021: That was a cool little 20 minute film: Little Miss Sumo. It’s worth a watch (Netflix) 🎬: The premise revolves around …

16 December 2021: I’m glad these girls get to expand horizons: When I first came to New Zealand, I didn’t know what sport was …

16 December 2021: Uh oh: Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has confirmed the country’s first case of the Omicron variant has …

16 December 2021: Hooray for the NZ Invertebrate ID group on Facebook. I now know this insect is a Bush gadfly (Scaptia adrel). It was hanging …

16 December 2021: I have two Japanese quail. Today, less than 2 Km from our house, I spotted a not-very-often-seen-round-here California Quail. …

15 December 2021: I enjoyed A Mumbai Murder Mystery by Meeti Shroff-Shah. 📚 Some great turns of phrase, insight into a culture I’m not …

15 December 2021: This was long overdue but today I finally took all the dirty straw out of the quail run and added fresh straw and pine …

14 December 2021: Some publishers use a service that detects which Amazon Store a newsletter reader might want to use and sends me incorrectly …

14 December 2021: Love this music! Dufay is famous for being the first really major Renaissance composer and breaking from the medieval …

13 December 2021: Oshi, 🐶 aged 15, is arthritic, has a heart murmur and doesn’t see so well. He can now walk ~500 metres max, and still …

13 December 2021: Sasha, 🐶 aged 15, is pretty much blind and almost deaf, arthritic and has weak legs. I have to lift her up and down steps, on …

13 December 2021: Sasha and Oshi turn 15 today! 🎉 They had some extra treats in their breakfast. Here are some silly birthday photos. …

13 December 2021: Happily noted: Nichelle Nichols played the role of Nyota Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series. 🖖🏼 …

12 December 2021: From a couple of days ago: Thrush on a fence post.

11 December 2021: I enjoy Anne Shillolo’s Port Alma mysteries very much. Unfortunately, I found Frozen Fear, part of a different series, …

11 December 2021: Peekaboo. Cloud over the Tararuas.

11 December 2021: At the start of this week we had almost 100 mm rain over 2 or 3 days, with associated flooding around the place. Now …

10 December 2021: The Welcome Swallow, on the other hand, just seemed inscrutable.

10 December 2021: This waxeye on the flax spear was a bit grumpy looking.

10 December 2021: This little Yellowhammer was also busy singing out loud on a flax bush yesterday. 🐦

09 December 2021: A late afternoon songster, this European greenfinch. 🐦 😀

09 December 2021: Time flies! Thought I should get ready to be able to easily type 2023 now we’re soon to be in 2022. Found my …

08 December 2021: It was time to replace lamp and filters on our Puretec HYBRID-G9 UV water treatment unit. I watched a maintenance video and …

08 December 2021: We had 100 mm rain (4 inches) in the last 2–3 days. I’ve written about it with photos on the Waikawa Beach …

07 December 2021: With all the rain the last couple of days this wild baby rabbit found a sheltered spot under the overhang of the quail palace …

06 December 2021: I went out when it wasn’t raining quite so hard to check on things in this area. There was heaps more rain in the …

06 December 2021: This boy Oshi 🐶 has no manners — he barges in, pushes himself around, generally has no regard for anyone else. Except when …

06 December 2021: I’m finding the Publii documentation to be excellent. Clear, well laid out, comprehensive.

05 December 2021: I’m giving Publii a try, with good results so far: Publii is an open-source static site generator for every skill …

05 December 2021: Yesterday a starling flew right in through the open door and fetched up in the corner of the kitchen. It was not happy. It …

05 December 2021: The forecast is for a heap of rain in the next few days. We’ll see how much actually arrives. At least it’ll help …

04 December 2021: I recently took a deep breath and bought an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Then I wanted to protect it properly with a leather sleeve. …

03 December 2021: There are days when the sea is so calm I could be enjoying a tropical Pacific atoll. Very soothing!

03 December 2021: I made a smart choice today: was boiling with rage about something going on locally, selected an appropriate person to chat …

02 December 2021: XKCD’s Edge Cake is particularly excellent. For those who don’t know: hover to get additional text.

02 December 2021: Love, love, love the “dog who looks like Patrick Stewart”: Dogs That Look Like Celebrities 🖖🏼

02 December 2021: Ever since I discovered the New York Times Acrostic I’ve been doing one per day, starting with the first in the …

01 December 2021: Your place or mine?

01 December 2021: For Sale: 38 Manga Pirau Street, Waikawa Beach: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 80m2 floor area, 809m2 land area.

30 November 2021: Yet another brilliant animated cartoon-style explainer (maybe 30 seconds) — this time about Antimicrobial Resistance from Dr …

30 November 2021: Centuries of colonisation, racism and neglect have put Māori in a very bad position. Now (as always) they fight back: Low …

30 November 2021: 7.15 am. This is the hour or two when the dogs check in every 15 minutes or so in case it’s breakfast time. 🐶 They have …

29 November 2021: One of the tracks to the beach that I use has flaxes either side of the entrance. Sometimes the leaves grow right across the …

28 November 2021: I don’t always find the lead character endearing, but I enjoyed The Rachel Prince Mystery Series: Books 4–6 by …

28 November 2021: Keeping tempers cool at Waikawa: Community irefighting.

28 November 2021: There are several interesting points in Declining Eyesight Could Be Given a Boost by Short Morning Doses of Seeing Red, …

27 November 2021: Hmmm, now we’re getting a handle on Covid Delta, this from WHO: Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 …

26 November 2021: Our Swan Plant had one microscopic Monarch caterpillar on it when a friend offered to bring some of her surplus caterpillars …

25 November 2021: Because I was sitting quietly on a log, the Pied Stilt came closer, checking me out.

25 November 2021: Pied Stilt, strutting her stuff. 🐦

25 November 2021: Saw these little birds at the beach today. Thought they were one thing, but a search eventually told me they are New Zealand …

25 November 2021: My brain doesn’t do well with pictures that replace words: on the cooktop it always takes me time to figure out which …

24 November 2021: Near the beach is a house being built from the outside in. After laying the floor they put up door jambs and installed the …

24 November 2021: It was stunning at the beach before 7 am today. In the photo, about one third of the way across the horizon from the right, …

23 November 2021: Blackbird.

23 November 2021: For no special reason, a photo from August 2012, at Ha’atafu resort in Tonga. Reading.

22 November 2021: How do these adjacencies happen so often? Is this really just a coincidence? No one talks about ravens then suddenly @cheri …

21 November 2021: Well, well, well: Kobayashi Maru 🖖🏼📺

21 November 2021: Misremembering Something May Be Evidence That Your Memory Is Actually Working 🤔: people tend to remember the general gist of …

20 November 2021: The Grey warbler, Riroriro has a very distinctive song that I’ve often heard. I’d never seen the bird though …

20 November 2021: Happened to have camera in hand when I saw this Tui on the flaxes.

20 November 2021: Ahhhh, mystery solved. I wondered why my author friend @cheri kept leaving out words in her blog posts. Now I know to blame …

20 November 2021: Blood moon November 2021 notes I caught some glimpses of the eclipse last night, between cloud. Just after 10 pm, it looked just like this, in binoculars. …

19 November 2021: I managed to see the almost total lunar eclipse in spite of loads of cloud. Pretty darned special, particularly with good …

19 November 2021: Absent-mindedly opened Camera app on my phone instead of the Covid–19 Tracer app to record a visit. Camera kindly …

18 November 2021: My Granny Smith apple tree should produce a good crop this year.

17 November 2021: LOL juxtapositions. On Netflix: The Flash with Dash and Lily.

17 November 2021: I’ve really enjoyed this series. Just finished 3rd Tango: (Schock Sisters Mystery Series) by Misty Evans and Adrienne …

17 November 2021: Hmmm, hope this URL works. I keep a diary / journal /TODO thing in a file on my Mac using OmniOutliner (OO). I’ve …

16 November 2021: These maps are really interesting: Ancient Earth globe. For example, 240 million years ago Aotearoa New Zealand was situated …

16 November 2021: I really enjoyed this 45 minute doco: No one had ever asked the journalist and broadcaster why he drank, but when he stopped …

16 November 2021: This is handy: Apple has quietly added a new tool in macOS Monterey for measuring your device’s Internet connectivity …

15 November 2021: From a neighbour’s place, a view across to the Tararuas. Our house is the pale building on the right, our garage the …

14 November 2021: New shoes day: Merrell Siren Traveller 3. Great shoes! designed for women’s feet.

14 November 2021: I found 2nd Strike: Book 2 of 3: Schock Sisters Mystery Series by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano as compelling as Book 1. …

14 November 2021: I really enjoyed Juniper 🎬 : a self-destructive teenager is … asked to look after his feisty alcoholic grandmother … the …

13 November 2021: There are special bars across our footbridge designed to stop motorbikes from getting onto the bridge. What they actually do …

13 November 2021: This test of @manton’s script: Micro.blog via AppleScript has worked well. 😀 Thanks Manton.

12 November 2021: For sale 18 Henham Lane, Waikawa Beach: Bareland, 22155 m².

12 November 2021: Intense and very readable: 1st Shock: A Schock Sisters Private Investigator Mystery by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano. 📚 …

11 November 2021: Sometimes our military helicopters like to do a little bit of formation flying — directly overhead.

11 November 2021: Until this year we always said “If Oshi won’t eat, we know there’s a problem”. 🐶 This year …

10 November 2021: Today I was looking at the Coastal Risk Screening Tool and suddenly recalled seeing the tsunami siren in Niue. That whole …

09 November 2021: Breakfast … with friends.

08 November 2021: This grew on me: The Rachel Prince Mystery Series: Books 1–3 by Dawn Brookes 📚 The language is kind of prissy, …

08 November 2021: It was too hot for all of us by the time I took the dogs to the beach this morning. But boy it was a stunning day!

07 November 2021: A bit of an earthquake 〰️ just to keep us on our toes. Not far away but quite deep. Magnitude: 5.4 Depth: 189 …

07 November 2021: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 13 Holly Way. 2.01ha Land.

06 November 2021: We really enjoyed The Starling 🎬 As if Lilly’s troubles weren’t bad enough, a starling whose nest is in …

06 November 2021: Wowee: parrots have names and use their own and one another’s names too. They learn the names in the nest. How a Parrot …

06 November 2021: These are my special friends for a few days while their mum takes a break.

05 November 2021: The majority opinion was in favour of an afternoon nap. Who was I to stand agin them? 😴

05 November 2021: From 2018: a small boat being launched off Waikawa Beach. // @odd

05 November 2021: With a barely perceptible easterly this morning our West Coast sea had almost no waves at all. So still and quiet!

05 November 2021: I love my iPhone 13 Pro Max. I was worried it would be too large, but it feels great in the hand and the camera is performing …

04 November 2021: For Sale: 53a Reay Mackay Grove, Waikawa Beach This house will be visible from our place.

04 November 2021: Our unfriendly roads An email to NZTA today: For exercise and also to do my bit to reduce car use and save putting some CO2 into the atmosphere I …

04 November 2021: For Sale: 8 Sand Dune Grove, Waikawa Beach.

03 November 2021: That time when setting up a new watch led me to discover my phone was set to use Icelandic as a secondary language…

02 November 2021: I’ve finally found my perfect use case for the Apple Pencil on iPad: solving crossword puzzles that otherwise must be …

02 November 2021: Every November the tree lupins Lupinus arboreus come into full flower and play havoc with my allergies. I get itchy throat, …

01 November 2021: I’m booked on a bike tour for next April. The company will now require Covid vaccination certificates for all …

01 November 2021: I like the idea that after my death my body could become compost, feeding plants that nourish and protect animals, continuing …

01 November 2021: Last night Sasha 🐶 had to go out about midnight then started being restless again, wandering round the house. I put on a …

31 October 2021: Lying awake in the night sped me through this very good read: Next in Line (Detective Clare Mackay Book 5) by Marion Todd …

31 October 2021: We had a difficult night with Sasha the dog 🐶 who is almost 15, pretty much blind, and hard of hearing. It may be a signal …

30 October 2021: An author, some of whose books I enjoy, wants to be helpful and send customers to the ‘right’ Amazon Store, based …

29 October 2021: A pleasant read: Swamp Sweets (Miss Fortune Mysteries Book 21) by Jana DeLeon 📚

29 October 2021: My favourite time, when cabbage trees flower — those white panicles. Their perfume is utterly gorgeous.

29 October 2021: Cows in the mist.

29 October 2021: Don’t Choose Extinction: At least we had an asteroid. What’s your excuse?

28 October 2021: I had an idea, worked on it with a friend and today we’re launching a summer photo event for Waikawa Beach: Wow Waikawa! …

28 October 2021: Feature request, @manton — today, using the web interface, I hit Post instead of Add Photo. Then I had to go back and …

28 October 2021: This 5 minute video was really interesting: Why Some Fruits Won’t Ripen On Your Counter: Trying to ripen some fruits …

27 October 2021: Tonight the mountain peak directly east of us was absolutely luminous in the sunset.

27 October 2021: Wow. A word puzzle led me to discover Yma Sumac, 1932-2008, a Peruvian singer with a range of at least four and a half …

26 October 2021: My Granny Smith Apple tree is covered in blossom. That’s good for the bees. 🐝

26 October 2021: macOS Monterey Day. Version 12.0.1. 🎉

26 October 2021: I like this Wind Turbine Wall idea: Designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional, this “kinetic wall” is …

25 October 2021: I love TextExpander. Used it for years. Setting up a new email address for the local Association. I type the trigger and now …

25 October 2021: Apple Mail is OK, but I’ve sent emails from the wrong account because Mail chose the sender on my behalf. I need to be …

24 October 2021: A brilliant book by a favourite author: Unbreakable by Cari Hunter. 📚 Dr. Grace Kendal never stands a chance. The injured …

24 October 2021: Short on sleep this morning, so my brain cells are groggy. Not convenient when I have a committee meeting for Waikawa Beach …

24 October 2021: I’m slowly learning that as I get older my body is less able to handle sugar. At a friend’s birthday party last …

23 October 2021: Is this new in Find My? When I checked on Deb’s progress as she drove home last night I got a Live view where the blue …

22 October 2021: Darn it! Spent ages hunting for the ‘right’ sleeve for my new iPhone 13 Pro Max. Recalled years ago I had a nice …

21 October 2021: I need to listen again to this invaluable 45 minute podcast: You Can’t Always Want What You Like why our brains don’t …

21 October 2021: Five quail eggs in a box. Four of them, as usual, weigh 11 grams. The other one weighs 15 grams! Last time this happened the …

20 October 2021: Sunset / moonrise straight out of the iPhone. 3x telephoto.

20 October 2021: The other thing to arrive in the mail today was my new iPhone 13 Pro Max (blue). Setting it up between various other …

20 October 2021: This was one of two good things to arrive in the mail this morning: Letter advising “no evidence of breast …

19 October 2021: I want to include this photo in a (mainly birds 🤓) quiz. Trying to decide which one of these military helicopters it is. …

18 October 2021: Another excellent read from a favourite author: Fear on the Fens: (DI Nikki Galena Series Book 13) by Joy Ellis 📚 [they] …

17 October 2021: The dogs don’t like it when the grass in the dog yard gets too long. 🐶 It must tickle their bottoms or …

16 October 2021: I spotted this small yellowish-green bird on a flax spear but couldn’t make out what it was. I took a couple of photos …

15 October 2021: It’s duckling season. 😀

15 October 2021: One reason I’m looking forward to an extremely high Covid vaccination rate in Aotearoa New Zealand is so the flood of …

15 October 2021: Mysteries featuring black lesbians, with a touch of romance, are few and far between. Smoke Before Fire by A.M. McKnight 📚 I …

15 October 2021: Yay, Apple are finally thinking about shipping me the iPhone I ordered a month ago. Selling some shares to cover the cost. …

14 October 2021: Today I was rung by someone from LINZ who asked if I could put the broken marker post I reported yesterday back in the …

13 October 2021: Waikawa Beach, 3 properties for sale: 13 Drake Street 27 Sarah Street 33 Sarah Street

13 October 2021: Way back in February 2017 I noticed small white posts appearing around the place — as in the background of this selfie. …

12 October 2021: Another excellent read: What They Knew: (Detective Clare Mackay 4) by Marion Todd 📚: there’s a strong chance …

12 October 2021: Apparently critics really didn’t like Q-Force. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed it: Queer Force (Q-Force) [is] a …

12 October 2021: 3 am: Sasha 🐶, on my bed: I need to go out … Ohh noo, it’s raining out there … back on the bed instead. I’m …

11 October 2021: Heh: Bird of the Year: Bats join the competition Including the mammals in the Bird of the Year competition is certainly …

11 October 2021: My 🐈 buddy Leo has an excellent view from his spot on the sofa. This was taken yesterday.

10 October 2021: My 🐈 buddy Leo’s family have a spa pool they urged me to use. That’s a nice way to begin a cool and grey Sunday. …

10 October 2021: I really enjoy this writer. Goodbye Sea Angel: A Port Alma Murder Mystery by Anne Shillolo 📚 was another great read: …

09 October 2021: My buddy Leo was relaxing in the play loft today. 🐈 I enticed him down the steps though.

09 October 2021: It was high tide when I took the dogs to the beach, so we had to negotiate our way through driftwood.

08 October 2021: I’m visiting my buddy Leo today. 🐈

08 October 2021: Finally, yesterday, the part of our shared private lane closest to the road was resurfaced. The existing surface was scraped …

07 October 2021: By the time I came home this morning the part of our driveway from the garage out past the gate had been completed. Thanks to …

07 October 2021: Every couple of years I get a free mammogram with BreastScreen Aotearoa. It’s 10 minutes of having my breasts squished …

06 October 2021: Today workers scraped off the bottom part of our driveway and started spreading fresh shingle from the garage to the gate …

06 October 2021: Lone kowhai flower.

06 October 2021: These are ‘before’ shots from today of the road end of our private lane. Tomorrow a contractor will scrape off …

05 October 2021: Hah! Hands off our Hairy Maclary! (wonderful kids book): this mistake has been calcifying for … 40 years. The Scots have …

05 October 2021: Spammers don’t discriminate. Here’s the latest ‘Nigerian princess’ email, this time in Te Reo Māori.

05 October 2021: This 5 minute video was intriguing — I thought the Schmid Peoplemover was impossible: An elevator that can go smoothly from …

04 October 2021: After much fruitless messing about trying to crop photos to a circle in Acorn I checked Help and found: Acorn: Clipping to a …

04 October 2021: Oh, the New York Times Acrostic for April 1, 2018 was excellent fun and a joy to solve. So clever!

03 October 2021: I’m far from a frog expert, but my Internet searches suggest this is a Green and Golden Bell Frog that was in our long …

03 October 2021: Excellent! Sexual violence prevention programme: Minister for the prevention of family and sexual violence… said one of the …

03 October 2021: I really enjoyed Cold Deal (Kina McKevie Private Detective Book 1) by Lisa Ambrose. 📚 It kept me reading past …

02 October 2021: Good grief! USPS won’t carry mail to NZ for a while: … “unavailability of transportation”. “refrain …

01 October 2021: Glee and Fliss, the Japanese Quail, are now back in their outdoor run. 🐦 They don’t care for change much so …

30 September 2021: The quail have been living in our garage since mid-July when we went away for two weeks. 🐦 Now the worst of the …

29 September 2021: Earthquake prone building.

28 September 2021: Woohoo! Wowee! ‘Babylon 5’ Reboot in Development at The CW From Original Series Creator J. Michael Straczynski Source: …

28 September 2021: It was a chilly morning with a cool wind from the south. Then when I took the dogs to the beach I got the full force of the …

27 September 2021: On this day in 2015, 25 September, we were in Morocco, trekking through the desert by camel to stay overnight in a Berber …

26 September 2021: Noooo! When you finish Full Bodied (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 3) by Mia Gold 📚, knowing there’s a Book …

26 September 2021: At 2 am today we put our clocks forward an hour. [Insert all the usual gripes about Daylight Saving.] At least now we really …

25 September 2021: Somehow Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 didn’t really grab me. I’m so glad I stuck with it though as I’m …

25 September 2021: Micro.Blog Mac app request for @help : If I’m adding a bunch of photos it’d be good if the app could remember my …

25 September 2021: Each year the Horowhenua District Council supplies thousands of spinifex and pīngao plants which volunteers then plant to …

24 September 2021: This series keeps me reading well past my going to sleep time! I really enjoyed Extra Dirty (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 2) by …

23 September 2021: Dog grooming day for Oshi and Sasha 🐶 — before and after.

23 September 2021: Today’s dilemma: I have to take the dogs to the groomer very soon. I’m supposed to walk them first. It’s …

22 September 2021: Tonight I made Roast cod on spiced Puy lentils | delicious. magazine, using Monk Fish as that’s what I could get. …

22 September 2021: Oh dear. I ate too much chocolate cake. First time trying this recipe: Six-Minute Vegan Chocolate Cake | Moosewood Restaurant …

21 September 2021: Here’s my GPS feature request: give me driving directions but let me choose that they only kick in when I’m ~10Km …

20 September 2021: I really enjoyed On the Rocks (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 1) by Mia Gold 📚: Welcome to the Bahamian world of Ruby Steele … …

20 September 2021: There are 5 properties on our little lane. 3 have houses, one has a ramshackle ‘container’ set up to weekend in. …

19 September 2021: With the thought that my iPhone is my most often used camera I’ve decided to go big and upgrade from iPhone 11 to …

18 September 2021: Canada geese flying at dusk.

18 September 2021: Another thing I keep forgetting how to do: How to Save Voice Memos on the Mac as Audio Files: [drag the voice memo from the …

17 September 2021: I quite like cheese, but just in a casual way. I’m surprised at how interested I am by this excellent 45 minute long …

16 September 2021: In the last couple of weeks we’ve had a load of rain (even more in the hills), gales and some high seas. This has cut …

15 September 2021: At nearly 15 Oshi now seems to consider himself able to come home alone from the beach. 🐶 The only problem was he forgot to …

15 September 2021: Cool, I was hoping for a new Apple Watch. The cycling workout features in Series 7 and other features are very appealing. …

14 September 2021: Action at the bird feeder. Sparrows and Waxeyes. 🐦 Who knew sparrows had tongues!!!

14 September 2021: We really enjoyed the movie Happiest Season 🏳️‍🌈: the film follows a woman who struggles to come out to her conservative …

14 September 2021: I need to remember this: Not to capture but to create — The Power of Abbreviation in Photography: A tutorial on why you …

13 September 2021: We’ve had 20mm rain today down here at Waikawa Beach at the coast. I imagine that up in the hills there’s been a …

12 September 2021: There are only about 150-200 Kotuku, White herons in Aotearoa New Zealand and they are rarely seen beyond their breeding …

12 September 2021: On a shop window we passed last night — no clothing? 😳

12 September 2021: Happy that one of my favourite podcasts is back from summer break: Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio: …

11 September 2021: When I was a kid Aotearoa New Zealand had 3 million people and 60 million sheep. Now we have 5 million people and dairying …

11 September 2021: I’m on a quest to take photos of all the birds we see round here. 🐦 I’m also longing for the rather costly …

10 September 2021: I was down at the lakes today, bracing against strong wind gusts, trying to get photos of the Australian Shovelers on the …

09 September 2021: Such a sad tale: The Scam | Loading Docs 2021 | The Spinoff - YouTube: The ultimate scam lures an elderly beekeeper around …

09 September 2021: I drove to Raumati South and biked along Te Ara o Whareroa – Paekākāriki.NZ Te Ara o Whareroa is mostly flat with a nice, …

08 September 2021: Experimenting with my camera. I saw part of the mountains lit while the rest was dark. This may have used the Acros film …

08 September 2021: This was a fascinating 13 minutes: How Much Of You Is Alive?: You’re alive right now… at least I’m pretty sure you are. But …

08 September 2021: This 10 minute movie was lovely: When Long Distance Works: Long (first-date) story short: She asks her to her best friend’s …

07 September 2021: I read and enjoyed The Chase: (The Diving Series Book 15) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. 📚 I backed the Kickstarter and received …

07 September 2021: It’s typical spring weather today: rainy, windy, changeable, cool. So I dug around and found 4 photos from this day in …

06 September 2021: I’ve used BBEdit for years now. It’s fabulous for working with and processing text. Today I whisked up an …

06 September 2021: Today I happened upon these recipes I want to try: My Everyday Green Smoothie Cheese Scones Rainbow Vegetarian Pad Thai with …

05 September 2021: They’re far from perfect but they beat any of my previous attempts to catch a hawk in flight by a mile. 🐦 I’m …

05 September 2021: Pushed myself today on my bike: rode to the intersection with State Highway 1, 9.2 Km away. Total return ~19 Km. 🚴🏼‍♀️ Some …

05 September 2021: I often bike around Waikawa Beach on a ~9 Km circuit. Yesterday I went beyond this slightly for a ~12 Km circuit and turned …

04 September 2021: After @cheri’s photo of Dutch Apple Pancake, with its perfectly placed apple slices, I decided to have another go at …

04 September 2021: I bought my Fuji X-T2 camera a few years back with the intention of growing into it. 📷 That growth has been given a big nudge …

03 September 2021: At the river mouth this morning: looking left and looking right.

02 September 2021: Cuties from the deck this evening. Baby rabbits from a burrow in the paddock next door. Welcome Swallow, Warou, on the Zendo …

02 September 2021: I only recently discovered the free Merlin Bird ID app and it works well (for photos, not so much sounds) even here in NZ. 🐦 …

02 September 2021: Apparently I keep forgetting how to do this: Rename flags In the Mail app on your Mac, click the arrow next to the Flagged …

01 September 2021: Formation flying.

01 September 2021: Black-backed gull.

01 September 2021: Gull flying with bivalve in its beak.

01 September 2021: (Mount) Taranaki.

01 September 2021: Whitebaiter with (Mount) Ruapehu and bird.

31 August 2021: Excited: I’ve booked on the West Coast Wilderness bike tour for April 2022. We bike through unbelievable scenery, from …

31 August 2021: Hmmm, downloaded free samples of two Kindle books: The Odyssey by Homer (Author), Emily Wilson (translator) and The Iliad by …

31 August 2021: I was a teen when I read the Iliad and the Odyssey. The ‘teeth’ of this quote have always remained with me. Today …

31 August 2021: Cooking the recipe OK, you’ve bought ingredients, rewritten the recipe and you’re ready. You’ve set up your workspace, got the …

31 August 2021: I like the author, the book’s well written, but I need to stop reading as the grisly bits are infiltrating my brain and …

31 August 2021: Kiwis: if you’d like to make a donation to Afghan refugees arriving soon in Aotearoa New Zealand this GiveALittle page …

31 August 2021: Hey @help I’ve seen an interesting bug in the web interface — see screenshot. The Reply box multiplies. It’s the …

30 August 2021: Get ready to cook As A Reluctant Cook I’d regularly get really stressed while cooking. That still happens sometimes, but a bit of prep …

29 August 2021: It rained a lot the last couple of days, but was relatively warm. Those conditions probably created this very white low cloud …

29 August 2021: I was pondering how Delta won’t be the last variant we deal with… What next? 🦠 For those who don’t know their …

29 August 2021: Spammers crack me up sometimes — ‘sping’⁉️From our Waikawa Beach community blog: Hello, You misspelled the word …

29 August 2021: Watched and loved CODA. 🎬 coming-of-age comedy-drama film that follows a hearing teenage girl who is a child of deaf adults …

28 August 2021: Find an easy recipe Following on from A Reluctant Cook, I started my exploration of cooking by searching the Internet for a recipe I thought I …

27 August 2021: A Reluctant Cook Although I’ve always enjoyed eating delicious food I’ve also always disliked cooking. I never learned how to …

27 August 2021: Finally another International Breakfast: Mini Dutch Apple Pancakes (the recipe website is abominable!). This was so …

27 August 2021: Cool! And 75!!! Two dogs … among the first to go to a new refuge for animals affected by domestic violence, have been …

27 August 2021: Very nice! My advice (for what it’s worth) for success and happiness: Compete with yourself and root for everybody …

26 August 2021: Our community Facebook group is OK, useful; the moderators great. A member, whose avatar shows a middle-aged white guy, …

26 August 2021: We want the dogs to get used to their new soft crate so we just put it up in the lounge, added a few treats and dog blankets …

25 August 2021: The MB web timeline jams photos together unpleasantly (Before screenshot). I wanted them spaced (After). I use Safari on Mac …

25 August 2021: Today I walked on the other side of the Waikawa River, heading north. After floundering through undergrowth to avoid a …

25 August 2021: Uh oh. Hamilton Zoo animals are bored in shutdown: animals often look around confused at how quiet the Zoo is …. We spend a …

25 August 2021: The dogs are of an age where they pee in the house if we’re out for too long (eg 2 hours). 🐶 We took to crating them to …

25 August 2021: I watched Ije: The Journey. Its subject matter turned out to be hard, but the unravelling and the perspectives were …

24 August 2021: Undermined: A Gay Mystery (Daniel Owen Welsh Mysteries Book 1) by Ripley Hayes. 📚 An unusual book for me to read, featuring …

24 August 2021: Another good read from this author: Goodbye Calais Club: (A Port Alma Murder Mystery Book 2) by Anne Shillolo. 📚 Disappointed …

24 August 2021: I quite enjoyed The Complete Monica Noble Murder Mysteries, a 3 book set, by Faith Martin 📚. I had to take a break after book …

24 August 2021: Whew! I’ve clicked Submit on a funding application for a fun photo project to run in our community over summer / …

24 August 2021: The dogs prescription came in 🐶: Veterinary exclusive Hills prescription diet Kidney Care clinical nutrition improves & …

23 August 2021: Very pleased that the government has, as widely expected, announced the whole country will stay in Level 4 shutdown until at …

23 August 2021: A quick report on our new 4G internet connection: good riddance to VDSL! We now both speed along at the same time on the …

23 August 2021: Whew! Was about to start submitting a prepared funding application whose leisurely timeline began in October when I spotted …

23 August 2021: I don’t know that The Daily Mail is a news site to trust… but, I think this article is worth a look. After the 9/11 …

23 August 2021: For our last holiday adventure we ate a magnificent dinner at Plato, a restaurant set in an unlikely, deserted, industrial …

23 August 2021: I already wrote a little about the Royal Albatross Centre, but wrapping up our recent holiday, here’s more. We viewed …

22 August 2021: We arrived in Ōtepoti, Dunedin, in miserable weather. We were hungry so we parked near The Octagon, and after some wandering, …

22 August 2021: It’s a rare occurrence for me, but last night I slept 8 hours without interruption and the sleep quality was good. …

21 August 2021: A darn good read: Project Charon 1: Re-entry by Patty Jansen: Tina needs money, and needs it fast. Another creditor is …

21 August 2021: I so much enjoyed Project Charon 1: Re-Entry, by Patty Jansen — one of the books in the Cosmic Visionaries StoryBundle! …

21 August 2021: People have assumed that attention and executive functions decline with age… our large study indicates that critical elements …

21 August 2021: The Catlins portion of our holiday ended with Purakaunui Falls: a short walk from a car park area through impressive …

21 August 2021: Just signed up for this inexpensive course: Joy of Birdwatching | Bird Academy • The Cornell Lab.

21 August 2021: Vroom vroom. 🚀 Today’s the day! Before the postie came: VDSL modem: DOWNLOAD Kbps 10799, UPLOAD Kbps 693. After the …

20 August 2021: As probably everyone expected, Aotearoa New Zealand as a whole stays in Level 4 shutdown till midnight Tuesday. There are now …

19 August 2021: On 10 February 1982 I spent the afternoon in a second story cafe in Bodø, Norway, watching rain showers pass across the …

19 August 2021: It’s almost exactly 40 years since I sat on a train in Norway travelling from Oslo in the south to Bodø in the Arctic …

19 August 2021: I’m not always happy with what our Labour government is doing or has done, but as I watch our Prime Minister speaking …

19 August 2021: Nice quote about space opera: Or is it mostly just that space opera is so gosh-darn cool? The ships…the technology…the …

19 August 2021: In The Catlins, Nugget Point, Tokata has a lighthouse, a spectacular view and rocks that resemble gold nuggets. It was really …

18 August 2021: Currently rationing the bird food for the Waxeyes. I was intending to buy more today but with the Covid shutdown the shop is …

18 August 2021: Heh, healthy Kiwis. 😀 People are panic buying because of the lockdown, but: According to Foodstuffs, bananas and broccoli …

18 August 2021: After another thunderstorm around 5.30 am the power has come back on. Immediately made a cup of tea. Thanks to the lines …

18 August 2021: Woken at 0330 by loud torrential rain (now stopped). I’d like a cup of tea but the power’s still out. 😢

17 August 2021: Thunderstorm took our power out. 😒 Good thing we’ve got the fire going.

17 August 2021: Aotearoa New Zealand today has a case of Covid in the community that can’t be linked to the border. Precautionary …

17 August 2021: Feature request or suggestion @help : put some of the info from or even just the link to Exporting from Micro.blog - Getting …

17 August 2021: OK, today Vodafone rang me about our Internet upgrade. — Maybe our days of VDSL slow Internet are over — A new 4G modem is on …

17 August 2021: At Roaring Bay rare Yellow-eyed Penguins come and go at dawn and dusk. We spotted two. 🐦 A much more distant view …

17 August 2021: The Seascape Accommodation in Kaka Point, The Catlins was a superb place to stay. Gorgeous units with a super view, directly …

16 August 2021: My two Japanese quail are clearly independent thinkers, having produced these first eggs of the season. Thing is, we have …

16 August 2021: Hmmm, I see there’s an OS update to 11.5.2. Updating…

16 August 2021: BTW: not looking for troubleshooting tips or anything on my Mac randomly rebooting. It’s more just a record.

16 August 2021: Nice views of Tautuku Bay from Florence Hill Lookout in The Catlins. 3Km southwest of Papatowai, a short gravel road leads …

16 August 2021: My M1 MacBook Pro just randomly restarted itself (3rd time so far in the last month), losing the Micro.Blog post (brief text …

16 August 2021: Lake Wilkie was nice from the viewing point at the top, but at eye level it was spectacular. formed after the last ice age …

16 August 2021: Geneticists have … found evidence that natural selection more than 10,000 years ago probably provided a genetic basis for …

15 August 2021: Thank you for your Micro Camp talk @amit I really enjoyed it. Great story about the donkey! And 👍 the shoutout to us Kiwis.

15 August 2021: Had a magical wildlife encounter today when this White-faced heron, matuku moana followed me home from my dog walk and hung …

15 August 2021: Fungus on a tree at Lake Waiwiri, Papaitonga.

15 August 2021: Tautuku Estuary was another brief walk, but wow was it a stunner! The first sight of the broad expanse of golden reeds was …

14 August 2021: 22% through and I was considering abandoning When Murder Comes Home (Aileen and Callan Murder Mysteries Book 1) by Shana …

14 August 2021: On 28 June 2021 in The Catlins we started with a visit to McLean Falls. I loved the native forest, and the 22 metre cascade …

14 August 2021: My Micro Camp presentation is now available at Open for Inspection 🔍. There are also a few support files.

14 August 2021: Uh oh. I’m up now on Micro Camp! 🤞🏼

13 August 2021: Yet another excellent book in a series by a favourite author: Warn Me When It’s Time (Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book …

13 August 2021: In the Catlins we passed through Waikawa, spotted a couple of Kereru on a power line and took a photo of Māngai Piri, Niagara …

13 August 2021: Graphic photo warning — dog skin lesion Our dog Oshi is nearly 15 and having various health problems, including arthritis and an ulcerated eye. He gets eyedrops 4-6 …

13 August 2021: Many Māori were raised with the knowledge that the first person to see the islands, Kuramārōtini, called out from her waka, …

13 August 2021: One of life’s odd quirks — I just posted about watching Wellington Paranormal. In today’s local paper is an item …

12 August 2021: I’ve been attending weekly line dancing classes for months now and things are clicking quite well. I realise this is …

12 August 2021: I’ve been drafting a funding application for a summer photo project for the community. It’s hard work! Now …

12 August 2021: Wooo. Maybe our days of VDSL slow Internet are over… An email today from the ISP: modern, superfast, reliable Wireless …

12 August 2021: On a whim the other day I bought TextSniper - Capture and extract any text from your Mac’s screen | images. I just …

12 August 2021: We visited the Curio Bay petrified forest. 180 million year old trees! Photo of me by my friend Chris. petrified wood like …

12 August 2021: Invercargill to Dunedin via the coastal Catlins route with no side trips is only about 250 Km. We spent 4 days on the drive …

11 August 2021: I spotted a headline recently that the Wellington Paranormal TV show was mystifying Americans. Just started watching on The …

11 August 2021: In Invercargill we stayed the night at Quest Apartment Hotel where the bathroom was the size our cabin on the Milford …

11 August 2021: At Glowing Sky merino shop I discovered the glories of a Merino Tube Neck/Ear Warmer. This beats a scarf in so many ways and …

11 August 2021: On the last day of our Rakiura Cruise some went for a brief walk in the morning, but I stayed and packed. After lunch we …

11 August 2021: Managing a blind, elderly dog is a whole new learning experience. TIL unfamiliar places make Sasha anxious so she needs to be …

11 August 2021: Today my friend Jan and I walked the dogs on the north side of the river, with a glimpse of snowy mountain peak. I liked a …

10 August 2021: Today I tried this Hungarian recipe: Pogácsa. I didn’t have enough white flour so used wholemeal to make up the amount. …

10 August 2021: Camo cow.

10 August 2021: Late in the last afternoon of our Rakiura Cruise we did a 1 hour easy walk at the Whaler’s Base in Paterson Inlet. The …

10 August 2021: 10 August 2020: > Oshi has an ulcerated left eye 10 August 2021: Oshi has an ulcerated right eye… Chlorsig/Chlorafast …

10 August 2021: The icy blast from the last couple of days has moved on, leaving snow not only on the high peaks of the Tararuas (happens …

10 August 2021: 6.55 am and at only a few minutes to sunrise it’s light enough out to see distinctly. We’re definitely on the way …

09 August 2021: Hmmm, second time in a week my M1 MacBook Pro has frozen and restarted itself while I was writing in Apple Mail. All standard …

09 August 2021: The country’s in the teeth of a southerly storm, with many high altitude roads closed for snow. At 3.30 am I really …

08 August 2021: Some of us opted for the slow easy walk on Ulva Island. Our guide, Gabriel, shared a lot of info. We spotted Kiwi and Penguin …

08 August 2021: On the last full day of our trip Sandy King and Detector Gadget (and her other trainee dog, Mawson) came aboard the Milford …

08 August 2021: Careless writing: Women, on the other hand, can sometimes not work … These cultural expectations condemn them to be a …

08 August 2021: Hmmm, I’ve abandoned Blood in the Bayou: A Bone-Chilling FBI Thriller by CM Sutter just under half way through. There …

08 August 2021: On Sunday 25 July 2021 we were moored at Paterson Inlet, Rakiura, ready for two more adventures. But first: the sunrise.

08 August 2021: Good thing I’m proof-watching my Micro Camp video! There’s stuff I need to fix yet, but what do you call a verbal …

07 August 2021: After motoring north for 6 hours, late Saturday afternoon we were taken by local guide Bevan for a walk (1 hour each way …

06 August 2021: On Day 3 of the cruise I opted to relax aboard the Milford Wanderer in the morning while others went walking. In the …

06 August 2021: Both our (old) dogs lost weight during their 2 week kennel stay. After I queried for issues the owner sent me back a very …

05 August 2021: Pikihatiti or Port Pegasus, with its 5 metres of rain per year, is near the southern tip of Rakiura. I said I’d give it …

05 August 2021: Had to get up around 3 am to let Oshi out then was awake for a bit. I was just wondering about getting back to sleep when …

04 August 2021: I’m excited to be a presenter at Micro Camp 2021 and now I’m back from holiday I’m getting into the …

04 August 2021: At Abraham’s Bosom beach on Rakiura I learned about the Turpentine Shrub (will keep fires burning), spotted a paua …

04 August 2021: Once we were aboard the Milford Wanderer we motored off to Port Adventure where we landed for a brief beach walk at Oyster …

03 August 2021: My credit card expired this month so I now have a new card. Now visiting services that hold my card number and updating the …

03 August 2021: On the Rakiura cruise expeditions from the Milford Wanderer always started with a tender ride, piloted by Gibby. The tender …

03 August 2021: This large item was on the beach today — a shark fin?

02 August 2021: Our Rakiura Cruise was aboard the Milford Wanderer. The crew soon told us the sails are just for show! The cabins are tiny: 2 …

01 August 2021: The holiday was utterly fabulous, but I’m also thrilled to be home in my own bed, with clean clothes, slippers on. Now …

01 August 2021: In a visit to Otago Museum I learned the extinct Moa came in various sizes. The giant moa is in the photo. The male is small. …

01 August 2021: Heh. Dunedin Airport.

01 August 2021: This is the abundant but declining NZ native tarapunga, red-billed gull. 🐦

31 July 2021: For the final adventure of our holiday we visited the Royal Albatross Centre on Otago Peninsula. 🐦 the only mainland …

30 July 2021: Behind you!

29 July 2021: Nugget Point Tokata had stunning landscape, along with its lighthouse.

29 July 2021: Purakaunui Falls rewards the use of the 27mm lens.

29 July 2021: Also at Roaring Bay last evening this huge black blob in the grass — a resting sealion.

29 July 2021: McLean Falls was wonderful for both the falls and the amazing “shrubland and fern and moss-rich tall forest”. If …

29 July 2021: The Tautuku Estuary boardwalk was a surprise — walking out into a sea of golden reeds. I think I heard a Fernbird.

29 July 2021: Yesterday we visited Lake Wilkie — Mirror Lake. The view from above was good, but down on the boardwalk there were stunning …

28 July 2021: Today at dusk at Roaring Bay we were thrilled to spot two yellow-eyed penguins on the beach. Heavily cropped photo. 🐦 …

28 July 2021: The view from our front door for a couple of days. Guess we’ll cope…

27 July 2021: Catlins Day One: lighthouse, Jurassic fossil forest This morning we picked up a rental car, squeezed in ourselves and our luggage, picked up groceries and squeezed them in too …

27 July 2021: The Waipapā lighthouse was built of rimu and totara. It was automated in the 1970s.

27 July 2021: Rakiura Cruise, Day Four The morning of the fourth day featured a 6 hour cruise to Paterson Inlet. The previous night I took Sealegs pills and was …

27 July 2021: On Ulva Island, Rakiura, Aotearoa New Zealand, with its pristine golden beaches: kiwi tracks and penguin tracks. And always …

26 July 2021: Rakiura Cruise, Day Three, afternoon After lunch the tender went out twice for about 30 or 40 minutes at a time. With 28 passengers, the tender can hold half at …

26 July 2021: Here’s my new profile pic: a cheeky little South Island robin on Ulva Island. It was so dark in the bush I had to crank …

26 July 2021: A delight of the day was to see two yellow-eyed penguins swimming by the boat (no photo). They look like floating sticks …

26 July 2021: Well, I can thoroughly recommend Thai Thai on Spey Street in Invercargill for a delicious meal. I ate a delicious cashew, …

26 July 2021: Back on dry land but may well be offline the next few days too.

26 July 2021: Yesterday’s late afternoon view.

25 July 2021: This sunrise at Ulva Island is a lie, sadly. The long exposure has really saturated the colours.

25 July 2021: Typical bush clad hillside The day we were anchored near Disappointment Cove I took these shots from the boat. These were my second attempt — I …

25 July 2021: Sea lions, get yer sea lions here!

25 July 2021: Rakiura Cruise, Day Three, morning Wow, I slept well! I woke feeling quite stiff and achey though and decided to spend the morning on the Milford Wanderer. …

25 July 2021: Rakiura Cruise Day Two Whew, what a day! After breakfast of boiled egg, hash brown, tomato, sausage, plus as much toast, cereal and fruit as we …

25 July 2021: Rakiura Cruise, Day Zero To start with we needed to travel from home to Invercargill. That meant setting off with our friends in the car at about …

25 July 2021: Rakiura Cruise, Day One highlight Rakiura Cruise, Day One: one highlight was the teenage male sealion that came up on the beach at Port Adventure, where …

24 July 2021: No connection in this mud!

21 July 2021: 46 degrees 36 minutes 54 seconds south.

20 July 2021: I really enjoyed this Canadian story: Goodbye Port Alma (A DC Holly Towns Murder Mystery) by Anne Shillolo. 📚 DC Holly Towns …

20 July 2021: The Kaikoura Ranges were looking snowy today.

20 July 2021: Wellington airport features these birds from Lord of the Rings.

19 July 2021: Photo by Willow’s mum — with the whole back seat to spread out on, three dogs decided to create a tight little dog …

19 July 2021: Hmmm: Around 95% of NZ’s sheep meat and 87% of beef is exported, and what’s left for locals is sold at a …

18 July 2021: Happened upon a cassette tape recording I made in 1976 of my mother’s parents. Fascinating to hear how they speak. …

18 July 2021: Yesterday’s storm (for us, at least) was nowhere near what we expected. Some strongish winds, about 17 mm rain (not the …

18 July 2021: Heard something today that jogged my memory about NZ’s infamous Six o’clock Swill. From December 1917 to October …

17 July 2021: We tried a new restaurant last night: Ōtaki Kitchen at 30 Main Street, Ōtaki. Service was great and food excellent. I had the …

16 July 2021: Hey @jack Way back in March you mentioned the Johnny Decimal system. Thanks so much for that. It has allowed me to finally …

16 July 2021: Heh 🐈 🐶 🍽: New Zealand has the highest per capita rate of cat ownership of any country in the world, with 41% of households …

15 July 2021: Spotted ‘the’ Kingfisher today — perching on top of the tunnelhouse. Managed a photo through the window, but when …

15 July 2021: Damn good read, so well put together! The Case of the Fond Farewell (Ellie Tappet Cruise Ship Mysteries Book 6) by Cheri …

15 July 2021: Niue reaches herd immunity, with 97% of eligible population vaccinated: Niue … vaccinated almost 100% of its eligible …

14 July 2021: A big storm is forecast for this weekend — gales and loads of rain. Plus it’s midwinter and we’ve had some solid …

14 July 2021: The forecast rainfall for this weekend has already reduced by ~20 mm, thank goodness. Still way high though.

13 July 2021: According to this crazy forecast we might get 144 mm (about 5.7 inches) of rain over 4 days this coming weekend! I imagine in …

13 July 2021: Knockout (A Holly Hands Mystery—Book 1) by Mia Gold had a very strong start. 📚 A new and original character and compelling …

13 July 2021: Vaccinating a load of people in a city is one thing. But how do you vaccinate a handful of people on a tiny tropical atoll …

12 July 2021: And … ✔️

12 July 2021: Just waiting for COVID vaccine shot #2. It’s busy but we get to sit while we wait.

11 July 2021: This week for our International Breakfast Deb cooked New Orleans-Style Beignets. Very yummy!

11 July 2021: Today Deb and I attended a Stacking Rings Workshop in Wellington. We made textured or twisted rings from copper or silver. It …

10 July 2021: The best thing ever! We Are Lady Parts 📺 We ended up binging. Hilarious! Excellent! Nida Manzoor’s anarchic and …

10 July 2021: After our Rakiura Cruise later this month we’ll visit The Catlins, New Zealand for a few days. We’ve already booked a …

09 July 2021: We’re heading later this month to Rakiura, a Dark Sky Sanctuary so now I need to discover how to take photos of the …

09 July 2021: This was a pretty good read: Old Sins, Long Memories by Angela Arney. 📚 Meet Dr Lizzie Browne. After her divorce she moves …

09 July 2021: I forget I have a 27mm prime lens for my Fuji X-T2. I also have a wriggly dog and a dog who refused to open his eyes. 🐶 …

09 July 2021: Heh, the telephoto lens makes Kāpiti Island look like you could wade out to it — it’s actually 20Km away. A shot of …

08 July 2021: I’m getting quite excited: at the end of the month the Milford Wanderer will be our home for 6 nights as we sail round …

08 July 2021: How to maintain your speaking voice As I get older I’ve become a little concerned about my voice. Sometimes when I try to call the dogs on the beach my …

07 July 2021: Our new splashback installed. It’s a colour called Resene Koru to match our feature walls. Tricky with reflections… …

07 July 2021: I love these little cuties. More waxeyes at the bird feeder.

07 July 2021: Get! Scram! Clear off!

07 July 2021: This is a ‘before’ of our oven and wall and rangehood. Soon there should be an ‘after’.

07 July 2021: Aha: an explanation of the planes: RNZAF carrying out low-flying around Manawatū, Rangitikei & Whanganui | NZDF tactical …

07 July 2021: We live not too far really from a military airfield (60 Km direct). I happened to be taking photos of the birds at the …

07 July 2021: Sometimes at the supermarket I see workers with big trolleys assembling customer orders for delivery. This approach is …

07 July 2021: I think this is my third night in a row of restless and broken sleep. I’ve been having a good run of sleep lately after …

06 July 2021: SexualHarassment is a bit of a problem by Sharon Murdoch.

06 July 2021: This started well, became a bit suss and then by 66% through was annoying: Last Call (The Janet Black Mystery Series Book 1) …

06 July 2021: Fascinating: Who’s eating New Zealand?: New Zealand produces enough food to feed about 40 million people but given our …

05 July 2021: Today’s International Breakfast was Drop Scones/Scotch Pancakes. I had problems — I had the griddle too hot (the recipe …

05 July 2021: Watching line dance tutorials. I can understand why the instructor wants to face the camera, but then I get very confused: I …

04 July 2021: Someone gave me 18 header images for our community website but at 2400x560 instead of the 1200x280 I needed. I copied all …

04 July 2021: Rabbit ears.

04 July 2021: Hmm, I read The Uniform (Detective Helen Carter Book 1) by Jodie Lawrance. 📚 Set in Edinburgh in the 1970s the relentless …

03 July 2021: Wall decal dots are very cool — I have several in different sizes on the walls. We’re investigating a community art …

02 July 2021: I enjoyed Lowcountry Box Set (A Liz Talbot Mystery) by Susan M Boyer. 📚 I’m not usually into ghosts but this was an …

02 July 2021: The river at Waikawa Beach was pretty high the other day after loads of rain — it had been higher than this photo shows. Then …

02 July 2021: The little silvereyes sure do love the birdfood! 🐦

02 July 2021: In the traditional Māori calendar New Year falls at mid-winter. From next year it’ll be a public holiday: will …

02 July 2021: The frost lingered in shaded spots on the beach, and the track back to the car brought a great view of a snowy peak in the …

02 July 2021: The dogs were right of course! It’s chilly but fabulous down at the beach.

02 July 2021: The dogs are giving me their full-strength ‘take us to the beach’ glares even though it’s only 2C at the moment …

01 July 2021: I’m so pleased to be able to say that today I spent some time sitting on the front deck in the sun reading. It’s …

01 July 2021: Playing ball with a blind dog on the beach Sometimes over the years Sasha 🐶 has had fun chasing a ball along the beach. This photo from 2019 shows her chasing a …

30 June 2021: I try not to get too hung up about language change, but the total loss of a perfectly good word upsets me. I don’t want …

29 June 2021: Having procured pine shavings today I replaced some of the dirty straw in the quail run with a nice deep layer of shavings. I …

29 June 2021: Well, all the smart birds were snugged up in their little beds while I was trying to watch for them today. Wind, rain, cold …

29 June 2021: Even though the weather’s rotten I’m doing my bit this afternoon for the NZ Garden Bird Survey. There are worse things …

29 June 2021: And here we have what seems to have become a daily power cut post. 🤨

28 June 2021: Yay. 😒 Winds gusting to almost 80 Kph and the power’s gone out. I presume a line has come down somewhere. Outage looks …

28 June 2021: So much rain over the weekend localised flooding closed a couple of roads. The Waikawa Beach river’s running very swift …

27 June 2021: Lovely! Loaded up the dishwasher, turned it on and a moment later there was a loud pop and the house went dark. It was just …

27 June 2021: Last night we drove to Palmerston North to celebrate Deb’s recent birthday. Arranged Marriage provided delicious meals from …

26 June 2021: On this cool, grey, rainy day we had our 15th International Breakfast : Churros. Yum! They were light and airy fingerfood. As …

25 June 2021: It’s a Big Cuddle day for Oshi. 🐶

25 June 2021: Hmmm, coming later in 2021 is NCIS: Hawaii: NCIS: Hawaii stars Vanessa Lachey as Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant, …

25 June 2021: I check the global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions every morning. Today’s map shows an amazing air stream …

25 June 2021: What a great short read: Send in the Bugs. The Michelangelos Need Cleaning. The team washed [Night’s] hair with Pseudomonas …

24 June 2021: The local Canada Geese seem to be stirred up by the full moon. They’re flying around honking mightily. Volume up.

24 June 2021: I watched the documentary Lift Like A Girl On a busy, noisy high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly …

24 June 2021: I can understand why an online film festival like Doc Edge Festival 2021 needs to know my birthdate but why on earth was I …

24 June 2021: I thought I’d give Arepa de Queso a try. I had a few glitches, like forgetting the oil till a later step, having the …

23 June 2021: I suspect this is a slightly more distant neighbour’s cat. Such a beauty! A very hasty photo through the window as it …

23 June 2021: Dammit. A Covid+ traveller spent time in Wellington last weekend, so now Wellington region has to move to Alert Level 2. …

22 June 2021: This 6 minute Tom Scott video is well worth a watch: History forgot these old fireworks. We recreated them. Around the old …

22 June 2021: A Kiwi Covid shot part 1 Yesterday I was wiped out by the time I got home. I drove to Levin to drop my car off for new tires, a window fix and a few …

21 June 2021: OK, COVID vaccine part one ✅ Part 2 on 12 July.

20 June 2021: We have some splendid Kāhu Swamp harrier around us. They soar past our lounge window, wings spread and sometimes sit on fence …

19 June 2021: Ambivalent about Pineapple Lies: (Pineapple Port Mysteries 1) by Amy Vansant. 📚 The mystery solving seems to involve mainly …

19 June 2021: Deb and I have been really enjoying (re)watching Scott & Bailey, a British police procedural series. The three lead …

19 June 2021: The best kind of little free community library: The Good Dog Library at the dog park in Levin. 🐶 Love it!

18 June 2021: I’m enjoying this author’s books, including The Girl Who Was Forgotten: (The Shee McQueen Mystery Thriller Series …

18 June 2021: Hooray, just got confirmation after an online booking request: my first Pfizer Covid shot is scheduled for Monday 21 June. 😎 …

17 June 2021: The excellent 2 hour Indian movie Skater Girl brought tears to my eyes several times. The lead character, teenaged Prerna, …

17 June 2021: Ugh. We sold a laptop with a troubled history — described as accurately as we could. We believed it was working fine. 3 weeks …

17 June 2021: This 2-minute video is about the stars of Māori New Year, Matariki, which happens at this time of year. ✨ How to find the …

16 June 2021: The new bike rack arrived and I put it on my car. I checked a few videos about how to do it as the manual helpfully only had …

15 June 2021: Global Extinction of Languages Is Threatening … Human Knowledge: Among 12,495 medicinal uses for plants in indigenous …

15 June 2021: Brunched with a friend at Rosetta Cafe in Raumati South. The Big Brekkie (½ size) meal was superb: sourdough toast, …

14 June 2021: When we drove to Levin in the rain today we were delayed by yet another accident near Ōhau. Fortunately this was a simple …

13 June 2021: This was a darn good read: The Girl Who Wants: (The Shee McQueen Mystery Thriller Series Book 1) by Amy Vansant. 📚 Shee’s …

13 June 2021: This week’s International Breakfast was a risky experiment we won’t repeat. The recipe was more of a memory aid for the …

12 June 2021: Today we went to Paraparaumu for a Line-dancing social. The songs in red were Beginner level (that’s us). There were …

11 June 2021: Hmmm, I enjoyed Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery Book 1) by Elizabeth Logan. 📚 It strained my credulity a bit …

10 June 2021: We had to call on Reggie, our local water guy, to fill our drinking water tank today. I couldn’t tell whether we had …

10 June 2021: Took my car through the carwash for what may be the first time in the 5 or 6 years I’ve owned it. The carwash and blow dry …

10 June 2021: Researchers explored Māori storytelling in spoken word, weaving and carving and found: Polynesian narratives … include …

09 June 2021: Once I finally got myself and the correct gear (nearly left the paddle behind) out on the river I really enjoyed it. …

09 June 2021: I really have been meaning to take my kayak out again and today’s weather leaves me with no excuse. I see it’s …

09 June 2021: Blue beach morning.

09 June 2021: Ordered a tank of water as our rainwater tank is worryingly low. We need 30mm rain every week to cover our needs and forecast …

08 June 2021: First time in my life, I cleaned my bike chain. It’s a messy business, but I think it went OK. 🚴🏼

08 June 2021: Ooooh, multiple timers! Yay!

08 June 2021: I use Siri quite a lot — on-device processing should be a big help. Siri quite often can’t help me when I’m out and …

08 June 2021: Whew, sitting up in bed watching the WWDC 2021 Keynote. Sasha the dog is asleep on the bed. I’m realising just how very …

08 June 2021: The 5 am start for the WWDC 2021 keynote is always a challenge. 🥱

07 June 2021: We had an unusual event at Waikawa Beach this weekend: the launch of a Little Free Library created by a couple of members of …

07 June 2021: Well, that was an interesting experiment. M1 MacBook Pro. I exported my Health data from iPhone. Then I opened the …

07 June 2021: A sea misty morning at the beach today.

06 June 2021: This week’s delicious International Breakfast was Mandazi African Donuts. Although deep fried, they weren’t oily or …

05 June 2021: My friend Anne writes cogently, coherently and interestingly about the Miss Silver mysteries by Patricia Wentworth. Some …

04 June 2021: Whew! A busy day doing various tasks for our local Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association: emails, blog posts, some admin …

03 June 2021: As I watch The Path to Happiness: What Chinese Philosophy Teaches us about the Good Life and learn about so many male …

03 June 2021: Ha ha ha ha ha… The Mitchells vs. the Machines movie was weird, hilarious, bizarre, moving. I loved all the, I don’t …

02 June 2021: Look who I found while weeding. I think it must be a Brown Tree frog - Litoria ewingii: They all have a white stripe along …

02 June 2021: Whew, listed my old S3 Apple Watch for sale. People seem to still be buying them used.

02 June 2021: At first I was excited by the new Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy. Then I looked more closely at the instructors and the …

02 June 2021: Eight black swans: two parents and 6 almost fully grown cygnets. It’s amazing all six babies survived to this age. Soon …

02 June 2021: This one was a bit disappointing: A Simple Case of Murder (Lost in Alaska Book 4) by Leigh Mayberry. 📚 Pretty much everything …

01 June 2021: Today’s International Breakfast, Greek omelet, was delicious. We didn’t have oregano so used mixed herbs. I’d …

31 May 2021: This was so delicious and easy to cook. I used chicken stock rather than plain water. Curried cauliflower & lentil soup …

31 May 2021: This morning I told Deb we’d probably have to buy a tanker of drinking water soon. With only 1.8 mm rain forecast today …

30 May 2021: Another good read: Next of Kin (DI Sarah Quinn Mystery Book 5) by Maureen Carter. 📚 Lisa Webb is beaten and left to drown … …

30 May 2021: Interesting: a successful author who doesn’t read: I was shocked to discover that she creates whatever she reads in her …

29 May 2021: Well, the official results are in from my Ancestry.com DNA test, and surprisingly, I’m not 100% English. Looks like …

28 May 2021: For the past year or more a tiny fatty lump on my neck that I first thought was a pimple slowly grew into a small very …

27 May 2021: I have two more lunar eclipse photos that aren’t too terrible. One about half way in and the other about three quarters to …

27 May 2021: I don’t see astrophotography in my future, but provided you don’t look too closely, this is pretty much the splendid …

26 May 2021: Starting to see the Earth’s shadow encroaching on the face of the moon… It’s about an hour till total eclipse now.

26 May 2021: Trying to get serious with camera settings, tripod etc, and getting the darn thing in focus. Full moon before the eclipse …

26 May 2021: I plan to watch tonight’s total lunar eclipse by eye rather than through a camera lens, but I do want to try for a …

25 May 2021: Things I’m learning about ebike racks. My car has a 1 7/8 tow ball. The E-Rack 2 I’m considering needs a 50mm …

25 May 2021: Reina Pepiada: Venezuelan Arepas with Chicken and Avocado This week’s International Breakfast: Reina Pepiada: Venezuelan Arepas with Chicken and Avocado. We were able to buy the …

25 May 2021: I love the On This Day feature in Micro.Blog. I check mine every day. I’d completely forgotten that a year ago we had an …

24 May 2021: Thinking this might be a bike trip I could do next year: West Coast Wilderness Trail. A friend did it and said it was …

24 May 2021: Concerned by events in [Western] Samoa: Live updates: Samoa’s political crisis deepens where the party voted out in a …

24 May 2021: I enjoyed Lost to the Sea: A Cozy Mystery (Lost in Alaska Book 3) by Leigh Mayberry. Somehow the odd word choices and other …

23 May 2021: Shocking news this afternoon that an office holder on a committee I’m on had a massive heart attack and passed away …

23 May 2021: Well, Deb’s first outing on her new ebike was a success. I helped her learn how to stop and get off — something she’d …

22 May 2021: Called in to Torpedo 7 in Palmerston North to buy a chain cleaning kit for my bike and came out with the kit plus a new Trek …

21 May 2021: Back in early April Deb and I sent off Ancestry.com DNA tests. Finally the DNA is being analysed and we should have results …

21 May 2021: This week I’ve been less tired, had less brain fog and less blurry vision. In the best spirit of changing several factors at …

20 May 2021: Budget Day today in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Labour Government is committed to spending money in all the right places: …

20 May 2021: On my brisk walk today I spotted this impressive ‘beach whare’. I now realise another angle would have made a better photo. …

20 May 2021: Ugh! Waikato Hospital enters third day affected by cyber attack: cyber experts are working to isolate the problem and reset …

19 May 2021: Our local government organisations — Councils — use a system of geographic subdivisions called ‘wards’ that allow …

19 May 2021: Heh, first some wanted to use CQD: dash dot dash dot | dash dash dot dash | dash dot dot This was a political process among …

19 May 2021: Fascinating 25 minute The Allusionist podcast episode: SOS: SOS is a really versatile distress call. You … can tap it out in …

19 May 2021: 🧐 💭 What Chinese Philosophy Teaches us about the Good Life: The heart of compassion is the sprout of humaneness. The heart …

18 May 2021: Another Leigh Mayberry cozy enjoyed, with its endearingly odd language: A Killer Vacation: A Cozy Mystery (Lost in Alaska …

18 May 2021: Today’s village - beach loop walk added resistance training into the mix, courtesy of winds gusting up to 78 Kph at our …

18 May 2021: 👍: Wellington dogs to swap plastic tags for metal 🐶: Wellington’s wagging goodbye to plastic registration tags for …

17 May 2021: Super busy day today. We had 17.5 mm rain: hooray! I’m making progress at line dancing: hooray! Arrangements to launch …

17 May 2021: I listened with great interest to Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius the other day then found my way to the free …

16 May 2021: The 15 year old dogs have trained me to walk at a slow dawdle, with frequent stops, for max 20 minutes. Today I left them at …

15 May 2021: We enjoyed watching Uncle Frank 🎬: Set in the 1970s, Uncle Frank is a road movie about a gay man who confronts his past.

15 May 2021: The privately owned lane we live along (with 4 other parties) needs resurfacing. We had a meeting today to discuss the quotes …

14 May 2021: Soo… we had our first real frost of the year. Mid-May seems a bit early. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Temperature bottomed out around -1.8C. …

13 May 2021: I enjoyed reading A Cold Day for Murder: A Cozy Mystery (Lost in Alaska Book 1) by Leigh Mayberry and am embarking on the …

13 May 2021: Ordered Airtags. After a week or two they were picked up by the courier in China. Nothing, nothing, nothing. 5 days later …

13 May 2021: Concerned when I watched The Flash S07E09. One of the bad-guys, giving people nightmares, had a fullface tattoo. The original …

13 May 2021: Brain-explody: Comparing the world’s most well known locations with NZ’s latitude | WeatherWatch. (Using latitude …

12 May 2021: Already got back the results of my routine blood tests. All good apparently. ✔️

12 May 2021: This is an excellent time of year for taking photos of the neighbour’s gorgeous horse.

12 May 2021: The farmer next door runs hundreds of cows, and 4 sheep. Sometimes random animals also turn up — one year it was a Kunekune …

12 May 2021: I hoped the doctor would remove a small annoying sebaceous cyst for me today, but instead she checked it and made an …

11 May 2021: Uh oh, I take that back. Now the 2016 MacBook Pro can’t load Amazon.com either…

11 May 2021: Hmmm, currently my M1 MacBook Pro refuses to load Amazon.com despite extensive troubleshooting. 2016 MacBook Pro though has …

11 May 2021: This was enjoyable 📚: Frightfully Fortune (Miss Fortune Mysteries Book 20) a dead man gallops through the park on a black …

11 May 2021: I’m unhappy when I spot random bits of plastic, rope or other stuff on our beach, but we have nothing like this level of …

11 May 2021: 💪🏼 ♀ Motherhood on the Battlefield of Death | The Order of the Good Death: For Mesoamerican people childbirth was considered …

10 May 2021: On 05 May I posted about a neighbouring property for sale: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 146 Strathnaver Drive. When we drove past …

09 May 2021: Korean Banchan Our International Breakfast this week was Korean Banchan — Steamed White Rice, Gyeran Jjim, Sigumchi Namul, Pan-Fried …

09 May 2021: Predicted tracks for the LongMarch5B CZ-5B rocket body reentry are narrowing down. Our house is right under one of them (blue …

08 May 2021: Sunrise at about 7.00 this morning was a very intense red.

07 May 2021: Pausing by the river to sit in the sun and fresh air for a bit.

07 May 2021: I enjoyed Dying Bad (DI Sarah Quinn Mystery Book 3) by Maureen Carter. I especially like the way the lead character …

06 May 2021: Each time the chain comes off my bike I’m that bit more adept at putting it back on. Apparently this chain falling off …

06 May 2021: My first attempt at cooking crepes was a definite ‘learning experience’ (ie failure). The pan should have been hotter, the …

06 May 2021: I want to give a huge shoutout to @danielpunkass A recent version of Black Ink let subscribers get the NY Times crossword. It …

05 May 2021: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 146 Strathnaver Drive: 2 bedrooms; 1 bathroom; 50m2 floor area; 3464m2 land area. Buyer Enquiry Over …

05 May 2021: Of course … yesterday I had a new spare house key cut. Today I found the one that had gone missing. 🧐

05 May 2021: This is a superb 8 minute documentary: The typeface that told the stories of Chinese New Zealanders: this set of heavy lead …

05 May 2021: Indeed! If Aotearoa is serious about creating a future that young people can see themselves in, it’s time to divest from a …

04 May 2021: Whew! Drama in our house this morning as Deb spilled half a glass of plain water on her MacBook Pro. Draining, drying, …

04 May 2021: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 61-63 Manga Pirau Street: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 70m2 floor area; 827m2 land area. Two immediate …

03 May 2021: At line dancing class today I was thinking about how learning goes: new new new new new new new new new 🥵 new 🤯 new 🥵 new new …

02 May 2021: I was moaning recently about listing a 2012 MacBook Pro and a 2013 MacBook Pro on our NZ auction website. Actually there were …

02 May 2021: The Ozzies so often do such great movies. Three Summers (Netflix) was brilliantly done: very funny, excellent messages …

02 May 2021: This is an amazing explanation of how combustion engines work, with superb animations. I thought I understood the basics, but …

02 May 2021: Later this month we Kiwis can see a total lunar eclipse. I wrote about it on the blog for the local Waikawa Beach community: …

02 May 2021: Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Beans and Rice) This week’s International Breakfast was Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Beans and Rice). We didn’t have the Salsa …

02 May 2021: Oh crikey. A local asked me to visit to chat about an (excellent) arts project he’d like to do. I knew he’d written …

02 May 2021: Doing errands in Palmerston North yesterday I briskly walked a few blocks and was tired. I realise my daily dawdle with our …

01 May 2021: Wow, the photography on The Year Earth Changed on TV+ is stunning! Photo of capybara. It’s so heartening the world had …

01 May 2021: Hmmm, I finished Blood Stained (Detective Claudia Nunn Book 1) by Rebecca Bradley. While I kept reading to the end it …

01 May 2021: Yesterday I had to pick Deb up from the commuter train at Waikanae. Here it is arriving.

30 April 2021: A new item on my list of things I aim to do: Lake Dunstan Cycle Trail | Central Otago: The 55km Lake Dunstan Trail takes you …

30 April 2021: A nice thing to learn: Rakiura is the Maori name for Stewart Island. It translates as the Land of the Glowing Skies. …

30 April 2021: I’m uncomfortable about Aotearoa New Zealand becoming the “Lord of the Rings” country, attracting tourists with hobbit …

30 April 2021: Whew, heart pounding. A sudden loud noise like a heavy truck right beside me; milliseconds later a quake that rattled loose …

29 April 2021: At a mere 5 minutes per week the That’s What They Say podcast is one anybody can fit in. The episode The language it is …

28 April 2021: I’m selling a 2012 MacBook Pro and a 2013 MacBook Pro. Forgot to take photos until it was almost dark and the screens …

27 April 2021: I thoroughly enjoyed reading @cheri’s latest cozy: The Case of the Red Phantom. With voices from beyond the watery …

27 April 2021: Strange — I had my flu shot almost two weeks ago, but today’s the day I feel that maybe slightly fluey feeling I often get a …

26 April 2021: I really enjoyed The Woman on the Cliff crime thriller by Janice Frost. This plot went to some pretty unexpected places, and …

25 April 2021: Thought-provoking! What Do Doctors Owe To The Dead People They Dissect? If thinking of a dead body as a patient seemed …

25 April 2021: Lablabi (Chickpea Soup) This week’s international breakfast was Lablabi (Chickpea Soup) - Traditional Tunisian Recipe. Even without the caraway …

25 April 2021: Darn! We’re making another International Breakfast today and somehow ground caraway fell off the shopping list (it was …

24 April 2021: And in today’s Wikipedia search failure… The page “Lorena Light-Footed Woman” does not exist. Link to “Lorena, …

24 April 2021: A good watch: the 30 minute documentary Lorena, Light-Footed Woman. Tarahumara woman Lorena runs ultramarathons in her …

24 April 2021: It’s a ghastly cover and a sadistic crime, but I enjoyed reading Mother Love (DI Sarah Quinn Mystery Book 2) by Maureen …

24 April 2021: Never had so many problems before ordering from the Apple website, but have finally achieved it. I just wish I could use …

23 April 2021: I’ve been meaning to clean up the quail run a bit. Today I scraped out some of the poop and old straw etc and added some …

23 April 2021: I’ve been meaning to clean up the quail run a bit. Today I scraped out some of the poop and old straw etc and added some …

23 April 2021: As I thought: As for strapping an AirTag to a pet, Drance says, “If people do that, they just have to make sure that their …

22 April 2021: I enjoy watching The Rookie. Interestingly, S03E10, Man of Honor, gives us 3 separate storylines of men supporting women in …

22 April 2021: This 35 minute interview was so interesting: Lisa Genova: The science of memory and the art of forgetting. I liked this bit: …

21 April 2021: Hooray! — Massive health sector overhaul explained — Aotearoa New Zealand population is ~5 million. Our system is far too …

21 April 2021: Hanging out at the local Library — Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō — after finishing errands while waiting for groomed dogs to …

20 April 2021: The night before grooming. Sasha’s a little unfocused, but Oshi’s looking his cutest. 🐶

20 April 2021: I visited the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Palmerston North. Amazing photos. Such dedication …

20 April 2021: I had the best ever chicken teriyaki at Mr Choi Sushi Bar, 364 Main Street, in Palmerston North. Looked pretty suss but was …

20 April 2021: Excellent and powerful article re TV: Vegas keeps the Māori warrior-gangster trope alive for another generation by Leonie …

20 April 2021: Yay … 😰 75% chance of major Alpine Fault earthquake in next 50 years NZ’s Alpine Fault has a 75% chance of causing a …

20 April 2021: Note for future me, and others in a similar situation: after extensive troubleshooting for why pressing Play on an TV+ …

19 April 2021: Today I visited this fine fellow for a few minutes, as his people are away. Would not look at the camera. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🐈

18 April 2021: I abandoned Coffin Cove (Coffin Cove Mysteries Book 1) by Jackie Elliott about half way through. It didn’t hang …

18 April 2021: Excellent: A Question of Despair (DI Sarah Quinn Mystery Book 1) by Maureen Carter. It was well-written, held my interest so …

18 April 2021: Palak Paneer Paratha Our International Breakfast this week is Paratha from India. We made Palak Paneer Paratha. There was too much just for …

17 April 2021: The neighbour I visited yesterday had this wonderful large orange fungus growing on one of his pine trees.

17 April 2021: Daring Fireball, John Gruber: Crazed Gun Owner Kills 8 at FedEx Warehouse in Indianapolis: So seven people get blood clots …

16 April 2021: Other Monarchs have hatched unobserved, but here’s one I spotted this morning, still fresh out of the chrysalis.

16 April 2021: This statement is gobsmacking: ACC must do better to speed up fossil fuel divestment: We balance our responsibility to …

16 April 2021: Early to bed last night with the blahs, so I watched Work It — a teenage dance film. I liked the notion of the geek girl who …

15 April 2021: Glad I reserved my day after the flu shot for blobbing. I didn’t sleep so well — loads of weird dreams — and am feeling …

15 April 2021: Wow. Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus: She needed grants to pursue ideas that seemed wild and …

14 April 2021: This year’s flu shot done. ✔️ Apparently it has extra ‘goodies’ to stimulate the immune response in over 65s so my arm might …

14 April 2021: Waikawa Beach FOR SALE: 6 James Street. 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 146m² Floor, 812m² Land. Rateable Value: $540,000. To be sold by …

14 April 2021: Starting the day with heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

13 April 2021: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 6 James St: Buyer Enquiry Over $800,000. 3 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 146m2 floor area; 812m2 land area; …

13 April 2021: The other surprise today was the first Monarch Butterfly to emerge from its chrysalis. Such an amazing natural process! 🦋

13 April 2021: While driving past the lake at the end of our road today I was surprised to see our local black swan pair have 6 moderately …

12 April 2021: Busy day! I’m getting better at line dancing, hooray! The easiest dances are OK with me. Every new dance has me falling over …

11 April 2021: We really enjoyed Concrete Cowboy 🎬, though we had to turn on subtitles. a fictionalization of the Fletcher Street Urban …

11 April 2021: The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture by Gail Carriger was a really interesting read. …

11 April 2021: Permanently retiring a 2012 MacBook Pro and a 2013 MacBook Pro. This time I’m remembering to follow the instructions at What …

11 April 2021: Our boy Oshi 🐶 always has to be at the centre of things. If we’re patting Sasha he inserts himself. Your Dog May Get …

11 April 2021: This is interesting: Here’s Why Our Brains Solve Problems by Adding Things, Not Removing: The first thing that comes …

11 April 2021: We enjoyed Thunder Force 🎬: two childhood friends invent a way to become superheroes in a world where criminals have …

10 April 2021: 41 gun salute! Wow. A 41-gun salute will be held in Wellington at midday tomorrow in honour of Prince Philip. www.rnz.co.nz …

10 April 2021: With the Covid vaccine still a couple of months away for me, and winter approaching, it’s time for my free flu shot. …

10 April 2021: We suddenly have new neighbours in our little lane. This extremely tiny ‘tiny house’ turned up today. Presumably for …

09 April 2021: Deb has a complex family and decided to do a DNA test from Ancestry.com.au. I’m keeping her company. Today we spit into the …

08 April 2021: After 1,000 Km my 1 year old electric bike was due thorough maintenance. Dropped it off with the bike guy in Raumati South, …

07 April 2021: I put the spare key to my bicycle battery in A Very Safe Place. Don’t know where that is? Funnily enough, neither do I… …

07 April 2021: Sasha and Oshi are preparing for the synchronised napping competition in the next doggie Olympics. I think they’re in …

07 April 2021: With autumn heading towards winter we’ve cleared nearly everything out of our tunnelhouse. In future we aren’t going to …

06 April 2021: My Sasha has a dream. 🐶

06 April 2021: I’m all caught up on watching For All Mankind on TV+. It was compelling viewing. So glad to know a Season 3 is on the …

05 April 2021: I always have tinnitus. It’s worse when I’m tired. When I’m stressed I don’t get back to sleep after waking in the …

05 April 2021: Glee the Japanese Quail decided to sit on eggs a couple of weeks ago. Her sister Fliss helps occasionally. I thought …

04 April 2021: It’s a miracle! About 10 hours of sleep and I’m not even sick. Amazing. Normally I’m pretty happy if I can get it …

03 April 2021: In getting ahead of things: I’ve changed the analogue kitchen clock, toothbrush clock, 2 cameras, oven clock. Yet to change: …

03 April 2021: I’ve been watching, and enjoying, S01 of For All Mankind. So much smoking and drinking! I’m amazed the astronauts were …

03 April 2021: Today’s a day where I wish I had a Klingon Cloaking Device. I want to be invisible to the world — go for a bike ride …

03 April 2021: Tomorrow’s the day to put the clocks back in Aotearoa New Zealand: Daylight saving ends when clocks go back by 1 hour at 3am …

02 April 2021: I’m remembering that I stopped watching The Flash somewhere in Season 6. I’ve started Season 7, but it’s utterly …

02 April 2021: Just before dawn was too dark for a selfie, but I took one anyway. Apart from missing a day last week, I still do a selfie …

01 April 2021: LOL: Supergirl Recap Episode 601 as Kara points out, “Only four of us can fly.” Which I think is selling themselves a little …

01 April 2021: I loved this 20 minute video — it was such fun. The more I see Janelle Monae perform the more gorgeous I think she is. I love …

01 April 2021: This poor fellow next door has been in my line of vision for quite a while — maybe since yesterday — without moving. Today I …

01 April 2021: So well deserved: How Siouxsie Wiles became ‘the Covid lady’, then New Zealander of the year: microbiologist Dr Siouxsie …

01 April 2021: One of the two lakes at the end of the road was looking so blue this morning!

31 March 2021: Drove a 2-hour round trip (+ time for a couple of quick errands) and took the dogs along. They used to be really good in the …

30 March 2021: Waikawa Beach for sale: 4/17 Strathnaver Drive: Asking price $450,000; 0.50ha Bare Land. Deadline Sale, closing 11am Tuesday …

30 March 2021: I really enjoyed on Netflix the documentary A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman. I’ve long been a fan of Wallace and …

30 March 2021: I try to keep this blog positive but need to vent a bit today about logins. In the good old days you’d use a username …

30 March 2021: hey @help has something changed with the Micro.Blog Mac app? This ‘No more posts’ button wasn’t actually telling the …

30 March 2021: Our friend Willow is visiting for the day. However, Willow, Oshi and Sasha were reluctant to cooperate for a quick photo. 🐶

29 March 2021: Today was the fifth line dancing class I’ve attended and I’m starting to get the hang of it. I wasn’t exhausted from …

29 March 2021: Taumarunui has this striking Moa sculpture at the south end of town. It’s made of small bits of wood — like driftwood, …

28 March 2021: 450 Km to drive home today. We plan to go down through National Park again but then through Whanganui rather than Waiouru. …

28 March 2021: I’d forgotten … Hamilton, home of hot air Balloons.

27 March 2021: On a group outing to Sky City Casino in Hamilton. I’m not a gambler and find the appeal mystifying really. The occasional …

27 March 2021: It’s only a two hour drive from Manunui to Hamilton. First stop Taumarunui for breakfast though.

26 March 2021: Taumarunui, population ~4,500, has a decent Thai restaurant, unlike Levin, population ~20,000. Tom Kha Gai soup FTW.

26 March 2021: Correction: Mahoe Motel is in Manunui, 3 Km south of Taumaranui.

26 March 2021: Kiwi as! Mahoe Motel, Taumarunui.

25 March 2021: A wonderful news story: Auckland Zoo has welcomed 4 new baby Galapagos tortoises. Just look at these little cuties! …

25 March 2021: Regular Expressions — a 2007 intro When @odd mentioned he should learn about Regular Expressions I recalled I once wrote an introductory tutorial for Mac users. …

25 March 2021: Mm, hmm. Opening a 27MB file into BBEdit on my M1 MacBook Pro: “Oh no! Spinning beach…” Done. Scroll, scroll, find. Smooth as …

24 March 2021: This was an interesting 5 minute video: Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French: Shakespeare sounds a certain way. Why? …

24 March 2021: Autumn brings morning mists. It’s actually a lovely way to start the day.

23 March 2021: Ful Medames This week’s International Breakfast was our version of an Egyptian meal: Ful Medames: Ful medames is pre-Ottoman and …

23 March 2021: 12 months ago today Aotearoa New Zealand went into Level 3 shutdown, preparing for Level 4 in 2 days. This year I’m …

23 March 2021: Stunning morning at the beach, still, sunny, no-one around. The sea really was that amazing milky silvery mirror blue.

22 March 2021: Yay! On Wednesday I learn how to make crossword puzzles.

22 March 2021: I was thinking of visiting the Zoo when we make a quick family-related trip soon to Hamilton, and noticed they have Fishing …

22 March 2021: Hey @JohnPhilpin A year ago today you visited me at Waikawa Beach: miraz.me/2020/03/2… 😎

21 March 2021: Almost 48 hours since a sudden new allergy to Nurofen (probably) made my face swell up. Finally the puffiness around my eyes …

21 March 2021: I quite enjoyed Detective Hillary Greene Books 1–5 box set by Faith Martin. There’s something about the female …

21 March 2021: For the longest time I thought we had Banded dotterels at Waikawa Beach but after close investigation I now think they are …

21 March 2021: Really enjoyed Moxie at Netflix: Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds …

20 March 2021: Hmmm, for decades I’ve used Nurofen to help with headaches. Last night I had quite an allergic reaction that we …

20 March 2021: I should have taken some photos of the Pukeko chicks at the nearby lake a couple of weeks ago when they were fluffier. Look …

19 March 2021: Bumblebee, meet pollen.

19 March 2021: It’s not often we see one of these around here. They didn’t stay long. And I’ve never noticed the “Highway …

19 March 2021: A few years ago now I spotted a cop in Wellington who looked like he should have had a note from mum to be off school… So …

18 March 2021: In the middle of this year we hope to be cruising with friends round Rakiura (Stewart Island) at the southern tip of Aotearoa …

18 March 2021: I have now learned the correct way to put the chain back on my bike. Now I need to learn how to remove the chain guard, which …

17 March 2021: I learned Latin for 2 years at school. It’s invaluable for understanding English (and some other languages). However, …

17 March 2021: Yucca in the dunes with Kāpiti Island beyond.

17 March 2021: Oshi eating. 🐶 He’s doing fine now! Even came and lined up for breakfast like he’s supposed to, rather than me …

17 March 2021: Thanks to a word puzzle, today I learned about Machicolation: a floor opening between the supporting corbels of a …

16 March 2021: Oshi update 🐶: he’s still not quite 100% but he’s so much more himself — played with his stuffed duck after dinner, …

16 March 2021: The Monarch caterpillars seemed to arrive late in the season, but they’re growing nicely on our swan plants. Some …

16 March 2021: Teishoku Traditional Japanese Breakfast This week’s International Breakfast was a version of Teishoku Traditional Japanese Breakfast. It was delicious, though …

16 March 2021: Huh!!! One ‘s’!! Just deserts uses this, relatively uncommon, noun form of desert, which may mean “deserved reward or …

16 March 2021: I was intrigued to learn about Complete Knot List | Alphabetical list of all Knots | Animated Knots by Grog, especially since …

15 March 2021: My ‘technique’ for giving dogs pills is 99% torture and 1% luck. 😧 🐶

15 March 2021: Mini Oshi update 🐶: Had to really coax him to eat breakfast. Booked an X-Ray. Drove to vet, put Oshi on the ground and he …

15 March 2021: On safety, and the freedom to walk home: When words fail us. 🔗

15 March 2021: Two years ago today, the terror attack in Christchurch — Muslim community to pray in private on anniversary of attacks.

14 March 2021: So, what's up with Oshi? 🐶 For the last few days we've been struggling with what's wrong with Oshi. Last weekend we thought his bottom was worrying him …

14 March 2021: Waikawa Beach recently sold, apparently ~$950,000 — 13 Strathnaver Drive. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Floor area: 96 …

14 March 2021: It’s one of those fabulous autumn days: cold start, clear sky, warm sun (cooler breeze), waves as gentle as a holiday …

14 March 2021: Waikawa Beach For Sale: 111 Strathnaver Drive. Asking price $895,000 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 177m² Floor, 0.36ha Land. 111 …

13 March 2021: We’ve seen mysterious lights up in the hills at dawn. I finally grabbed the binoculars (and then my zoom lens) for a …

13 March 2021: Oshi update: his symptoms are puzzling. We’ve come home with Rilexine® Palatable tablets - Easy to give tasty antibiotics | …

13 March 2021: Oshi still seems pretty unhappy and uncomfortable. We have another appointment with the vet booked for lunchtime. 🐶

12 March 2021: Oshi’s latest medication: APOQUEL® (oclacitinib tablet) Allergy Medicine for Dogs: If your dog is scratching, licking, …

12 March 2021: Hooray! : NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover @NASAPersevere: Mission scientists worked with a Navajo (or Diné) engineer on …

12 March 2021: We had an unexpected visit to the vet this morning to sort out Oshi’s ‘bottom’ problem. We came home with a …

11 March 2021: Looks like I’ll be getting my Covid vaccine sometime around mid-year: When, how and where do you get your Covid-19 …

11 March 2021: Funds are tight this year so I’ll be closing down my separate lovewaikawabeach.nz blog as the domain name and …

11 March 2021: For Sale: 60 Sarah St, Waikawa Beach. Enquiries over $650,000. 2 Beds; 1 Bath; 70m² Floor; 988m² Land. 60 Sarah …

10 March 2021: I made a big mistake this morning: with my phone beside the dog food bowls I played a podcast episode while I organised food. …

10 March 2021: 🤯🤯🤯🤯 Aaaargh! Internet / computer networking is utterly beyond my capabilities. The more I read how-to’s and reviews of …

09 March 2021: Russian Sweet Cheese Pancakes Syrniki This weeks International Breakfast (at lunchtime) was Russian Sweet Cheese Pancakes Syrniki (Made with Curd Cheese), which we …

09 March 2021: Cool 4-minute video: Why Real Explosions Don’t Look Like Movie Explosions.

09 March 2021: The whole article is an easy and interesting read, but especially: I’m glad I didn’t give up 10 years ago to fit someone …

08 March 2021: It seems late in the season for it, but we finally have Monarch Butterfly caterpillars on our Swan Plants.

08 March 2021: On the property just past our neighbours there’s building work happening. I suspect they’re laying a concrete …

07 March 2021: Excellent! Lucy Lawless bringing My Life Is Murder local spin-off to TVNZ a contemporary mystery drama with a compelling …

07 March 2021: We watched the amazing and very moving documentary Sherpa: explores some of the Sherpa culture and their spiritual …

07 March 2021: This very long read is riveting and thought-provoking: Deliverance From 27,000 Feet. 5 Sherpas surrounded the frozen corpse. …

06 March 2021: Yesterday Waikawa Beach was under a Beach and Marine Threat Warning, while parts of the northeast of Aotearoa New Zealand …

06 March 2021: I’ve signed up for a free crossword puzzle creating class as mentioned at Puzzle 25: Animal Crackers. Not until April, but …

05 March 2021: At the start of Fortune Funhouse (Miss Fortune Mysteries Book 19) by Jana DeLeon I thought some plot tropes were wearing …

05 March 2021: My friend Jan took this photo of Sasha and Oshi. 🐶

05 March 2021: This map from RadioNZ shows better where the three quakes have been. We only felt the first, but there are tsunami and …

05 March 2021: Shaky times: the first earthquake around 0230 today was offshore New Zealand. Since then though have been two more huge …

05 March 2021: That far away shake certainly woke us all up! It started with long light shaking then wound up to long strong shaking. In the …

04 March 2021: A power cut last week led our Belling 60cm Freestanding Double Oven to misbehave: clock blinked, hob worked, top oven worked. …

03 March 2021: Cool: symptoms of ‘the UK variant’ of Covid-19 in several languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi as well as Māori, …

03 March 2021: Last night we drove to Feilding with friends for dinner at Amayjen. It was our friend Jan’s birthday. Food was great, …

03 March 2021: Grooming day for Sasha and Oshi (and, not shown, me). Oshi refused to look at the camera, but Sasha’s a very obliging girl. 🐶

02 March 2021: Swedish Breakfast As we continue our weekly International Breakfast series … last week it was Mexican Huevos Rancheros and this week …

02 March 2021: It’s annoying to come home from a brief walk and find I have to brush piripiri out of Sasha’s coat. Nasty little …

01 March 2021: Today I attended a line dancing class for the first time and learned: I have no sense of rhythm I can count to 1 It was …

28 February 2021: Finished reading Secrets on the Fens by Joy Ellis, one of my favourite authors. Another excellent read! 📚 the bodies …

28 February 2021: It’s the last day of meteorological summer and blimmin hot. My temperature gauge that I don’t trust says 27C. A …

28 February 2021: For the last day of the photo challenge I thought I’d look up one of the first digital photos I took — with a Fujifilm DX-5. …

27 February 2021: The farmer seems to be seeding the paddocks next door — perhaps with grass as he usually keeps dry stock (beef) on there. …

27 February 2021: Round here the male pheasants enjoy pompasetting their finest colours and longest tail feathers. #27

26 February 2021: Ahhh, finally figured out what I keep doing while reading Kindle in bed that changes the font size: pinch out to make text …

26 February 2021: I pretty much enjoyed The Rings of Grissom: Tales of a Former Space Janitor by Julia Huni, but I preferred the preceding …

26 February 2021: Yesterday I took some polystyrene beans out of this dog bed so it’s not so solid and high. One of Oshi’s …

25 February 2021: I never knew real sourdough was a very different thing from mass produced bread, but this excellent interview clarified …

25 February 2021: The beach code: protect the native plants that hold dunes together by keeping to the tracks. Europeans planted exotic marram …

24 February 2021: Aha! We’re at Batwoman S02E05 and it’s really cranking. I’m coming to very much like Alice, and the other …

24 February 2021: Micro.Blog Feature request: while we wait for some kind of timeline position sync across devices, how about giving us some …

24 February 2021: Ah, today I have a chance to revisit one of my baby Japanese Quail. Here she is sitting on a plastic lid filled with water, …

23 February 2021: Yesterday we went for a little walk at Papaitonga Scenic Reserve, only 20 minutes drive from here. The lake and the …

23 February 2021: Māori facial tattoos (tā moko) are very special with huge ancestral and spiritual significance. But the custom nearly …

23 February 2021: Paradise!

23 February 2021: Banana: Not a banana: #23

22 February 2021: We watched and enjoyed News of the World, with Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel. It’s an appropriately slow-moving, …

22 February 2021: Some people have a lot of trouble with how to spell my name. The z at the end drifts all over the place, and sometimes is …

21 February 2021: In September 2018 we were holidaying in Niue, where I tried a little snorkelling (with a full-face mask). I love the colours …

20 February 2021: We enjoyed watching Finding ‘Ohana. No surprises, of course — it was a kind of junior Indiana Jones — but it did seem …

20 February 2021: Took out my laptop at a cafe to fill in an hour waiting for my bike’s gears to be fixed. Panicked when I saw it had …

20 February 2021: I’m feeding a friend’s chooks for a few days. From her place this morning I spotted this low cloud covering a sliver of …

19 February 2021: In Aotearoa New Zealand it’s a challenge for our native fauna to stay alive under the onslaught from exotic pests such …

18 February 2021: Here’s a picture from my recent Photo Workshop day at Pūkaha Mt Bruce. The battery on my Fuji X-T2 died about 6 hours …

18 February 2021: For NZ$100 we bought this 1,000 litre plastic tank from the local licorice factory. It was used to ship vegetable derived …

18 February 2021: This is a perfect day to be at home. Blue sky and sunshine, a little birdsong and an occasional cicada, otherwise quiet, no …

18 February 2021: Out of nowhere this morning I started humming The Tornados - Telstar (1962) a hit from my youth. I was 7 years old when this …

17 February 2021: Glad I gave S2 of Batwoman a try after struggling through S1. Alice is less mad, gruesome and sadistic and more interesting …

17 February 2021: I was having difficulties sending some texts on my new Mac. Turned out I needed to check the settings on my iPhone. I also …

17 February 2021: Our unexpected visitors last night had spent 5 hours on a 3-hour ferry trip from the South Island. Fierce gales left most …

17 February 2021: From earlier this year. Our river is tidal, but on this day it was really still. Looking southwestish towards the sea. #17

16 February 2021: The erudite amongst us may know this is a very fine Giant Galapagos Tortoise — a huge animal I loved seeing at the zoo in …

15 February 2021: It’s one of those mornings where the sea is almost mill-pond calm. The damp sand caught Sasha’s reflection as I …

14 February 2021: Well New Zealand has a community Covid case today so: Auckland moves to alert level 3, rest of New Zealand to level 2 for a …

14 February 2021: I enjoyed reading Spoils of the Dead (Liam Campbell Book 5) by Dana Stabenow. I love her descriptions of Alaska and the life …

14 February 2021: Around 2001 compassion led us to adopt Olive the cat when her owners moved overseas from next door. However, we made a huge …

13 February 2021: I was out of the house by 6 am for the Photography Workshop at Pūkaha Wildlife centre. Home by 7 pm. Made hundreds of photos, …

13 February 2021: Here’s a green gecko to make up for my blue. Look at those ‘teeth’!

13 February 2021: Hmm. That wasn’t the Tui brewery in my last post. It was simply a Fonterra milk factory. 🤦🏽‍♀️

13 February 2021: This is the brewery in Pahiatua where they make Tui beer. (I think) #13: make

12 February 2021: As my friend Rachel so rightly pointed out: It’s a good day : because I woke up :) Ageism is death!

12 February 2021: I just wrote this to a friend and realised it belongs here too: One of my latest philosophies: every wake-up is a fresh …

12 February 2021: Well, this is so sporg : tomorrow I drive to Pūkaha Wildlife Reserve for a photography workshop. It’s only 42 Km away as the …

11 February 2021: On the way home one of my favourite things about living in the country: I had to stop and wait for a herd of cows to cross …

11 February 2021: My dentist office has this handy X-ray machine stowed against the wall. Today I had a crown put on one tooth — a very quick …

10 February 2021: Apart from my normal backup external hard drive, I’ve accumulated 4 drives over the years which contain assorted uncatalogued …

10 February 2021: Ferries cross the notorious waters of Cook Strait between Aotearoa New Zealand’s North and South Islands. In 1978 at …

09 February 2021: This is not the right time of year (🌞😎) to find muddy things in Aotearoa New Zealand, so for today’s photo prompt this …

09 February 2021: Unfortunately people bring trail bikes and quad bikes onto the beach and they like to do ‘donuts’. It seems the sand …

08 February 2021: It takes ages but I’ve got time… I like setting up a new Mac afresh as it gives me the chance to reevaluate settings …

08 February 2021: Ricotta Pancakes Inspired by @flish cooking meals from different countries and wanting a weekly ‘date’ with Deb, we’re …

08 February 2021: This year is … different. I haven’t seen or heard a frog in our garden for a while. A Southern Bell Frog, Litoria …

07 February 2021: After exhausting myself washing down the east side of our house I was craving a strong brew of gunpowder green tea. Clean …

06 February 2021: “Sport” is pretty much the antonym of “Miraz”, but once in a while I take my kayak a little way up Waikawa Stream. …

05 February 2021: I was worried I’d been too heavy handed with the marmite on my sandwich, but it worked out OK in the end. White bread …

05 February 2021: Given how much time it spends on my lap, and the care and attention I lavish on it, I think it’s fair to claim my …

05 February 2021: I’ve been using the Atkinson Hyperlegible Font | Braille Institute for a while now and really like it: it focuses on …

04 February 2021: A new mid-winter public holiday for Aotearoa New Zealand: Matariki holiday date announced: The first annual Matariki public …

04 February 2021: I’m finding Season 2 of Batwoman much less gross than Season 1 and am enjoying the play of attitudes towards an …

04 February 2021: Two sides of the stick. This fine girl was on our front door at dawn. Quite long — I didn’t measure, but perhaps a hand …

04 February 2021: My Japanese Quail are fantastic layers. With at least 12 hours of daylight they each lay one egg every day. Impossible to get …

03 February 2021: This morning’s inversion layer looked pretty good moments before sunrise.

03 February 2021: Can animals really predict earthquakes? data showed that the animals were unusually restless hours (up to 20 hours!) before …

03 February 2021: Using a 2012 MacBook Pro while I wait for my new one. I didn’t install anything that isn’t essential. I had to have …

03 February 2021: Woohoo, my new MacBook Pro is closer. Can’t wait to get set up on the new machine so I can stop using this temporary …

03 February 2021: The weedspraying getup, backpack, long-sleeved shirt etc are hot, heavy, make me breathe hard and sweat a lot — horrible! But …

02 February 2021: Tonight I actually thought to come down to the beach to watch the sunset. Picnic table is working well.

02 February 2021: Morning Beverage: Premium China White Snowbuds, in the sun, on the deck. #2

01 February 2021: There are several baby rabbits that live near our front door. They just don’t seem to be getting bigger and are fairly …

01 February 2021: I was reminded that I bought my electric bike exactly one year ago. So far I’ve ridden it for 880 Km, and it’s …

01 February 2021: Oh, well said! — Anniversary days are vestiges of occasions now disregarded and obscure. Let’s replace them with something …

01 February 2021: I was saying to Deb that Anniversary Days are colonial and should go. Now: Why NZ’s outdated regional anniversaries should be …

01 February 2021: February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge: #1 close up — sand scarab tracks. 📷

31 January 2021: I am deeply suspicious about that number of messages in my email InBox.

31 January 2021: A very happy blue morning at the beach. A (rare for this summer) perfectly blue sky, no wind, tiny waves. Kāpiti Island in …

30 January 2021: We watched and enjoyed Alaska Is a Drag. 🎬 It’s an off-beat, curious but intriguing movie about a gay guy and his twin …

30 January 2021: Good to see this: Tailor-made hijab now part of NZ Police uniform for Muslim female officers: Females of the Muslim faith, …

30 January 2021: I’ve just enjoyed another excellent Kat Voyzey Mystery from @cheri: Cutting the Track! Cheri’s craft is really …

30 January 2021: OK, as a dog owner I have something to say to other dog owners. If your dog comes up to mine to ‘play’ and I know …

30 January 2021: I enjoyed All Together Now, a happy-ending movie about a super-angelic homeless teen, the tragedy that takes her off-course, …

29 January 2021: At last they’ve stopped polishing my new MacBook Pro and now they’re lovingly handcrafting the box.

29 January 2021: Today the electrician wired in the UV filter we had installed just before Christmas. He cut out a section of the …

28 January 2021: Our garage was put up about 4 years ago and the personal access door lock has been a pain ever since. We just left it …

27 January 2021: Good news about our dishwasher: a 2-hour empty hotwash followed by a 2-hour hotwash with cleaner might have sorted the …

27 January 2021: Fascinating 25 minute video about how Aotearoa New Zealand uses genome sequencing data to guide policy and public response to …

26 January 2021: On Sunday I used Drafts Pro on my iPad to take notes at a meeting. I’d started the note on my Mac. Somehow what I wrote …

26 January 2021: In today’s dumb move: our dishwasher has been failing to clean the dishes. Step one is to buy a cleaner and run it …

26 January 2021: I haven’t had a pan au chocolat for a very long time. This is a great size for a mug of tea too. Yum. Thanks The Gorge in …

25 January 2021: Every summer our beach community runs a Sand Sculpture competition, with categories for little kids, older kids, families. …

25 January 2021: I often long for the ‘good old days’ when I could just enter a username and password to log on to a website.

25 January 2021: My gorgeous Sasha. 🐶

25 January 2021: The Kiwi accent [is] one of the most variable accents in the world… “Over the last 120 years every single vowel has changed …

24 January 2021: There is so much to Wow about and to quote in this article: Scooped: The history of ice cream in New Zealand. Just go and …

24 January 2021: Reminder to self — when my new M1 MacBook Pro eventually arrives, install this: Hush: Noiseless Browsing for Safari.

23 January 2021: We really enjoyed So My Grandma’s a Lesbian!, another Spanish movie: When Eva’s grandmother decides to marry her …

23 January 2021: Using algorithms, machine learning, and satellite technology for good: A New Method Has Been Enlisted to Help Save Elephants, …

23 January 2021: I enjoyed Holy Camp! a bizarre Spanish comedy musical: two 17-year-old girls spend summer at the camp they have attended …

23 January 2021: Good point: only the impossible problems make their way to the [leader’s desk]. Everything that’s clean and easy? That …

22 January 2021: The Ōtaki Festival of Pots opened today, and I bought a garden ornament of 3 birds on driftwood: a Tūī, a Kereru and a …

21 January 2021: I’ve never before paid the slightest attention to the inauguration of any US President, but today I watched the event live on …

20 January 2021: I frequently admire our neighbour’s large Tīkouka or cabbage tree. What a fine specimen!

20 January 2021: Something to keep in mind — You Are Dying Every Day: It’s easy to see death as this thing that lies off in the distant …

19 January 2021: The Shoreline movie theatre in Waikanae is one of those small ones with two-seater couches. Since our last visit they have …

19 January 2021: What an excellent movie! A Call to Spy: inspired by the true stories of three women who worked as spies in Churchill’s …

19 January 2021: Processing: I’m imagining some factory worker in China polishing the Apple logo, dusting off the chips, inspecting the …

18 January 2021: What I currently miss most from my 2016 MacBook Pro: using my fingerprint to unlock 1Password. I’m so sick of typing the …

18 January 2021: Somehow I blocked all cookies in Safari on my 2012 MacBook Pro and couldn’t log in to anywhere. Before I figured it out …

18 January 2021: I’m using my ‘new’ old 2012 MacBook Pro while I wait for my new M1 model to be shipped. Even though I’m doing …

18 January 2021: I came to very much enjoy The Complete Tyrone Swift Mysteries seven gripping crime thrillers by Gretta Mulrooney after some …

18 January 2021: Waiting for a routine vet check. 🐶

17 January 2021: Our visiting friends have now left on the next stage of their motorcycle tour. These two bikes looked pretty good in our …

17 January 2021: After the tide had gone down and the heavy rain stopped my friend with the tractor took the old picnic table onto the beach …

17 January 2021: We inherited a picnic table but never use it — we have another better one. A neighbour has an ancient tractor he uses to take …

16 January 2021: Phew, short on sleep, and with visiting friends to consider, I forgot to take a suitable photo of Lake Papaitonga when we had …

15 January 2021: Whew, with visitors arriving shortly, my room has had its most thorough clean in ages. I even pulled furniture out to vacuum …

15 January 2021: Ahh, photos… Here’s one reason the food at Ha’atafu Resort in Tonga was fabulous: staff caught fresh fish in the …

15 January 2021: I had totally misremembered this photo taken in 2012 at Ha’atafu Resort in Tonga. This may be the best solution for avoiding …

15 January 2021: Folks, @cheri’s Kat Voyzey series is one of my favourites and now there’s the Kat Voyzey Flash Sale. The first …

14 January 2021: Here are Oshi and Sasha after grooming. Oshi wasn’t being cooperative again. Check out the before. 🐶

14 January 2021: With my computer screen full of unwanted horizontal lines, it’s hard to see photos properly. However, if you think this …

14 January 2021: Yesterday the Kohitere Forest walk fitted perfectly into my afternoon. Finding the address to start from was super hard: it’s …

14 January 2021: On today’s agenda: getting a filling in a top left tooth and part one of a crown at top right, at the back. 🦷 $$$$ 🥵 …

13 January 2021: Near the top of the hill I have a phone signal. Here I turn around whether I reached the top or not. 1 hour back to the car …

13 January 2021: I want user-centred guides to trails: you want a 1 hour easy walk? Try Walk X. A steep walk needing superfit? Try Walk Q. …

13 January 2021: Probably anyone old enough to remember computer manuals will recall the earliest versions: File menu - New, makes a new doc; …

13 January 2021: I rarely change my blog design, but @odd inspired me today. Before and after shots. The new text links to @odd’s …

13 January 2021: Thanks to all for the affirmations on my Micro.Blog third anniversary. 😊 This is truly a wonderful community and my decision …

13 January 2021: Apparently this is my 3 year anniversary of posting on Micro.Blog. What a good choice that was! Thanks On This Day for the …

13 January 2021: A while back the Council erected (needless and incorrect) speed signs nearby then removed the signs but left the posts. Now …

12 January 2021: Whew. That 20 minute drive home from the supermarket took me around 4.25 hours thanks to the road being closed. I spent a …

12 January 2021: After listening to the whole of the latest Core Intuition without getting noticeably closer to home I turned back and am …

12 January 2021: Second time in just a few weeks that my trip home from the supermarket takes hours. 😒 SH1 ŌHAU, MANAWATŪ-WHANGANUI - CRASH - …

12 January 2021: John Gruber’s turn of phrase here really made me laugh — Why Parler Is Likely to Fold: Always seemed pretty obvious …

11 January 2021: Intriguing to find sand sculpting like this on dry sand up the beach rather than by the water.

11 January 2021: At first I thought this was an old banana peel discarded on the beach. Then I noticed the teeth! I don’t know what the …

11 January 2021: hey @jean I enjoyed Voyager Revisited | Organics Are So Revolting (Episode 21) with Shelly Brisbin. I’d never noticed …

11 January 2021: This photo should show how my MacBook Pro screen has horizontal lines where the same stuff on my iPad doesn’t. First time …

11 January 2021: Usually I’d be very excited about ordering a new MacBook Pro. But, I’d hoped to wait until the 15” model M1 …

10 January 2021: These two were about to get dinner and not being very co-operative. However, they’re due for a groom in a few days and …

10 January 2021: We enjoyed the final episode of Star Trek: Discovery Season 3. Great visuals and action, satisfying story wrap-up. It’s …

10 January 2021: Interesting SciShow video: Tapputi-Belatekallim: The First Chemical Engineer: A perfumer from Ancient Babylon named …

10 January 2021: Last night we went with friends for dinner at Longbeach Cafe in Waikanae. Then we took a short sunset stroll on the beach. …

08 January 2021: Such an interesting and practical podcast episode: Dump Your Inner Drill Sergeant: why being a nasty drill sergeant to …

07 January 2021: Sasha had a vet checkup as we’ve had a few small concerns about her health. 🐶 She’s to join Oshi in taking Carprieve …

07 January 2021: Re the US riots in progress in DC right now: there are huge numbers of law enforcement there. Why don’t they start …

06 January 2021: We really enjoyed our 2 hour Whanganui River Cruise aboard the coal-fired steam-powered paddle boat Waimarie. Recommended! …

06 January 2021: Off for a river cruise on a paddle boat steamer in Whanganui.

05 January 2021: I really dislike crime shows and thriller books which feature serial killers and prolonged scenes (or any scenes) of torture …

05 January 2021: I say I’ve never been on a cruise, but … in 1963 we emigrated from England. We travelled as 5 members of only a dozen …

05 January 2021: Excited: our big trip for 2021 is confirmed: in July a five night Rakiura (Stewart Island) cruise with 30 other passengers. …

05 January 2021: Uh oh. As of yesterday (intermittently) I need to know MacBook Pro Display Problems: Horizontal Lines: If your MBP has …

04 January 2021: Double-tap hack for launching the Covid barcode scanning app on iPhone — slightly embarrassed I had to watch and learn all …

04 January 2021: Well, that’s interesting. If you press the Listen icon in Google Translate you hear the text at (probably) normal …

03 January 2021: This seems a rather handy guide: Here’s How to Watch The Most Spectacular Meteor Showers of 2021. ☄️

03 January 2021: We’ve so much enjoyed Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery. There is one nail-biting episode left to go. Can they fix the …

03 January 2021: I haven’t posted any photos of my two remaining Japanese quail for a bit, so here are Fliss and Glee. 🐦

03 January 2021: Woohoo, booked a birthday treat for myself in February: Wildlife Photography Workshop at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, a 2 …

02 January 2021: I’ve been hearing a bird with a call that sounds like a piercing ‘pee you, pee you’. It’s taken me a while to track it …

02 January 2021: Yay! I combined Mars Edit, AppleScript, Keyboard Maestro and BBEdit to establish that yes, indeed, I posted at least once per …

01 January 2021: Strine as! The Merger was extremely funny and infinitely more enjoyable than I expected. If you don’t speak Australian …

01 January 2021: I still take a selfie every day, but rarely post them here. Here’s my New Year’s Day selfie for Friday 01 January …

31 December 2020: Concluded my year by watching the just past full moon rising golden from behind a hillock. What a gorgeous way to transition …

31 December 2020: I was down at the lake taking photos of the Royal Spoonbills when this Matuku, White-faced heron, arrived. 🐦

31 December 2020: Unless you actively hate dogs I’m certain this video from WeRateDogs will bring you 7 minutes of joy: The Dogs of 2020: in a …

30 December 2020: Pohutukawa or Rata in flower — I can’t tell the two types of tree apart. Also, this morning, I planted a tiny Kowhai tree. …

29 December 2020: Flax bushes are great. Birds, native and exotic, feed on the flowers. But the fibrous, stringy, tough leaves are hard to cut …

29 December 2020: This is a great round-up post from feminist academic, Debbie Cameron: Not unprecedented: 2020. Her posts are always …

28 December 2020: Ahh, rewatched Warehouse 13 S01E01. It’s a fun show and I’m looking forward to watching more. a team of field …

28 December 2020: The great thing about summer this year is that I don’t have to get up super-early to take the dogs out before it gets …

27 December 2020: After reading several comments from Micro.Bloggers and this review I Wish “Wonder Woman 1984” Had Been About Wonder Woman, …

27 December 2020: Humans Used to Sleep in Two Shifts, And Maybe We Should Start It Again: 💤 Some believe sleep disorders, like sleep …

27 December 2020: Wow, I’ve kept a log every day for over a year. Usually that kind of thing falls apart fairly quickly. I’ve also posted …

26 December 2020: Oh boy, reading with a sharp eye a book by an American author and discovering innumerable fine and subtle potential …

25 December 2020: We really enjoyed Netflix ☛ The Grizzlies. 🎬 Based on a true story, … depicts a youth lacrosse team set up to help combat an …

25 December 2020: Three desserts from Christmas lunch.

24 December 2020: Yesterday we took the red car through the touch-free carwash in Palmerston North.

24 December 2020: Yesterday I visited the Wildbase Recovery in Palmerston North and saw this Kākā. The facility is amazing, helping wild birds …

23 December 2020: These ducklings in the gardens in Palmerston North were very bold. 🐦

22 December 2020: The hunt in the next door paddock. Rabbit on the left eats grass. Wild ginger cat on the right lies in wait. 🐇 🐈 The dash for …

22 December 2020: Our favourite dog pal Willow is visiting for the day. 🐶

22 December 2020: Milk.

21 December 2020: Hey @macgenie all good with you? Haven’t seen you on Micro.Blog for a few days… Just checking in…

21 December 2020: Another superb Aussie movie: Ride Like a Girl 🎬: Michelle Payne … became the first woman to ride the winner of the Melbourne …

21 December 2020: Tonight, Jupiter And Saturn Will Appear Closer Than They’ve Been in 800 Years: Jupiter and Saturn … between 16-25 …

20 December 2020: In a hilarious rabbit hole today I learned about Ruffles and flourishes 📯🥁and how Hail to the Chief came to be. Loved this: …

20 December 2020: We came home near sunset last night. Just before driving into the village we spotted this lit up Christmas tree in a paddock. …

19 December 2020: Somehow we organised two meals out on one day. For the first time ever I had beignets. Delicious. At Quarter Acre restaurant …

19 December 2020: Brunch with 10 longtime friends at Field & Green in Wellington. I had a very delicious Smashed peas & avocado, with …

19 December 2020: Found this illegal fire on the beach this morning. Presumably still burning after last night. I covered it with sand as best …

18 December 2020: We enjoyed watching The Prom. Music, dancing, feel good, lesbians, happy ending. There are worse ways to spend a couple of …

18 December 2020: OK, fellow Star Trek (Original Series) fans, give this a try: Star Force: Sci-Fisolation. LOL 🖖🏼 Read up about it at Star …

17 December 2020: … Writing the monthly-ish community newsletter. But first I have to make sure the community blog posts are up-to-date so the …

17 December 2020: Ages ago I used to have a bank account with ASB / Bank Direct. Today they called and said they needed to pay me $11.94 for …

17 December 2020: Oh dear, Fiji — Severe Cyclone Yasa (Cat5) expected to make landfall in Fiji late today one of the most powerful [cyclones] …

16 December 2020: If you wondered about that red car stuck on our beach (Sometimes people drive along the beach), read how things worked out at …

16 December 2020: Thank you @NetNewsWire for allowing me to Undo Mark All (feeds) Read when I intended to simply apply it to only one feed. …

16 December 2020: Here’s one for @macgenie and others: “Hey Siri, what does a guinea pig sound like?” Apple’s Siri can now make animal …

15 December 2020: Ah, ‘tis the season of the Christmas bunny. Falalalalah lah lah lah lah.

15 December 2020: In the maw of the monster.

15 December 2020: Neck bending competition this way! 🐦 Pied shags by the river.

15 December 2020: Today the dogs and I drove to the village, crossed the footbridge and walked down beside the river to view the abandoned sunk …

14 December 2020: Flossing for a dentist visit tomorrow. Months ago, during Shutdown, a bit of tooth fell off a filling at the back — no pain …

14 December 2020: Here’s the longer story about that Oystercatcher egg. The dogs and I were walking from the beach track to the river …

14 December 2020: Variable oystercatcher / tōrea pango — bird and egg. Eggs bigger than a hen’s egg; birds smaller than a hen. (Bird …

13 December 2020: From: Semicolon: How a misunderstood punctuation mark can improve your writing, enrich your reading and even change your life …

13 December 2020: From Semicolon… Having a more advanced knowledge of a language provides a wonderful opportunity to be welcoming and …

13 December 2020: From Semicolon… The semicolon represents a way to slow down, to stop,**** and to think; it measures time more… ****A stop …

13 December 2020: I had so much fun reading Semicolon: How a misunderstood punctuation mark can improve your writing, enrich your reading and …

12 December 2020: I had no idea! 🎬 How New Zealand’s film industry boomed during the pandemic: According to the New Zealand Ministry of …

12 December 2020: There are worse places to be stuck in traffic than beside a vineyard.

12 December 2020: My trip home from the supermarket today includes an hour or two wait because the only road is blocked. 😒

11 December 2020: Link: Truncating only posts with titles on Micro.blog - The Jayeless Micro Blog Micro.blog Help has a guide to showing …

11 December 2020: Excellent movie: Misbehaviour. I was 15 when this happened, 50 years ago! 🎬 1970 Miss World took place in London, hosted by …

11 December 2020: I’m so much enjoying the daily readings of Maria Dahvana Headley’s translation of Beowulf. Some readers are better than …

10 December 2020: I really enjoyed The Complete Merry & Neal Mysteries 6 gripping crime thrillers by Janice Frost. Well-written, they held …

09 December 2020: Yes, you do want to watch this. A Canadian teenager … won a major scientific competition for an electrifying YouTube video …

09 December 2020: Guess what! Female birds sing too. We’ve Been Ignoring Female Birdsong for Centuries: Birdsong has historically been …

09 December 2020: If nothing else, this must-listen, wonderful 32 minute interview will explain how a semicolon shut down bars in Boston, US, …

09 December 2020: I’m totally a fan of vaccines, but was suspicious about the speed of potential Covid-19 vaccines perhaps making them unsafe. …

08 December 2020: The Maiden Statement by new Green MP Teanau Tuiono was funny and inspiring. He pointed out that the lifts in the Beehive look …

08 December 2020: I found this photo of me at Massey Memorial, 27 March 1989, just after I moved to Wellington. One of two times in my life …

07 December 2020: At high tide the estuary was full. A bunch of the shags that normally hang out in the trees near the footbridge instead chose …

06 December 2020: Our household water (rainwater) is now filtered to remove particles and then passed through a UV filter light to kill …

05 December 2020: Kiwis: I only just discovered Safe Night. Let’s spread the word and help women get a safe night free of family violence …

04 December 2020: The Tribe is a Spanish comedy. It had some adult themes but was fun. Good dancing too. The human resources director of a …

04 December 2020: Sometimes people drive along the beach, which is legally a road for historical reasons, and through the usually shallow …

03 December 2020: Absolutely magnificent: Rawiri Waititi Maiden Statement. In a very powerful speech, he insisted that Te Tiriti o Waitangi …

03 December 2020: So relieved — I’m a ‘daytime sleepy’: Not Just Morning Larks And Night Owls: The 6 chronotypes … include the established …

02 December 2020: I really enjoyed chatting with @macgenie on the Voyager Revisited podcast 20: Voyager’s Lower Decks about Good …

01 December 2020: Ahhh, the pack’s complete. Sasha and Oshi welcomed Deb home from work last night. 🐶

01 December 2020: Disappointed that this seems to be only in the RSS feed and not the web version — Strong winds, heavy rain causing havoc in …

30 November 2020: This Spanish movie was on thin ice with its premise, but it was very funny. Everyone was odd. 🎬 Lo nunca visto. The village …

30 November 2020: Covid bust one of our major News media companies. The new owner writes: Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: Stuff’s day of …

29 November 2020: So Holiday Rush wasn’t great. The highlight was Sonequa Martin-Green. The children of the family were obnoxious. Better …

29 November 2020: Spanish? Basque? Swiss? A fictional Castillian village located in Basque Country tries to become part of Switzerland in this …

29 November 2020: Now this is a Miss [placename] pageant I could support: the Miss Navajo Nation pageant, in which contestants must butcher a …

29 November 2020: The genius of genomics: The revolution that helped NZ quash Covid-19: scientists worked late into the night to match the …

28 November 2020: My Mac Control Centre showed me this photo I took in Niue on 25 August 2016. It really seemed shareworthy. Taken with my …

28 November 2020: This was a fun Spanish movie — Netflix ☛ Holy Goalie 🎬. Their monastery is to be turned into a luxury hotel, but a few …

27 November 2020: Excellent! I really really enjoyed this Spanish movie. 🎬 Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam Along with her two friends, a determined …

27 November 2020: I enjoyed the Christmas movie Santa Girl: When Santa’s daughter, Cassie, gets a chance to experience the real world by …

26 November 2020: Yay: New Zealand Government to declare a climate emergency The Government will declare a climate emergency … Climate Change …

26 November 2020: I’ve updated my post Countries of follow on Micro.Blog. I think I follow folks from 25 different countries on Micro.Blog.

26 November 2020: A reminder for future me: to get a list of who I’m following on Micro.Blog, given my site is hosted by MB: log in on the web …

26 November 2020: Fascinating — why vaccine trials don’t need to take years. A Clinical Trials Expert Explains Why We Should Feel …

26 November 2020: While watching Rene Ritchie: 8GB vs 16GB for M1 Mac — The TRUTH About RAM! I suddenly flashed back to those days of using Ram …

26 November 2020: Oshi, my little shining light this morning. 🐶

26 November 2020: The sappy holiday movie My Christmas Inn was pretty anodyne. 🎬 It reminded me a lot of the much better Christmas Under Wraps …

25 November 2020: You know, I really enjoyed reading an advance copy of The Case of the Lady in the Luggage by @Cheri . And it turns out I …

25 November 2020: I’m just loving the Crash Course Linguistics series. It’s superbly presented, clear and includes signed languages …

24 November 2020: These black clouds are looking pretty darned threatening.

24 November 2020: Note to future me: this Kungfood Teriyaki Chicken was delicious. Also: no onion. 😀 This Japanese-inspired meal has a …

24 November 2020: The small victories in life are important — Thankfulness for Tiny Triumphs: We’d be helpless in so many ways if we weren’t …

24 November 2020: Still with Christmas movies, I watched A New York Christmas Wedding. Makes a change to see lesbians finding love in a sappy …

23 November 2020: Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky around Christmas: We’re About to Witness a Super-Rare Planetary Alignment Not …

23 November 2020: I hope this Radio NZ interview video is available beyond NZ. Take 30 minutes to watch: Dolly Parton: ‘I’m proud to be …

23 November 2020: I spent an hour today weedeating a metre wide strip on either side of the first leg of our private lane. Hard work.

23 November 2020: Kiwis: Tradespeople: Trading stereotypes for a job well done: A directory of women and gender diverse people working in the …

23 November 2020: Heh, why we don’t blow stuff up with marshmallows, even though they have more energy than TNT: Dangerous …

22 November 2020: The movie Netflix ☛ Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton had plenty of great music. We enjoyed it. In the …

22 November 2020: Lingthusiasm Episode 50: Climbing the sonority mountain from A to P was particularly interesting, introducing linguistic …

22 November 2020: Many thanks to @manton whose change to the Mac Micro.Blog app to ensure the New Post window doesn’t slip behind other windows …

21 November 2020: I spent $10 on a 1 metre arm extender aka selfie stick and climbed the ladder. I was able to take a photo along the gutter …

21 November 2020: I like this: What if instead of trying to be some unassailable force of moral good in the world, each of us just tried to be …

21 November 2020: I wish Mac Safari had a kind of ‘workspace’ concept. I have a window with a bunch of tabs re things I’m …

21 November 2020: I loved this cozy mystery: The Case of the Lady in the Luggage by Cheri Baker, @Cheri 📚. After reading an advance copy I …

20 November 2020: I just watched Netflix ☛ Star Trek Next Generation S07E15 Lower Decks, on the recommendation of @macgenie . It’s …

20 November 2020: It was lovely at the beach this morning. The remnant lake in the estuary was calm and clear.

20 November 2020: I was particularly touched yesterday to receive a very unexpected Amazon gift card from a generous person. I see several new …

20 November 2020: Over the last 6 weeks I’ve rewatched all of Rizzoli & Isles. It’s such a great show! I love the interactions …

19 November 2020: The other day, after the ferry from Auckland Central had arrived at Tiritiri Matangi island, I looked into the clear water …

18 November 2020: An interesting 14 minute video: Ace of Hearts: finding a home on the asexual spectrum. It includes terms new to me such as …

18 November 2020: I’ve had my Kindle Paperwhite since January 2013 and it’s been wonderful. I use it heaps. Lately it’s felt …

18 November 2020: 17 November 2019: the first day of the Covid era: Today Marks a Year of Covid-19: the first documented case of Covid-19 was …

18 November 2020: It’s heaving down with rain right now. A few minutes ago as the dogs and I returned from our walk the first gentle …

18 November 2020: Hey @martinfeld Your Lounge Rumination about gendered food and drink was very interesting. Back around 1980 in smalltown …

18 November 2020: Hmmm, I was ~19 when I couldn’t retrieve the name of the street I lived on … Trouble retrieving words? You are not …

17 November 2020: Hmmm, another potential Scrabble word: dyspnea dyspnea — the feeling of having shortness of breath

17 November 2020: I’m thrilled to see that my young Granny Smith apple tree is producing fruit this year.

17 November 2020: The first thing that struck me about Big Sur was the awful awful awful black menu bar. Thanks to Take Control of Big Sur I …

16 November 2020: We flew right by the Marlborough Sounds today on our approach to Wellington Airport. Looking pretty good!

15 November 2020: On Tiritiri Matangi island this pohutukawa tree is part of the remnants of native forest that survived vegetation clearing …

15 November 2020: Bookmark for myself: Postcards from Aotearoa: Biking into the past on Ōpōtiki’s dunes trail - Stuff.co.nz

14 November 2020: The best was saved to last. My first ever good view of a Ruru (morepork). It’s not common to see them in the daylight.

14 November 2020: Boarding the ferry for the 75 minute trip to Tiritiri Matangi.

14 November 2020: Auckland Skytower last night plus fireworks. Perhaps for Diwali.

14 November 2020: Good to see recognition for the first inhabitants: Murriyang telescope Australia’s …Parkes radio telescope has been …

13 November 2020: Hmm. Papakura pub. Rodeo on TV, Christmas songs on the speakers.

13 November 2020: So, 12.18GB huh? On my slow internet that’s a long download.

13 November 2020: Darn it. An unexplained community case of Covid-19 in Auckland means this isn’t a great time to be heading up that way …

12 November 2020: Also, a handy way on MacOSX to use Terminal to get the size of a directory quickly: du -sh /directory/path

12 November 2020: Heh, discovered an old archive of ReadItLater / Pocket files. Briefly looked at a few. I no longer care about that stuff. …

12 November 2020: We have a 50 metre driveway from the gate to the house. Today finally it wasn’t rainy or windy and I was able to spray …

11 November 2020: Mistake number 1: buying frozen veges as a just-in-case back in April. Mistake number 2: actually cooking something with the …

11 November 2020: Weird reviews: on checking what others thought of my next book purchase, one review gave 1 star while highly recommending the …

11 November 2020: I really enjoyed reading Murder Among Friends by Janice Frost 📚: The victim ran a group at university teaching men how to …

10 November 2020: Watched the movie Operation Christmas Drop. It’s a lightweight enjoyable romcom. Utterly predictable but a pleasant way to …

09 November 2020: Informing yourself about the aftermath of recent events? Did you know that the ‘math’ part originally referred to …

09 November 2020: From last night: cabbage trees and flaxes against a 9 pm sky. iPhone 11.

08 November 2020: This morning’s breakfast was porridge that included home grown strawberries and locally produced honey (glass jar). The …

08 November 2020: Booked a day trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island | Bird sanctuary & walking tours for an upcoming visit to Auckland. …

08 November 2020: Another excellent Aussie movie. Rams: Two estranged brothers… raise separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s …

07 November 2020: Sometimes being asked for an opinion can inflate the ego nicely — it can add just a little buzz to the day. 07

07 November 2020: Today we had our (very high) gutter vacuumed — last done in February. I also drained the first flush diverter — last drained …

06 November 2020: In Aotearoa New Zealand’s two referenda, Official referendum results: End of Life Choice: 65.1% pro; 33.7% against. Cannabis …

06 November 2020: It takes 3 weeks after Aotearoa New Zealand’s General Election for all votes to be counted. Results have changed very …

06 November 2020: Steroid shot procured so my itchy eyes, nose, throat and head fog should soon be sorted. The doctor was more friendly than in …

06 November 2020: It was puzzling why my first ‘blinking LED’ circuit wasn’t working so I rechecked everything, then resorted to swapping …

05 November 2020: It’s been a busy day with weedeating, weeding, cutting down a stray large lupin in a seldom visited corner of the …

05 November 2020: Hey @manton I just want to say how often I find I need to edit a typo in my replies. Thank you so much for making that …

05 November 2020: It’s spring, damp and warm, so everything is growing. A lot of weeding and the like means I have to stoop. It’s …

05 November 2020: This is peak hayfever time for me, and symptoms are starting to crank up. Trying to book for the nurse to give me a steroid …

05 November 2020: Deb’s no longer using my old 2012 MacBook Pro, so last night I wiped it, installed Catalina 10.15.7 via Internet …

05 November 2020: Guy Fawkes Day be damned. Today is Parihaka Day: Parihaka, 5 November 1881: more than 1,500 volunteers and members of the …

04 November 2020: In bed and wondering why some silly fool is letting off fireworks nearby. Then I remembered it’s almost Guy Fawkes night and …

04 November 2020: I’ve long wanted to own some Apple shares, but $$$$$. Now however, I do, or at least 0.15 of 1 share. Thanks to Sharesies …

04 November 2020: I spotted this beetle on a railing near the house. It’s bright green with a reddish stripe down its back. After web …

03 November 2020: I’m holding a thought for all my US pals on this eve of such a significant election. For all of you, and also for us in …

03 November 2020: Wow, I was visiting the NZ Parliament website and came across a broken link. I clicked their email address which brought up a …

03 November 2020: Xena: Warrior Princess was filmed in NZ, for a US audience. One effect was that the sun rose or set in the ‘wrong’ direction …

03 November 2020: My favourite visitor is here today. 😎🐩

02 November 2020: The NZ Prime Minister has announced her new Cabinet, including more Māori than ever. Hooray! In the Press Conference, when …

02 November 2020: Excellent: NZ’s May 2021 Census: will collect data on gender and sexual identity … [with] questions on a person’s sex …

02 November 2020: First time in months I took my ‘big’ Fuji X-T2 with zoom lens to the beach; first time ever I saw 9 Royal Spoonbills …

01 November 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has a lot going for it. One of those things is most definitely not its incredibly dreary National …

01 November 2020: Kristine Kathryn Rusch is absolutely my favourite sci-fi writer, but in a shocking first I was bored by Thieves: A Diving …

31 October 2020: Hooray! Greens accept Labour’s offer for ‘cooperation agreement’: James Shaw … Climate Change Minister and …

31 October 2020: In a world where there are millions of statues of men, there is now one more of a woman. ‘Hands-on activist’: …

31 October 2020: Excellent: even though Labour won our election outright, they’re bringing the Greens on board with a couple of Minister …

31 October 2020: When bots are used to fight for good: More than 200,000 abusive tweets towards female candidates during elections: a tweet …

31 October 2020: It’s meant to rain today — we already had a brief but heavy fall around 4 am. As I look east I see very dark cloud over …

30 October 2020: The day has all but disappeared and many tasks remain undone. Read an excellent book though whose details I can’t …

30 October 2020: Cannabis will remain illegal in Aotearoa New Zealand. That means that instead of state control on quality and distribution, …

30 October 2020: Disappointing result on cannabis law reform. Final results could change as remaining votes are counted: The euthanasia …

29 October 2020: Amazing video: Interviews with Titanic Survivors done in 1979 about the events of 1912.

29 October 2020: Lining Figures are also available in Apple Pages, as the screenshots attest. Art Kavanagh wrote: I just posted “Lining …

28 October 2020: I’ve found some old archive DVDs and am importing them to my MacBook Pro. This video from December 2000 shows my then …

28 October 2020: Woohoo, after I suggested our local Library buy this, the Library replied 📚: … Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana …

27 October 2020: Oh yes, my favourite crime show trope (along with ‘enhance’, of course): zoom in on the security camera footage, …

26 October 2020: One for the Scrabblers: tmesis — separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words For …

25 October 2020: Last night, while watching Discovery, I had a new experience of my own: shimmering at the top and right edges of my vision in …

24 October 2020: M4.5 quake 〰️: 30 km north-west of Levin Heard it more than felt it.

24 October 2020: For a holiday in March 2021, my draft itinerary is Day 1: Drive with bike from home to Paeroa: 6 hours. Day 2: Bike Paeroa …

23 October 2020: I’m looking into options for a small holiday early next year. It’s so frustrating when websites make it difficult …

23 October 2020: I’ve suggested to our local Library that they buy Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley 📚: A …

22 October 2020: It’s time to sell my (not very) old bike — I just don’t ride it now I have an electric bike. The Avanti Cadent ER 2 is …

22 October 2020: Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Covid-19 and the Swiss cheese system: Twenty years ago, James Reason, a professor of …

21 October 2020: Multitasking. Watching NASA Live | NASA (starts now): Live coverage of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touch-and-go (TAG) maneuver to …

21 October 2020: Election 2020: ‘Historical high’ - New Zealand Parliament readies for more diversity NZ’s first African, …

21 October 2020: Excellent video: Why Doesn’t All Thunder Sound The Same?: We’ve all experienced thunder, but what ARE all those …

20 October 2020: Today’s dog walk was in the forest across the river. We stopped by the shag colony and listened to the shags while the river …

19 October 2020: Looking for something else I saw one of NZ’s most famous and best-loved TV ads: Bugger. A series of farming mishaps …

19 October 2020: Bug report from Micro.Blog 2.0 on Mac: the New Post window ends up behind the main window after switching apps. New Post …

19 October 2020: Zeptoseconds: Scientists have measured … the time it takes a light particle to cross a hydrogen molecule. … 247 …

19 October 2020: Our election has significantly increased diversity in our 120 seat Parliament: All eyes on Māori MPs after an impressive …

19 October 2020: Sharon Murdoch draws 👍 political cartoons. Our Prime Minister as author: The Second Book: OK, so the first one had a birth, …

18 October 2020: All ♀ should know — World Menopause Day is 18 October. Breaking the taboo: Women mixing menopause with martinis as a call for …

18 October 2020: This Paradise shelduck pair were calling in the cow paddock next door.

18 October 2020: Pleased by strong themes of hope, trust, a leap of faith, and working together in Star Trek Discovery S03E01. (On Netflix in …

17 October 2020: With most votes counted, that’s a decisive and historic win for Jacinda Ardern, Labour and the Greens. It takes 2 weeks for …

17 October 2020: The Wairarapa candidate, Kieran McAnulty, who seems likely to win the seat for Labour actually used the word “streuth” in his …

17 October 2020: Polls in Aotearoa New Zealand closed just over an hour ago. Almost 2 million people voted early, which leaves maybe 1.5 …

17 October 2020: I thought this ad for hearing loss services was very cleverly done.

16 October 2020: Every month or so I drain the first flush diverter and clean the filter inside. This 60 litre tank fills with the first …

16 October 2020: The expat Kiwis coming home They’re midwives, nurses, teachers, CEOs, engineering professionals, people who work in … all …

15 October 2020: In Good News: Lizard hunting kicks off Wellington roading project: Before work gets underway … native lizards … in a slumber …

15 October 2020: Heh, dogs keep their owners humble: Sorry, But Dogs May Prefer The Faces of Other Dogs to Those of Humans 🐶: new research …

15 October 2020: Home-grown tunnelhouse strawberries and store-bought Icelandic Vanilla Bean yoghurt. Yumm.

15 October 2020: Even more hilarious than usual: xkcd.com: Dialect Quiz wood mage wand. longwich 😂

14 October 2020: Moose, a big horse who used to be our neighbour left a few months ago. At least, I thought he was big till I met this giant, …

14 October 2020: At this time of year the tī, aka cabbage tree, aka Cordyline, produces beautifully scented panicles. It’s the most …

13 October 2020: I think Netflix ☛ Away was a remarkable series. While no-one has actually travelled to Mars yet, it felt totally realistic. …

13 October 2020: Thanks @macgenie for the thoughtful discussion on Voyager Revisited | Neelix Has Had It With Your Condescending Attitude …

13 October 2020: Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway to appear in Star Trek cartoon: 👍 Kate Mulgrew is joining a new Nickelodeon series …

13 October 2020: Put together Deb’s new bookshelves. Easy! Carefully followed the more complex instructions for the kitset desk. Just …

12 October 2020: I’d never heard of autoethnography before, @martinfeld. An interesting episode. Good to hear too of your long history …

12 October 2020: Every Monday I receive an email reminding me to fill out a survey for Flutracking.net | Tracking Influenza Across Australia …

12 October 2020: The General Election in Aotearoa New Zealand is on, with voting closing in a few days time. If you happen to want to know …

11 October 2020: I’m starting to investigate a possible trip sometime to Rēkohu / Chatham Islands, a part of Aotearoa New Zealand …

11 October 2020: Gave the quail a bit of a treat today: fresh straw and macrocarpa ‘roofing’. That white plastic tray was the best $2 I ever …

10 October 2020: The book Open Season: Book One of the critically-acclaimed Seasons Mystery Series by Maryann Miller was an odd read that left …

10 October 2020: Hardy whitebaiters When 15 August and the start of the whitebaiting season rolls around it is still winter. Frosty mornings aren't unusual and …

09 October 2020: Daybreak cows in the frost.

09 October 2020: Hey @help A bug report from Micro.Blog 2.0 on Mac: the New Post window ends up behind the main window after switching apps …

09 October 2020: Sex toys are one thing between consenting adults, but Internet-connected sex toys sound like a Very Bad Idea™ indeed! …

08 October 2020: Not quite the first strawberries of the season, but close. Yumm. Grown in the tunnelhouse.

08 October 2020: Today’s highlight of the trip to the beach for a dog walk: a duck crossing the road followed by 8 or 10 tiny tiny …

08 October 2020: OK, this looks like it should be a fun watch: The 355 - Official Trailer 🎬: When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary …

07 October 2020: The other day in the dog park at Levin I heard a Tūī in the tree right next to me. This clip starts with other birds, then …

06 October 2020: Also on Lambton Quay, 6 chaps moving a very heavy looking and very large object up Plimmer Steps. Amazingly, the two behind …

06 October 2020: At Plimmer Steps on Lambton Quay, John Plimmer with his dog Fritz.

06 October 2020: Seen on Lambton Quay in Wellington.

06 October 2020: My very good friend Prof. Jan Jordan (no relation, delay via Covid) gives her inaugural lecture: “The Price of being ‘Friends …

05 October 2020: Today I was a good citizen and voted in the Aotearoa New Zealand general election. Polling closes on 17 October.

05 October 2020: With summer coming, I had a window open overnight. This morning I can hear a rooster nearby. 😎

04 October 2020: We’ve been really enjoying Netflix ☛ Away 📺: Away follows the first crewed expedition to Mars … The series is described as …

04 October 2020: Today’s weird beach rubbish find: fluorescent light tube.

03 October 2020: Party colours in Aotearoa. It’s so confusing seeing news about US elections because their right-wingers are associated …

03 October 2020: In Aotearoa everyone gets 2 votes: vote for a specific person to represent the electorate vote for a particular party to be …

03 October 2020: In 2020 we also vote on two referenda in Aotearoa: give people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted …

03 October 2020: Aotearoa is holding a General Election on Saturday 10 October 2020. We received info by mail a few days ago and can vote from …

02 October 2020: Hah, nice quote: If anyone tells you that such a person speaks ill of you, don’t make excuses about what is said of …

01 October 2020: I should have known that the excellent NetNewsWire 5.1 would allow me to ‘Always Use Reader View’ for a feed where I need it. …

01 October 2020: Window cleaning didn’t take long (outsides only). It needs a good quality sheepskin and blade, a dash of water and a …

01 October 2020: Window cleaning is on the agenda today. After this week’s storm it’s like looking through a fog. It’s …

30 September 2020: Our dogs don’t like it when the grass in their yard gets too long. Perhaps it tickles their bottoms… It also makes it …

29 September 2020: Past me was pretty smart and bought all the episodes of Rizzoli and Isles. I’d forgotten that they’re pretty fun. A …

29 September 2020: Hilarious, when all 3 telcos here don’t take the racist s**t 1 customer wants to throw: Uh oh, they’ve used the word …

29 September 2020: While looking for something else I found this pigeon photo from May 2004. 🐦

29 September 2020: Hey @macgenie Pheromones Defeat Death Ray! was an excellent episode of Voyager Revisited. I’m not sure I fully …

29 September 2020: Given up on trying to sleep while the house shakes and the wind roars. I was having weird dreams when I did sleep anyway. …

28 September 2020: Heh, watching (and laughing heaps) the black comedy Avenue 5 📺: On board the interplanetary cruise ship a momentary loss of …

28 September 2020: Apparently today’s grooming session has caused Sasha to feel a little blurry. 🐶

28 September 2020: Decades ago mum mentioned something from her childhood called a “flower lee pone”. She couldn’t recall more about it. …

27 September 2020: Tomorrow is grooming day for the dogs so today Oshi and Sasha had their ears and tail brushed. ‘Before’ photo. 🐶

26 September 2020: It is an absolute mystery to me why I read Driftwood and Death (Innisstead Sands Cozy Mysteries Book 1) to the end and why I …

26 September 2020: Last night we enjoyed Netflix ☛ Enola Holmes: 🎬 …the youngest sibling in the famous Holmes family. … a free-wheeling, …

26 September 2020: We visited Wellington for a friend’s birthday brunch. One thing I do not miss at all is battling the wind to simply …

25 September 2020: Grrr, logic failure! For the last two weeks I’ve been gradually moving dog meal times in readiness for Sunday’s change …

25 September 2020: Pizza for lunch!

24 September 2020: The river at the footbridge was muddy, full and swiftly flowing after the last few days rain in the hills. Volume up for the …

23 September 2020: So cool! Track tohorā southern right whales on their journeys. this particular population of tohorā have recovered well from …

23 September 2020: Cool: The Loop of Life coffin is grown from mycelium, the root network of mushrooms. … hay or hemp is placed in a wooden …

22 September 2020: Darn it, I finished reading Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 An excellent read!

22 September 2020: Sometimes I hate reading a really good book such as Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 The …

21 September 2020: Clockwork quail. In 2018 and 2019 my Coturnix quail laid their first egg for the season on 21 September. Today, 21 September …

21 September 2020: If I were in a different country I might worry… A military helicopter came from the north (where the base is) did a slow …

21 September 2020: I couldn’t really get close enough and only had my iPhone with me, but that white speck around middle photo is a Royal …

21 September 2020: Our View of Space Is Becoming Blurrier the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope … sits in the Atacama …

20 September 2020: After a week of westerly gales, cloud, rain etc the beach this morning was absolutely stunning.

20 September 2020: The Equinox | MetService Blog: Equinox is on Wednesday, but due to refraction+width of sun the equilux (day with 12 hours of …

19 September 2020: One of the podcasts I really enjoy is Mothers of Invention, about climate justice. The episode We Are The People Of The Beans …

18 September 2020: Ambivalent about Murder The Boys (Detective Kate Power Mystery Book 1) by Judith Cutler 📚. The bad guy was obvious to the …

17 September 2020: I finally got around to watching (and enjoying) Booksmart. It was both moving and funny. It stars Beanie Feldstein and …

17 September 2020: First time this season I’ve spotted ‘our’ kōtare (kingfisher).

17 September 2020: Wow. I updated to Apple Safari v14, then visited @cheri’s website and followed a link to one other site. Then I looked …

16 September 2020: Kiwis: TVNZ ☛ Origins is superb! Scotty Morrison explores the origins of the Māori people, visiting the Wairau Bar site …

16 September 2020: Unfortunately this Common skink I found in the garden was very dead, but I was thrilled nevertheless. This proves that the …

16 September 2020: I don’t know if it was the 5 am-ness, but today’s Apple Event just filled me with yawns. I feel like I know the script …

16 September 2020: Ahhh, spring. Westerly gales all week, including gusts last night to 87 Kph and a thunderstorm at bedtime.

15 September 2020: I enjoyed reading The Death of an Ambitious Woman (Chief Ruth Murphy Mysteries) by Barbara Ross 📚: the murder of one …

15 September 2020: This unusual driftwood made me think of a planet and satellite moon. The two tree bases weren’t just accidentally connected …

14 September 2020: Back in 2011 I came across this Porsche Spyder and an admirer on Oriental Parade in Wellington. Quite a car!

14 September 2020: Oshi’s latest game: go out the wide open side door, through the gate and wait mournfully in front of the closed front door.

13 September 2020: A looong book, and not for the page count: Corpse Way (The Yorkshire Dales Mysteries Book 1) by Susan Parry. 📚 Ground through …

12 September 2020: It’s been chilly and rainy the last few days which means the Tararua range has snow covered peaks, some of which we see …

11 September 2020: Nothing much happening at Foxton Estuary when I biked around up there today. Felt bad my grilled fish (blue cod) and chips …

10 September 2020: When I go out I give the dogs 3 instructions: no barking, no peeing, no pooping. I don’t know about the barking, but they …

10 September 2020: A friend needed a lift to an appointment so we followed up with lunch at Salt and Pepper at Ōhau. I had a very delicious …

10 September 2020: I was feeling grumpy about our cool weather with persistent drizzle, and looking fondly at old September holiday photos in …

09 September 2020: Clocks go back on 27 September. Today I start moving dog meal times to ~3 minutes later each day. I wish we’d dump this whole …

09 September 2020: Many thanks to all those who mentioned enjoying TV+ ☛ Ted Lasso. 📺 Two episodes today cheered me right up on a day of cold …

09 September 2020: Today’s racism realisation (thanks Crossword clue): The Lone Ranger was not Lone: The Lone Ranger is a fictional …

09 September 2020: Such an interesting interview (41 minutes): Georgie Harman on women and mental health: Julia Gillard talks to Georgie …

08 September 2020: Another excellent read: Find Me When I’m Lost (A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book 5) by Cheryl A. Head. 📚 Charlie Mack …

08 September 2020: A nice story to start the day: Scientists Clone an Endangered Przewalski’s Horse For The First Time: What makes Kurt …

07 September 2020: The calves in the paddock next door are so young the farmer still brings them a small tank of milk every day.

07 September 2020: Sometime in the past someone’s pet black rabbit must have escaped. This wild cutie is often near our place. I didn’t …

06 September 2020: Families! 🤯 My partner was adopted very young. She grew up with one younger brother. 30 years ago she found 4 more younger …

06 September 2020: This ~10 minute video was way more interesting than I expected — the science and tech behind taking balloons and a human up …

05 September 2020: This happened just up the road from us (about 16 Km along the beach). Locals stunned as enormous whale washes up on beach in …

05 September 2020: Last night we watched Palm Beach, an Australian film from 2019 🎬: A reunion party is being held at Palm Beach in …

04 September 2020: The river has created almost an oxbow in its lazy loop between throat and sea. It’s whitebaiting season so a few folks …

03 September 2020: Hmm, 5.7 but 64 Km deep and not too close: Strong earthquake occurred 10 km west of St Arnaud. Bit of a shake as I was going …

03 September 2020: Success: 8+ hours of uninterrupted sleep. I’ve been working on my sleep for a couple of years now and am starting to see and …

03 September 2020: Ahhh, this is the time of year when the sun rises before 7 am. It feels like the year is really actually heading towards …

02 September 2020: I really enjoyed most of the stories in Voices Carry and Other Stories of Women and Crime by Dayle A. Dermatis. 📚 I …

02 September 2020: Amazing. According to Ancient Earth globe, 260 million years ago Wellington, New Zealand (close enough to where I live now) …

02 September 2020: Day Two of spring and the peach tree is already in sync. Blossoms appearing.

02 September 2020: Timezones! (I assume.) I diligently posted at least once each day for #mbaug photo challenge, and used that tag so I could …

01 September 2020: Another excellent read: Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 Two brutal murders, a menacing …

01 September 2020: The fingers of the sea.

31 August 2020: For Micro Monday let me recommend @GeneticJen who is writing a magificent must-read series on Women in tech history. So far: …

31 August 2020: As always with love it is inexplicable. I just love Spain. The 4 weeks we spent travelling there in 2015 were too brief. I …

30 August 2020: On 04 November 2012 we made a wonderful discovery: an empty section at Waikawa Beach. By mid-January 2013 it belonged to us …

29 August 2020: Sometimes after a hard day you just flake out. My boy Ares, a few years ago now. 🐈 #mbaug

29 August 2020: I very much enjoyed Pretty Little Horses (an Abby Maxon mystery novel) by Annie Reed. 📚 Gripping ending kept me up late …

28 August 2020: Enjoyed Gators and Garters (A Miss Fortune Mystery Book 18) by Jana Deleon. 📚 This story felt more like hanging out with old …

28 August 2020: Living here is great for my emotions. Today’s special boost: the black swan pair with the five thriving cygnets. …

27 August 2020: This is what Aotearoa New Zealand wants: man who carried out mosque attacks in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 … sentenced to …

27 August 2020: In 2008 I visited Hawai’i briefly and took a guided tour up Mauna Kea to visit the observatories. I had no idea at the time …

27 August 2020: International Day of the Dog 2020, you say. 🐶 Importing some old photos and just found this, appropriately. On High Street in …

27 August 2020: ‘Yod dropping’! How do you pronounce emu? the evolution of emu to EE-mooh was an example of yod dropping. some words ending …

27 August 2020: Cool: Auckland Zoo welcomes first rhino birth in 20 years The baby girl rhino was born on August 14 and is the first child …

26 August 2020: A superb 8 minute doco: Wahine Warrior about a woman who learned to hunt to feed herself and kids and now is teaching other …

26 August 2020: When Olive 🐈 was about 3 years old her owners, our next door neighbours, moved overseas and she came to live with us. …

25 August 2020: A special visitor today: a Barbary dove, symbol of hope. #mbaug

24 August 2020: In early October 2011 we spent a weekend in Melbourne, Australia. It’s a lovely city, as cities go. I loved this art …

24 August 2020: Good news on Oshi’s eye 🐶: the ulcer is down to about 20% of the surface. Previous photo from a couple of weeks ago it was …

24 August 2020: It doesn’t snow in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, but it did on 15 August 2011. Pretty frosty. Pretty pretty too. ❄️ …

23 August 2020: I enjoy the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 Burning Ridge really held my attention and was a great read. …

23 August 2020: Sorry I didn’t respond sooner @PaulGit re your question about Shangai topiary. The photo info is below. We were only in …

23 August 2020: Graceful: this humpback whale cutting through the water beside our boat on a whale watching trip in Tonga. #mbaug

22 August 2020: Today I was one of a dozen volunteers who planted out 3,000 spinifex and 500 pingao plants at Waikawa Beach. They help retain …

22 August 2020: Wait… that’s a funny looking chook! 🐓

22 August 2020: My friend’s chooks, who I’m feeding for the weekend, enjoy a little art critique in their home. 🐓

21 August 2020: Well, today is less than 4 months since a friend of the last 2 or 3 decades was diagnosed with cancer. Today she passed away …

21 August 2020: Without a doubt Walkers Shortbread is the best shortbread. Excellent flavour and the perfect amount of crunch. So glad to be …

21 August 2020: This (free) Wu Fei track put me so much in mind of Bear McCreary’s work on Battlestar Galactica Gulibita: I knew this …

20 August 2020: Yay, it is properly raining. We haven’t had much rain for a while, and there’s about 40 mm forecast over the next …

20 August 2020: I really enjoyed chatting with @martinfeld, who managed to draw thoughts from me I didn’t even realise I had. Listen in …

20 August 2020: You may need to change direction to get to the next interesting point in your journey. #mbaug

19 August 2020: I bought the Mysterious Women story bundle. I really enjoyed Paper Bullets by Annie Reed. Well written, easy to read, held my …

19 August 2020: In August 2015 we spent a couple of days in Shanghai. They had amazing topiary. I’d give this a gold ribbon. #mbaug …

19 August 2020: Today’s newly learned word to save up for Scrabble: Xiphoid — Shaped like a sword, gladiate.

18 August 2020: “Our” black swans have so far managed to keep all 5 cygnets alive. Perhaps the alarm calls even as I was still quite far away …

18 August 2020: Grids everywhere. Before Covid-19 Wellington used to be a destination for summer cruise ships which berthed beside the logs …

18 August 2020: This fern is growing its own grid. #mbaug

17 August 2020: Oshi saw his vet Mary today, who confirmed he’s having a huge problem with his eye. She’s testing his swollen lymph …

17 August 2020: This cuddly little bundle went on to become my boy Ares. Photo from March 2002 before he was even 3 months old and came to …

17 August 2020: ROFL: “Well I’m Australian and you’re wrong.” A favourite quote from Martin Feld. 39. International Mac Nerds …

17 August 2020: So, our election has been delayed by 4 weeks. It’s the Prime Minister’s decision, but so glad to hear she first …

17 August 2020: In other news: Sasha enjoys some sunshine. 🐶

17 August 2020: I’m feeling very unsettled today. News soon about if our General Election scheduled for 19 September will be postponed. …

16 August 2020: One of the things I love about cameras (even the iPhone 4S in this case) is their ability to freeze the moving, to catch the …

16 August 2020: This article has a clear explanation — Why Does Some Rain Fall Harder Than Other Rain? : When clouds are thin and the air is …

16 August 2020: Half an hour till dawn and the Moon and Venus are leading the way for the sun.

15 August 2020: I’d read this before, but enjoyed it again. An alternate universe novella by Kristine Kathryn Rush: Recovering Apollo 8 …

15 August 2020: Another excellent read from a favourite author: Judge Me When I’m Wrong (A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book 4) 📚 I …

15 August 2020: This silhouette from looking southwest at sunset, earlier this year. #mbaug

14 August 2020: Question to US sports and/or Star Trek fans. A crossword clue and answer was: “College player sitting out a year: Redshirt”. …

14 August 2020: My Honda del Sol was first backed into by a very apologetic neighbour. One time a fire engine took off a corner. Various …

14 August 2020: Back in 1998 I bought a brand-new to me second hand Honda del Sol sports car. Within a week it had been damaged — only 1 …

13 August 2020: As expected, I very much enjoyed Catch Me When I’m Falling (A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book 3) 📚: Someone is …

13 August 2020: Waimangu Volcanic Valley is only a few Km out of Rotorua and a favourite spot. We spent only an hour there. 😒Sometime I want …

13 August 2020: Last weekend we visited Rotorua, ~5 hours drive north of here. The Redwoods Treewalk was a highlight. 9-20 metres above the …

13 August 2020: Seal season Waikawa Beach is littered with driftwood all year. Sometimes it turns up in the form of a thick mulch of tiny fragments. …

13 August 2020: I love watching the dawn filter in. #mbaug

12 August 2020: Genomic Study Reveals NZ’s Tuatara Is Like No Other Animal According to new sequencing of the tuatara’s entire …

12 August 2020: Well, the klaxon sound blaring from my phone just before 7 a.m. certainly took me by surprise. Today most of Aotearoa New …

11 August 2020: Poor old Oshi is home and resting comfortably after his surgery today. 🐶 4 teeth were extracted. His eye has a bad ulcer, …

11 August 2020: On the other hand, the overnight camel trek in Morocco in 2015 was a pretty unusual mode of transport. Sunrise gave me a …

11 August 2020: In October 2002 we took a tour on a mini submarine in Vanuatu. It was a tiny boat with a glass ‘bell’ below water. …

10 August 2020: A couple of weeks ago Sasha had Xrays and minor surgery. This week is Oshi’s turn. He’s pretty poorly: an …

10 August 2020: I’m excited to see this video series: Dianna’s Intro Physics Class. I’ve long wanted an intro course for …

10 August 2020: Marc Chagall window, Reims Cathedral, May 1982. Photo of an old bad photo on paper. #mbaug

09 August 2020: In Rotorua on the Sulphur Lake sculpture trail (PDF), Rory McDougall: Ghost Soldier: For the soldiers who returned in …

09 August 2020: I’ll write separately about the Redwood Treetop walk in Rotorua, but at night they fill the forest with amazing lights, …

08 August 2020: Another view of some of the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa, with lake beyond.

08 August 2020: One of the delights of the Polynesian thermal pools in Rotorua is being able to look out over the lake while soaking.

08 August 2020: Rotorua has many fine views, such as these trees in Government Gardens. #mbaug It’s a pleasure to be in Rotorua for a …

07 August 2020: Daytripping. Mt Ruapehu. #mbaug

07 August 2020: Am working my way through the NY Times Acrostic archive. Nearly 20 years on and I’m so aware of 11 September 2001. Like …

07 August 2020: I rarely check texts before I send (I really should) so this autocorrected exchange with my partner while out in town was …

06 August 2020: I really enjoyed Netflix ☛ Quartet 🎬: takes place in Beecham House, a retirement home for former professional musicians, …

06 August 2020: Bisect. #mbaug

05 August 2020: At the supermarket I spotted this unlabeled tray of weird objects in the fruit department. Turns out they are called Red …

05 August 2020: At Ototoka Beach there was a small waterfall, maybe 3 or 4 metres high. It was enough for a good flow. #mbaug

04 August 2020: This 7 minute video makes a whole lot clear about our Aotearoa New Zealand earthquakes, and is easy to follow: New …

04 August 2020: 34 weeks! The full pollen season in New Zealand is approximately 34 weeks long and varies in its timings each year - It …

04 August 2020: We used to live near the top of Mt Victoria in Wellington, beside the Town Belt. Hundreds of pine trees were planted there in …

04 August 2020: More photos from our visit to Ototoka Beach near Whanganui. The road takes you to the top of the cliffs, then there’s …

04 August 2020: We watched NZIFF ☛ The County 🎬: full of feisty female energy … sprinkled with rousing ‘you go girl!’ comic moments. I …

03 August 2020: And in today’s superb news: ‘our’ swans at the lake a couple of hundred metres away have 5 babies. 🥳 🐦 I thought …

03 August 2020: Remind me why anyone wants to live in Auckland … Volcanic Auckland: Which type of eruption happens where? 🌋: For the …

03 August 2020: That church in my photo? Hooray for Google Street View: Église Saint-Roch du Muret.Almost 40 years on and it looks just the …

03 August 2020: Waaay back in April 1982 my friend Janet had a VW Bug. We and 2 friends drove from Hamburg, through France and Andorra to …

03 August 2020: We watched NZIFF ☛ Some Kind of Heaven 🎬: American documentary film — a stylized portrait of four residents living within …

03 August 2020: I enjoyed From Beer to Eternity (A Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery) by Sherry Harris to ~80% through 📚: A whip smart …

03 August 2020: We made a 300 Km round trip to Ototaka Beach near Whanganui. The cliffs are 1–2 million years old, show sea level change and …

02 August 2020: We really enjoyed the NZIFF Australian film ☛ Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) 🎬 …

02 August 2020: Floating in the air near treetops, this Microlight flyer near Whanganui. At first I thought it was a parachute but saw no …

01 August 2020: We were up and out early today. We were the first customers for the day at our favourite local Fruit and Veg shop, Garden of …

01 August 2020: We were up by dawn and watched this splendid sunrise. Yesterday’s was sheer vermilion; today’s more fiery orange. …

31 July 2020: We really enjoyed Mi Vida 🎬: Defying family expectations, 63-year-old hairdresser Lou travels to start a new life in the …

31 July 2020: We started our Film Festival with Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Club, directed by Eammon Ashton-Atkinson 🎬 🏳️‍🌈: we …

31 July 2020: An upside of Covid-19: the New Zealand International Film Festival 2020 has gone online (NZ credit card required). 🎬 I plan …

31 July 2020: In the Muslim calendar it is Eid al-Adha when an animal, usually a sheep, is sacrificed ritually to commemorate God’s …

31 July 2020: I very much enjoyed reading Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. 📚 The book cover may be execrable, but the book itself …

31 July 2020: Vermilion sky at sunrise, and a blackbird (I think) welcoming the dawn.

31 July 2020: Yay, my favourite author, Kristine Rusch, has early copies of her next books on Kickstarter 📚: Boss, main character of …

30 July 2020: Started watching TVNZ ☛ Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders 📺: When a childhood friend suddenly dies Rebecka Martinsson …

30 July 2020: Usually my photos of Kapiti Island are taken from Waikawa Beach, 20 Km north of here. Today we’re up close from Waikanae …

29 July 2020: Just before sunset I noticed this creeping inversion layer. Odd, with cows lost in the mist.

29 July 2020: Somehow I’ve never read any works by New Zealand crime writer Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895 – 1982) … known as one of the …

29 July 2020: Why women policymakers are better at fighting the pandemic | World Economic Forum: COVID-19 outcomes are systematically and …

29 July 2020: Heh, my name is on board the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars 🚀: 3 fingernail-sized chips affixed to the upper-left …

28 July 2020: It’s been far too long since I last used our cold press juicer. Today’s mix: carrot, Granny Smith apple, celery, …

28 July 2020: Applescript to copy info from MarsEdit Micro.Blogger @hutaffe asked: Is there a MarsEdit plugin or something that helps to quickly share a Link and title with some …

27 July 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has an election on Saturday 19 September 2020, so now all the nutters and conspiracy theorists are …

27 July 2020: We watched The Kitchen: the wives of Irish mobsters, take over organized crime operations in New York’s Hell’s …

27 July 2020: Sasha had her stitches out today. The vet’s happy with how the wound is looking. 🐶 Sasha’s still slightly irritated by …

26 July 2020: World Science Fiction Convention hosted by NZ: 10 years of planning have gone into New Zealand’s first time hosting …

26 July 2020: Our slightly more distant neighbour is now grazing his gorgeous part-Arab horse and its friend in the paddock right opposite …

25 July 2020: Somehow the big load of firewood looks pretty small once it’s stacked in the firewood shed. We bought from the usual …

25 July 2020: A former MP tells: I wake in the night shaking We can argue that women should be safe to walk streets at night, go into …

24 July 2020: My job for this afternoon and tomorrow is to store 4 cubic metres of firewood — a mix of pine, macrocarpa and douglas fir — …

24 July 2020: This praying mantis was on the garage door today. Apparently this isn’t the native mantis, but an invasive South …

23 July 2020: Ugh, this wind drives me crazy. Mid-40s Kph speed, and gusts up to as much as 79 Kph! The noise alone is annoying, and then …

23 July 2020: This year I’ve read and pretty much enjoyed the Nichelle Clarke Crime Thrillers, books 1 to 6, by Lyndee Walker. 📚 They …

23 July 2020: I love so much that I can write text on my Mac, copy, and then paste on my iPhone without any other steps in the middle. …

23 July 2020: Over the last few weeks I’ve watched Seasons 1 to 3 of One Day at a Time (2017 TV series). 📺 I’ve really enjoyed it. …

22 July 2020: Less than 2mm when they hatch, sunfish can grow to more than three metres long, four metres tall and weigh over 2,000kg, …

22 July 2020: ROFLMAO 🤣: Breaking: there is one new case of a disgraced politician in New Zealand. Toby Manhire writes hilariously on our …

22 July 2020: At sunset the the horses come out to play on the beach.

22 July 2020: My wishlist for Micro.Blog: a way to load new posts but keep my place in the timeline. Every morning I have endless …

22 July 2020: The high-pitched Riroriro or Grey Warbler at start and end, ducks and magpies. Sorry about the background which is either or …

21 July 2020: The weather forecaster reminded us that it snowed on 15 August 2011 in Wellington (extremely rare). We lived in Wellington …

21 July 2020: Next step on the Kindle: find the books I have read and remove from the device. Then finish or remove the books I’ve read …

21 July 2020: My Kindle’s a mess. My bad habit is to start a sample book and just stop in the middle because I don’t like the …

20 July 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @garciabuxton , Catholic, wife, mom, editrix. Ex-newsperson. Californian by birth, Midwesterner …

20 July 2020: So thrilled to have @jsonbecker on board at @Custom . 😁 He’s underway adding useful info for Plug-In developers! …

20 July 2020: The beach was so calm when we went down just after sunrise. I took a brief video looking southwest to Kāpiti Island and …

20 July 2020: Was outside early and spotted Jupiter and Saturn in the west. Also took this photo (L to R) of Pleiades, Taurus, Venus, …

19 July 2020: We watched Netflix ☛ Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser. Not entirely my taste in comedy but some good laughs. Best quip: …

19 July 2020: In what world does this extract from our new oven’s manual make sense? The numbers aren’t in sequence and even …

19 July 2020: As I see the Taruruas I realise I really like living beside hills. I spent 25 years growing up in Canterbury, Aotearoa New …

18 July 2020: Taking 5 metres (depth) of the seabed must have an effect: consider whether 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight …

18 July 2020: Wow. We have good friends in Whangārei — they live at the top of a hill: 220 millimetres [8.66 inches] of rain fell in …

17 July 2020: If this is a boring flat rectangle, I think take-up will be slow. If a clever designer makes an attractive ‘badge of …

17 July 2020: Excellent: Netflix ☛ One Day at a Time, S3E3, abuelita has made a ‘bouquet list’: Do you mean a bucket list? No, that makes …

16 July 2020: I was somewhat entertained by Netflix ☛ Warrior Nun Warrior Nun revolves around the story of a 19-year-old woman who wakes …

16 July 2020: Sasha’s throat Xray didn’t show anything to worry about. She has a little throat inflammation. The benign but growing …

16 July 2020: Our dogs are brachycephalic which means flatter faces and shorter noses, breathing problems. Sasha snores a lot and has …

15 July 2020: Hmm, I just watched a preview of a movie about Marie Curie which includes her saying “My science could cure cancer”. When I …

15 July 2020: Nessie Hill encourages us all to be science communicators in this 10 minute video: How to Convince Others to Wear a Mask. She …

15 July 2020: Hey @martinfeld I listen to and enjoy most of the Lounge Ruminations. 😀 On #33 start at 6:15 you say: “the crucial element of …

15 July 2020: Interesting: Why Older People Really Eschew Technology The assumption that seniors are “alienated” by technology…ignores the …

14 July 2020: I cleaned the window so I could see the Tauhou better. The more I watch them, the more I love them. Look at this little …

14 July 2020: All on for Mars: The United Arab Emirates is about to launch its first mission to Mars. It will be the Arab world’s …

14 July 2020: a detailed DNA analysis of the genomes of more than 800 Polynesians and Native Americans, both modern and prehistoric, …

14 July 2020: Oh, there was a blast from my youth, when the good music was! The Shangri-Las ‘Leader Of The Pack’ .

14 July 2020: Many thanks to @agilelisa for introducing me to musicians Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei. I found this enjoyable 30 minute …

14 July 2020: If you enjoy both nature and words then this 22 minute episode of Brit Garner’s Nature League is for you: Nurse Sharks …

13 July 2020: Matariki is the time when Māori celebrate the new year. The Matariki star cluster is known to many of us as Pleiades. 🌟 Now …

13 July 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @kimberlyhirsh , a space mermaid sparkle goth who also is a doctoral candidate in information and …

13 July 2020: By lunchtime the Tauhou had completely emptied one feeder and the other was disappearing quickly. I bought more ‘cakes’ …

12 July 2020: This applies to Covid-19 testing done in Aotearoa New Zealand, but tests elsewhere may well use the same methods: Coronavirus …

12 July 2020: One bird at the new feeder was bullying the others away so I added another feeder yesterday. We now have a flock of about 15 …

11 July 2020: This may be handy for other users of the fabulous NetNewsWire RSS reader from @brentsimmons — an Applescript to grab an …

11 July 2020: We enjoyed Netflix ☛ The Old Guard with Charlize Theron, even though I’m a bit over superheroes. This had some nice …

11 July 2020: Seems I bought Kindle ☛ Barbara Marr Mysteries Boxed Set back in January 2015 for $0.95, read part and stopped. Picked it up …

11 July 2020: These drongos make me angry. Aotearoa New Zealand has no community transmission of Covid-19 because we all put in the effort …

11 July 2020: For those following along with my shifting my Time Machine backup to a new hard drive: I set my MacBook Pro to backup to the …

11 July 2020: Hmmm, Love Notes: A Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery by Penny Mickelbury just wasn’t very good. Biggest flaw was lack …

10 July 2020: And finally, after something like 32 hours of preparing to copy the backup from one drive to another, then copying about …

10 July 2020: Woohoo, after about 28 hours of ‘preparing’ finally my backup is copying to a new hard drive. Estimate for copying 1TB …

10 July 2020: No fire without smoke And there at dawn, from behind the low hill, a thick column of grey smoke pushes up towards the sky, becoming thicker after …

10 July 2020: After 5 years work, Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Dark Sky Park is near Whakatū (Nelson) at the top of the South Island: …

09 July 2020: Another excellent (re)read of a Cari Hunter book: A Quiet Death (Dark Peak Book 3). 📚 Very difficult subject matter: …

09 July 2020: I bought a new 4TB portable hard drive to replace the 1TB model that no longer seem sufficient for Time Machine backups. …

09 July 2020: I think Tauhou are one of my favourite birds. I put up a bird feeder near the front door a couple of days ago, and three have …

08 July 2020: Kiwis, and others with an interest in Te Reo Māori, the podcast: Everyday Māori has mainly short episodes with very clear and …

07 July 2020: Well, that was an interesting 28 minutes: Allusionist 118. Survival: Bequest Europeans … imposed cisgender monogamous …

07 July 2020: Another excellent (re)read: Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter. 📚 how can she investigate a crime when no one cares …

06 July 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @vanessa who often walks with her dog in some very lovely places.

06 July 2020: We drove to Wellington yesterday. Just north of Peka Peka traffic slowed and we passed several each of cop cars, ambulances …

05 July 2020: The Daily Quake. 〰️ Just a little ‘wave’ preceded by a sort of click then clunk like a door closing. Weak earthquake occurred …

04 July 2020: Perspective matters so much. Scared to Death had passages describing a female victim from the male captor’s perspective, …

04 July 2020: No Good Reason (The Dark Peak Series Book 1) by Cari Hunter was a darn good mystery story. As it was apparently the first …

04 July 2020: Ok, I got a bit ranty but some days the injustice is just too much. ♀

04 July 2020: Pink hair has nothing to do with online abuse! Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an Associate Professor and head of the Bioluminescent …

04 July 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has now had 41 consecutive months in which the temperature has not slipped more than 0.5ᵒC below the …

04 July 2020: Oh dear, I can see why this spammer needs to blackmail folks. Sorry your ‘a’ key isn’t working fellow, but I …

03 July 2020: Today I finally managed a shot of the goose that lives along the road a bit.

03 July 2020: My favourite notice at the vet clinic.

03 July 2020: My camera feels so wrong with the 16–50mm zoom, but here are two photos of snow on more southern parts of the Tararuas. One …

03 July 2020: I really needed to have known this after taking a longish call on my Apple Watch this morning: Switch a call from your Apple …

02 July 2020: Yesterday the stiff southerly was evident in the cabbage tree leaves. Today, now the cloud has cleared away, some peaks of …

02 July 2020: “While socks last”.

02 July 2020: The Kindle book ‘Lethal Suds (Abigail Kinsman Mysteries Book 1)’ has taught me that every author needs someone to take a look …

02 July 2020: Last week I read The Crossing Places: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 1. I was ambivalent about it as I read, but really …

02 July 2020: Hmmm, Scared to Death was a book I read to the end, but I’m not sure I’ll buy any others in the series. The …

02 July 2020: Volume down for the annoying wind noise. Southerly sand storm at the beach today. The dogs still had fun. 🐶

02 July 2020: I absolutely adore the massive vocabulary of the English language. I love words in general. So sometimes a word in a book …

02 July 2020: Well the good thing about having to get up to let Sasha out at 1 am is that I was able to load more wood into the wood …

01 July 2020: I need to be careful what I read in the hours before bed. Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter murder mystery series Book 1) …

01 July 2020: Today I learned that Quiet parks are a thing. Wilderness Quiet Parks are large pristine areas offering exceptional sonic …

30 June 2020: I watched the first 40 minutes (the lecture) of this. Its fascinating stuff: Kelly Wright: Raciolinguistic profiling: Passing …

30 June 2020: 5 years ago this basic Westinghouse Saturn electric oven with spiral elements was brand new. Today we’ve replaced it with a …

30 June 2020: Today I spent an hour watching the front yard as my part in the Aotearoa New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. Something happens …

30 June 2020: Cold southerly at the beach this morning. For once I took my camera. Photo of Kuaka (Godwits), which usually return to the …

30 June 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @jennifermjones , a local reporter who lives with her dog in the deepest darkest Southwest of …

30 June 2020: We Dig Dinosaurs was great. Host Emily Graslie does a fabulous job and has so much fun. Cretaceous … T. rex dominated the …

29 June 2020: I knew mid-book in Lies to Tell: An utterly gripping Scottish crime thriller (Detective Clare Mackay Book 3) by Marion Todd …

28 June 2020: Turns out Aotearoa New Zealand is just the tippy tops of the lost continent of Zealandia: only 6% of the continent is above …

27 June 2020: We abandoned Ad Astra half way through and switched to Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga which was way more …

27 June 2020: Our broadband died this morning. After 40 minutes on the phone to a very pleasant person in India Ive been given 100GB free …

27 June 2020: 27-Jun-20: daily quake. 〰️ 4.9 near Rotorua, but quite deep. Shook us around slightly. I thought it would have been one of …

26 June 2020: Ive become the fun police and have reported this nearby smoke nuisance to the local Council. This green waste burnoff means I …

26 June 2020: I didnt realise how poor this photo was — it makes Sashas eyes look really weird. Anyway, freshly groomed dogs looking …

26 June 2020: It seems this year I need a section called My Daily Earthquake. There are so many quakes this year and so many nearby. When …

25 June 2020: Sigh, sexist assumptions… : 2,600-year-old Scythian remains … considered to be male because with him were … an axe, a bow, …

25 June 2020: I was surprised by how profoundly moving this was, both the views of the ‘audience’ and the music itself: Barcelona …

24 June 2020: The terror of the turn Some mornings it can be terrifying trying to get across the road with the steady stream of truck and car traffic between the …

23 June 2020: I thoroughly enjoyed the feel-good Netflix movie Feel the Beat 📺: a 2020 American family dance comedy-drama film Fairly …

23 June 2020: First time in an extremely long time that Ive watched ISS go overhead. Experimented with night mode: iPhone 11, with 10 …

23 June 2020: Hmmm, apparently my Move It Mondays are inevitably followed by Too-Tired Tuesdays! 🥱

23 June 2020: A day when the breeze, if any, is easterly so while the sea isn’t quite glass, it’s just really gentle. Large in the …

23 June 2020: Well the WWDC20 keynote was cool. I’ll be ready for a new Mac laptop in a year or two so that’ll fit nicely with …

23 June 2020: 🤣 “Historic Day”, ‘undisclosed location’ … that looks like an underground bunker beneath the pool.

23 June 2020: Glad to see in the 2020 WWDC Apple have made much more effort to have women presenters.

22 June 2020: I recently decided on Move It Mondays to start my week off right. Today was so gorgeous I took the kayak to the river and …

22 June 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @danielpunkass , creator of MarsEdit and Black Ink, podcaster with @manton at Core Intuition and …

22 June 2020: Was that Venus looking in while I did my morning stretches? Starwalk said Yes. And it turns out Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto …

21 June 2020: We have new neighbours. Neighhh. 🐴 👏

20 June 2020: Emily Graslie is one of my favourite YouTube video presenters. Now shes part of the Prehistoric road trip which turns out to …

20 June 2020: Today we drove to Feilding for Deb’s birthday lunch at the Amayjen restaurant, and excellent food it was too. I ate …

20 June 2020: Down in the dunes this morning, this wonderful fungus.

19 June 2020: Rain glorious rain! It rained for more than 24 hours. Yesterday alone brought nearly 40 mm. The water tank is overflowing and …

19 June 2020: Sleepy as last nights good shake left me awake for more than an hour. At 7.5 magnitude and only 33 Km deep its a good thing …

18 June 2020: I did not know this: The combined gravitational pull of the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and other planets cause the shape of the …

18 June 2020: And on motorcycling: two keen motorcycling women friends (each has 2 or 3 large bikes) married back in February 2014. They …

18 June 2020: A conversation with @Strandlines about gendered protective gear reminded me of a Letter to the Editor I wrote in 1972, when I …

17 June 2020: Such a fascinating and provocative 40 minute interview: Caroline Criado Perez: Invisible Women. Maybe health workers would …

17 June 2020: Last night Oshi drove me crazy with almost continuous barking for about 90 minutes when I went to bed. 👿 Today I may know …

17 June 2020: Do you know about MyNoise? I use the iOS apps, but also listen on my Mac sometimes (as now). A library of customisable sounds …

16 June 2020: I enjoyed Margaret Mizushima: Hunting Hour 📚: a girl has gone missing from the junior high … police dog Robo …

16 June 2020: This Micro Monday I’d suggest you follow @cheri , author of some excellent cozy mysteries and other books.

16 June 2020: I love watching the signers on Government briefings. The signer just now seems particularly expressive in face and body as …

16 June 2020: I know, slightly, the author of the NZ Health and Disability System Review, so am not surprised that measures to counteract …

16 June 2020: Excellent! Aotearoa New Zealand has free health care for all but the system was run down over a long time by conservative …

16 June 2020: Awww, after 50+ years Diego gets to go home: Diego the giant Galapagos tortoise whose tireless efforts are credited with …

16 June 2020: Good read: Seven of Nine Was Always Queer: 📺 🖖 🏳️‍🌈 So much of what Seven does on Voyager is to break down the binaries that …

15 June 2020: The person who bought my old Fuji X-M1 camera body very kindly shared some links and tips about updating firmware on the …

14 June 2020: I could see it was cold out (-2C) when I woke at 4.30. Dawn showed the frost that went with the low temps. Note too the very …

13 June 2020: This good-looking fellow was resting his head on the fork of the tree beside him … until I took out my phone for a photo. …

12 June 2020: What would it feel like, I wonder, to scan the TV and movie listings in something like TV+ or Netflix, and to see 99% of the …

12 June 2020: Ive been watching the TV+ series Dear… Its uplifting and inspiring. Each episode looks at the life of a well-known person, …

11 June 2020: Just rewatched the 14 minute SciShow video There Are More Than Two Human Sexes which so clearly explains why XX and XY are …

10 June 2020: Niue The World’s First ‘Dark Sky Nation’ 🇳🇺 the International Dark-Sky Association … announced an …

10 June 2020: Geraldine farmers go to bat for endangered species [farmers] planned to cut down a row of willows at their property near …

10 June 2020: Fungi at the beach — a benefit of driftwood. Sometimes I think Ive learned nothing about taking photos over the last decade. …

09 June 2020: A huge downside to committing to learning a bunch of songs / waiata in the Māori language / Te Reo Māori: Ive had several of …

09 June 2020: Kiwi company Lanaco makes wool face masks, used in bushfires and for Covid-19. They even bred sheep specially, to get the …

09 June 2020: Warm fronts? Cold fronts? This 5.5 minute video from the UK MetOffice explains well: What are weather fronts?. 🌦 It was …

08 June 2020: For Micro Monday let me recommend @dejus , a Kiwi living in the US who keeps us entertained with his wonderful photos: Flock …

08 June 2020: What fabulous news for Aotearoa New Zealand re Covid-19 today: 🦠 active cases: Zero 28 February to 08 June 2020: confirmed …

08 June 2020: Waiata #4 to learn: Ko Mātou Ko mātou, te rōpū mahi e Ko mātou, te rōpū mahi e Ka …

07 June 2020: We really enjoyed watching Netflix ☛ Space Force 📺 Space Force is a workplace comedy series that centers on a group of …

07 June 2020: Hmmm, Feedbin has been down for hours now. I’m missing my RSS feeds…

07 June 2020: Waiata #3 to learn: E toru ngā mea E toru ngā mea Ngā mea nunui E kī ana Te Paipera Whakapono …

07 June 2020: At 13.5 Oshi has developed arthritis so now visits the vet quite often. 🐶 He has ½ a Carprieve anti-inflammatory pill …

07 June 2020: I read Bullets and Beads (A Miss Fortune Mystery Book 17) by Jana DeLeon. 📚 Can Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie manage to …

07 June 2020: In 2010 I bought a basic Avanti bike that served me well. In 2018 I bought a much better bike so this was relegated to towing …

06 June 2020: At last, haircut day. Before (with 3 months growth) and after. Really enjoyed chatting with my hairdresser too. Turns out we …

05 June 2020: I just don’t like the look of these clouds…

05 June 2020: Waiata #2 The next waiata I want to learn is Hokihoki tonu mai: Hokihoki tonu mai - Again and again she returns Te wairua o …

04 June 2020: This 2.5 minute video is really cool. Now I know why no-one would ever put on flop-flips to zag-zig down the road to look …

04 June 2020: I’m watching an excellent free course called Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life Just came across this supremely …

03 June 2020: Ohhh, absolutely ROTFFL hilarious: Netflix ☛ Hannah Gadsby: Douglas. Definitely NSFW. She is so so very clever: all the …

03 June 2020: Waiata #1 I want to continue extending my knowledge of Māori language and culture. My current effort is to learn the …

03 June 2020: Wow, it’s 4 years since I listed anything on TradeMe. I hate selling stuff, but have several items that need to be …

03 June 2020: This week I’m on a free learning binge. Currently watching: Robin DiAngelo on topics such as Deconstructing White …

02 June 2020: I noticed this patch of iceplant among the Spinifex at the beach this morning. Not sure if its the native plant or an …

01 June 2020: Terminology can be such a pain. The intersection of State Highway 1 and Waikawa Beach Road is a problem. It feels dangerous …

31 May 2020: Some here might like to look at the four drone photos of Waikawa Beach posted by a local on Twitter today. He likely used a …

31 May 2020: Oshi gets close, while Sasha has that classic over-the-shoulder look. 🐶

31 May 2020: Babylon 5 1994–1998, one of my all-time favourites. Set on a future space station, with a 5-season arc, it reached its peak …

31 May 2020: This aftershock woke me: 4.7 at almost 11pm last night. 〰️ A bit worrying, but I soon went back to sleep.

30 May 2020: Oooh, Apple TV+ has ordered: “Hedy Lamarr,” a new eight-episode limited series Lamarr was an actor and inventor, major …

30 May 2020: Safari (Mac) helps me see a problem website better. Sharesies is excellent but the text is too small and some text is too …

30 May 2020: Eureka 2006–2012 was a ‘hidden’ town of fictional science geniuses and their crazy inventions. Each episode …

29 May 2020: In Aotearoa New Zealand now it seems surreal to keep on with distancing, sanitiser etc, because: 7th day in a row, no new …

29 May 2020: Ive lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for ~57 years and never heard of “Moving Day” till now. Mind you, when I was a kid NZ had …

29 May 2020: Warehouse 13 2009–2014 was a fun show about retrieving and storing artifacts with dangerous powers, like Ivan Pavlov’s …

29 May 2020: Ohhh, Im not even half way through Legends of Tomorrow 514 and may not be able to finish because Im laughing too hard. Now …

28 May 2020: I’ve decided my own June challege — I’ve just decided to have a No-Apostrophe June (starting now). I believe the apostrophe …

28 May 2020: Sanctuary 2008–2011 starred Amanda Tapping (of Stargate fame). The Sanctuary helped and sometimes contained Abnormals, …

27 May 2020: Lovely: Out a 10 minute short movie on Disney+. 🍿🌈 a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents unexpectedly has …

27 May 2020: It was a stunning morning, so my friend Chris and I drove our electric bikes to Peka Peka and rode 16Km on the shared track …

27 May 2020: In Star Trek: Voyager 1995–2001 Captain Kathryn Janeway leads her crew home from the Delta Quadrant. She’s not someone …

27 May 2020: Waaaay back on 29 February I ordered this bike bag from AliExpress. Then Covid-19 happened. Tracking gave weird info. Today, …

27 May 2020: There are two of these plants in the dunes and each year I forget their name — it’s a Yucca. Last year it flowered in …

27 May 2020: The X-Rite Color Challenge and Hue Test was interesting, and I was pleased with my score of 4 (where 0 is best).

26 May 2020: Well, I definitely enjoyed Onward, which surprised me a little. Two brothers go on a quest for magic to bring back their dead …

26 May 2020: I’m declaring an earthquake emoji: 〰️

26 May 2020: One of the ways to stop smaller ornaments falling off shelves in an earthquake is Museum Wax. It’s really just a soft …

26 May 2020: We’ve been having aftershocks, most not noticeable. This 5.2 got me up though. Two tiny things fell off the shelf. …

26 May 2020: Xena 1995–2001: a formidable warrior, reformed baddie. Had an intense relationship with Gabrielle, a bard who grew into a …

26 May 2020: I enjoy starting my day with a Tom Scott video, like this 5 minute explainer: Ə: The Most Common Vowel in English.

25 May 2020: Watched Mulan which was fun. It’s based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan — a young woman who takes her father’s place …

25 May 2020: Buffy 1997–2003 was glorious. It introduced creative language use and a young woman who literally fought demons — her own and …

25 May 2020: M5.8 quake nearby really shook things up I was doing a crossword on my MacBook Pro when with no warning at all the house started to really shake. This was a big …

25 May 2020: Alert for aftershocks now. There have been a few minor shocks since then ~3.6 that we haven’t felt, though the …

25 May 2020: Thanks for all good wishes. Earthquake was sourced about 33Km away, 37Km deep, mag 5.8. Our house is on 6 metre deep poles so …

25 May 2020: SUCH a big earthquake I actually left the house. Minor things fell off shelves. All ok. More later. Shaking… …

24 May 2020: Next week’s Micro.Blog Challenge is about Artwork and drawings — our own or others. I don’t draw, and think …

24 May 2020: Miss Fortune Mysteries by Jana DeLeon. This series remains fresh and humorous, even though there are now 17 novels. CIA …

23 May 2020: I have a final Book recommendations challenge item coming tomorrow. 📚 But here’s a bonus author recommendation: …

23 May 2020: Actually just watched an ad (for Ecosa mattresses) all the way through, instead of skipping, because it was entertaining. …

23 May 2020: This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. One thing every single human being alive has in common: we’re growing …

22 May 2020: My pal Rachel McAlpine, writer, podcaster and blogger, contributed this very interesting 17 minute video to the #M365May …

22 May 2020: We thought we spotted 3 sheep in the next door paddock but one. Unusual for a cow farm, but not unheard of. But they …

22 May 2020: Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures. We can count up to 3 innately, but beyond that …

21 May 2020: We watched Captain America: The First Avenger over 2 nights and it wasn’t bad. Great to spot Agent Carter too. We’ve …

21 May 2020: Clam Consternation Everyone comments on how many rubber gloves wash up on Waikawa Beach. There's a strong suspicion amongst locals that the …

21 May 2020: I watched Batwoman, reluctantly, because of Ruby Rose. The show was too dark and gruesome for my taste. So I’m partly …

21 May 2020: I’ve been part of only a very few Zoom calls and everyone else knows more than me about using Zoom. That’s why …

21 May 2020: Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal by Joe Kissell harness the power of the Unix underpinnings of macOS! … …

20 May 2020: Last week I thought we had a frost. This morning we definitely did!

20 May 2020: The Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Mystery and Sci-Fi all wrapped up in space with a superb cast. One of …

20 May 2020: Dawn is on its way.

19 May 2020: Tl;dr: the website Free Online OCR does a fantastic job extracting text from screenshots. I really really dislike the service …

19 May 2020: The Renegat by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Sci-Fi. One of my all-time favourite authors, this particular novel is brilliant. A …

18 May 2020: Every 6 weeks or so I move the quail to a new spot. Here they are, near the house. It was a major effort to move the run …

18 May 2020: Book recommendations challenge. 📚 I’m being totally self-indulgent and hopping in a time machine. From 2006: WordPress …

17 May 2020: We watched Fisherman’s Friends, an excellent British film based on a true story. 🍿 … about a group of Cornish fishermen from …

17 May 2020: We watched and thoroughly enjoyed The Half of It, a movie about love and friendship. 🍿 It’s a very different story …

17 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Violet sky in Niue. 📷

16 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Indigo. Pukeko. 📷

16 May 2020: I watched the first episode of The Bionic Woman which dates all the way back to 14 January 1976! 📺 I was struck by just how …

16 May 2020: We’ve been watching Miss Scarlet and the Duke. 📺 It has potential but doesn’t seem to quite gel. Scarlet is whiny and …

15 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Blue. 📷

14 May 2020: Oh hooray! Years ago the National (conservative) government cut adult education to shreds. Our Labour government, in …

14 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Green. 📷

14 May 2020: With confirmed daily new cases of Covid-19 in single digits or 0 for 4 weeks now, today Aotearoa New Zealand drops to Alert …

14 May 2020: Sunrise to the Northeast of me, neighbour’s house to the Southwest. I glanced out to see the neighbour’s house …

13 May 2020: Ahhh, the Legends of Tomorrow episode Freaks and Greeks was good fun. Plenty of leading women, and a whole load of women …

13 May 2020: My favourite news item of the day: Aotearoa New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield: “it’s …

13 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Yellow. 📷

12 May 2020: Apart from it being dark by the time the delivery driver tried to find our place, our first online & delivery supermarket …

12 May 2020: Took a little drive to Paraparaumu today to pick up the frozen dog food brand I prefer. I enjoyed the jaunt — 30 to 40 …

12 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Orange. 📷

11 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Red. 📷

11 May 2020: Good news for us: interest in fresh New Zealand produce is surging in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. “… no problems with ports …

10 May 2020: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata. He tāngata. He tāngata. — What is the most important thing in the world? It is people. …

09 May 2020: Wow! Dolly Parton is quite something: singer and philanthropist: 100 million books given away for free … It is now one of …

09 May 2020: Seven: “You have assimilated enough for one day. You have also provided invaluable assistance to the Voyager crew. You …

08 May 2020: Clean and sweet smelling dogs. 😀 🐶 I retook the photo of Sasha because she did a giant yawn. I didn’t realise in the second …

08 May 2020: Two shaggy dogs have been dropped off at the groomers. 🐶

08 May 2020: “Ever since my first day on the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore I’d never let myself get caught in one of …

07 May 2020: Wow, just watched episode 1 of The Andy Griffith Show. Ron Howard, aged about 6! I used to watch that show as a kid. Turns …

07 May 2020: Finally replaced our 45 litre emergency water supply with fresh, bleached, drinking water. You’re supposed to do it …

07 May 2020: It’s been ages since I last used Screenflow. It just took me several hours to make a 40-second ‘movie’ for my …

07 May 2020: I’ve had problems with motivation the last few days. Today I’m trying to shake things up a bit. Already done the …

07 May 2020: Curbs happen. Sometimes when you least expect it. – Suzan Davis: Drop Physical, Mental and Spiritual Flab through …

06 May 2020: The last few days we’ve had cloud, rain, and even the occasional thunderclap, and a rainbow. 🌈 Today’s blue sky …

06 May 2020: At last. We had actual rain for a few days — almost 68 mm all up. That’s nearly 4,500 litres in the household water …

06 May 2020: Buffy: If the apocalypse comes, beep me. 💬

05 May 2020: So good to read this from our Police Commissioner about community checkpoints: our approach has been driven by a desire to …

05 May 2020: Lao Ma: Nothing is soft as water. Yet, who can withstand the raging flood? 💬

05 May 2020: Usually Ravel’s Bolero drives me to be elsewhere, but this video is not only astonishingly creative but also utterly …

04 May 2020: Thank you @brentsimmons for Undo Mark Older as Unread in NetNewsWire! My finger slipped. Phew!

04 May 2020: Our tunnelhouse is still producing capsicums and aubergine. Small, but still perfectly good. These will go in tonight’s …

04 May 2020: Delenn of the Minbari: Withdraw or be destroyed! Earth Force: Negative! Do not force us to engage. Delenn: Why not? Only one …

03 May 2020: I’d like to thank @macgenie for allowing me to chat with her on Voyager Revisited episode 14 B’Elanna Torres: 50% …

03 May 2020: I haven’t read these books yet, but am downloading a few: 13 Legally Free Digital Queer Books for Your Quarantine …

03 May 2020: Aussies tend to make great telly (and movies) and My Life Is Murder, starring my favourite, Lucy Lawless, is no exception: …

03 May 2020: Thanks to the many folks who said they were looking into or already using Kiva to help business people with small loans, eg …

02 May 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand is in a lucky position to trace the virus spread around the country: NZ’s first Covid-19 case … …

02 May 2020: For years now I’ve been lending money to individual business women in need via Kiva, usually $25 at a time. So far I’ve …

02 May 2020: We’ve had a bit more than 100 mm rain in the first 4 months of the year. The forecast for the next 3 days is for another 100 …

01 May 2020: I really enjoyed Frozen II. 🍿Great plot, music and animations. A favourite: the singing reindeer. Also 👍: Throughout the …

01 May 2020: Hmmm, at 13.5 it seems Oshi and Sasha are now officially in old age. 🐶 The vet confirmed Oshi has arthritis, so now …

30 April 2020: Finally finished Take Control of Apple Watch. I recommend it, even if you think you know all about your watch. For example, I …

30 April 2020: A septic tank deals with our waste and that’s fine by me. More houses should be independent in that way. The tank needs …

29 April 2020: A specially good reason to ride my bike around the village today. Blue skies, sunshine…

29 April 2020: Every day I check my On This Day page. Today I found two mistakes: a missing word in a 12 month old post and a typo in a two …

28 April 2020: This angel is guarding a gate in the neighbourhood. A cheerful addition.

27 April 2020: As we move down one Alert Level in Aotearoa New Zealand things are looking good. New confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been in …

27 April 2020: I’ve been reading Jeff Carlson’s excellent Take Control of Apple Watch and picked up a few tips in spite of wearing a watch …

27 April 2020: These two videos might be helpful for some of us: Relieve tight shoulders with self-massage! and Relieve neck pain and …

26 April 2020: Tonight’s viewing: Avengers: Endgame. Hard to believe this was one of the highest grossing films of all time. 🥱 😴

26 April 2020: Last night we watched 2 movies, Outsourced and Greenfingers. Both were lightweight and enjoyable. Outsourced sees an American …

25 April 2020: This is the ‘south track’ to the beach. Nice, eh!

24 April 2020: This Thrush was hanging round near the kitchen window this morning. 🐦

23 April 2020: Back on 29 February 2020 I ordered a bag to go on my bike’s carrier. It took them a while to ship it, but eventually it was …

23 April 2020: Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is so good in press conferences. Journalist asks a great question and gets a detailed, …

23 April 2020: Buying — it’s a bargain! The Mysterious Women StoryBundle Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: … favorite female authors …

23 April 2020: Personal submission to Horowhenua District Council Annual Plan 2020/2021 Key projects: … connecting shared pathways…With a recent steep rise in the popularity of electric bikes, and …

22 April 2020: Flax leaves (and those from toitoi and cabbage trees) are a nightmare when I weedeat around the plants. Leaves wrap …

21 April 2020: I’ve just discovered the NY Times Acrostic puzzles and I just love them. Can’t get enough. They’re a much better …

21 April 2020: They were lost and now are found… I’m gradually cleaning up the overgrown tunnelhouse. Found 2 huge yellow and rotting …

20 April 2020: Great news today that Aotearoa New Zealand’s transmission rate for Covid-19 is R0.48. A week from today we move down …

20 April 2020: I was just pondering an approach like this the other day: 🐶 the experimental project, which is seeking to establish whether …

20 April 2020: Glad to be part of of FluTracking: 😷 to develop a system that can provide: - Community level influenza-like illness …

19 April 2020: The second Ilsa Evans book in the Nell Forrest series and equally enjoyed: Ill-Gotten Gains 📚 A minor act of cemetery …

19 April 2020: On the edge of the estuary, these grasses / rushes caught my attention today. Very textured.

19 April 2020: I’m loving being able to see and edit the Pages on my 3 different Micro.Blogs with the alpha of MarsEdit 4.4. …

19 April 2020: June Almeida peered into her electron microscope in 1964, she saw a round, grey dot covered in tiny spokes …would become …

18 April 2020: Thanks to ‘On This Day’ I found that 2 years ago I did an online hearing test. Today I tried it again. Looks like there might …

18 April 2020: Oh happy day! The alpha of Mars Edit shows my pages from 3 Micro.Blog blogs as well as a WordPress blog where I’ve …

17 April 2020: As you were… This Covid–19 version of Waikawa Beach, with roads empty of cars, vans and trucks, is how some longtime locals remember …

17 April 2020: 👍 decisive action. On the chart the red line is the model for how many Covid-19 cases Aotearoa New Zealand could have had. …

16 April 2020: Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes high quality sci-fi. Recommended: Diving Series is ½ off! First novel in the series, …

16 April 2020: I really enjoyed reading Nefarious Doings by Australian Ilsa Evans. Engaging text and character, wonderful dry humour. The …

15 April 2020: Thanks to John McWhorter in the excellent Lexicon Valley podcast episode The Many Meanings of Too for playing part of this …

15 April 2020: I hopped out of bed and spotted this pheasant watching me from the rail of the dog yard fence. I quickly grabbed this shot …

14 April 2020: I did sleep last night but with winds gusting up to 80+ Kph it wasn’t a good sleep by any means. Our house is on 6 …

13 April 2020: I just finished reading Nichelle Clarke Crime Thrillers, Books 1–3 by LynDee Walker, and enjoyed the books enough to …

13 April 2020: The farmer next door runs dairy (not by us) and beef (over our fence). Today though there were 4 sheep in his next-but-one …

12 April 2020: While looking for something else I came upon this photo I took in 2013. Oystercatcher. 🐦

12 April 2020: Two very surprising finds in the news: first name only and lack of upper case for Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis. I’ve …

12 April 2020: I’m glad homeless people will have (temporary) houses, but what bugs me about this is the phrase ‘homeless community’. …

12 April 2020: Emily Graslie works for the Chicago Field Museum and is one of my favourite YouTubers. She has such a lovely manner. If you …

11 April 2020: This ‘fountain’ in our back yard was courtesy of the warning light on our septic tank. First I jiggled the pipe that makes a …

11 April 2020: This is such a clear explanation: How Privacy-Friendly Contact Tracing Can Help Stop the Spread of Covid-19 Nicky Case, …

10 April 2020: There was a bit of a swell in the sea today. First walk on the beach together with Deb in ages.

09 April 2020: Apparently the farmer’s tractor, with post hole digger attached, is the place for all the cool cats to hang out today.

08 April 2020: 👍 👍 Maybe handy: Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on …

07 April 2020: Waaaaay back on 13 February 2020 (about a lifetime ago now) I ordered a pair of neoprene booties from AliExpress. Today they …

06 April 2020: A bubble of one's own When things happen at Waikawa Beach the caring side of the community really shines through. A few weeks ago numerous …

06 April 2020: I’ll see your cat Paladin on the railing @dejus and raise you a dog on a tower of beds. Oshi. 🐶

05 April 2020: The Levin New World supermarket had things well-organised this morning. Just as I was wishing I’d brought some water …

05 April 2020: Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is amazing. Relaxed, authoritative, really knows her stuff. Patient, kind, has a sense of …

05 April 2020: Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says statistics suggest we have only 25% Covid-19 infections as modelling predicted. …

05 April 2020: New supermarket rules.

05 April 2020: I’ve been queuing for 40 minutes since the supermarket opened and have just reached the sign telling me it’ll be about an …

04 April 2020: A great read: Slanging match slang is not and never has been an exclusively male preserve. But each generation of critics …

03 April 2020: I keep intending and forgetting to go to the beach to watch the sun set. Tonight I finally made it.

03 April 2020: So rewarding to do a cryptic crossword again (it’s been a while). The intuitive leaps, the anagrams… I was rusty… …

02 April 2020: I looked up at the end of a photography training video to see the sun had set and the sky looked gorgeous. Trees silhouetted …

02 April 2020: Self isolation Day 6 (or maybe 7 or 8): a beach walk with dogs. Looking south and looking north.

01 April 2020: My partner Deb’s current commute.

01 April 2020: Ugh, today is my least favourite day of any year: April Fools Day. I hope there’s no stupid stuff this year, of all …

31 March 2020: First full day of my partner working from our 70 square metre home was revealing. I thought her job was a lot of writing …

31 March 2020: This is our temporary new neighbour. Sadly, she’s alone in her paddock, but she seems very calm. A friend told me …

30 March 2020: Passionfruit flower.

30 March 2020: A tranquil river on a peaceful day.

29 March 2020: Well, Aotearoa New Zealand has had its first Covid-19 death: an older person with underlying health vulnerabilities. 😒

29 March 2020: This is great news for the future: Virtual consultations very effective - doctor A family doctor using virtual consultations …

29 March 2020: Fascinating. See what happens in an epidemic if more or less people self-isolate. Even a few breaking the rules can prolong …

28 March 2020: With pouring rain and a cold southerly, today I lit the fire for the first time this year. Just a little one, for an hour or …

27 March 2020: How many times can the media, on behalf of the public ask if it’s “alright to drive to the beach or park for a walk” and for …

27 March 2020: The anatomy of our society This pandemic lays bare the anatomy of our society. Our response to the imminent threat of mass deaths from Covid-19 is to …

27 March 2020: I had a very anxious 10 minutes this morning when I went to wake up my MacBook Pro and couldn’t get it going. It was …

26 March 2020: What great news! Christchurch mosque attacks: Gunman pleads guilty to all charges The man [accused of 2019] Christchurch …

26 March 2020: Recently added items at the Department of Obsolete Phrases: Cooee, anyone home? While you were out… I was hoping I’d …

25 March 2020: When our lives go sideways When World War 2 broke out my parents were in their early 20s. Dad was sent off to war and ended up in a Japanese Prisoner of …

24 March 2020: Ah, finally someone has broached the subject we don’t want to think about. In Aotearoa New Zealand we always expect an …

24 March 2020: So very pleased to hear our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, switching from the word ‘lockdown’ to ‘shutdown’. Lockdown …

24 March 2020: Capons! Who knew I knew that word!? One of the things I love about @danielpunkass Black Ink - Solve Crossword Puzzles With …

23 March 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand is now pretty much in lockdown. Level 3 alert, but in 2 days time, Level 4 where businesses are closed …

23 March 2020: Supermarket limits.

23 March 2020: NZ’s leading health professionals and relevant scientists are all saying we should go to Level 4 lockdown right now. We …

23 March 2020: OK, this morning I’ve had my seasonal flu shot. The road was quieter than usual.

22 March 2020: Hmmm, 11pm and I ought to be asleep.

22 March 2020: Went with a friend to a cafe for breakfast this morning. Cafe capacity has been reduced(?) to 80 and we had to sign a …

22 March 2020: I love the rare occasion when I meet online pals in real life. @JohnPhilpin visited today and I enjoyed our chat. Here we are …

22 March 2020: This 7 minute doco is something for our cat lovers: Fishing Cat: The Cat That Hunts Underwater. 🐈 Life in the mangroves of …

21 March 2020: My favourite quote, now we’ve learned folks 70+ should stay home: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Deputy Prime …

20 March 2020: Some fisher lost this, presumably crab pot.

19 March 2020: The last numerous episodes of Legends of Tomorrow have been irritatingly sidetracked by silly old Constantine (pah!). S05E07 …

19 March 2020: So, Aotearoa New Zealand’s borders are closed to all except returning Kiwis. The ban applies to people not product, …

19 March 2020: Earlier I noticed Oshi licking rather than drinking from the dogs water fountain. Then I realised that since there was a …

18 March 2020: About blimmin time!! Parliament removes abortion from Crimes Act - Beehive.govt.nz Abortion has been removed from the Crimes …

18 March 2020: This photo isn’t specially great, but it marks a first for me: analyse what I wanted to capture, think about camera settings, …

18 March 2020: Did a grocery run — the supermarket featured emptied shelves, busy shelf stackers and overflowing trolleys. Then I treated …

18 March 2020: Detailed, useful scientific information: Siouxsie Wiles: How testing for Covid-19 works How the process runs, why NZ is not …

18 March 2020: It’s an absolute gorgeous day today. Blue sky, sunshine and clear. And the beach for kilometers is empty except for the birds …

18 March 2020: It’s an absolute gorgeous day today. Blue sky, sunshine and clear. And the beach for kilometers is empty except for the birds …

17 March 2020: Wow! NZ has created a huge Economic package to fight COVID-19. the most significant peace-time economic plan … to cushion …

17 March 2020: I haven’t read this free ebook, but the Take Control series is stunningly good Take Control of Working from Home …

17 March 2020: Heh, my partner and I often have a phonecall while she drives to or from work. I’ve realised ‘car metadata’ such as noise …

16 March 2020: If you have school-age kids you might want to watch this 4 minute video with them: How to to create a super-powered virus …

16 March 2020: Every few weeks I move the quail to a new spot on the flat area of grass below the house. Today Flop managed to escape in the …

15 March 2020: Normally I’d tell people Facebook would be the last place to get reliable info. But when the 18 minute video is our …

15 March 2020: Kiwis: this is a very well written explainer: How to run a country in a pandemic Rules of Parliament include no options for …

15 March 2020: I set the old iPad up again to see how the ginger kitten in the garage is doing. Something was off and it took over 1,000 …

15 March 2020: If you or someone you know is transgender or non-binary then this is a must-watch 12 minute video about transgender rights at …

14 March 2020: NZ derives significant income from tourism and the last decade or two has really pushed tourism. Covid-19 will hit our …

14 March 2020: So pleased we have a sensible government, and an excellent Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. Watch today’s COVID-19 …

14 March 2020: Hmm. 3 health questions but only requires action if the “answer” (singular) is “yes”. Do all 3 need to be true or only one? …

14 March 2020: With autumn come the early morning inversion layers. What a difference the moment of sunrise from behind the mountains makes.

13 March 2020: Arrived home from a bike ride to hear a weird noise in the garage. On investigation I found a confused Thrush bashing itself …

13 March 2020: I’ve been working my way happily through the RNZ podcast series Elemental. The episode on Thulium - the most laborious …

13 March 2020: In Aotearoa New Zealand the clocks go back an hour on Sunday 05 April this year. I’ve started the process of feeding the dogs …

12 March 2020: A recycling idea that failed The folks at Waikawa Beach are keen recyclers. The Horowhenua District Council a few months ago switched us from one crate …

12 March 2020: 14,000 litres of clean fresh water to fill our tank. Now we have a declared drought and with no real rain forecast and a …

12 March 2020: Whew! I took a photo at the beach but at home my iPhone 11 refused to turn on. This worked: Quickly press and release volume …

12 March 2020: Every day I check the wind flow map for Aotearoa New Zealand and our little spot on it. Today shows the wind from the south …

11 March 2020: Hmmm, I find Batwoman grim and very hard with all the torture and whatnot. Yet the episode Grinning from Ear to Ear was an …

10 March 2020: And lo, two trim and tidy dogs. 🐶 Sasha and Oshi after the groom.

10 March 2020: Shaggy dogs before grooming today. 🐶 Bonus photo from March 2007 when they were only a few months old and Oshi’s face …

09 March 2020: Good to see this plan to make NZ predator free by 2050 Department of Conservation … goals for Predator Free 2050… focus on … …

09 March 2020: This 300 page PDF by a pro photographer was definitely worth the US$13 I paid for it: Secrets To Stunning Wildlife …

09 March 2020: At last I know what makes some of the tracks on the beach. Sand scarab beetle Pericoptus truncatus is the largest of the New …

09 March 2020: I should remember this when I’m so often tired: Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest with chronic …

08 March 2020: Watching Charlie’s Angels 2019. It’s a lightweight undemanding movie for a Sunday evening.

07 March 2020: The literal tail ends of the RNZAF Black Falcons on their way to the Wellington Pride Parade. I think these must be the T-6C …

07 March 2020: Oshi approves of the new rug for the front door. The rug should add a bit of colour for winter. 🐶

06 March 2020: Last night I set up my old iPad Air 2 with a motion sensor app in the garage and caught a million pics of the ginger kitten …

05 March 2020: 3-yearly cervical smear. ✅ Tetanus booster shot. ✅ Shingles vaccine. ✅ Breakfast at Taper. ✅ Now it’s time for a cuppa …

04 March 2020: Flight. Helicopter. Hawk.

04 March 2020: The transformative power of a 3-letter word I was so concerned by an article in the Horowhenua Chronicle today I immediately wrote a Letter to the Editor. We have a …

04 March 2020: This is exciting, scary stuff: using non-printing zero-width characters to hide information, perhaps as a digital watermark. …

03 March 2020: Every year the Māoriland indigenous Film festival is in Ōtaki, just down the road. Every year I end up not going. 😒 For this …

03 March 2020: This cute little 6-month old Tibetan Terrier was waiting for his mums to order their lunch at the cafe in Shannon where I was …

03 March 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. I’ve been invited to take part in the free, …

03 March 2020: This was our Fox Terrier, Harriette, back in 2004. She definitely shed. You could bathe her and brush her and then …

03 March 2020: Drat. Much-needed dog groom cancelled last minute because of a death in the groomer’s family. The great thing about Shih Tzu …

02 March 2020: Next time someone asks why a woman didn’t just leave a violent relationship this is one compelling answer: The Family …

02 March 2020: Aha! 10 minutes later and the farmer’s turned up to feed out hay. No wonder the steers are all so excited.

02 March 2020: I don’t know what set off the steers in the next door paddock but they suddenly all decided to hoot and holler their way to a …

02 March 2020: I really enjoyed the movie 3 Generations. Teenager Ray realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother, …

02 March 2020: This grubby, shaggy, smelly girl (and her equally everything brother) will be groomed this week. 🐶 Today I need to do the …

02 March 2020: Portrait mode helps me see this 2-metre Kowhai I planted amongst the bracken etc. Now wondering if I should add wind …

02 March 2020: In the superb (free) The Science of Well-Being Course sometimes an aspect of vision is used to demonstrate how our …

01 March 2020: Woohoo. I happened to post a photo on 31 January, so even though I haven’t yet done the ‘vision’ post I’ve gained …

01 March 2020: Success, the tiny stray / feral ginger kitten trapped in the neighbour’s garage ran straight into my cat carry crate … …

01 March 2020: Time to leap into a gorgeous new day.

29 February 2020: Hey @Bix Apparently one can manipulate images on a Mac via Terminal with SIPS. Try “mac command line SIPS” in your search …

29 February 2020: Re my last: Ever since my first day on the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore I’d never let myself get caught in one …

29 February 2020: Today is where I realise I should have stuck with NZ time for the photo challenge instead of trying to do it a ‘day …

29 February 2020: Our neighbour’s house is slightly below ours. These marquees on their lawn are ready for their daughter’s beach wedding …

28 February 2020: Kiwis — want to know about vaccinations we can / should have? See New Zealand Immunisation Schedule. Wish I’d known to have a …

28 February 2020: This 20 minute discussion between 2 doctors is a must listen: I’m a grown-up. What vaccines do I need? I’d already …

28 February 2020: This is pleasing. Not only do we sometimes get 4 or 6 hours of free electricity with Genesis, but we get an annual refund …

28 February 2020: I’ve only just downloaded, but am keen to read Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal. If you’ve never used …

28 February 2020: Downloaded Tot notes app to try it out. The website doesn’t want to work in Safari on my Mac so I had to use Firefox. …

28 February 2020: These two have been together (and with us) for a little over 13 years now. Sasha and Oshi. 🐶

27 February 2020: For some this is their weekend escape. For me it’s pretty much daily enjoyment. Beach, sea, Kāpiti Island.

26 February 2020: This little cutie stunned herself flying into our window. I believe she’s a juvenile European Goldfinch. Now …

26 February 2020: This is amazing! Russian Multiplication: A Different Way to Multiply. Video, 7 minutes. In Russian multiplication you can …

26 February 2020: This speedbump doesn’t seem much of a hurdle, but I have to bike over / round 3 of them each way to the village and …

26 February 2020: Messing about with my camera at the beach at sunrise with ground mist.

25 February 2020: Yesterday, while savouring my bike ride, I noticed this lovely tree by the footbridge, rustling in the breeze. Perhaps …

25 February 2020: Katherine Johnson, key black female mathematician for NASA’s Apollo flights died 24 February 2020 at 101 years. RIP. …

25 February 2020: I wasn’t seeing double today. The single skinny ginger cat that’s been hanging around is now two skinny gingers. …

25 February 2020: Hmmm, that moment when you think your partner’s at work but Find her in Wellington Harbour on the Interislander Ferry route. …

24 February 2020: I was experimenting with camera settings. In the foreground are a juvenile and an adult black-backed gull. In the distance is …

23 February 2020: Not my photo: Nicolas Janberg. When I lived in Dūsseldorf it was a real spectacle in April 1976 to see the new Oberkassel …

22 February 2020: Progress just doesn’t go in straight lines.

21 February 2020: I was watering, when a grey ‘leaf’ on a flax stalk moved. On closer inspection I found a moth, about 5 cm long. Maybe …

21 February 2020: The bark on this driftwood (now in our garden) looks like scales.

20 February 2020: The dogs and I love having plenty of space for our walks.

19 February 2020: Interesting times ahead One of the delights of Waikawa Beach is that there are no commercial services: no cafe or coffee cart, no vege shops or …

19 February 2020: Some people oppose the use of 1080 for poisoning the many introduced predators that eradicate our native birds. They should …

19 February 2020: This is more of a saved bookmark for me: Proper Technique for Paddling a Kayak. The proper technique for paddling a kayak …. …

18 February 2020: I don’t go tramping in the bush, but the easily accessible forests and bush are silent. There’s no city / traffic …

18 February 2020: Another interesting Tom Scott video: Sentences Computers Can’t Understand, But Humans Can. Humans can work out the ‘it’ …

18 February 2020: The takahē is a very cool bird. Of only 418 in the world two live on Kāpiti Island. They’re big (about 3 Kg) and were …

17 February 2020: After a weekend of wandering the trails on Kāpiti Island looking for birds I find today I need a rest. Here are a Korimako …

16 February 2020: North Island Robins are so obliging. They come down to the track to get the insects you disturb by walking around. …

16 February 2020: When the bird you’re trying to get a photo of is high in a tree so you’re craning your neck for a while, it’s …

16 February 2020: Can you see Australia? Me either. It’s over there somewhere though, several thousand kilometers away. Taken on today’s walk …

16 February 2020: The bird life on the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is phenomenal. That’s what can happen when predators are removed. The …

16 February 2020: This Kereru sat quietly on an eye level branch about a metre away from me. They’re large and beautiful birds which live about …

15 February 2020: Luckily it’s a warm day for a trip to Kapiti Island. The boat ride took 10 minutes.

15 February 2020: On Kapiti Island the hills are covered with bush and there are so many birds! This weka was hanging round the picnic table.

15 February 2020: Looking south from our deck we can see the neighbour’s house, and the hill that marks the boundary between Horowhenua …

14 February 2020: Thank you so much to all the many folks who’ve sent birthday wishes. What a wonderful thing to wake up to on this sunny and …

13 February 2020: This time last year I came to watch the sunset the evening before my 64th birthday. I decided to do it again as I turn 65 …

13 February 2020: After listening to an interview on a podcast, I decided to try this free course The Science of Well-Being by Yale University. …

13 February 2020: Weather willing, our weekend destination is Kāpiti Island. I hope to walk to the top, and to see interesting native birds, …

13 February 2020: There comes a time when a cone no longer has a strong attachment to its tree.

12 February 2020: Luckily my kayak fits in the car. I drove to the footbridge today where the water was green, rather than brown for a change. …

12 February 2020: Today’s beach rubbish haul was an odd collection: polystyrene, a cassette from a typewriter(?), rubber hose from a …

12 February 2020: The river mouth is a vast plain of sand and water. It’s around 10 hectares or 26 acres of beach playground.

11 February 2020: You might think I took this photo yesterday BEFORE I filled the rabbit hole and stuck in a board to block it, but no, this is …

11 February 2020: At the all-purpose entrance to our beach is sign overload. The two small signs below the speed limit sign were placed there …

11 February 2020: This Cynthia Erivo - “Stand Up” - Oscars 2020 Performance is just magnificent! From the motion picture HARRIET, …

10 February 2020: I always love seeing this. Landskein.

10 February 2020: When there’s a lull in activity and I fancy sitting at the picnic table on the deck, the last thing I want is an active …

09 February 2020: RGB. 🐶

09 February 2020: Contrast: tire marks and smooth sand. I’m so glad the tide comes up each day to wash away the infernal tire tracks.

08 February 2020: Watched an excellent Australian movie: Top End Wedding: The film stars Miranda Tapsell as Lauren, a lawyer planning to wed …

08 February 2020: In 2002 Deb and I visited Vanuatu for a holiday. We travelled to Mount Yasur, an easily accessible active volcano on Tanna …

08 February 2020: 🤯 : ‘ard’ is a real suffix in the english language just like ‘ly’ or ‘ify’, … ‘ard’ means ‘too much’ or ‘too easily’ …

07 February 2020: We very rarely get seaweed of any kind on our beach, but today there was a small patch of this plant. Is it perhaps sea …

06 February 2020: Darn, this was from Monday and I’ve forgotten what site I was on. Whenever I have to choose New Zealand from a drop …

06 February 2020: I like things on my computer to be ‘just so’. Most windows should be tucked up to the top left corner, for example. …

05 February 2020: Oshi’s had his duck since he first came to live with us at age 3 months. He ignores it most of the time, but sometimes …

05 February 2020: These interesting fungi were hanging out in the strawberry patch.

05 February 2020: Every morning Sasha jumps on the bed for a cuddle. Then she settles down in her favourite spot at the foot. 🐶

04 February 2020: It took me a stupid amount of time to find this small photo. My new electric bike isn’t the first one I’ve owned. …

04 February 2020: It’s rare for there to be absolutely no wind. This sand dune reflection is actually from 2017.

03 February 2020: That’s what I wanted. Tired at the end of the day but had the urge to go for a little bike ride. eBike FTW. 9.02 km …

03 February 2020: I read and very much enjoyed Triana Moore, Space Janitor: The Complete Humorous Sci Fi Mystery Series by Julia Huni. The …

03 February 2020: It’s not just me and folks I know: How employers are freezing the over 50s out of the job market: the “more …

03 February 2020: This sight has dominated our local summer. A dreary landscape. Grey skies, drizzly mist. I’m sick of it!

03 February 2020: Odd but pleasing dreams: a stunningly iridescent blue butterfly 3 times the size of a Monarch, that I then realised was a …

02 February 2020: Although I did my best to clean our gutter recently it was seeming to overflow when we had any actual rain. I got the …

02 February 2020: I took my new bike for a ride beyond the village on to the ‘open’ road. 13 Km all up. I started with an extra loop …

01 February 2020: Turns out buying this Gepida Reptila 800 electric bike took most of the day. I’ve had one quick 8.6 Km ride and it’ll …

31 January 2020: Nice: Picard S1E2: people are working on a formerly Borg cube and a sign says: “This facility has gone 5843 days without an …

31 January 2020: Not only is Kristine Kathryn Rusch my favourite author in the sci-fi genre, but she also writes extremely good posts about …

31 January 2020: Good news for Waikawa Beach: we’re to get a new road: Three of New Zealand’s top 100 dangerous intersections are along …

30 January 2020: This was a truly interesting 25 minute video with two of my favourite YouTubers: What should museums do with their dead?. …

29 January 2020: I am so glad to see a little sun after a week of unrelenting drizzle. My mood lifted almost immediately.

29 January 2020: At Taper cafe in Levin I had my first ever (onion-free) quesadilla. It was so delicious! At a nearby table an older woman …

28 January 2020: It’s mid-summer, theoretically. We’re having day after day after day after day of cool, grey drizzle and it gets …

27 January 2020: I just loved The Case of the Karaoke Killer by @cheri . It flowed very smoothly and the story was completely believable. I …

26 January 2020: Here are some views from the motorcycle level of the numerous cars on the ground floor. So many cars: tiny and enormous, a …

26 January 2020: Then look at this 1895 Benz Velo.

26 January 2020: The Southward Car Museum has something for everyone, even those not interested in vehicles. Look at this motorcycle with tank …

25 January 2020: This 5.4 quake 67Km deep shook us awake. There was a gentler one 4 hours ago, just to get us in the mood. Moderate …

25 January 2020: Oh, and Legends of Tomorrow Episode 501 was bizarre, chaotic fun, but can I really hope that Constantine (who I really …

25 January 2020: I’ve been lukewarm on Arrow TV show for a bit; skipped a few eps here and there. 💤 Now the Crisis crossover has rebooted …

25 January 2020: Our motorcycling friends from up north are visiting. Breakfast at Taper in Levin. They had just washed roadworks dirt off …

25 January 2020: Late last year volunteers planted Spinifex (silvery) and Pingao (golden) in the dunes. They are growing well.

24 January 2020: Hmmm, the new intern seems to be hindering rather than helping at Deb’s office today: our dog Oshi on the lap of …

24 January 2020: Arrrgh! I should have set a timer. I put 12 quail eggs on to hard boil, meaning to turn the element down later. The noise of …

23 January 2020: This morning when I took my daily selfie something odd happened (apart from somehow the flash being on — I retook the photo …

22 January 2020: This relatively small dragonfly got itself stuck between two sliding doors. Luckily closing the door didn’t kill it as I …

21 January 2020: Heh, love it “Batwoman” Adds Another Lesbian Character and a Major Coming Out Storyline: A woman does not get kicked out of …

21 January 2020: Today I paddled maybe 1Km upstream from the Waikawa Beach footbridge, past the shag colony. Then I went down ~500 metres past …

21 January 2020: I’ve been working slowly on an extended project: tidy and sort the garage and another shed, toss junk, give away stuff, sell …

21 January 2020: I tried something a bit different on a stunning morning alone at the beach. This 360 degree video starts and ends looking …

20 January 2020: Today was the first time in months that I’ve biked the dogs in their trailer to a walking spot. Today was the trees across …

19 January 2020: The river’s been fairly low and still the last few days. Perhaps that’s because it’s the time of year when …

18 January 2020: Was out with a close friend / client at coffee this morning when she mentioned she was being spammed via her WordPress …

17 January 2020: Yesterday morning’s recording was of a Skylark (I think). Very low tide and slight Easterly meant the sea was quiet and the …

17 January 2020: At the Waikawa Beach estuary this moning. Pied Stilt birdcall, with a view of the river mouth and the bird itself. Very low …

16 January 2020: Wind, tide and a fickle Waikawa Stream After flowing west from the Tararuas the Waikawa Stream makes a sudden southward turn about 400 metres from shore. It …

16 January 2020: It can pay to be friends with the owner of your favourite cafe. Taper in Levin now offer White Tea as well as black and …

16 January 2020: When I watered the tunnelhouse this morning I was surprised to find this frog on a tomato plant, about a metre or more off …

15 January 2020: Branch, boat, horses … bird.

15 January 2020: A couple of years ago I ordered a down jacket and vest from Wear on Earth: Custom made down jackets and vests right here in …

15 January 2020: Nothing odd about an overnight low of 3C if it was mid-winter! But it’s mid-summer. 🥶

14 January 2020: These days we tap a button and a photo instantly appears. Back in the day a tintype photo took a lot of patience and messing …

14 January 2020: I haven’t been to the beach for a few days, but this morning’s visit was splendid. No wind, deep blue sky and ocean, …

13 January 2020: I have a few HTML files I’d like to be able to access from other devices. They’re really only for me. Meanwhile, …

12 January 2020: Magpies can be clowns. Spot the one hanging upside down, but twisting round to check me out. Moments later they were singing …

12 January 2020: Most of the wild rabbits round here are brownish-grey. There’s at least one black one though, presumably decended from some …

12 January 2020: This morning we visited Te Horo Beach, a 26 Km 30 minute drive by road or a mere 11 Km along the beach south of us. …

12 January 2020: I didn’t manage the best photo, but I was so excited to meet a Saluki for the first time in my life. 3 years old and they …

11 January 2020: I biked round to the village today. It’s a tiny trip: 5.5 Km return, but stops me from getting completely out of the …

10 January 2020: Visit to Foxton Estuary; White-faced Heron.

10 January 2020: A visit to Foxton Estuary; 4 Canada Geese all in a row.

09 January 2020: If you’re a Kiwi (I was granted citizenship in 2004) and meet a few residency requirements, then when you turn 65 you …

08 January 2020: This shocks me: A local Kāpiti Focus Group formed early in 2019 to advocate for a cycleway, walkway and bridleway on …

07 January 2020: NetNewsWire on my iPad is so fast! So smooth and easy to use. Thanks @brentsimmons

06 January 2020: What a great podcast episode! Lady Bam Podcast with Mary McDonnell - Episode 11 - Kate Mulgrew starship captain and …

06 January 2020: I’m sick of the westerly wind today. Why is NZ so windy? The “Roaring Forties” is the belt of wind at latitude …

06 January 2020: Tonight’s light meal of flounder, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, camembert and mashed potato (not shown) had a large …

05 January 2020: Some here may be curious to see half a dozen Drone photos, January 2020 of where I live at Waikawa Beach. In the low-res, …

05 January 2020: missionaries’ early accounts of enthusiasm for learning to read and write in Māori were not exaggerated. Tangata whenua were …

04 January 2020: Lines in the sand.

03 January 2020: By my calculations the nearly 20Km stretch of road between Ōtaki and Levin was affected by 7 vehicle crashes during 2019; …

02 January 2020: The Australians are doing it very very hard with the bushfires. I feel sad for the many people who have lost everything. Our …

01 January 2020: The spinifex is starting to produce seed heads. I love when they tumble down the beach in the breeze.

31 December 2019: This passage about fighting in NZ in the early decades of the 1800s struck me: Those encounters showed that, while …

30 December 2019: This pied shag was swimming beneath the footbridge this afternoon. I was struck by its fanned out tail, perhaps providing …

30 December 2019: This morning I attended a close friend’s mother’s funeral. The mother was a much-loved elder of her church and …

29 December 2019: We only did a tiny bike ride: 3 Km, but it was a start. It’s more than a year since Deb has been on her bike and she needs to …

28 December 2019: I’m not an author but am an avid reader of fiction by Kristine Kathryn Rusch who also blogs about the Business of …

27 December 2019: We watched the British comedy Swimming with Men. It was odd, but after a bit became funny in a strange kind of way. When …

27 December 2019: I found a Huhu Beetle down by the garage. They’re big. If a huhu beetle lands on the hair of a person … scissors must …

27 December 2019: This morning at the beach I liked these clouds. Looking pretty much due West. (Hello Australia! 👋🏼)

26 December 2019: In mid-winter at Waikawa Beach we have 8 hours of daylight and I don’t fare so well. I need my daylight and sunshine to …

25 December 2019: Secret Santa went down well. A present for everyone, including the dogs. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: A bountiful dessert. Christmas with Kiwis. Cheesecake, fruit salad, semifreddo, chocolate spheres.

25 December 2019: Wine and a board game before dessert. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: Christmas with Kiwis. Dinner with friends. Everyone brought delicious food to share.

25 December 2019: Deb’s been cooking Slow Roasted Pork Belly as our contribution to a shared lunch with 4 friends. She’s also made …

25 December 2019: I was surprised to see someone out ‘surfing’ the 30 cm ‘waves’ at 6.30 this morning. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: Strawberries fresh from the tunnel house make a fine addition to breakfast. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: Fellow Kiwis, Aussies and other southern hemispherians: let’s show our fellow northern Microbloggers what our Christmas is …

25 December 2019: Dog walk at 6 am as it’ll get too hot later. It’s only 10C at this time of day though so merino cardigan, merino jersey and …

25 December 2019: And just for kicks, this was 10 minutes later and includes a distant rooster.

25 December 2019: Dawn at 5 am on Christmas Day at Waikawa Beach in Aotearoa New Zealand. For those missing bird song.

25 December 2019: Our friends have a ‘Christmas Tree’. It’s a flax spear with lights and decoration trinkets. Christmas in Aotearoa New …

25 December 2019: Dawn at 5 am on Christmas Day. Waikawa Beach, Aotearoa New Zealand. A sound file of birdsong is coming but taking forever to …

24 December 2019: It’ll soon be time to start a 2020 folder on my computer. Random memory: when I was 11 my sister turned 20. I thought I …

23 December 2019: I enjoyed The Case of the Missing Finger. It was a nice, light read with an interesting turn or two. @Cheri

22 December 2019: Summer solstice today with 16+ hours of daylight. Now things should actually warm up for a few months. // @jhull

22 December 2019: We went to see The Good Liar last night. It’s hard to say anything about it without giving away plot points. The movie …

21 December 2019: Thanks to @shindakun and the clearly written tutorial at Adding Webmentions To micro.blog I believe I’ve now …

21 December 2019: E rima ngā kuaka. There were 5 Godwits by the sea this morning.

20 December 2019: Interesting to see this: Bachcare fined for removing negative comments in online reviews. I worked for them for a while. They …

20 December 2019: A few years ago I bought a 12-year old car. I had a new console put in for GPS, radio and to use my phone while driving. …

19 December 2019: Huh, Netflix have some wizardy that prevents either a still screen capture or a screen capture video. Disabling Javascript …

19 December 2019: When I started watching Virgin River a few days ago I found it pleasant enough. Then after a couple of episodes I found …

18 December 2019: Countries of follow on Micro.Blog I deliberately try to follow diverse people on Micro.Blog. Occasionally I unfollow someone if I find their posts just don't …

18 December 2019: Sigh. This seems to be my TV-watching life at the moment. 😣 Maybe it’s just that everyone’s at the beach for the …

17 December 2019: I think every Kiwi knows there used to be giant birds called Moa in New Zealand. They went extinct about 500 years ago. What …

16 December 2019: The other day I posted a Dawn Chorus. Here’s a 6 pm chorus at the end of a busy day.

16 December 2019: Odd life experience: I had my documents checked today so I can receive Superannuation from February 2020. I went straight …

16 December 2019: Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, hosts a very interesting podcast called A Podcast of One’s Own . In …

15 December 2019: We don’t often hear about the Moriori, so this is interesting. Moriori: Still setting the record straight: the first …

15 December 2019: The Wall Street Journal crossword for 14 December 2019 had some excellent puns. Of course, the absolute best way for a Mac …

15 December 2019: Life lessons from Star Trek: Voyager: Our situation is deperate. When faced with desperate circumstances, we must adapt. …

14 December 2019: Our Māori language teacher shared this delightful sentiment: Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te …

14 December 2019: Best nuns ever: The Kung Fu Nuns of the Drukpa Order: train in kung fu and meditate … prepares them for their real duty: …

13 December 2019: Guess which two dogs named Sasha and Oshi had their 13th birthday today. Special treats were enjoyed. 🐶

12 December 2019: Just rewatched Star Trek: Voyager S04E14, Message in a Bottle. I’d forgotten how hilarious this episode is — perhaps …

12 December 2019: It’s the time of year when Warou, Welcome Swallows, swoop around the house, sometimes coming in and either getting …

12 December 2019: Taper Cafe in Levin (opposite the Mall) is owned by friends. This is my first visit. Great ambience. Excellent food choices.

12 December 2019: Whew, felt like I had a huge and unachievable list of things to do today. I’ve checked off most and now just have one …

12 December 2019: Let the fun times begin People don't come to Waikawa Beach for the shopping, the coffee, or the nightlife. We are blessed to be free of all of those …

12 December 2019: I enjoy listening to @hollyhoneychurch Late Night Harp. I select the file in the Finder and play it from Quick Look. If I …

12 December 2019: I woke at 5 to a full moon setting. The dawn chorus was loud. Not sure if I can export from Voice Recorder direct to M.B. …

12 December 2019: So interesting. 10 minutes: Barbara Cox, the matriarch of New Zealand football New Zealand has come a long way in its …

11 December 2019: Everybody loves the flax flowers. Starlings are enjoying them. But I think my favourites are the little native Tauhou who …

11 December 2019: These heroes deserve the highest honour we give out in New Zealand. it was super gassy … consistently the ash was …

11 December 2019: I’ve been attending a useful yoga class. Although the instructor gives clear explanations of what to do, I’m finding …

11 December 2019: I’m a little peeved that the BatWoman episode of Crisis on Infinite Earths was very light on BatWoman and heavy on all …

11 December 2019: If you’re a 👩🏽 and watching Crisis on Infinite Earths then you may enjoy the Autostraddle recaps as much as I do. Great fun. …

11 December 2019: This bunch of weeds is supposed to be a shingle driveway leading from the house to the garage. It was very still this morning …

10 December 2019: Today’s Bird On The Flax is the humble Sparrow. 🐦 House sparrows were introduced to NZ first in the mid 1860s. They soon …

10 December 2019: At last! For the longest time I’ve been annoyed by Safari Reader using white text on a dark background. Today, finally, …

10 December 2019: Whakaari, aka White Island, erupted yesterday: 5 dead , 34 injured, 8 missing. There is no hope the missing have survived. …

09 December 2019: Yup, that’s New Zealand: if we’re not having earthquakes or breathing Australian bushfire smoke, then maybe we’re …

09 December 2019: Fortunately it was easy to get my refund from the Levin Stihl shop. I asked for the guy I dealt with last time. He saw the …

09 December 2019: About 10 days ago I had our weedeater repaired and serviced. The cost was eye-watering, but I was busy, stressed or unwell or …

09 December 2019: Thanks for the latest Trek podcast @macgenie . As a non-American I had absolutely no idea about the LA Gangs stuff. My only …

08 December 2019: Now that lupin season is almost finished, thank goodness, it’s Tui on the flax flowers season. This Tui appeared after …

08 December 2019: Deb made Mary Berry’s scones today and they were wonderful. Very light. She had to use quail eggs as we didn’t …

08 December 2019: Our friend Willow came to visit for a few hours today. 🐶 Meanwhile, everyone was looking at me, including Oshi and Sasha.

08 December 2019: Interesting note about growing older: researchers found big shifts occurred in the readings of multiple proteins around age …

07 December 2019: A photo on my watch reminded me that in the first part of December 2008 I was in Hawai’i to teach some WordPress courses. I …

07 December 2019: This morning I woke from an unpleasant dream feeling slightly bewildered and anxious. I know dreams are just the brain …

05 December 2019: Today I visited Sian in Porirua for my kirituhi. We chatted, then Sian drew a beautiful work in felt pen. I approved and she …

05 December 2019: Down in Porirua some of the pohutukawa are starting to flower. A sign that Christmas is close.

05 December 2019: Thanks to @bix for the pointer to this interesting article. I was specially caught by this sentence: The ability to …

05 December 2019: I only ever learned our awful national anthem, God Defend New Zealand, in English. These days many sing it in Te Reo. …

04 December 2019: Why a photo of my left forearm, wrist and hand? (In some languages they would all be the same word) With any luck, this is a …

04 December 2019: Black Ink 2: another superb Mac app from @danielpunkass! If you love words, you’ll love this. I’m now a fan of the free …

03 December 2019: Moreover, many native English speakers pronounce the Māori word ‘ngai’ as just ‘nai’, but that initial sound should move the …

03 December 2019: Pronunciation fascinates me: exactly where do tongue, lips etc go to sound out words? English speakers put their tongue tip …

03 December 2019: As always, the latest NativLang video (10 minutes) is extremely interesting: What English does - but most languages can’t: …

02 December 2019: Usually in New Zealand when a house rolls and shakes around like this it’s because of an earthquake. Today it was the …

02 December 2019: Some mornings you spot the house delivery truck.

01 December 2019: It’s the time of year when everything in the garden has had a growth spurt and these horrible grass seeds get into my …

30 November 2019: The other day I prepared a new bit of garden to extend an existing length beside the drive. Today I bought a dozen Coprosma …

30 November 2019: When I dug into the mulch pile today this frog bounded out. I thought it had pale specks, but realised later that’s …

29 November 2019: I live in a fantastic place, but between dreary spring weather and having a lot of obligations I’d kind of forgotten to …

29 November 2019: I really truly hope this is simply bad wording: But those on the other side of the argument – like sexual violence advocates …

29 November 2019: I came out specifically to attend a yoga class and do other errands. I want to do yoga and need to. Today though it turns out …

29 November 2019: Not much. You?

28 November 2019: Her hum: so woebegone. She needed company to feel secure. We brought our alto and bass into the mix, weaving a rich, complex …

28 November 2019: A CSS stylesheet is made up of rules. Each rule includes a Selector, and some Declarations. Each Declaration contains a …

27 November 2019: This (partly animated) brief non-fiction comic by Toby Morris is so worth reading: The Side Eye: The Trap Life. When we left …

27 November 2019: I find myself frequently listening to one or other (or several) of @hollyhoneychurch harp tracks at Lateniteharp. I’ve …

27 November 2019: My reward for an hour of weeding: rich Kāpiti Triple Chocolate Ice Cream and homegrown strawberries. Yum! Rich and velvety …

26 November 2019: My Dad and I were probably too much alike: I didn’t get on well with him after I was about 15. Today I found a couple of …

26 November 2019: In 1990 I worked in Adult Literacy. I raised funds to attend a Conference in Edmonton, then sent a report to an MP who …

26 November 2019: Good thing I have no scheduled activities for the rest of the day. 31 minutes into a 20 minute hold my call was answered, I …

26 November 2019: If I’d known beforehand I’d be on hold for 20 minutes I wouldn’t have finished the crossword first. At least the music …

25 November 2019: If I climb above the second rung on a ladder I don’t feel at all secure. The only way to get this photo showing we need …

25 November 2019: Quote of the day: Life will become more and more interesting when you are past 60. What you have accumulated in your mind …

24 November 2019: On a bleak and drizzly Sunday afternoon I enjoyed the excellent company of my partner while we watched Poms, Late Night and …

24 November 2019: Excellent! Te Reo Māori support: Microsoft Translator supports more than 60 languages… the free application can translate te …

23 November 2019: For anyone wondering why the air is so hazy today that we can’t even see the Tararuas clearly: The sky is particularly hazy …

23 November 2019: Shih Tzu puppies can dramatically change colour as they grow. Take this little woebegone mite at only ~3 months of age: dark …

22 November 2019: Half my mouth is numb after a trip to the dentist. Sometimes if I hum it can be comforting. As I get older I have less and …

22 November 2019: Ahhh, breakfast, the most important meal of the day … except for dinner! 🐶

22 November 2019: Did I break my feed with the umlaut problem in my earlier post? The more recent post about my tattoo isn’t showing up… …

22 November 2019: When I was 30 I had a rose tattoed on my hip. Times were different back in 1985 and as a school teacher I didn’t think …

22 November 2019: Something I see often now, the phrase: The proof will be in the pudding. In the old days the phrase was “The proof of the …

21 November 2019: The choice was murky. She was extremely selective, but one chocolate was rumoured to taste superb, while the other looked so …

21 November 2019: A hollow tube came in so handy for extracting 20,000 litres of rotten water from the tank. mbnov 21-Nov-19: hollow

21 November 2019: Why 20,000 litres of water had to go Our house has beside it a concrete tank with around 20,000 litres capacity. Rainwater comes off the roof, through a first …

20 November 2019: Today our currently full 20,000 litre rainwater tank will be emptied. 😢 Then it’ll be vacuumed, cleaned, vacuumed a …

19 November 2019: The TV show Stumptown started strong. 6 episodes in it’s definitely one of my favourites. How can a show be so …

19 November 2019: Dark sky, green paddocks, low sun. Straight from the iPhone.

19 November 2019: The dogs were supposed to be groomed last week but it was postponed at the last minute. Today, finally, they’ve been …

19 November 2019: If you’re having a bad day, or even if you’re not, and don’t hate dogs then look at this 6 minute video: …

19 November 2019: We’ve been trying to ameliorate the bad smell from our drinking water for a couple of weeks. It did abate, but we also …

19 November 2019: Geese by Lake Horowhenua in Levin.

19 November 2019: Actually, this is my first time using a laundromat. Luckily someone helped me avoid trying to wash in the dryer. 🤭I need …

19 November 2019: Community BBQ struck a chord The Waikawa Beach village has been filling up for decades. It's well-established with its 250 houses. An urban area, sections …

18 November 2019: Not something I expected to find on the beach this morning.

18 November 2019: The chef did a superb job in this build: Mushroom Hash at Cafe Royal in the centre of Palmerston North where I had errands …

17 November 2019: Today’s job was to climb a ladder to see what was in our gutter (that feeds our drinking water tank). Then to attach a …

17 November 2019: One of the superb things about going through old Micro.Blog posts with Mars Edit to fix missing alt text is the reminders of …

16 November 2019: As I get older I become more selective about pretty much everything. I don’t want to spend time, money, energy on …

15 November 2019: In the wee hours we had gusts of wind over 60 Kph, pouring rain loud on the tin roof, thunder, lightning. The dogs were …

15 November 2019: The Waikawa River flows out to sea at our beach. Not far east two streams converge. At the confluence, crystal clear Waikawa …

14 November 2019: These are astonishing figures for our tiny country. Space sector contributes $1.7 billion to NZ economy 🚀: Space …Total …

14 November 2019: We orbited the star for a while topping up with warm energy, then I headed out into cold space. A memory of the touch of her …

14 November 2019: There are a handful of Barbary Doves around here. You can tell them by the distinctive ring of black feathers on their neck. …

14 November 2019: NZ Euthanasia bill passes final vote, goes to referendum Parliament has passed a bill legalising voluntary euthanasia in a …

13 November 2019: After buying a years-overdue water filter replacement for under the kitchen sink, I was able to replace it myself. Luckily I …

12 November 2019: Full moon rising 12-Nov-19.

12 November 2019: I also forgot to post this short video of two horses who graze nearby enjoying a little ‘it’s raining’ hijinks.

12 November 2019: Somehow yesterday passed without my posting these two photos of our dogs on the grooming table. Luckily they were willing to …

12 November 2019: There’s a wingsuit training wind tunnel in Stockholm. Tom Scott tried it out in this 5 minute video: I Almost Learned …

11 November 2019: A volunteer job I do is to keep my local community in touch with what’s going on. I write posts for the Waikawa Beach …

11 November 2019: I don’t recall who recommended A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New …

11 November 2019: My Siri Watch face reminded me that on 13 November 2005 the decommissioned navy frigate Wellington, F69, was sunk close to …

10 November 2019: The stories I most enjoy are adventures in space. I watched Star Trek as a kid and kept watching even to current times. I …

09 November 2019: My teeth are far too sensitive to cold. That makes ice cream tricky — I have to bypass my teeth and get it further back in my …

09 November 2019: There are many things today that aren’t going my way. Luckily I am making progress on the automation I’m …

09 November 2019: I hate when gifs are too fast, but perhaps this one is too slow. How to find the water quality data I want thanks to the Web …

09 November 2019: I went to a heap of trouble to make a 10 second video showing the annoying clicking, scrolling and hovering required to get …

09 November 2019: Each summer Horizons Regional Council monitors water quality at various locations. They display the result as ‘green’, …

09 November 2019: In the last couple of days I’ve listened to some excellent Kim Hill interviews. Julie Morrison: how dogs can help …

08 November 2019: It was all happening tonight. We went next door for dinner. The Google camera car drove along our lane just after we arrived. …

08 November 2019: I was pondering today the narrow use of star as adjective. Star pupil. 👍 Star CEO, star cow, star car, star cat, star hat … …

08 November 2019: Birds at the beach. 🐦 Godwits and Gull. Black Swans and ducks. Pied Shag. A flock of Black-backed Gulls and perhaps other …

08 November 2019: I had a bit of photo fun at the beach this morning. Dogs: Sasha and Oshi. 🐶

08 November 2019: Ahhh, a very handy tip: TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13 on the Home screen, tap and hold the App Store icon …

08 November 2019: Now this is clever. A subset of the population isn’t online, and some of them are older people, a group that advocacy …

07 November 2019: Key lime pie! Hey Mark! Do you fancy some? What do you mean, you can’t get it round here? That cafe down the street has …

07 November 2019: A good start: … optimistic a day would come soon when Māori were no longer pulled over in a car simply because police were …

07 November 2019: One of the local pheasants was posing beautifully. I took a photo through the window to avoid frightening it. Then I tried …

06 November 2019: You have to be careful where you stick your hands while weeding at this time of year — the manuka are in bloom and the bees …

06 November 2019: Feedback to Apple today re Siri obliterating an in-progress timer: This keeps catching me out: I use Siri to set perhaps a …

06 November 2019: Nearby are 2 lakes. Sometimes there’s deafening croaking. I believe it’s the introduced Southern Bell frog. The sound’s …

06 November 2019: When it comes to professionals, paid to write, and editors, paid to edit, I get picky and persnickety about the details of …

06 November 2019: I was excited to try out Icro for Mac — the feature list has things like saving your reading position and boy, I want that so …

05 November 2019: They dig holes and burrows, dig up plants, eat new shoots. But these mainly baby rabbits are boinging all over the grass, …

05 November 2019: Forget Guy Fawkes; here’s something we could be remembering in New Zealand every 05 November: 5 November is 138 years …

05 November 2019: I’m getting a few things done around the place — slowly. Today I planted the Granny Smith apple tree, and emptied one …

05 November 2019: I often post photos taken from our house. Here’s one taken of our house from the street. It’s the more distant, …

05 November 2019: Mother or villain? How Māori women offenders are portrayed in news reporting Pākehā women are portrayed as harmless …

04 November 2019: Guy Fawkes’ backyard fireworks: Will they stay or will they go? Fireworks went on sale on Saturday and Fire and …

04 November 2019: This season of the Flash has taken a disconcerting turn with the whole notion of The Flash having to die to save the world. …

04 November 2019: My quest to buy chemicals to treat our drinking water tank was unsuccessful — they just sold out (or whatever). I’ll …

04 November 2019: For days I’ve been troubleshooting why our shower stinks like a toilet when we run hot water. There could be many …

04 November 2019: Folks with school-age kids will definitely want to show them this 7 minute video: In Your Face Explosive Chemistry!!. Watch …

03 November 2019: After creating numerous files named ‘kupu-xxx.txt’ I had BBEdit run through the folder to remove the ‘jxzq’ and a couple of …

03 November 2019: I have a .txt file ~6,000 lines long and wanted to split it into separate files. Each section begins with ‘jxzq’. After …

03 November 2019: In autumn we dug up a small lime tree that had never thrived and put it in a pot. We also bought a Granny Smith apple and a …

03 November 2019: Seafood isn’t something I fancy, but some love it. At the beach today a vehicle came along and stopped by the water’s …

02 November 2019: A couple of months ago we bought a young dwarf nectarine tree. It lived in the tunnelhouse over winter but needs to be …

02 November 2019: As always, @cheri has incisive words of wisdom: Did I move my story forward today? Did I have fun doing it? Her advice is …

02 November 2019: How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same …

01 November 2019: This is when the lupins bloom, and I’m highly allergic. I get itchy mouth, nose, eyes. I get brain fog, tiredness, …

01 November 2019: Micro.Blog at 4 feet! I love such happenstance Timeline juxtapositions.

31 October 2019: 45 min doco every Kiwi should watch: NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara. Another Mihingarangi Forbes tour de force. oral histories, …

30 October 2019: It’s nearly time for the Council to monitor the river at the footbridge for E.Coli, as they do each summer. I wondered …

30 October 2019: A gorgeous morning at the beach. Kāpiti Island to the southwest under a clear blue sky; a dead snapper (I think); recently …

30 October 2019: 🤣 “Batwoman” Keeps Getting Gayer and Queering Superhero Tropes - Autostraddle This week she meets Batwoman for …

29 October 2019: Me too!: 1/3 of NZers eliminate or cut down on eating meat - research: survey of more than 1000 people: 31% … limiting meat …

29 October 2019: Hah, this 7.5 minute video by Tom Scott is very interesting: This Video Is Sponsored By ███ VPN. Perhaps you don’t need …

29 October 2019: There was a bit of a westerly breeze as we went onto the beach this morning. Sasha and Oshi headed off, while I stopped a …

28 October 2019: Strathnaver Labour Weekend 2019 BBQ was a hit [Oops — I posted this to the wrong blog, but will leave it here as well. It was supposed to be over at …

28 October 2019: I believe these to be juvenile Black-backed Gulls, especially as they breed on Kāpiti Island only ~20 Km away.

28 October 2019: At #16 I’m still enjoying the Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon. Swamp Santa: A Christmas gala, caroling, and a …

27 October 2019: Whew. 😅 The community BBQ a small group of us organised went off really well. 65 said they’d come and at least …

26 October 2019: Wild rabbits are a pest in New Zealand, but they’re also very cute. Especially tiny Spring baby bunnies just outside …

25 October 2019: A small group of us are organising a BBQ for our neighbourhood this Labour Weekend. ~60 are attending! Another ~15 gave …

24 October 2019: Dogs, eh! 🐶 Sasha flops, Oshi looks cute.

24 October 2019: In October 2007 I was lucky to attend a release of 130 juvenile tuatara into Zealandia Sanctuary in Wellington. They had come …

24 October 2019: 👍 Papa Reo project will digitise 25 years worth of te reo Māori archives. … create a te reo digital dataset large enough to …

23 October 2019: I’m really enjoying the TV series All Rise. It’s a courtroom drama that features people with skill and heart …

23 October 2019: As we arrived at the beach today a small flock of half a dozen birds startled. I was very excited — they are the first …

23 October 2019: Down at the beach this morning we upset a Pied Stilt who was presumably nesting nearby. 🐦

23 October 2019: We’re now 3 episodes in on Batwoman and I’m definitely enjoying it. I liked Batwoman a lot during the first two …

22 October 2019: Today I attended a yoga class at the Wananga o Raukawa in Ōtaki. That’s a Māori institution of learning. I …

22 October 2019: The lupins are in full bloom — in the dunes and everywhere. Not so good for us hayfeverish types.

22 October 2019: Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s sci-fi perfectly matches my tastes. Her novel, The Renegat is absolutely brilliant. She weaves …

21 October 2019: Today’s garden haul will contribute well to this week’s dinners: celery, carrots, silver beet, parsley, quail …

20 October 2019: Hmmm, that was interesting. The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep. The film follows Ellen Martin (Streep), whose dream …