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16 June 2019: There were also the giant tortoises, hundreds of years old, a Komodo Dragon missing a foot, and pink flamingos. I’m so …

16 June 2019: A fond memory: way back in December 2008 I visited Honolulu Zoo — an amazing place. I saw this Secretary Bird and Crowned …

15 June 2019: WOW!!! Re Apollo moon landing: On the seamstresses who wove the computer memory by hand Apollo computers had a total 73 KB …

15 June 2019: Excellent: The Postcards Guide to Braille!. Go take a look. Bonus fun fact: Braille is originally based on Night writing (or …

15 June 2019: Waiting for my Skype meeting participant… Drums fingers… Meanwhile they messaged me: Where are you? We switched to Zoom. …

14 June 2019: For heaven’s sake! I can’t board a flight with an almost microscopic pocket knife, but A person, who potentially …

14 June 2019: I’m extremely excited to announce my new project How to customise Micro.Blog, including such oft-requested tutorials …

13 June 2019: This little 2.5 minute video is interesting: Ōtaki River Bridge This new bridge across the Ōtaki River is part of the …

13 June 2019: Last year I studied entry level Te Reo Māori (Māori language) at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Today I received my certificate. …

13 June 2019: It was a cool and dreary damp morning today so I lit the fire. Oshi went in his little ‘pod’ right beside the …

12 June 2019: Interesting 2.5 minute video: The One-Lane Bridge Shared By Cars And Trains Near Hindon, on the South Island of New Zealand, …

12 June 2019: Kāpiti Island at dawn.

11 June 2019: The Waikawa Stream flows west towards the sea but then turns south across the beach. A 1991 rock groyne has submerged and a …

11 June 2019: Here’s a tip for setting up the MB Mac app with more than one account. Go to Prefs for the first one and click the + …

10 June 2019: I used Pages.app to make a calendar from now to August 2020 so locals know when to put their recycling bins out. If you have …

09 June 2019: One of the great things about Kowhai (this one’s a Dragon’s Gold) is that they flower in winter.

08 June 2019: Good read: Imperfect pitch When people complain that a woman’s voice is ‘shrill’… there’s often no objective, acoustically …

07 June 2019: Your Crippling Stress Levels Could Affect Your Dog More Than You Think 🐶 evidence that increased oxytocin (the love and …

06 June 2019: This critter’s a Gisborne cockroach that I found in my car. I quickly relocated it to the road. They can be up to 45mm …

06 June 2019: This gorgeous girl belongs to neighbours to the southwest of us. This morning she was posing in early sun. What a beauty!

06 June 2019: I don’t follow sports but this 15 minute video held my attention: Anne Audain, New Zealand’s most successful road …

06 June 2019: One thing that annoys me all the time about Safari on the Mac is that I click a link from another app to open in Safari and …

06 June 2019: This 13 minute video on being a young female MP is worth a watch: Chlöe Swarbrick interviews Marilyn Waring NZ Green Party …

05 June 2019: Here’s Batalha cathedral in Portugal. It’s splendid. Batalha Cathedral in Portugal is a place where the spirit …

05 June 2019: Batalha Cathedral in Portugal is a place where the spirit can soar The Siri face on my Apple Watch showed me several photos today from our 2015 visit to Batalha in Portugal. That sent me to …

05 June 2019: I love how MarsEdit saves my work as I go along. While switching between apps in a long complex post I accidentally Quit …

05 June 2019: At the beach by the Waikawa river mouth, just before high tide. The river itself is in the last few frames of the shot.

05 June 2019: Sometimes you just want to curl up into a little ball and let the others watch over you for a while.

05 June 2019: If you enjoy looking at photos you should read this: Interview: Photographer Spends 10 Years Capturing the Visual Symphony of …

04 June 2019: That WWDC keynote was so chock full of info and stuff I can’t even remember most of it. Very happy to see what’s …

03 June 2019: Fabulous to see in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019 most or all are for real service to the community: women, Māori, …

03 June 2019: Why I love living here — not one but two videos. One shows Kāpiti Island and the South Island; the other shows the …

03 June 2019: This morning with the storm gone we can see more tops of the Tararua range. Now we have a day or two of fine days then I …

02 June 2019: Now the weather’s cleared a bit we can see the southerly storm brought a bit of snow to the higher tops of the Tararuas.

02 June 2019: Be smart with MarsEdit I'm making a lot of posts on another Micro.Blog blog just now. Of course I'm using MarsEdit, because I'm smart. 😀 I'm …

02 June 2019: Hooray for Dana Stabenow! A reasonably priced Kindle book in a favourite series AND I’m allowed to order it, even …

02 June 2019: Even the dogs don’t really want to be on the beach when it’s a roaring southerly off the Antarctic and only 7C. Because …

01 June 2019: Our first winter storm didn’t waste a second, even starting on the last day of autumn. Tonight it’s a bit grim …

01 June 2019: At least once a week I have reason to be glad of A Better Finder Rename. Bulk rename files, in part or in whole.

01 June 2019: 3 minute video: Spoken word poem about racism in New Zealand ‘Yesterday I was African, today I am lost’, New Zealand student …

01 June 2019: I’ve started working on a new writing project of my own devising and have been throwing myself into it with enthusiasm. I …

01 June 2019: First day of Winter; first winter fire. Oshi has the prime spot by the woodburner. Ares is on a chair by me. Sasha prefers …

31 May 2019: Those who don’t live in a monarchy might find this calendar of upcoming 21-gun salutes in Wellington amusing. Locals …

31 May 2019: Back in the early oughts I wrote articles on stuff. I just rediscovered a link to one on my old blog. The WiseWomen mailing …

31 May 2019: If you enjoy a big laugh, are even faintly interested in language, spelling, writing, then treat yourself to The very logical …

30 May 2019: I forgot to watch the Budget so saw only the last 10 minutes. 😒 However, it seems the Government is putting money to mental …

30 May 2019: The quail are fine, but it feels like the universe is out to get them. Overnight some uncontrolled dog tried to dig under the …

30 May 2019: Looks like we have a few days coming up that’ll fill the water tank, give the garden a good wetting and be fairly windy …

29 May 2019: Kiwis: I love the wall dots from HappyMoose and now the price has dropped a heap: we used to charge $29.95 for a set of four …

29 May 2019: Sunset’s gift.

29 May 2019: Tom Scott’s latest NZ video: Testing A Zip Line That Goes Round Corners (5 mins) is another good one. I had fun with …

29 May 2019: Overnight gales opened up the quail runs and I feared the worst at dawn when I saw the problem. Glee was sitting just outside …

28 May 2019: Neanderthals: Meet Your Ancestors is a brilliant documentary, full of science, motion capture, 3D printing, laser scanning, …

28 May 2019: Two new pest traps installed: Peanut butter on mousetrap inside catproof box for inside the Cat Palace. Egg inside weasel / …

27 May 2019: The dogs have reason to be glad I use Keyboard Maestro.

27 May 2019: This Micro Monday I’d like to suggest you follow these folks currently in Aotearoa New Zealand 🇳🇿. Because …

27 May 2019: This is very disturbing — look at the videos: Samsung’s Creepy New AI Can Generate Talking Deepfakes From a Single …

27 May 2019: NZ’s first known war dog to receive posthumous medal 🐶 Ceaser left this country … in February 1916. The dog carried a …

26 May 2019: Whew. Now I’ve made 100 days for my longest move streak I can relax if I break it.

26 May 2019: Cropped and auto-enhanced, but these two quail photos are from the NatureWatch Camera I just set up, using a Raspberry Pi …

26 May 2019: Excited that @brentsimmons has put up an early version of the NetNewsWire 5 RSS reader. It’s been a long time since I …

25 May 2019: This selfie isn’t up to much but it was one of the first (handheld in low light) shots with my new Raspberry Pi Zero W and …

25 May 2019: And so they should! British newspaper The Guardian announced a style guide change. From now on, they will prioritise terms …

25 May 2019: Stoats, the quail killers About 1,000 years ago the only land mammals in New Zealand were bats. Then Māori arrived, maybe around 1200AD and …

25 May 2019: In 2016 I made a video of one of my original quail crowing. Unlike California Quail who seem to say Chicago, Chicago! the …

24 May 2019: A couple of minutes in to Brooklyn Nine-Nine S01E01 I thought I’d hate the show, but so many people said such good …

24 May 2019: The stoat, or maybe weasel, that killed 3 quail was very angry when I trapped it between a bucket and the side of the cage. …

24 May 2019: After @crossingthethreshold posted a photo of a road it made me think of this favourite zebra crossing I saw in ⁨Redondela⁩, …

24 May 2019: This thing is a stoat. An angry stoat, trapped in a plastic bucket behind wire. Unfortunately, as I was on my own, it …

24 May 2019: GLAAD: Movies Are Getting Better For Lesbian and Gay Characters, Staying Terrible for Trans and LGBTQ Kids’ Characters 20 …

23 May 2019: I’ve really enjoyed watching Seal Team and am glad to see it’s been renewed for a third season. I like that they …

23 May 2019: On the hunt for quail When I checked the quail today one was dead — Felicia, the great mother who hatched the babies this year. Judging by the …

23 May 2019: While I was hunting for an escaped quail an Eastern Rosella made a brief appearance to laugh at me then flew off. Still …

23 May 2019: Someone requested a page listing Kiwis on Micro.Blog. Tada! @billbennettnz @dejus @herself @JacksonOfTrades @Jax @tones …

22 May 2019: Green tea at the Levin Mall cafe was mediocre. The teapot & cup combo was rather charming though.

22 May 2019: My favourite sci-fi author’s Kickstarter has already reached 500+% of its goal with 8 days left to go and the stretch …

22 May 2019: Wellington is notorious for its steep hills. Many of those hills have paths, stairs and steps, which is apparently a niche …

22 May 2019: Oshi and Sasha are all freshly groomed. 🐶

22 May 2019: Shaggy dogs on their way to be groomed. Oshi and Sasha are ready for a trim. 🐶

22 May 2019: Read: The Korean Way of Tea My experience and appreciation for tea and the art and etiquette of tea truly blossomed after …

22 May 2019: Rain today as at 7 am: 0.9mm. Rain forecast for most days this week: 0.

21 May 2019: I’m a very linear person: A to B to C. When I run training sessions that’s the kind of approach I take. Maybe it …

20 May 2019: Lingthusiasm Episode 32 (33 minute audio) reveals how some languages require you to say how you know something… 🤯 languages, …

19 May 2019: Beach find: this large feather, probably from a black-backed gull. Photo shows the feather resting on a 15” MacBook Pro for …

19 May 2019: It was Quail moving day today. I like to move them to a fresh patch every few weeks. The two runs are now near the …

19 May 2019: I haven’t had time to read any of this site yet, but anticipate much to enjoy: Rejected Princesses this site imagines …

19 May 2019: Interesting article from Don Norman, 83-year-old author of the industry bible Design of Everyday Things and a former Apple …

18 May 2019: The outdoor module of my Netatmo weather station appeared to have come back to life. After 3 hours outdoors though it just …

18 May 2019: For the last week the Netatmo outdoor module sat at the recommended distance failing to connect to the base station. Today …

18 May 2019: This 30 minute video had a lot of interesting stuff in it: Cybersecurity and a hacker called Alien | SciShow Talk Show …

18 May 2019: Uh oh. Open my online banking to find a pending transaction for a service I no longer need. When I moved my Love Waikawa …

17 May 2019: Well done, The Big Bang Theory — nicely brought to a close. 👏🏼👏🏼

17 May 2019: I was suspicious about my wind gauge as it seemed to be at odds with various other sources. Teetered atop a step ladder and …

16 May 2019: Oshi and I had the place to ourselves last night. I washed nearly all the dog beds. Today he didn’t even wait for me to …

16 May 2019: Caster Semenya and the myth of testosterone: An extremely fascinating 50 minute discussion about sex, gender, identity, …

16 May 2019: Today I learned the woman who wrote Mary Poppins was born and raised in Australia: P.L Travers — the girl who dreamt up Mary …

16 May 2019: Excellent video series by nativlang: Thoth’s Pill - History of Writing Systems In this series, we’ll see the …

16 May 2019: 6 minute video: The First 3D Colour X-Rays University of Canterbury team …are using detector equipment originally developed …

15 May 2019: Too Fast, Too Black, Too African: On Caster Semenya she ran smack into the global matrices of power … for being too fast, …

15 May 2019: Sasha update: she’s staying at the vet’s overnight for observation with a saline drip for dehydration, and blood work. Bloods …

14 May 2019: It’s been a bit miserable today, what with the lack of sleep and also being a bit unwell. It’s been a worse day …

14 May 2019: It’s nearly 4 am. I should be asleep. Instead I’ve been woken every hour or so by Sasha the dog needing to go out. I’ve …

13 May 2019: With a swell of up to 2.5 metres, high tide and sunset coinciding, I biked down to the beach with my camera. These photos …

13 May 2019: Recommended reading: the extremely interesting and superbly written This is our story: A qualitative research report on …

13 May 2019: Last night we watched and enjoyed Wine Country: When a group of longtime girlfriends goes to Napa for the weekend to …

12 May 2019: My Netatmo outdoor module is on the fritz. Because I’m in New Zealand I can’t buy a replacement module but have to buy a new …

11 May 2019: Ate a delicious dinner with long-time friends at Thistle Inn in Thorndon for one friend’s 70th birthday. Entree: …

10 May 2019: Someone on Micro.Blog recently mentioned ToDoist. After a few days use I’m finding it helpful for getting on with …

10 May 2019: Bloke takes dogs for a swim in the river, finds moa prints: fossilised moa footprints millions of years old. Seven clear …

10 May 2019: What it means to live in NZ. In the last 24 hours… batteries ordered from a .co.nz site can’t be shipped to NZ. …

09 May 2019: Sasha enjoys chasing the ball on the beach. The thing is, her eyesight isn’t the best, so I have to be careful how I …

09 May 2019: My favourite sci-fi author, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is doing a special Kickstarter for her next novel in the Diving Universe. …

08 May 2019: I’m learning lots about Māori from Taringa!. In Episode 36 of Taringa!, at ~ 23’ 30” in, …

08 May 2019: Ares after a couple of days at the vet hospital for observation— he’s lost 500 grams since last July, and after …

07 May 2019: “But the proof is in the pudding” — I try not to be pedantic about such things these days, but this one always bugs me …

07 May 2019: The Brain-Eating Amoebas of Kerosene Creek — a 4 minute video from Tom Scott that features Associate Professor Siouxsie …

06 May 2019: We’re still enjoying the last of the produce from our tunnelhouse: capsicum, aubergine, chili.

06 May 2019: The sea today was the pale grey of a glacier-fed river.

06 May 2019: Heh. Annoyed by Hover repeatedly emailing me about a domain I intentionally let expire, I discovered their excellent expiry …

05 May 2019: Foxton is proud of its Dutch heritage. We ate poffertjes at the cafe. They were a little disappointing though — we’ve …

05 May 2019: Manawatu Estuary is a RAMSAR bird sanctuary and a great spot for a stroll. Today there were probably 500+ birds there. We …

05 May 2019: My Siri watch face reminded me today about our Fox Terrier who died 12 years ago now. These two photos are from May 2004. She …

05 May 2019: Interesting 12 minute video: How To Drink Coffee In Space Cups only work in gravity, and drinking coffee through a straw …

04 May 2019: Well, two entirely different Fierce Girls are interesting: podcast, Australian . TV show webseries, NZ, Canada. From …

04 May 2019: Why not move a community group's website to FB? The other day I learned a sister organisation was thinking of closing down their website and moving to Facebook. This …

04 May 2019: Tom Scott’s latest video shows how GPS isn’t accurate enough for the Auckland container port’s automated …

04 May 2019: Having sung the praises of the Netatmo recently, the outside sensor promptly failed. 😒 After much research I contacted the …

03 May 2019: Heh, fellow Kiwis: blocked by the NZ Herald paywall? Try Inspect Element in the browser…

03 May 2019: Since his sister died so unexpectedly 3 weeks ago I took Ares for a precautionary checkup at the vet. Plus he’s lost a …

03 May 2019: Whew, just spent an hour writing a case for why a sister community organisation should NOT dump its website and move to …

03 May 2019: Venus and crescent moon at dawn.

03 May 2019: Thanks to @patrickrhone for linking to this: Rural Studio’s $20K House has such innovative design that it’s changing the …

02 May 2019: This should not be: the [fishing] company claims it cannot afford to pay workers the living wage, which is due to increase …

02 May 2019: One of the things I love about getting up early is watching Venus lead in the dawn.

01 May 2019: This year New Zealand’s road toll is dreadfully high already— 136 fatalities so far this year. Sharon Murdoch, …

30 April 2019: It’s a rare day when you find even a strand of seaweed on Waikawa Beach. After yesterday’s storm though there are …

30 April 2019: Every morning Sasha likes to come on the bed for a big cuddle. Usually Oshi pushes in, but today he was elsewhere. 🐶

29 April 2019: Catching up on reading. Take Control of Siri has added considerably to the uses I’ll make of Siri. Some capabilities are …

29 April 2019: Today’s forecast was for almost 21mm rain — and very welcome too. Actual rain to 2pm-ish: 43mm. That gives us nearly …

29 April 2019: Interesting item about human composting (rather than burial or cremation): Microbes … work within a large vessel … that fits …

29 April 2019: It seems New Zealand’s roads have been particularly deadly this month. April began with … a crash that killed five people …

29 April 2019: The first really solid rainfall in several months. There’s about 30 mm forecast for today.

28 April 2019: In January we drove north to visit friends in Whangārei. We rounded a corner on the road north of Auckland and there was a …

27 April 2019: Such an interesting episode of Death in the Afternoon: Maggots Holding High Carnival: The American Civil War left roughly …

27 April 2019: There are plenty of -isms in the world, but the only one that affects all of us, especially if we’re lucky enough to …

27 April 2019: I really enjoyed the Indian movie Bucket List. 40 year old Madhura looks after her family, but the heart of a 20-year old …

27 April 2019: Now that Ares is a lonesome kitty I’m trying to spend more time with him. This is very tricky with our dogs. Here’s Ares on …

26 April 2019: Well, thanks to the superb Take Control Of Your Browser book I’ve installed 2 handy browser extensions, checked / …

26 April 2019: Well, by Page 25 of Take Control Of Your Browser I’ve already learned 2 useful new tips, and I’m no stranger to …

26 April 2019: Take Control Of Your Browser Hooray! : Take Control of Your Browser, by veteran tech writer Robyn Weisman, helps you discover your browser’s hidden …

26 April 2019: Someone’s been reading the wrong book about how to craft front page headlines…

25 April 2019: I enjoyed the 2019 Indian film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga this morning. The title translates as “How I felt when I saw …

24 April 2019: I was just thinking yesterday we hadn’t had a decent earthquake in a while. So at 4.30 this morning there was a 4.8, …

24 April 2019: Oshi and Sasha enjoyed their visit to the beach this morning. I spent a while taking photos of Fishing vessel 63018 Clam …

24 April 2019: Thanks to @tones for the Time Ball link. Just to amplify: the tribe’s history was passed down … by the women … using a …

24 April 2019: Our local paper has the most thrilling headlines. Tomorrow is Anzac Day, hence the emphasis on soldiers.

23 April 2019: I’ve been watching Homecoming: a film by Beyoncé. It’s an amazing show. She has more energy in her little finger than I …

23 April 2019: Thanks to one of my favourite apps Hazel and its ‘sweep’ function, when I deleted the troublesome app trial, all …

23 April 2019: I hope they don’t really mean this! Zero privacy from spam? Mind you, they’ve already made me restart my Mac for the …

22 April 2019: Oshi, of course, is waiting for his dinner still (ie biscuits in a bowl on the floor).

22 April 2019: It wasn’t meant to be a canine Easter egg hunt, but what else can you do when you spill a whole scoop of biscuits on …

22 April 2019: I really enjoyed listening to @macgenie and Brianna Wu discuss Voyager’s Equinox double episode on 3 You Can’t Underestimate …

22 April 2019: Two little Tauhou or Silvereye turned up on the flax this morning. The silvereye colonised New Zealand from Australia in the …

21 April 2019: This 14 minute video is very interesting: Why Do We Get Columbine So Wrong? Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since …

21 April 2019: I’m really enjoying In the Dark on The CW. An irreverent blind woman … Murphy drifts through life in a drunken haze. …

20 April 2019: My friend Jan and I played Scrabble tonight. She’s very hard to beat, and played “amaze” for a high score. I added an …

20 April 2019: One job for this month is to tidy and rearrange the garage. Meanwhile, I re-stained the tops of two deck tables and applied …

19 April 2019: Today I planted the kowhai tree Sophora Dragon’s Gold beside Aphra’s grave. I dug a hole in the sand, filled it with …

18 April 2019: Such a glorious day! I was sitting on the deck in the sun, thinking how uncomfortable my chair was. I’ve been pondering …

18 April 2019: Thanks Happy Moose, that was a nice surprise.

18 April 2019: Nature at risk: Damning report warns NZ environment in serious trouble A bleak picture of the state of New Zealand’s …

18 April 2019: My Netatmo wind gauge was on top of a regular fence post. That worked well until yesterday when the neighbour’s …

17 April 2019: Sunrise, from my favourite chair in the lounge.

16 April 2019: Thank you! So many people have sent me well wishes after the sudden and unexpected passing of my sweet little cat Aphra. I …

15 April 2019: In 2002 my sweet little cat Aphra was less than a year old. She and her brother Ares shone in the sunlight while sitting on …

15 April 2019: Liked, whakataukī: Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei — Seek the treasure that you value most …

15 April 2019: Quail update: Glee is now 7 weeks old and has brown markings on her back. Yesterday was quail moving day — they hate being …

14 April 2019: I’ve just finished re-reading Anniversary Day Saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. She’s such a superb writer, I enjoyed it …

14 April 2019: Today I discovered that 07:01 on a Sunday morning is a fantastic time to go to the supermarket. There was no traffic on State …

13 April 2019: I enjoyed the movie Red Joan, starring Dame Judi Dench. Interesting story based on real life. And no, science and politics …

11 April 2019: Ah, my domain registrar’s Support team have worked some magic and it appears forwarding from my old email address to …

11 April 2019: My domain registrar is trying to figure out why my old email address is failing to successfully forward to my new. I’ve …

10 April 2019: Busy reading a jargon-filled (appropriately) geomorphological assessment of our river and shoreline, making notes and …

10 April 2019: I’ve changed my main email address and it sure is quiet while the forwarder from the old address isn’t working. 🧐 …

10 April 2019: The dogs visited the vet in Ōtaki today for their annual checkup and shots (all good). We took the opportunity to walk a bit …

09 April 2019: Why kiwi and moa became flightless Researchers discovered new evidence of what made some of NZ’s iconic birds, such as …

09 April 2019: Study Shows Our Cats Do Know Their Names most of the time cats can indeed distinguish between their names being said and …

09 April 2019: I had enough stain left in the tin for 3 outdoor chairs. Now I need to buy more for the tables. This should help them weather …

09 April 2019: Occasionally exchange rate fluctuations work in my favour. Siteground renewed automatically an account I wanted to cancel. …

08 April 2019: 4 Pied shags, kawau had attitude on the beach this morning. By lucky chance I managed some photos I just love. Pied shags …

07 April 2019: At sunset tonight the Tararuas shone red below a pink-clouded sky. This photo straight out of the camera.

07 April 2019: A friend caught several Snapper from his sea kayak this morning and gave us one. It was delicious cooked on the BBQ with …

07 April 2019: The neighbours are having landscaping done on the area across our boundary. Now I need to try to clear a strip beside the …

06 April 2019: Scientist finds link to ancient home of Māori A Northland scientist has … pinpointed the origin of early Māori artefacts …

06 April 2019: It’s been so long since I last lit the fire I’d forgotten how. Now, finally, it seems to have caught. It’s …

06 April 2019: Video (11 minutes): Grass Roots: the women of Hikurangi Enterprises Grass Roots looks at the wāhine behind Hikurangi …

06 April 2019: If this forecast holds true (unlikely — we usually get less rain than forecast) it’ll add nearly 4,000 litres to our …

05 April 2019: I’m so relieved — Siteground renewed web hosting automatically for me 2 weeks before I expected it. NZ$350 at stake. I …

05 April 2019: Oh, time to start paying attention to Apple Pay, as it is now available with Westpac in New Zealand. Will I be able to use it …

04 April 2019: In 2.5 hours in Levin waiting for my car’s new windscreen to be installed I: had a flu shot, visited my dental …

03 April 2019: Our dog Sasha loves to chase a ball. This cool early morning on the beach she had a heap of energy. Her eyesight’s poor …

03 April 2019: Our barking dog got me outside at 0524, just in time to see a sliver of moon rise below Venus over the Tararuas into a clear …

02 April 2019: This year I’m learning Te Reo Māori by distance from Te Wananga o Raukawa. I’m really enjoying hearing and …

01 April 2019: Christchurch mosque attacks: Some Muslim women are still too scared to wear a hijab in public and school children fearing for …

01 April 2019: Clair, 60, says the streets are her home. She eats at a bus stop, wanders the CBD, and sleeps on the ground by the railway …

01 April 2019: Why Women’s Voices Are Getting Deeper This video dives into why women’s voices are getting deeper, a phenomenon that …

31 March 2019: A bit of gardening — hard yakka A bit of our property beside our lane has always been a struggle. The rabbits dig numerous holes, it’s steep (75° …

31 March 2019: A fan of space opera? I’m buying The 2019 Space Opera Bundle, curated by Dean Wesley Smith: “Space, the final …

30 March 2019: This little Chaffinch came and sat on the flax. Photos through a window. Chaffinches are the commonest and most widespread …

30 March 2019: Every Kiwi over the age of 35 well knows this feelgood #1 track from 1984: Poi E - Patea Maori Club. Watch it for the …

30 March 2019: Not airforce and not an Orion We live not very far from an Air Base so seeing military craft flying low is pretty common. The other day I spotted one I …

29 March 2019: Interesting read: Personal blogs: the elements of structure

29 March 2019: And, indeed, the weed-spraying has already started next door. I’m a little surprised they spray even with cows in the …

29 March 2019: I’d say this is the helicopter that is going to spray gorse and lupins in the paddock next door to us soon. The pilot gave me …

29 March 2019: Darn it! Last night as friends and I drove to Levin for dinner a truck passed going the other way. Next moment a loud thump …

29 March 2019: Recently this plane flew low on its way south. Royal NZ Air Force Z3546. Update: it’s a DC3. More info to come. My …

28 March 2019: Crikey! I’m often overwhelmed with 1 acre and no cows. Chatted with our neighbour: he looks after 800 acres, 350 …

28 March 2019: Some mornings, when you live next to a beef and dairy farm, you wake up to find two young steers tromping around in your …

28 March 2019: The first video episode of Lingthusiasm was really interesting: Why do we gesture when we talk?. I had no idea there was so …

27 March 2019: Whew, I’m still completing the move of my Love Waikawa Beach community focused website to Micro.blog from its previous …

27 March 2019: Scientists Discover Signs of New Neurons Developing Even in Adult Brains Human beings grow new brain cells throughout their …

27 March 2019: The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library …

26 March 2019: Oh, turns out there were only 23 videos in the whole playlist. Unfortunately it didn’t cover including images (I really …

26 March 2019: I’ve been watching the Introduction to Hugo videos from Mike Dane and am up to #22. They’re really good. Problems so …

26 March 2019: Sometimes the dogs and I are lucky and we have the 10 Km of beach between Ōtaki and Kuku all to ourselves. To be honest: I …

26 March 2019: Yesterday with cleaning, dog walking, mowing, mulching, planting, watering I did 300% of my daily move goal. Today I’m only …

25 March 2019: Returning from the beach, we saw these excellent textured clouds in the east.

25 March 2019: I don’t want to lose my rights, but at the end of the day, this is actually not about a part of society losing its …

25 March 2019: A start on customising a Micro.Blog theme I want to customise the theme for my Micro.Blog hosted Love Waikawa Beach community website. This has set me on the track of …

24 March 2019: Are you a weapon? Pat yourself down. Another excellent cartoon from Sharon Murdoch subsequent to the Christchurch NZ shooting …

24 March 2019: Why Time moves faster as we age Days seemed to last longer in your youth because the young mind receives more images during …

23 March 2019: We live at the beach so things rust and degrade quickly. That includes items like the cheap toilet roll holder that fell …

22 March 2019: It’s been ages since I went for a bike ride, but today seemed like a good day for it. Here’s my bike at the …

21 March 2019: Prior attacks in New Zealand: 1881 … Crown troops invaded … Parihaka and decimated the village. 1864, Crown troops set fire …

20 March 2019: There were a couple of really noisy magpies by the house this evening. This one sat on a driftwood sculpture. Meanwhile my 17 …

20 March 2019: Wow, a group of 3 low-flying Hercules aircraft just passed overhead, all trailing smoke. Someone else got this quick video: …

20 March 2019: Roughly once a week I go to Ōtaki where we own a house we rent out to a long-term tenant. It’s my job to mow the small …

19 March 2019: Catherine Trundle: believing oneself to be non-racist is now simply not enough. We have to be anti-racist, and that requires …

19 March 2019: Dame Anne Salmond: white supremacy is a black strand woven through our history as a nation. … it’s not the only legacy …

18 March 2019: Apologies for the duplication. I just reposted two posts from this morning, but this time to the correct blog. The other blog …

18 March 2019: What a gorgeous morning! Clear skies, inversion layer over the paddocks, sun about to rise.

18 March 2019: Mondays I check the level in our rainwater tank. It doesn’t rain much in the summer months here. I drop a plastic cup …

18 March 2019: Some background: I was brought up Church of England but as a teenager rejected that and am not religious at all. I believe in …

18 March 2019: My reading suggests Islam is very pragmatic: Fasting is obligatory for every physically & mentally capable mature …

18 March 2019: I thought to start to educate myself about some of my fellow Kiwis: The Arabic word “Islam” literally means “submission” to …

18 March 2019: You get them all posed, then one looks away. Photo: my dogs Sasha and Oshi on the back seat of the car, with guest Willow …

18 March 2019: OK, I’ve now sent two posts to / from the wrong blog! Must be time to cancel that blog under my account and put it in …

17 March 2019: Yes. “they are us and we are them”.

17 March 2019: I was shocked to learn it’s legal in NZ for civilians to own automatic weapons. No civilian should have them. The …

16 March 2019: Our Prime Minister speaks of shared values Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern speaks the heart of New Zealand: These [attackers] are people who I would describe as …

16 March 2019: Our dog Oshi, outside: woof. Guest Willow: WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF. Me: Picks up Willow and brings her in. …

16 March 2019: These beautiful white fungi appeared in the vege garden yesterday. Today they’re past their best.

15 March 2019: Ugh. Police have been dealing with 2 shootings at 2 mosques in Christchurch We can confirm there have been a number of …

15 March 2019: This is appalling, wherever in the world it takes place. It’s almost inconceivable that it would happen in New Zealand …

15 March 2019: Well! Space port ‘could be feasible’ in NZ in 10 years it’s a serious possibility that New Zealand could …

15 March 2019: Wow! Fascinating video: Polishing a Pink Mega Diamond by Periodic Table of Videos. This 13 minute video looks at how diamonds …

14 March 2019: This year I’m still learning Te Reo Māori, but with much more enjoyment. Instead of a night-class it’s distance …

14 March 2019: Today’s beach walk netted me several kinds of wildlife. 1] A gang of pukeko who strolled across the road in front of my …

13 March 2019: Now, 25 years later, I need two hands to count the number of fictional women who inspire me — the likes of Captain Marvel, …

13 March 2019: In that very first episode of Xena Warrior Princess in 1995 I anxiously held my breath. I was waiting for the inevitable …

13 March 2019: As a kid I loved sci-fi and space. I grew up with Star Trek: The Original Series. I followed all the US space missions, …

13 March 2019: I remain impressed with TV Show Supergirl. S4E14 has real-life politics and personal struggles. Examples: How does Agent Alex …

12 March 2019: I heard a large plane, looked up and spotted this Royal New Zealand Air Force C130 Hercules aircraft flying very low very …

12 March 2019: We live on the south side of where the Waikawa River flows into the sea. We seldom walk on the north side, but today was such …

12 March 2019: It was a nice surprise to get a shout-out on Episode 52 of the Micro Monday Podcast. Quail FTW! Photos: the newest Quail …

12 March 2019: I hope we don’t have any really shaky earthquakes between now and mid-winter. I tried a new stacking approach to our 3 cubic …

11 March 2019: Mystery helicopter moves The Ohakea Air Base is about 60 Km north-ish of us, if you fly a straight line. That would take an NH90 Helicopter about 15 …

11 March 2019: Handy: 14 Siri Tricks You Can Use Right Now. I frequently use some already, but new to me: retrieve passwords, translate, …

11 March 2019: Yesterday’s late afternoon trip to the beach netted me these 3 iPhone photos: 1. Shining sea with boat in the distance. …

10 March 2019: I’m so much enjoying The Orville TV show. I forget I’m not watching Star Trek. In the latest ep I was expecting a last-second …

10 March 2019: One more on NZ history, at Kindle Loc 2625: Contact [with] foreigners began with Abel Tasman in 1642, but so briefly, and …

10 March 2019: I’m reading Tangata Whenua: A History to learn more about the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. I may cite snippets, …

09 March 2019: A very interesting 5 minute video: Why are All Voice Assistants Female? So why are all voice assistants female then? There’s …

08 March 2019: I have too many domain names, too many websites and too many email addresses. That’s bad for the bank balance. I need …

08 March 2019: The first mistake I made with my Japanese Quail was to buy a rabbit hutch and run to house them. A raised house was reached …

07 March 2019: Today I caught baby Glee ‘in the wild’, ie, in their house, and she posed nicely. Quail have no prey sense and no homing …

07 March 2019: Some bizarre cropping afflicted that photo yesterday of 10-day old quail chick Glee, getting even more white feathers. So, …

06 March 2019: I enjoyed Captain Marvel. It had humanity, humour and heart along with the fights and chases and whatnot. I’ve left feeling …

06 March 2019: Quail chick Glee is getting more white feathers by the day. 10 days old and does not like me picking her up!

06 March 2019: Well, I finally sent out the community newsletter for February. Now to start on the March issue. We had a glitch around …

05 March 2019: While I’ve run out of day before I’ve run out of things I planned or hoped to do, I feel pretty pleased with what I have …

05 March 2019: My quail are Coturnix Coturnix as in the photo of the bird in the hand below. They’re similar to, but not the same as, …

04 March 2019: Glee’s feathers are coming along nicely.

03 March 2019: To get a decent photo of quail chick Glee, now 7 days old, I had to grab her then hold the squirmer in one hand while …

03 March 2019: Hard to believe it’s taken this long for women to be acknowledged like this: shearer Emily Welch won the first Golden …

02 March 2019: Ironic really, when you’re at a dead stop in the now usual congestion. 90 minutes to reach Otaki. Normally a 15 minute drive. …

01 March 2019: I was about to hammer in stakes to support frost cloth when I spotted this large Paper Wasp nest only a few centimetres away. …

01 March 2019: This is my friend Willow whose people are dealing with a family emergency today. After a morning on her own, I’m allowed to …

01 March 2019: What a splendid morning at the beach!

01 March 2019: I think someone mentioned the other day that there aren’t enough cat photos round here? Aphra. 😀 🐈

28 February 2019: This is a good start: Auckland Council will be lobbying the government to stop the sale of private fireworks. Last year Fire …

27 February 2019: Is it possible to have too many photos of a baby quail? Here’s baby Glee at 3 days.

27 February 2019: I’d forgotten how big a pile 15 cubic metres of mulch makes. Most went down by the gate, a (too) small portion arrived …

27 February 2019: Pleased to see baby Quail, Glee, up and about this morning, strolling through the chick food. This is Day Three. Last night …

26 February 2019: Quail chick Glee, 2 days old, is thriving.

26 February 2019: Brrrr: that’s a chilly summer morning: 3.4C.

25 February 2019: Little Glee is an excellent quail chick. She’s 1 day old and looking strong and healthy. Her wonderful mother, Felicia, …

24 February 2019: Periodic Videos comes up trumps again: Diamonds Uncut The Professor looks at uncut diamonds of all shapes and sizes. 10 …

24 February 2019: Quail mystery solved. Two eggs from 06 February have hatched. The two from 05 February are still there, and someone had laid …

24 February 2019: Little quail chick Glee is up and about and pecking for food. Three of the original 4 eggs remain. So where did this wee dead …

24 February 2019: I was investigating what looked like a hard boiled quail egg beside mother Felicia when she moved. Welcome to the world baby …

24 February 2019: Ahhh, starting the day with my favourite morning tea, China Snowbuds quality white tea buds from the Fujian province in …

23 February 2019: Well, we were meant to go to Kāpiti Island (nature reserve) tomorrow for an overnight stay but the trip’s been …

22 February 2019: So glad the Mothers of Invention podcast is back for Season 2. Join former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve …

22 February 2019: A high-ranking female Viking warrior Luckily genetic analysis has overridden the sexism of a bunch of archaeologists who assumed that a Viking warrior must be …

21 February 2019: Dashed off to brush my teeth during the long ads in an online TV show. Had a sudden memory of the first 40 or so years of my …

20 February 2019: Last week I watched the sun set over our beach. This morning I watched a full moon set over the beach. The dogs and I arrived …

19 February 2019: Excellent 7 minute video from Tom Scott: Why Denmark Is .07 Seconds Behind The World Measuring time is a complicated thing. …

18 February 2019: Fascinating, thought-provoking 20 minute video: What is the Oldest Mummy in the World? The Ask A Mortician videos are always …

18 February 2019: Today’s quail update: sometimes a bird will lay an egg that has no shell around the internal protective membrane (Photo …

17 February 2019: This unusual (to me) dead fish on the beach this morning may be a Black Oreo Dory. large-eyed, silvery, deep-bodied, …

15 February 2019: I’ve spent much of the day in bed as I’ve been feeling odd all day — a bit dizzy perhaps. On a rare trip ‘out’ I saw …

14 February 2019: There were interesting clouds at dusk tonight — braided and wave-like.

14 February 2019: Today’s XKCD comic has to be one of my favourites.

14 February 2019: Many thanks for the birthday wishes @brentsimmons, @yorrike, @pratik, @aclaman, @dejus, @macgenie and @cheri. I feel proud to …

13 February 2019: It seemed fitting on the eve of my 64th birthday to go down to the beach and watch the sun set. It was a gorgeous evening!

13 February 2019: Felicia is a very dedicated mother. She’s sitting on 5 eggs I’ve left with her. In a couple of weeks they might …

13 February 2019: Hen egg vs quail egg. The last hen eggs we bought are jumbo size. In the photo I put a regular size Coturnix quail egg next …

13 February 2019: Found: The women mathematicians responsible for calculating ballistics tables for missiles being used by allied forces in …

12 February 2019: Also on the beach today this probable green-lipped mussel, with brown ‘beard’.

12 February 2019: I haven’t seen any penguins on our beach — until today with this dead one. 😒 Someone had marked its location with a driftwood …

11 February 2019: Florence and Felicia are two of last year’s quail. One of them laid the middle egg in the photo of 3 eggs. It’s a …

10 February 2019: Today I separated the quail into two groups in separate runs. Poor little baby Flop has been badly bullied by Fatima, the …

09 February 2019: Clever Siri. I said: “Hey Siri, remind me to move the lime tree in Autumn”. Siri scheduled my reminder for 09:00 on 21 March …

08 February 2019: The beach was looking a bit gorgeous this morning. I had just dug in those sticks to help mark the track. In the distance is …

08 February 2019: Yesterday this fishing vessel was working really close to shore. A good swimmer could have easily reached it. Apparently they …

06 February 2019: How to get list bullets on the Home Page with Marfa theme The other day I wrote a post with a list in it. Mysteriously, it showed up on the Home Page of my Micro.blog-based blog …

05 February 2019: At our beach we sometimes get Bluebottle jellies and By The Wind sailors, but I haven’t before seen these small clear …

05 February 2019: Our current neighbours were looking gorgeous this morning. Photo: 2 brown horses and a black horse standing in a row. The …

05 February 2019: Yesterday’s wasp sting was painful at the time, but I washed and iced it and it seemed OK. Today my arm’s slightly …

04 February 2019: Moments of the day, Monday 04 February 2019 an hour watering the garden alone on the beach with the dogs dug out a small …

03 February 2019: Last night I really enjoyed the movie Victoria & Abdul. It was a lot lighter than I expected. The excesses and racism of …

02 February 2019: Lunch Letdowns near Levin Yesterday I tried out Whispers Cafe in Levin. I had a hot chocolate, with fish and chips. I’d have to say the meal was …

02 February 2019: Loved this 10 minute video: Nature Mythology From Around the World This week on Nature League, Brit and Adrian re-enact …

01 February 2019: LOL, Kāpiti Coast District Council has put up ‘selfie’ posts in scenic locations. How to selfie - with Parks Officer Mark is …

31 January 2019: Ares and Aphra relax in front of the house.

31 January 2019: Watched: The Poor Man of Nippur - World’s first film in Babylonian …a c. 3,000 year-old comic folk tale in Babylonian …

31 January 2019: Wonderful to step outside just before dawn to see a crescent Moon partnered up with Jupiter and Venus in the Northeast. Quick …

30 January 2019: Hooray for nuns, and magic water In 1963 our family moved from London, England to New Zealand. I recall very little about where I was born and lived to the …

29 January 2019: When it feels more like Samoa or something than not too far from Wellington, New Zealand. Screenshot: temperature is 26 but …

24 January 2019: Apparently this little critter I found on the side of the house this evening is a Small field grasshopper. Conocephalus …

24 January 2019: Read: What to do when your personal blog becomes a burden: 6 tips : When your personal blog becomes a burden: make new rules …

24 January 2019: This kōtuku ngutupapa, Spoonbill, pair were on the grass today and I was able to be fairly close. Don’t they look …

23 January 2019: These three cheerful Tirairaka sitting on a log were one of two purchases from the recent Ōtaki Pottery Show. Tirairaka are …

21 January 2019: Today it’s almost 4 weeks since the quail chicks hatched so we integrated the flock again. The trick seems to be to …

19 January 2019: Evidence of voyaging Polynesians settling in Aotearoa more than 700 years ago. An excavation at Mangahawea Bay on Moturua …

19 January 2019: Sir Kim Workman on his fight for criminal justice reform When I was about 20, training to be a teacher, we visited a prison …

18 January 2019: Looking good, kōtuku ngutupapa, the Spoonbill!

17 January 2019: Clearly the shutter speed was too slow when I took photos of these horses being ridden along the beach this morning. I rather …

16 January 2019: The minute quantities along with the enormous prices are mind-boggling in this 10 minute video: Milking the Thorium Cow - …

16 January 2019: A dog walk in the trees across the river got us a view of the shag colony, where there are baby shags. I think this is a …

16 January 2019: As time has passed there are 2 things that frustrate me enormously in the Micro.Blog Mac app: I can’t zoom images and …

16 January 2019: 4 years of daily selfies, and counting… Somewhere around 01 January 2015 I realised that of the thousands of photos in my albums only a handful had me in them. I …

16 January 2019: Bad error messages can kill companies: An Amazon suspension message lists an item along with a tangentially related category …

15 January 2019: Susan Bennett was the original voice for Apple’s Siri, the first AI assistant on a cell phone. It was 4 hours a day, 5 …

14 January 2019: When men won't even let women relieve themselves… People without a safe place to go to the bathroom can die because of unsanitary conditions. A 2016 study in India found that …

14 January 2019: So sad women have to endure this: 18 year old refugee woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun renounced Islam, which is punishable by …

13 January 2019: We had a delicious and reasonably priced meal at Prah Ta Pang in Waikanae last night. I chose E4. Guireau Chha (Stir Fry Rice …

12 January 2019: We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody tonight. Initially a bit reluctant, I really enjoyed it. And, of course, the music was …

12 January 2019: A new word I learned today: enchiridion — a book containing essential information on a subject. Thanks to Micro.wiki.

12 January 2019: What a good thing: On the websites of many New Zealand companies women can now access information about the services offered …

11 January 2019: I seem to be answering a lot of these challenges lately: all the squares with cars or roads or whatever. I just want to say: …

11 January 2019: Something I learned yesterday when asked to publish a community notice about a missing cat: not only can cats get asthma, but …

10 January 2019: 6 conventional blogging tips that may make sense for personal blogs: certain time-honoured tips apply to every blog, …

10 January 2019: Because women are overlooked & unsupported, & because her work is excellent, I’ve set up my first Patreon sub. …

10 January 2019: Women are routinely erased from history, but occasionally they resurface: more evidence female monastics were not only …

10 January 2019: When I was a kid, back in the 60s, you could drive a long way and scarcely see another car. We had one short stretch like …

09 January 2019: Hard to believe that just over 12 hours ago we were in Whangārei. The drive home was smooth, in spite of diverting via …

09 January 2019: Today we set off for home. It’s a bit over 700 Km, or 10 hours driving. Chances are we’ll stop overnight somewhere. With dogs …

08 January 2019: At AH Reed park in Whangārei there is a merely 500 year old Kauri tree. There’s also an obligatory shoe cleaning …

08 January 2019: The Otuihau Whangārei waterfall is 26.3m high and falls over basalt cliffs.

08 January 2019: Yesterday at the Whangarei Kiwi House and Museum I saw an actual Brown Kiwi feeding. The need for dark and quiet meant no …

07 January 2019: Giant Kokopu at the Whangarei Kiwi House and Museum. A coastal species of fish endemic to New Zealand.

07 January 2019: 3 baby and 2 adult Oystercatchers at Uretiti beach near Whangarei.

07 January 2019: Photo: looking at Hen and Chicken Islands from Uretiti dog beach near Marsden Point (on the Bream Bay coast). It’s an …

07 January 2019: 10 blogging guidelines that don’t apply to personal blogs You are blogging to express yourself, make friends, develop your …

06 January 2019: The Hokianga Harbour is astonishingly beautiful.

06 January 2019: A single photo just can’t show how huge Tāne Mahuta is.

06 January 2019: Today we aim to visit Tāne Mahuta, a tree that stood on this land for 1,000 years before people arrived and is still standing …

06 January 2019: www.radionz.co.nz Stewart Island named a Dark Sky Sanctuary

05 January 2019: The Whangarei Basin is a lovely spot on a very hot Saturday morning. The market stalls had variety.

05 January 2019: Hah, haven’t seen one of these nice timeline adjacencies since I left Twitter. What will drive you? This Maserati?

05 January 2019: Our friends in Whangarei have the most beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog. About 5 years old.

04 January 2019: We were suddenly presented with these two huge sculptures on a hill as we rounded a corner (but couldn’t take photos …

04 January 2019: As we crossed the Bombay Hills yesterday farmers were harvesting spring onions. What a stench! I’d hate to live …

04 January 2019: We had a good night in Auckland with a friend, but today we head for our ultimate destination: Whangarei. It’s only …

03 January 2019: We stopped along the Desert Road (just before the best viewing spot…) and I hauled out the good camera with the zoom lens for …

03 January 2019: Huntly coal fired power station looks good. We also saw a train load of coal arriving. Time for this one to cease production.

03 January 2019: We stopped at Oruatua on the East side of Lake Taupo for the dogs to have a walk.

03 January 2019: Ruapehu was looking fine as we drove the Desert Road.

03 January 2019: A couple of hours driving brought us to breakfast at Taihape. They’re still waking up here.

02 January 2019: Quail chicks Day 7. They seem to be exchanging baby fluff for feathers. Photos: yellow chick and stripey chick looking patchy …

01 January 2019: Today Fliss, the 6 day old stripey quail chick, is modelling for us. What a looker! Flop’s photos didn’t turn out so …

01 January 2019: Angel Wings. Photo: a white Royal Spoonbill takes flight from the lagoon at Waikawa Beach.

31 December 2018: Well, at almost 11pm I’m finding it hard to believe that 2019 is about to begin. Best wishes for this new year about to …

31 December 2018: These baby quail, born 5 days ago now, remain unbearably cute. Photos: yellow chick peeking out from under mum’s wing; yellow …

31 December 2018: We went to see The Favourite recently and the film has stayed with me. It’s intense, unusual, and features Queen Anne …

31 December 2018: Women and rebels honoured Look what happens when you get a government that is actually working for people, rather than the rich and business: a New …

30 December 2018: Whew. It took nearly 24 hours but I’ve finally modified the Comment form on our Community WordPress website to: remove URL …

29 December 2018: Thank you Inoreader and BBEdit! After searching all over for a way to capture items from a single RSS feed (Word of the Day …

28 December 2018: Little Flop, in her third day, finds straw a bit of a challenge. Photo: yellow quail chick in straw.

28 December 2018: Little Fliss, in her third day, is so photogenic. Photo: stripy baby Japanese quail.

26 December 2018: A few hours later: Mother quail, Felicia, and babies Fliss and Flop are doing fine.

26 December 2018: Birds can change sex Sex Reversal in Chickens Kept in Small and Backyard Flocks - eXtension tells us (of chickens): How does spontaneous sex …

26 December 2018: The MOST exciting thing: we unexpectedly have 2 baby quail! Especially unexpected since the adults are all female (but …

25 December 2018: Dark mode was so hyped that I switched to it immediately on installing Mojave when it was released. I really really tried to …

25 December 2018: Are you familiar with earth — a visualization of global weather conditions? I visit daily. The screenshot below shows a …

25 December 2018: This Micro Monday I’d like to mention @smokey who is thoughtful, generous, interesting, and a pillar of this community.

24 December 2018: As a contribution to our shared lunch with friends tomorrow I’ve made Lemon Butter Biscuits and Gingerbread Dinosaurs. …

24 December 2018: The Levin dog park, next to Lake Horowhenua, is splendid: 50,000 square metres (12 acres), fully fenced, large and small open …

22 December 2018: A “hidden figure” in the development of GPS technology has officially been honored …. Mathematician Dr. Gladys West was …

22 December 2018: The pause point It’s 4.45 am on summer solstice. I have been awake an hour already. Sunrise will come soon, bringing more than 16 hours of …

22 December 2018: Nice: 16 hours and 12 minutes of daylight today.

21 December 2018: After several fatalities recently, we have new signs between Waikawa Beach Road and Levin on State Highway 1. “Keep left, …

20 December 2018: Today’s Te Reo Māori quirk: tātahi is the beach. You don’t put a ‘te’ in front of it, just like you wouldn’t put …

20 December 2018: So, any thoughts about what’s heading our way and how long it’ll take to get here?

20 December 2018: Interesting word of the week, bdelloid: From the Ancient Greek βδέλλα (bdella, "leech"). …

20 December 2018: Your New Social Credit Score: A powerful 3 minute video about a possible, even likely, future. I specially like: “If …

19 December 2018: We like the horses down the road. Moose has recently joined the other two. When he's standing right beside them you can see …

19 December 2018: Drat! Last week’s sutures from a trivial excision came out today. Except for one that resisted. Now I have 4 new …

17 December 2018: This Micro Monday I’d like to recommend @Pip for her photos with strong and interesting shapes and @tgray for his photos, …

17 December 2018: At sunrise today there was a nice little inversion layer over the paddock next door. Photo: 2 black and white steers grazing …

16 December 2018: One of the delights of Te Reo Māori is that it doesn’t have to suffer apostrophes. But what I was really going to say …

16 December 2018: This morning’s beach theme: black-backed gulls and an oystercatcher on the wet sand with Kāpiti Island in the …

14 December 2018: I really enjoyed Elseworlds parts 1 & 2 under the show names of Flash and Arrow. But part 3, under the name of Supergirl, …

14 December 2018: These starlings, I think, have given themselves orange heads by dipping into the flax flowers. Photos: starlings on flowering …

14 December 2018: And again it’s thundery weather. These are my favourite clouds today.

14 December 2018: One of the best parts of this story about a homeless man in hospital in Brazil: The pups were eager, but also patient — …

13 December 2018: There’s thunder in the air. Photo: low and dark clouds.

13 December 2018: The farmer next door is baling hay a couple of paddocks over. Hooray for a zoom lens. Photos: tractor and baling machine …

13 December 2018: Jean @macgenie was kind enough to send me a copy of The Sun. By the looks of these amazing night sky photos by Marc Toso …

11 December 2018: Dogs are great! Pets are being trained to detect invasive fish: “The dogs sniffed 17-samples …holding their nose by the …

11 December 2018: On this morning’s beach walk we saw (photos) two horses, and a fishing boat. The sea was very calm.

10 December 2018: Bush Giant Dragonflies often come into the house at this time of year and generally can’t find their way out again. I …

09 December 2018: In summer the dogs and I head to the beach early. It’s too hot for them by 8 am on a sunny day. Today we saw (photos) …

08 December 2018: Sounds mysterious Aha, I knew it! Well, I didn't or I wouldn't have had to look it up. What I did know was that the speaker's accent had vowels …

07 December 2018: The 200 funniest words in English: That sounds funny — the science behind why certain words make us laugh. Not a …

06 December 2018: Driving past the lake this morning I caught a quick glimpse of a baby pūkeko: a tiny ball of fluff on legs. No photo, …

06 December 2018: What a great story, and with a surprising New Zealand connection: The Hopeful Story of a Doomed Fox, a 7 minute video from …

05 December 2018: I had an hour today with Karen, a Clinical Massage Practitioner. It turns out all the time I’ve spent using a weedeater …

05 December 2018: $95 worth of high-quality beef mince, stir-fry and steak from my favourite Green Meadows Beef. A pleasing gift was the …

05 December 2018: Oshi will be 12 next week. He finds 6.45am far too early to be awake. Photo: Oshi the dog yawning while sitting on my lap.

05 December 2018: Hey, a new comet, and fairly easy to spot: “On Dec. 16th, Comet 46P/Wirtanen will approach Earth less than 1.5 million km …

04 December 2018: When you glance out the window and spot someone lurking behind the flax bush only a few metres away… Photos: brown and white …

04 December 2018: These beauties are straight from our tunnel house. Photo: 6 red strawberries.

04 December 2018: One of my favourite loose-leaf teas is Premium China Snowbuds, a delicate white tea. Today for the first time I actually …

30 November 2018: Hayfever sounds fairly innocent: oh, you sneeze a lot. In reality it’s like a permanent bad cold: runny nose, sneezing, …

30 November 2018: In November lupin bushes are very pretty, loaded with bright yellow flowers … whose pollen flies straight into my eyes, nose …

30 November 2018: We had an early start at the beach this morning. Sasha caught today’s moment of sunshine. Photo: small black dog by a …

25 November 2018: Geese fly in those gorgeous wedge-shaped skeins… but not this gang of 35 rebels. They were all over the place as they flew …

25 November 2018: The fishing vessel Perseverance 66110 was our companion at the beach this morning. Photo: fishing boat near shore, small …

24 November 2018: The paddocks next door usually have Friesian (probably) steers. The farmer keeps his dairy herd elsewhere. Today the herd …

23 November 2018: Caught this beauty just after coming home from dinner out. Photo: full red-tinged moon rising above paddocks.

23 November 2018: I love the hawks that soar around here, hunting. Today, for the first time, and through a window, I managed an OK photo of …

22 November 2018: The bird in the range hood I came home from shopping to hear extremely loud and continuous bird chirps in the corner of the kitchen. Odd. Outside: no …

22 November 2018: Interesting: in this 8 minute audio we hear how beatboxers make sounds, some of which are unlike any used in human language. …

21 November 2018: Interesting: “Sometimes, numbers on sites like YouTube and Twitter jump up and down subscriber counts lag, like-counts …

21 November 2018: Wow, even though I knew the outcome was good, this video of a rescue of 3 people + 2 dogs by helicopter from the California …

20 November 2018: The farmer next door is ploughing the paddock. The crop will probably be feed for the cows who are usually in there.

17 November 2018: Wahine Rongonui: Dame Whina Cooper This year I've been studying Te Reo Māori, the Māori language, through Te Wananga o Aotearoa. As we come to the …

14 November 2018: Those two scruffy dogs have finally had a bath and a trim. You can see their eyes again! Photos: freshly groomed small dogs.

14 November 2018: Looking south towards Kāpiti Island on a gorgeous morning. Meanwhile, what were these 2 scoundrels up to? Photos: view from …

13 November 2018: I don’t often use cash, but today’s bonus was to receive an Armistice Day centennial coin in change. Photos: New …

13 November 2018: Oshi and Sasha had a great run on the beach this morning. Photos: Oshi running; Sasha running.

11 November 2018: Today I made a new veggie patch and planted self-sown tomatoes and celery. Emptied and moved 2 compost bins to fill an old …

10 November 2018: In truth, sleeping dogs: Oshi and Sasha.

10 November 2018: Yellowhammer: “The colourful yellowhammer is a common inhabitant of open country throughout much of New Zealand. Introduced …

10 November 2018: Cabbage trees, tī kōuka.

10 November 2018: This morning‘s haul of 5 strawberries from the tunnel house.

09 November 2018: From the iPhone 7, a delicate fungus I spotted in the garden this morning.

07 November 2018: Kiwis: sick of fireworks? A new petition to cease retail sales. Sign by 30 November 2018.

07 November 2018: Interesting: in that big earthquake last week the P waves arrived first, with the S waves later. “This computer …

06 November 2018: Who knew … apparently there’s a town in France, Le Quesnoy, that the Kiwis liberated near the end of World War 1. They …

04 November 2018: I don’t fuss about regular folks writing ‘poorly’, but professionals is another matter. Radio NZ and the misplaced ‘tomorrow …

04 November 2018: Urgh, this wind is a definite incentive to stay in bed.

03 November 2018: On my Micro.blog site styling the photos also affected my avatar at the top of the page. This CSS fixed that: img#avatar …

03 November 2018: On my Micro.blog site I didn’t like my photos being smooshed together. This CSS has helped: img {margin-top:1.5em; …

03 November 2018: The map mystery Whenever a Kiwi spots a world map in the background of some News broadcast, our eye is inevitably drawn to the space where …

02 November 2018: I was wondering how much CO2 I save by making hyperlocal trips on my bike. This handy CO2 calculator is useful: The …

02 November 2018: On strong role models in film and tv — we need more Here’s an excellent research-based 7 minute video from BrainCraft about how important role models are: How Dana Scully …

01 November 2018: Sunset, and I glanced up at the now cloud-free Tararuas to see snow on the peaks. No wonder it’s so chilly outside. …

01 November 2018: That scary rain on the roof sound It's common in New Zealand for houses to have a tin roof. In our case that's long-run Colorsteel. So when it rains heavily it …

31 October 2018: Today’s beach observation: an intact sand dollar.

31 October 2018: This morning I stood on the deck and took photos of some of our household and neighbours. Photos: 2 black cats; brown horse …

30 October 2018: Don’t mean to harp on it, but that earthquake was BIG and LONG. I’m actually shaking still. A couple of tiny …

30 October 2018: Wow. If you never hear from me again it’s because I didn’t follow the rule about “Long and strong get …

30 October 2018: I enjoy the posts from @YellowCottage . They’re a great Micro Monday follow if you enjoy photos and brief videos of …

30 October 2018: Two fine looking horses were ridden past me on the beach this morning. 2 minutes and 14 seconds later one had lost its rider …

30 October 2018: What the heck! I always watch the Apple Events live (at 5 am, urgh!), but this next one’s at 3 am New Zealand time! …

26 October 2018: This White-faced heron, matuku moana, was down at the lake today.

26 October 2018: Cool 3 minute film about Dayna Grant, stunt double: Double - Short Vertical Film from Laura Sargisson.

23 October 2018: It’s extremely rare for me to buy a book on paper, but with no ebook available, this one’s worth it: A Māori …

23 October 2018: The estuary was popular today with the birds: tiny banded dotterels, long-legged pied stilts, and the large white royal …

19 October 2018: Ugh, 300 trucks! They should all be on rail. “Wellington in lockdown as State Highway One at Pukerua Bay remains closed in …

18 October 2018: When you don't know what time it is Up until 150 years ago, each New Zealand region had its own, different time zone. … In 1866, the first cable across …

16 October 2018: Naming Warrior Women Do you think Samurai warriors were all men? Think again. How Onna-Bugeisha, Feudal Japan’s Women Samurai, Were Erased …

15 October 2018: This photo may look like a bat in a tree, but actually it’s our native pigeon, drunk. Gorgeous birds. A native green …

13 October 2018: Thanks to those who chatted recently about the new series of Dr Who. I watched that first episode of the latest season …

12 October 2018: I bought a new camera: a Fujifilm X-T2 that I now need to grow into. I really like the colours in this experimental shot from …

08 October 2018: Front lawn rabbit at dusk, through the kitchen window, with my 55-230mm zoom. This one lives around here somewhere — I often …

08 October 2018: A stunning day at the beach. I was able to experiment with my new (replacement) zoom lens. Driftwood, waves, Kāpiti Island.

07 October 2018: Spring is when the Cabbage Trees, Cordyline Australis, Ti Kouka, bloom. Their perfume is exquisite.

06 October 2018: Lunch, with dogs, at the Aro Street Cafe. Fun coincidence that we’re here on our 25th anniversary as we had our first ‘date’ …

06 October 2018: I ended up back in Wellington today. I’d forgotten how lovely Central Park in Brooklyn is. The dogs and I enjoyed our walk. I …

03 October 2018: Hooray: this solved the problem of my Mac failing to unmute: Mac sound not working? Here’s how to fix it. In brief: in …

02 October 2018: Today some loans I made were repaid and I lent another $25 to help a woman in Pakistan set up her business. Other …

01 October 2018: The quail still aren’t laying every day but I have gathered enough for an occasional meal of fried eggs. (Photo: quail eggs …

30 September 2018: We visited the Ōtaki Cat Show today. It’s hard to see Orientals with exaggeratedly triangular faces and Persians with …

29 September 2018: Today 30 or 40 volunteers turned out to help plant thousands of Spinifex, provided by the local Council. The plants help …

28 September 2018: With blue skies and sunshine it’s the season to bike to the beach with the dogs. It’s about 1 Km by road to my …

28 September 2018: Proud to be a Kiwi After nearly a decade of the previous government driving our country away from values I hold dear I’m so proud to see …

26 September 2018: Trip to Wellington and back complete. It’s good to be home. That makes two trips this year. I hope I can avoid a third.

25 September 2018: This appealing fungus popped up in the dog yard without my noticing till today.

24 September 2018: The free iOS app Kupu is rather clever. Take a photo of an object and it selects the Māori word (kupu), with alternative …

24 September 2018: My little Aphra the cat actually allowed me to cuddle her yesterday, and to take a selfie! She’s nearly 17 now.

21 September 2018: The first quail eggs of the season from my 4 Japanese Coturnix Coturnix quail. Yum. I fried these.

20 September 2018: This map is so great — it puts New Zealand near the centre of the world, rather than falling off the edge (or not appearing …

19 September 2018: I’m enjoying this photography course. Here’s Oshi the dog posing for practice.

19 September 2018: Well, I was just thinking: that pheasant squawk sounds like their earthquake alarm. Next minute… And it was not …

17 September 2018: Certainly reflects the experience of me & various acquaintances — 45 and unemployable - warning to Kiwis that …

17 September 2018: It’s Monday in NZ and for @MicroMonday I want to suggest @skysandison who posts gorgeous drawings of Edinburgh. I love …

12 September 2018: Our last view of Niue. 🗺🇳🇺

12 September 2018: Ohhh, back in NZ. Refresh the MB timeline and before I can draw breath there are new posts, with photos and everything! It’s …

11 September 2018: We spent 3 or 4 hours on a small boat today, hoping to see humpback whales or spinner dolphins. We had no luck, though others …

11 September 2018: Snorkelling at Utuko Reef again yesterday I just snapped loads of pictures. Between contact lenses, mask and being underwater …

11 September 2018: It turns out the thing that’s more frustrating than extremely slow Internet is no Internet at all. We got in some enjoyable …

10 September 2018: Selfie with full-face snorkel at Matapa Chasm. 🗺🇳🇺

10 September 2018: This morning we snorkeled at Matapa Chasm at the north end of Niue. Good fun. There was a bit of a surge so I stayed in one …

09 September 2018: At Togalupo the sea track terminates here. 🗺🇳🇺

09 September 2018: Well, the good news is I’m uninjured and insured and my good camera with the zoom lens broke my fall. Now guess the bad news. …

09 September 2018: Frigate Bird photo.

09 September 2018: This afternoon I spotted maybe 15 or 20 Frigate Birds circling overhead. Amazing birds. 🗺🇳🇺

08 September 2018: After going to Alofi for breakfast and finding conditions too poor for snorkelling we did a spontaneous road trip around the …

08 September 2018: Last night we went to an Umu, a feast. A highlight was the Coconut Crab, or Unga. Very large creatures. 🇳🇺🗺

07 September 2018: We had an enjoyable lunch at Hio Cafe. 🗺🇳🇺

07 September 2018: The sea snakes are apparently very poisonous and also afraid of people. I took this shot from the rocks above though. 🗺🇳🇺

07 September 2018: A snorkeling photo that actually worked! Stripy fish. 🗺🇳🇺

07 September 2018: Limu Pool, Niue 🗺🇳🇺

07 September 2018: We’re staying at Namukulu Cottages, about a 20 minute drive north of Alofi, the capital of Niue. This morning we visited …

06 September 2018: Utuko Reef

06 September 2018: Utuko Reef from Crazy Unga Cafe. 🗺🇳🇺

06 September 2018: We did a bit of snorkelling at Utuko Reef next to the Crazy Unga cafe where we had lunch. 🇳🇺🗺 I saw half a dozen different …

05 September 2018: Ahhh, Niue at last. The view from our cottage on the northwest ‘corner’ of the island. 🇳🇺🗺 No whales to be seen at the moment …

05 September 2018: Getting closer. The flight to Niue takes almost 3.5 hours. We cross the dateline so we arrive yesterday. 🗺 🇳🇺

04 September 2018: Today at last we try again to go to Niue. Or, at least, today we fly to Auckland, then tomorrow catch the flight to Niue. …

03 September 2018: It’s a delight to realise that it’s broad daylight before 7 am these days. More than 12 hours of sunlight a day. Maybe the …

02 September 2018: These Canada geese were right by the road in Pekapeka. Kitesurfers were catching waves at Waikanae.

02 September 2018: I watched and enjoyed The Fantastic Mr Fox on Netflix. Bizarre, very funny, hooked me in and kept me watching. Recommended.

01 September 2018: We were up at 3.30 am, drove for an hour to Palmerston North airport and were waiting to board at 6.10 am when they cancelled …

31 August 2018: I guess I really need to learn Markdown for Micro.Blog…

31 August 2018: If you want to know a bit more about Niue, there’s an article in the NZ Herald today: Niue: The Rock is unapologetic. …

31 August 2018: Sasha and Oshi can’t come on our holiday, so they have to go for their own. Cats and dogs safely delivered to the …

30 August 2018: It’s weird to travel across the dateline. Our flight from home to Auckland takes place the day after our flight from …

30 August 2018: It took ages to get my regular specs back from being upgraded at the lab. Today I learn the sunglasses, sent away at the same …

30 August 2018: We have a fair number of ring-necked pheasants round here, but today for the first time I was able to get some decent photos. …

29 August 2018: Vaka in Niue kept by most of the sea tracks. Here are a couple by a rare concrete ramp. 🗺 @hawaiiboy

28 August 2018: Not long now till we’re holidaying in Niue. It’s a tiny island in the Pacific about 2,600 Km north-eastish of New …

28 August 2018: So interesting. The neighbour’s house is around 400 metres away. The trailer backed up over the piles then the house …

28 August 2018: I popped outside to check on an odd noise and discovered our new neighbour arriving.

27 August 2018: Reunited! Proper specs, correct prescription, tint-free anti reflection and no transition coating I can see properly again.

27 August 2018: In another hour or so I finally get my glasses back. 2 weeks of struggle with 2 backup pairs, both with different outdated …

27 August 2018: OK, for National Dog Day here are our two in February 2007, aged a few months. Sasha was jet black almost all over. Oshi …

26 August 2018: Soon we’ll be back in Niue for another holiday. Unlike New Zealand at the moment it’ll be warm. I hope to take …

26 August 2018: I also managed some snorkelling (new to me) in Niue. I wasn’t very good at taking underwater photos, but like the …

26 August 2018: We went on a successful whale watching tour in Niue too. 🗺

26 August 2018: This time 2 years ago we were holidaying on the wonderful coral island of Niue, a 3 hour flight north of Auckland. The waters …

24 August 2018: For the last 12 days I’ve been without my regular specs. They’re away getting new lenses. In theory I should get …

23 August 2018: Sunset cloud layers.

23 August 2018: At a cafe in Ouarzazate in Morocco someone on our tour asked for coffee with milk. So he got a tiny coffee, with a large …

23 August 2018: August & September are the worst months of the year in New Zealand, so a good time to holiday elsewhere. In 2015 we …

23 August 2018: Well, cough syrup was effective in preventing a third night in a row of a 90-minute coughing fit. I’d forgotten though …

18 August 2018: BTW, @fiona , I listened to a couple of episodes of Sawbones while I brushed the dogs. You’re right, I’m finding …

18 August 2018: Oshi, on the other hand, was waiting impatiently for his turn. He was quick to brush as his coat’s very fine and not …

18 August 2018: Sasha hates being groomed but endured it staunchly. Good thing too, as ears and tail were massively tangled and knotted. Took …

17 August 2018: Heh, as the owner of a small dog, I find this interesting: Smaller dogs peed more often, and chose vertical targets … more …

16 August 2018: It seems like every website I visit that sells things wants to present their products ordered by “featured”. I never want to …

15 August 2018: This Black Swan pair was at the beach today. A passing vehicle startled them moments later. What amazes me is how straight …

15 August 2018: Words, language, languages are of huge interest to me, so this 12 minute YouTube video was a great watch: How Some Words Get …

15 August 2018: While I wait up to 2 weeks to get my glasses back with new lenses I wondered just how those lenses are made. This interesting …

14 August 2018: This was a very interesting 11 minute SciShow video: 5 Devastating Security Flaws You’ve Never Heard Of. …

13 August 2018: Down at the beach this morning: Matuku, white-faced heron.

13 August 2018: It turns out my idea that my glasses frames with new lenses will be returned to me in a couple of days was simply wishful …

12 August 2018: Sometime in 2014 I switched to having transition lenses in my glasses — they go dark in the sun. It's taken me some time to …

12 August 2018: I biked the dogs to the beach in their special trailer. What a stunning morning!

12 August 2018: Sunrise comes in half an hour. Birds are singing their wakeup calls. It’s only a couple of degrees above freezing. There’s a …

11 August 2018: What a gorgeous day: clear blue skies, no wind, reasonably warm, and, amazingly for a Saturday, quiet. No chainsaws, mowers, …

11 August 2018: Sitting out in the sun with my little Aphra.

11 August 2018: Those little fluffy white cygnets from a few weeks ago are growing up. They’re grey now. The cygnets are growing up.

11 August 2018: I find I feel better if I avoid bread, though I wouldn't say I have gluten intolerance. This article gives some interesting …

09 August 2018: The beach actually wants to make dunes. Looking west. These incipient dunes won’t last through the next westerly storm …

09 August 2018: There is only one place in our little community where visitors can admire the view without actually having to set foot on the …

08 August 2018: Whew, what a day. The pest control guy came and rebaited the rat poison stations. I went for my annual eye test and have …

08 August 2018: Sometimes seals visit our beach. There was a baby seal there today. We all kept our distance, of course, but a zoom lens and …

06 August 2018: Very poor interface design led me to believe the Courtesy Car I was driving had half a tank of petrol. Luckily I was outside …

04 August 2018: Wooo, checking my own blog post from 2006 and notice I was using Keyboard Maestro even back then. Still use it today for lots …

04 August 2018: I want to give a 👍 to @manton and @danielpunkass for Core Intuition. I’ve been aware of the podcast’s existence …

03 August 2018: The basket fungus, Ileodictyon cibarium, has been quite the in-thing at our place this year. All over the place.

03 August 2018: The little known breed of legless dog. (Oshi the hole-digger).

31 July 2018: Full sunrise splendour.

31 July 2018: Another pleasing sunrise.

30 July 2018: Sights and sounds of a clear dawn What a gorgeous morning! A clear sky with the last of the stars, dawn starting to show pink on the horizon. To the southwest …

28 July 2018: Not an amazing photo, but cloud cover is light so I can see the lunar eclipse for now. Maximum in about 40 minutes.

27 July 2018: This kid picks up rubbish at his school to help the planet. He’s challenged authorities to help too. He’s in line …

26 July 2018: It’s been a while since I last learned a language. I’d forgotten that creativity factor of being unable to say …

24 July 2018: A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of swan babies. The cygnets have graduated to the more open lake now. I sneaked up on …

23 July 2018: Received an updated credit card in the mail. After checking my account I had to log into 19 different services to update …

22 July 2018: Well, that was an interesting double earthquake. A smaller shake immediately followed by a biggish one. And yet, Geonet are …

21 July 2018: I’d like to welcome @mlanger to Micro.blog. We’ve been Internet pals for more than 12 years now. 😀

21 July 2018: This is a milestone: the third cable connecting New Zealand to the rest of the Internet is now open: The $500 million fibre …

20 July 2018: Timed our dog walk poorly and we all arrived home soaked and cold. 🐕🌧

18 July 2018: This 40 minute video is clear and persuasive, and of international interest. youtu.be/Wsv9BwGD_… “Join Katharine …

18 July 2018: Heard item on bird strike. Googled UV window stickers. Followed 1st (hacked) link. NASTY stuff. Pix: seemingly legit link, …

18 July 2018: The Tararuas at sunrise today were gorgeous as always. I recently learned the term for this effect is ‘landskein’.

17 July 2018: Still, I turned around and moved to the other side of the house and had a good look at the Moon for a few minutes. It’s …

17 July 2018: Hauled out the not steady enough tripod and the giant binoculars and managed to get Mars in view. Focused, and then it faded. …

12 July 2018: Oshi has a new spot by the fire for keeping warm. Meanwhile Aphra was unusually willing to pose for a photo.

11 July 2018: There are 2 small permanent lakes a few hundred metres from our house. This morning’s bonus find was that the pair of …

11 July 2018: The golden waning crescent moon just above the horizon caught my eye at 5.30 this morning. It drew me out, into the winter …

10 July 2018: At sunset after a few stormy winter days.

08 July 2018: Low activity and the Apple Watch After a couple of days low activity resting up my ‘bad back’ I just found this: “…change your move goal for the current day …

07 July 2018: There are things I just love about New Zealand. Such as when the capital city is captivated by a whale in the harbour. …

05 July 2018: Hmmm, a light, hazy cloud cover out there in the early morning chill (1.6C), with a ring around the moon.

04 July 2018: Finally went to see and very much enjoyed Ocean’s Eight. Just squeezed in on the last day it was showing.

03 July 2018: This (now bathed and shampooed) dog found a dead sheep on the beach and decided our house would be better if it were filled …

26 June 2018: The same cold Southerly that brought a sprinkle of snow on the Tararuas was whipping up the waves too.

24 June 2018: The best name for the job As far as we know the first people in New Zealand were the Māori who arrived around 900 years ago. From about the 1700s …

23 June 2018: Kawau (Pied shag), enjoying a bit of quiet time on the river.

23 June 2018: A very appealing sunrise this morning.

22 June 2018: Woohoo. First (frosty) sunrise on the way to mid-summer.

22 June 2018: Scientists have come up with a new way to figure out how much winter rainfall is going to occur in California - simply check …

20 June 2018: This has become one of my favourite recipes: easy and quick to make, delicious to eat. I don’t eat onion so use celery …

16 June 2018: We went with friends and the dogs today to Whanganui for a glass paperweight making workshop. Afterwards we climbed the …

15 June 2018: Down at Waikanae Beach this morning I spotted a Kotare, Sacred kingfisher, on some driftwood. …

15 June 2018: I drove 35 Km each way to walk the dogs on Waikanae Beach, visit Russell Nature Reserve to see the flowering Kohekohe and to …

15 June 2018: A couple of excellent 10-minute videos about Iceland: reforesting, and thermal energy: youtu.be/quHiPpI7n… and …

15 June 2018: This week’s Te Reo vocabulary learning is hard: 4 seasons plus 12 months, each with an alternate plus 7 days, 6 of which have …

14 June 2018: The Kohekohe tree flowers only once every few years and provides crucial food for native birds. This 4 minute video on …

14 June 2018: I sometimes wonder why I see huge driftwood on the beach but never in the sea. Today this item bobbing about, too small for a …

14 June 2018: It was a rare treat to spot these fallen leaves in Manakau this morning.

14 June 2018: Seeing this enormous Twitter User number leads me to ask: 1] How do you even say that number — it’s way beyond …

12 June 2018: Thanks to Sleep Music Delta Waves, www.youtube.com/watch I had a very enjoyable half hour nap. Crucial if I’m to be …

11 June 2018: Downloading 8GB of files over several hours on our not great Internet connection & recalling that time it took an hour or …

11 June 2018: I’ve been a loyal user of Interarchy (Anarchie) for sooooo long — probably 15 years at least, maybe 20. Now I’ve switched to …

09 June 2018: I’m learning Te Reo Māori and have compiled an alphabetical list of new words, Kupu Hou. Now I want that list in random …

05 June 2018: Hah, smart watch could reveal your password: www.kaspersky.com/blog/smar… Thanks to @1Password my password is “Command …

05 June 2018: Up at 5 am and watching the WWDC Keynote live. Didn’t like the ‘Attenborough‘ intro video at all!

31 May 2018: Noticed for the first time today: in Google Maps on iPhone, a ‘cone’ radiating from the blue dot marking Me changes direction …

31 May 2018: There’s a helicopter spraying paddocks near Emma Drive, Walkers Lane or Takapu Road this morning.

30 May 2018: The river was like glass by the footbridge this morning. Great reflections!

28 May 2018: Yesterday I watched a really interesting movie on Netflix — Mercury 13: Mercury 13 refers to thirteen American women …

25 May 2018: Here’s an idea I like: changing the name of Levin to its originally planned Taitoko. The name Taitoko was chosen by …

24 May 2018: Wow. Had to stop the podcast I was listening to. Between thunder, gale force winds and rain on the roof and windows, I …

23 May 2018: Fascinating: Lera Boroditsky, How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think — youtu.be/iGuuHwbuQ… “Humans … us(e) …

23 May 2018: Last night’s thunderstorm reached peak intensity with this 64 decibel thunderclap and lightning right above our house. …

23 May 2018: 🌐 Oh, a nice little shake awake after a stormy night. When Wed May 23 2018 5:59 AM Where 20 km north-east of Pongaroa Shaking …

22 May 2018: Wow. An almighty crack of thunder and multiple lightning directly overhead a few minutes ago. I think the house took a hit. …

21 May 2018: The Netflix animated programme called Spirit is just lovely for kids — features 3 girls, probably ~13, having adventures with …

21 May 2018: I love how dogs invite another to play: fast tail wagging, side-on stance, prancing, little wuffs. Shame it stops the second …

21 May 2018: Anki, a flashcards app, apps.ankiweb.net , isn’t very Mac-like, but it sure is effective at helping me learn Te Reo Māori! …

21 May 2018: Yay, this week our temporary dog fence is being replaced with a permanent fence and gate. Dog yard, Part 2. Bonus: Ares the …

18 May 2018: It seems likely this juvenile bird on the beach, struggling to fly, was a fairy prion — “an abundant and familiar petrel of …

16 May 2018: Sunrise and coatstand.

14 May 2018: The Levin Public Library open area has a piano for public use. Someone just did a nice rendition of Po Kare Kare Ana.

14 May 2018: I’m genuinely shocked that the Kindle edition of The Odyssey - a New Translation by Dr. Emily Wilson with Dr. Bridget …

13 May 2018: Hmmm, the pheasants squawked for no reason, then after a moment we had a small but prolonged shake. Ah, a 3,8 not too …

13 May 2018: I’m not actually a big fan of cutesy stuff, but these Salt and Pepper shakers had a certain appeal.

12 May 2018: Just rewatched Star Trek: Voyager 101 & 102. I had misremembered these eps as being 90% in Caretaker land. In fact the …

11 May 2018: Sasha went for a paddle, while Oshi just watched. Good thing both are booked for a bath and trim next week.

11 May 2018: Busy morning — for the Poaka (pied stilts).

03 May 2018: Blue sky, warm sun, no wind. The beach today is paradise.

03 May 2018: Enjoying the slight streaks of cloud over the Tararua mountains just before sunrise today.

02 May 2018: This vessel came out of the south at very high speed, then stopped offshore. Binoculars and photos told me it was the …

01 May 2018: Sometimes we gets mats of small pieces of driftwood. Nice sharp edges on this one.

01 May 2018: Aphra and I did a joint selfie today. Rare cuddles from this cat.

30 April 2018: Since I rediscovered my Honolulu Zoo photos from a decade ago I’ve been remembering my visit. This giant tortoise was …

29 April 2018: I stumbled on this photo from December 2008: Secretary bird and Crowned cranes at Honolulu Zoo. Such wonderfully ridiculous …

29 April 2018: Gamebird hunting season opens at 6.30 am next Saturday. Sounds like someone’s practising today. Our dog Sasha is very …

29 April 2018: The answer to a question you may not have asked: no, you can’t eat olives straight from the tree. “straight off the tree, …

28 April 2018: Whew, sister, father, cousin, aunty… “Family Trees in Other Languages: our world’s 7 kinship systems” NativLang’s …

28 April 2018: It’s been a quiet day with some weeding, mulching, planting and plant buying. I’ve been doing a lot in the garden this …

27 April 2018: These days vehicles have great difficulty getting on to our beach. Things are very relaxed now. 😀 Today’s photos …

27 April 2018: Today’s beach finds: Ram’s horn (helps squid rise and descend in deep water); shell; Portuguese man o’ war; …

27 April 2018: While making breakfast I spotted the pheasant family in the cow paddock next door. The binoculars showed 5 birds. One’s …

26 April 2018: I’m not great at identifying shells. This is not a sheep’s head, but 3 rock oysters (probably) stuck together. …

26 April 2018: Heh, every time. First the pheasant(s) squawk with an alarm call, then we feel the earthquake: When Thu Apr 26 2018 11:28 AM …

25 April 2018: Late afternoon at the beach.

25 April 2018: This tight formation of 3 planes sped past just after noon today. I assume they were returning from Anzac Day ceremonies in …

24 April 2018: The farmer next door is spreading fertiliser on the cow paddock.

23 April 2018: At the setting of the sun …

23 April 2018: New Zealand has only one native land mammal: the bat. It’s exciting that they’ve been found living only 130 Km …

23 April 2018: And the tide went out…

22 April 2018: At the river, where it turns from flowing West to flowing South (for a bit).

20 April 2018: When beach visitors have to be towed out of the river by the no longer viable vehicle entrance, and then have to be towed …

19 April 2018: It didn’t rain on me…

19 April 2018: At the mouth of the Waiorongomai Stream.

18 April 2018: My favourite noise isn't the whistling in my ears I’m working on overcoming tinnitus and improving sleep at the moment. After a professional hearing test last week, …

16 April 2018: Skunk Bear has created a wonderful 9 minute video with Journey Of The Snowy Owl, www.facebook.com/nprskunkb… Do …

16 April 2018: I take a selfie every day. I almost never put any of them out in public — it’s a project just for me. But today Sasha …

16 April 2018: Last week the Antarctic sent us cold air. This week we’re sending it back.

15 April 2018: I haven’t been for a bike ride for such a long time. I’m out of practice. Good to get out in the sun and fresh air …

15 April 2018: For years I have suffered from poor / insufficient sleep. These days I’m working to change that. Last night’s 9 …

13 April 2018: 4 cubic metres of nice dry firewood. Delivered this morning. After 90 minutes of effort, stored in the shed. Ahhh.

12 April 2018: One of my favourite views after a cold Southerly storm: snow on the Tararua peaks as seen from the mouth of the Waiorongomai …

11 April 2018: There was a brief gap in the clouds so I was able to see a light dusting of snow on the Tararuas. That’s because the …

10 April 2018: The thunderstorm at midnight really upset Sasha. Now, at nearly 9 am it’s just rain and maybe dull rumbles, but she’s …

09 April 2018: I love how the wind smooths and ripples the sand overnight. It was rippling the river water too.

09 April 2018: There were a lot of birds at the river mouth this morning: Black backed gulls and White-fronted terns in particular. These …

09 April 2018: Te Matau-a-Māui and Te Moana-a-Toitehuatahi This year I have begun in earnest to learn Te Reo Māori. Currently I’m struggling with memorising and pronouncing some …

08 April 2018: On cooler mornings at dawn we can see the top of Mt Ruapehu, 164 Km away, from home. Kei te harikoa ahau. (Makes me happy.)

07 April 2018: A Keyboard Maestro macro to help me learn long placenames I'm using Anki flashcards to help me learn Te Reo Māori, but some longer placenames are giving me a lot of trouble. I've …

06 April 2018: Oversize vehicles are common on the stretch of road between Ōtaki and Levin, but I haven’t spotted a huge concrete beam …

05 April 2018: Allbirds with Over Under Lacing and Ian’s Secure Knot.

05 April 2018: With a new pair of Kotare Mint Allbirds shoes on my feet I was very glad to find I still had Ian's Shoelace Site in my …

04 April 2018: This piece of driftwood caught my eye this morning.

03 April 2018: Anki and Te Ara Reo Māori (He Pī ka Pao) I’ve dabbled a bit in the past, but this year I'm serious about learning, so I'm attending a class: Māori language for …

02 April 2018: Today was rather satisfying. Now April has arrived I seem to be finally settling into a useful pattern of activity. I did a …

01 April 2018: Waikawa Beach photos from a drone A professional operator with his own DJI Inspire v1 drone visited today and took a few photos of our property and the area …

30 March 2018: Then the sun came up.

30 March 2018: I love these misty autumn mornings. Such beautiful colours in the greenery. Can’t decide which of the exposures I like …

29 March 2018: Aphra rarely allows me to catch her or pick her up, but tonight she let her guard down.

27 March 2018: A gorgeous dog walk at the beach this morning. Sand patterns. Sand patterns — another angle. Kawau, Pied Shags: …

26 March 2018: Now the dog yard is secure, though unfinished, I need to start beautifying it. Step 1: replant and mulch one of the small …

25 March 2018: I am amazed by the power of these young people on the March. This speech was just a stunner. When I was 16 there was no way I …

23 March 2018: Oshi in his new $8 dog cave (on the dog bed, on the rug, on the carpet, on the floor…).

22 March 2018: Come on, Apple, give us Kiwis a choice New Zealand has at least two official languages: English and Māori. The English we speak and write isn't *exactly* the same …

22 March 2018: The dogs are very happy in their new playground.

22 March 2018: Something is wrong. I heard it rain in the night. The ground is wet. But the rain gauge shows no rain.

22 March 2018: Noooo. Yesterday I missed my Activity ring by 8 points simply because I forgot to check before I went to bed. Darn it.

21 March 2018: The dog yard is sufficiently complete to put it to the test. Refinements will come (gates, handrail on the ramp, properly …

21 March 2018: Fish heads on the beach.

20 March 2018: The dog yard has a way to go yet, but it’s definitely getting there. The deck on the house needs some rails and a step. There …

19 March 2018: Progress on the dog yard.

17 March 2018: Pah. My aunt in England is 96 and frail. Call on my cellphone from a UK number… Not family, but a spammer! So annoyed.

17 March 2018: Buddies: Sasha and Ares. Hard to believe Sasha (and her brother Oshi) used to chase Ares every single time she could when we …

16 March 2018: The dog yard now has most of its posts. Still to come: rails and 2 gates.

16 March 2018: The secure dog yard is underway. 😎

15 March 2018: At last, tomorrow the fencing guy comes to build a secure dog yard to keep these two scallywags from running away. Hooray!

14 March 2018: A benefit of a sudden unexpected trip to Wellington was a few moments with this harbour view. Sick partner now safely home …

12 March 2018: Nearly missed the whole of a gorgeous sunset. Luckily I caught the tail end.

11 March 2018: Ruapehu and Tongariro from the Desert Rd. Then a late lunch at Bulls, where you can’t forget where you are.

11 March 2018: Huka Falls was amazing as always. So much water! Huka Falls

11 March 2018: This motel has its own thermal mineral pool. A 10 minute bathe is a great way to start the day.

10 March 2018: The pipe bands keep coming in the street parade. Wellington Police brought their dog. 50 bands apparently. National comps.

10 March 2018: Rotorua seems an unlikely place for a pipe band competition, but there we are.

10 March 2018: Ready for a breakfast cruise on the Lake Rotorua paddleboat.

09 March 2018: Clear water springs at Hangarua.

09 March 2018: Mighty redwoods at Hangarua.

09 March 2018: Looking out over Lake Rotorua from Mt Nongotaha.

08 March 2018: Single lane stop and go around roadworks on the Desert Road. Which was open today because rain stopped the road closure …

08 March 2018: Taihape’s humorous loo signage.

08 March 2018: Doing all my Internetting before a 7 hour scheduled power outage. And, Hello Sunlit!

08 March 2018: Middle of the night. There’s a loose pipe banging and the house is shaking a bit in the wind. But the last, long, shake was …

07 March 2018: The latest new house on the block is a Totalspan steel frame build. So glad we can’t see this new house from our place, …

07 March 2018: Looks like today will be an indoor day and that the water tank will be full again.

06 March 2018: Enjoyed the first session of the Te Reo Māori course I’m doing this year with Te Wananga o Aotearoa. 3 hours in the …

06 March 2018: Cosmic Rays are heading our way This is … interesting … … radiation from deep space is not only intensifying, but also doing so faster …

06 March 2018: Ahhh, what a way to start the day, with Rare Kenya Silver Tip white tea — www.teatotal.co.nz/tea/rare-… “From the …

05 March 2018: I enjoy watching short science videos while I eat breakfast. The new Nature League is already great: …

04 March 2018: Safe journeys, kuaka A few Kuaka visit our beach every year, but now it’s time for them to leave: With the changing of the season, the first …

03 March 2018: Patterns in the sand at the Waiorongomai Stream.

02 March 2018: Down at Waikanae for dinner.

02 March 2018: Friday morning breakfast videos Ahhh, Friday morning videos to watch while I eat breakfast (today: quail eggs, ham, black rice and cheese): Physics Girl: …

01 March 2018: When about 50 Canada Geese fly right overhead.

28 February 2018: There’s a flock of about 50 Canada Geese (and a rabbit) just hanging out in the next paddock but one.

27 February 2018: It took me several hours of reading about 500 pages of PDF and writing 4,000 words over 3 blog posts to work out my response …

22 February 2018: Nice to see Royal Spoonbills around after the storm.

21 February 2018: Really enjoyed Black Panther tonight. Themes of leadership, loyalty, responsibility, culture were so interesting. And of …

20 February 2018: After a very still day, in the last 10 minutes Ex Tropical Cyclone Gita has started to make itself felt at our place (white …

18 February 2018: Getting dark and the local pheasants start squawking. Moments later (as expected with such an efficient early warning system) …

15 February 2018: Discovering possibility and hope again Ohhh, Star Trek Discovery was a blimmin good story, beautifully told. And that reminder of the Original Series stirs up so …

14 February 2018: I stopped drinking tea and coffee in about 1981. Over time though I’ve become a green tea drinker, lately switching …

14 February 2018: This package arrived in the mail today and the Contents Description had me stumped: “aluminium pack, cotton coaster, Iron …

13 February 2018: Our thoughts with Tonga This morning, as the day dawns, I look outside and everything is the same as it was yesterday. At the same time it is dawn in …

11 February 2018: Yes! 23mm of rain today and counting. That should have added 1500 litres of water to our house tank. I love this direct …

11 February 2018: I was wearing thick work gloves when I pulled a tall weed this evening. Good thing too as I disturbed a rather angry wasp …

11 February 2018: From a better angle I can see that kite is a stingray.

11 February 2018: Monster kite at the Ōtaki Kite Festival.

11 February 2018: A rich vocabulary to describe exchange and sharing I love finding out things like this about other languages: A village in the northern Malay Peninsula … Comprising just …

09 February 2018: This evening when I arrived home that little Silvereye was back and waiting by the door. I had to almost pick it up before it …

09 February 2018: Dawn I stand on the deck at 6 AM as pink tinges the clouds near the horizon in the East. Between the clouds and me there are …

08 February 2018: I think this Silvereye must have been very young. It let me get very close this afternoon before flying away.

04 February 2018: Spots before my eyes In the last few years my eyes have been a little unpredictable — I feel as though I just can’t see right. Frequent eye …

04 February 2018: Spinifex is wonderful stuff: it helps hold the sand dunes together and build new dunes. At this time of year the spiky …

04 February 2018: An overnight low of 5C is a bit of a shock to the system after a month or so of the temperatures never dropping below 15 or …

03 February 2018: I started the day feeling a bit overwhelmed with so many things to do. Now I’ve done a random bunch of smaller things …

02 February 2018: Hard to believe Ares and Aphra turn 16 tomorrow. Here’s the two of them at about 6 months sitting on the TV. Then Aphra …

01 February 2018: Well, good morning Moon. You may no longer be blood red, but you’re still super! Nice to see you after all that cloud.

31 January 2018: Locals have done a grand job moving driftwood to protect young dunes and clumps of dune grasses from trailbikes and other …

30 January 2018: Landskein: the weaving & braiding of horizon lines Sometime last year I came across a word to describe layers of misty mountains. Fabulous! I thought. I’ll remember that. …

27 January 2018: 3 year old Ursula is a beautiful bonus at my generous host’s house.

27 January 2018: I’m enjoying Rachel McAlpine’s Summer Writing School. Here we are at lunchtime enjoying the fresh air. Somehow I look …

26 January 2018: I was telling someone about this fantastic 14 minute YouTube documentary today and nearly couldn’t find it again — The …

25 January 2018: The rural life: this morning Scotty, the septic tank guy, stopped by to see why our tank’s warning light was on. …

24 January 2018: Stopped at a cafe and my Dark Skies T-shirt sparked a good conversation which even touched on the lunar eclipse on 31 …

23 January 2018: Sasha and I found a tennis ball on the beach this morning. It was too hot to chase it for long though.

22 January 2018: Chorus says the amount of data New Zealanders are using has increased recently. … The busiest day of the year was 10 …

21 January 2018: Major Wetherill was joined by Major Natalie Taylor, both of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and four others. Together, they …

20 January 2018: The second good shake in an hour: M3.9 quake causing light shaking near Levin https://t.co/wBIXAiM92o (via @geonet)

20 January 2018: On January 31 [2018], around midnight, the full moon will not only be super, it will be a blue moon and a blood moon. …

19 January 2018: $500m internet cable on track as cable-laying ship arrives in Auckland | Stuff.co.nz says: Hawaiki Cable says the …

18 January 2018: It’s good to see a mum hanging out with her kids. Monarch Butterfly and Swan Plant.

18 January 2018: Ahhhh, this may explain a long-standing problem: To make sure that you earn Exercise credit during walks, allow the arm with …

17 January 2018: This cute little Tauhou, Silver-Eye was stunned on the doorstep when I came home. After a few moments recovery it flew away …

15 January 2018: Given the 27C heat today and anomalously warm sea temperatures I did something I never do and went for a “swim” (aka floating …

15 January 2018: The Kuaka, Bartailed Godwits fly non-stop from the Arctic to feed during our summer. Some are kind enough to visit our beach.

15 January 2018: “Well, Goodbye!” Kuaka, Bartailed Godwit and Karoro, Black-backed Gull

15 January 2018: Sun rays.

14 January 2018: Meeting the Kawau, Pied Shags by the bridge. Kawau Pied Shags.

14 January 2018: I want 2018 to be a year of renewal for me. I’ve signed up for a Te Reo Māori course at Te Wananga o Aotearoa: Te Ara …

14 January 2018: Matuku Moana, White-faced Heron on Waikawa Stream. A kayak’s great: you can get quite close. White-faced Heron, Matuku …

13 January 2018: Deep in the red The tip of the black arrow in the picture below — that's where we live. Drought January 2018. Source: …

13 January 2018: A fresh start in 2018. In which I stop posting on my nearly 20 year old WordPress blog and take up at Micro.blog.

12 January 2018: Excited that at last our swan plants have Monarch Butterfly caterpillars!

12 January 2018: Water issues a fluid topic in Horowhenua Egads, but there's a lot to talk about with water in Horowhenua. The Horowhenua Chronicle issue Wednesday, 10 January 2018: …

12 January 2018: No moths on Riley Boston Museum Tries New System for Protecting Artwork: A Dog’s Nose: Riley, a 12-week-old Weimaraner, is hardly the first pup …

12 January 2018: Dog walk at Ōtaki estuary for a change.

11 January 2018: Bought myself a UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. First impression of sound: WOW!

10 January 2018: Kea gyms! Smart birds… A kea gym offers the birds several objects they can play with or take apart to distract them from danger or …

09 January 2018: 2018 may become the year of renewal for me. Experimenting with new apps, new approaches, new plans. 🐥

06 January 2018: Earthquake or wind gusts? The trouble with this wind is not being sure whether the house is shaking because of the wind gusts or an earthquake. This …

06 January 2018: 26mm rain to 06 January 2018 26mm rain to 06 January 2018 is a start. Now we’d like some more please, as this won’t have broken the drought. …

05 January 2018: Another 1,000 litres of water in the tank Hmmm, for each 1 mil of rain we can collect 1 litre per square metre of roof, with a bit of wastage. That means we should …

05 January 2018: It’s so frustrating to buy an iTunes movie, connect to a friend’s projector for a relaxing evening, and be told …

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