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22 October 2020: It’s time to sell my (not very) old bike — I just don’t ride it now I have an electric bike. The Avanti Cadent ER 2 is …

22 October 2020: Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Covid-19 and the Swiss cheese system: Twenty years ago, James Reason, a professor of …

21 October 2020: Multitasking. Watching NASA Live | NASA (starts now): Live coverage of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touch-and-go (TAG) maneuver to …

21 October 2020: Election 2020: ‘Historical high’ - New Zealand Parliament readies for more diversity NZ’s first African, …

21 October 2020: Excellent video: Why Doesn’t All Thunder Sound The Same?: We’ve all experienced thunder, but what ARE all those …

20 October 2020: Today’s dog walk was in the forest across the river. We stopped by the shag colony and listened to the shags while the river …

19 October 2020: Looking for something else I saw one of NZ’s most famous and best-loved TV ads: Bugger. A series of farming mishaps …

19 October 2020: Bug report from Micro.Blog 2.0 on Mac: the New Post window ends up behind the main window after switching apps. New Post …

19 October 2020: Zeptoseconds: Scientists have measured … the time it takes a light particle to cross a hydrogen molecule. … 247 …

19 October 2020: Our election has significantly increased diversity in our 120 seat Parliament: All eyes on Māori MPs after an impressive …

19 October 2020: Sharon Murdoch draws 👍 political cartoons. Our Prime Minister as author: The Second Book: OK, so the first one had a birth, …

18 October 2020: All ♀ should know — World Menopause Day is 18 October. Breaking the taboo: Women mixing menopause with martinis as a call for …

18 October 2020: This Paradise shelduck pair were calling in the cow paddock next door.

18 October 2020: Pleased by strong themes of hope, trust, a leap of faith, and working together in Star Trek Discovery S03E01. (On Netflix in …

17 October 2020: With most votes counted, that’s a decisive and historic win for Jacinda Ardern, Labour and the Greens. It takes 2 weeks for …

17 October 2020: The Wairarapa candidate, Kieran McAnulty, who seems likely to win the seat for Labour actually used the word “streuth” in his …

17 October 2020: Polls in Aotearoa New Zealand closed just over an hour ago. Almost 2 million people voted early, which leaves maybe 1.5 …

17 October 2020: I thought this ad for hearing loss services was very cleverly done.

16 October 2020: Every month or so I drain the first flush diverter and clean the filter inside. This 60 litre tank fills with the first …

16 October 2020: The expat Kiwis coming home They’re midwives, nurses, teachers, CEOs, engineering professionals, people who work in … all …

15 October 2020: In Good News: Lizard hunting kicks off Wellington roading project: Before work gets underway … native lizards … in a slumber …

15 October 2020: Heh, dogs keep their owners humble: Sorry, But Dogs May Prefer The Faces of Other Dogs to Those of Humans 🐶: new research …

15 October 2020: Home-grown tunnelhouse strawberries and store-bought Icelandic Vanilla Bean yoghurt. Yumm.

15 October 2020: Even more hilarious than usual: xkcd.com: Dialect Quiz wood mage wand. longwich 😂

14 October 2020: Moose, a big horse who used to be our neighbour left a few months ago. At least, I thought he was big till I met this giant, …

14 October 2020: At this time of year the tī, aka cabbage tree, aka Cordyline, produces beautifully scented panicles. It’s the most …

13 October 2020: I think Netflix ☛ Away was a remarkable series. While no-one has actually travelled to Mars yet, it felt totally realistic. …

13 October 2020: Thanks @macgenie for the thoughtful discussion on Voyager Revisited | Neelix Has Had It With Your Condescending Attitude …

13 October 2020: Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway to appear in Star Trek cartoon: 👍 Kate Mulgrew is joining a new Nickelodeon series …

13 October 2020: Put together Deb’s new bookshelves. Easy! Carefully followed the more complex instructions for the kitset desk. Just …

12 October 2020: I’d never heard of autoethnography before, @martinfeld. An interesting episode. Good to hear too of your long history …

12 October 2020: Every Monday I receive an email reminding me to fill out a survey for Flutracking.net | Tracking Influenza Across Australia …

12 October 2020: The General Election in Aotearoa New Zealand is on, with voting closing in a few days time. If you happen to want to know …

11 October 2020: I’m starting to investigate a possible trip sometime to Rēkohu / Chatham Islands, a part of Aotearoa New Zealand …

11 October 2020: Gave the quail a bit of a treat today: fresh straw and macrocarpa ‘roofing’. That white plastic tray was the best $2 I ever …

10 October 2020: The book Open Season: Book One of the critically-acclaimed Seasons Mystery Series by Maryann Miller was an odd read that left …

10 October 2020: Hardy whitebaiters When 15 August and the start of the whitebaiting season rolls around it is still winter. Frosty mornings aren't unusual and …

09 October 2020: Daybreak cows in the frost.

09 October 2020: Hey @help A bug report from Micro.Blog 2.0 on Mac: the New Post window ends up behind the main window after switching apps …

09 October 2020: Sex toys are one thing between consenting adults, but Internet-connected sex toys sound like a Very Bad Idea™ indeed! …

08 October 2020: Not quite the first strawberries of the season, but close. Yumm. Grown in the tunnelhouse.

08 October 2020: Today’s highlight of the trip to the beach for a dog walk: a duck crossing the road followed by 8 or 10 tiny tiny …

08 October 2020: OK, this looks like it should be a fun watch: The 355 - Official Trailer 🎬: When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary …

07 October 2020: The other day in the dog park at Levin I heard a Tūī in the tree right next to me. This clip starts with other birds, then …

06 October 2020: Also on Lambton Quay, 6 chaps moving a very heavy looking and very large object up Plimmer Steps. Amazingly, the two behind …

06 October 2020: At Plimmer Steps on Lambton Quay, John Plimmer with his dog Fritz.

06 October 2020: Seen on Lambton Quay in Wellington.

06 October 2020: My very good friend Prof. Jan Jordan (no relation, delay via Covid) gives her inaugural lecture: “The Price of being ‘Friends …

05 October 2020: Today I was a good citizen and voted in the Aotearoa New Zealand general election. Polling closes on 17 October.

05 October 2020: With summer coming, I had a window open overnight. This morning I can hear a rooster nearby. 😎

04 October 2020: We’ve been really enjoying Netflix ☛ Away 📺: Away follows the first crewed expedition to Mars … The series is described as …

04 October 2020: Today’s weird beach rubbish find: fluorescent light tube.

03 October 2020: Party colours in Aotearoa. It’s so confusing seeing news about US elections because their right-wingers are associated …

03 October 2020: In Aotearoa everyone gets 2 votes: vote for a specific person to represent the electorate vote for a particular party to be …

03 October 2020: In 2020 we also vote on two referenda in Aotearoa: give people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted …

03 October 2020: Aotearoa is holding a General Election on Saturday 10 October 2020. We received info by mail a few days ago and can vote from …

02 October 2020: Hah, nice quote: If anyone tells you that such a person speaks ill of you, don’t make excuses about what is said of …

01 October 2020: I should have known that the excellent NetNewsWire 5.1 would allow me to ‘Always Use Reader View’ for a feed where I need it. …

01 October 2020: Window cleaning didn’t take long (outsides only). It needs a good quality sheepskin and blade, a dash of water and a …

01 October 2020: Window cleaning is on the agenda today. After this week’s storm it’s like looking through a fog. It’s …

30 September 2020: Our dogs don’t like it when the grass in their yard gets too long. Perhaps it tickles their bottoms… It also makes it …

29 September 2020: Past me was pretty smart and bought all the episodes of Rizzoli and Isles. I’d forgotten that they’re pretty fun. A …

29 September 2020: Hilarious, when all 3 telcos here don’t take the racist s**t 1 customer wants to throw: Uh oh, they’ve used the word …

29 September 2020: While looking for something else I found this pigeon photo from May 2004. 🐦

29 September 2020: Hey @macgenie Pheromones Defeat Death Ray! was an excellent episode of Voyager Revisited. I’m not sure I fully …

29 September 2020: Given up on trying to sleep while the house shakes and the wind roars. I was having weird dreams when I did sleep anyway. …

28 September 2020: Heh, watching (and laughing heaps) the black comedy Avenue 5 📺: On board the interplanetary cruise ship a momentary loss of …

28 September 2020: Apparently today’s grooming session has caused Sasha to feel a little blurry. 🐶

28 September 2020: Decades ago mum mentioned something from her childhood called a “flower lee pone”. She couldn’t recall more about it. …

27 September 2020: Tomorrow is grooming day for the dogs so today Oshi and Sasha had their ears and tail brushed. ‘Before’ photo. 🐶

26 September 2020: It is an absolute mystery to me why I read Driftwood and Death (Innisstead Sands Cozy Mysteries Book 1) to the end and why I …

26 September 2020: Last night we enjoyed Netflix ☛ Enola Holmes: 🎬 …the youngest sibling in the famous Holmes family. … a free-wheeling, …

26 September 2020: We visited Wellington for a friend’s birthday brunch. One thing I do not miss at all is battling the wind to simply …

25 September 2020: Grrr, logic failure! For the last two weeks I’ve been gradually moving dog meal times in readiness for Sunday’s change …

25 September 2020: Pizza for lunch!

24 September 2020: The river at the footbridge was muddy, full and swiftly flowing after the last few days rain in the hills. Volume up for the …

23 September 2020: So cool! Track tohorā southern right whales on their journeys. this particular population of tohorā have recovered well from …

23 September 2020: Cool: The Loop of Life coffin is grown from mycelium, the root network of mushrooms. … hay or hemp is placed in a wooden …

22 September 2020: Darn it, I finished reading Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 An excellent read!

22 September 2020: Sometimes I hate reading a really good book such as Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 The …

21 September 2020: Clockwork quail. In 2018 and 2019 my Coturnix quail laid their first egg for the season on 21 September. Today, 21 September …

21 September 2020: If I were in a different country I might worry… A military helicopter came from the north (where the base is) did a slow …

21 September 2020: I couldn’t really get close enough and only had my iPhone with me, but that white speck around middle photo is a Royal …

21 September 2020: Our View of Space Is Becoming Blurrier the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope … sits in the Atacama …

20 September 2020: After a week of westerly gales, cloud, rain etc the beach this morning was absolutely stunning.

20 September 2020: The Equinox | MetService Blog: Equinox is on Wednesday, but due to refraction+width of sun the equilux (day with 12 hours of …

19 September 2020: One of the podcasts I really enjoy is Mothers of Invention, about climate justice. The episode We Are The People Of The Beans …

18 September 2020: Ambivalent about Murder The Boys (Detective Kate Power Mystery Book 1) by Judith Cutler 📚. The bad guy was obvious to the …

17 September 2020: I finally got around to watching (and enjoying) Booksmart. It was both moving and funny. It stars Beanie Feldstein and …

17 September 2020: First time this season I’ve spotted ‘our’ kōtare (kingfisher).

17 September 2020: Wow. I updated to Apple Safari v14, then visited @cheri’s website and followed a link to one other site. Then I looked …

16 September 2020: Kiwis: TVNZ ☛ Origins is superb! Scotty Morrison explores the origins of the Māori people, visiting the Wairau Bar site …

16 September 2020: Unfortunately this Common skink I found in the garden was very dead, but I was thrilled nevertheless. This proves that the …

16 September 2020: I don’t know if it was the 5 am-ness, but today’s Apple Event just filled me with yawns. I feel like I know the script …

16 September 2020: Ahhh, spring. Westerly gales all week, including gusts last night to 87 Kph and a thunderstorm at bedtime.

15 September 2020: I enjoyed reading The Death of an Ambitious Woman (Chief Ruth Murphy Mysteries) by Barbara Ross 📚: the murder of one …

15 September 2020: This unusual driftwood made me think of a planet and satellite moon. The two tree bases weren’t just accidentally connected …

14 September 2020: Back in 2011 I came across this Porsche Spyder and an admirer on Oriental Parade in Wellington. Quite a car!

14 September 2020: Oshi’s latest game: go out the wide open side door, through the gate and wait mournfully in front of the closed front door.

13 September 2020: A looong book, and not for the page count: Corpse Way (The Yorkshire Dales Mysteries Book 1) by Susan Parry. 📚 Ground through …

12 September 2020: It’s been chilly and rainy the last few days which means the Tararua range has snow covered peaks, some of which we see …

11 September 2020: Nothing much happening at Foxton Estuary when I biked around up there today. Felt bad my grilled fish (blue cod) and chips …

10 September 2020: When I go out I give the dogs 3 instructions: no barking, no peeing, no pooping. I don’t know about the barking, but they …

10 September 2020: A friend needed a lift to an appointment so we followed up with lunch at Salt and Pepper at Ōhau. I had a very delicious …

10 September 2020: I was feeling grumpy about our cool weather with persistent drizzle, and looking fondly at old September holiday photos in …

09 September 2020: Clocks go back on 27 September. Today I start moving dog meal times to ~3 minutes later each day. I wish we’d dump this whole …

09 September 2020: Many thanks to all those who mentioned enjoying TV+ ☛ Ted Lasso. 📺 Two episodes today cheered me right up on a day of cold …

09 September 2020: Today racism realisation (thanks Crossword clue): The Lone Ranger was not Lone: The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former …

09 September 2020: Such an interesting interview (41 minutes): Georgie Harman on women and mental health: Julia Gillard talks to Georgie …

08 September 2020: Another excellent read: Find Me When I’m Lost (A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book 5) by Cheryl A. Head. 📚 Charlie Mack …

08 September 2020: A nice story to start the day: Scientists Clone an Endangered Przewalski’s Horse For The First Time: What makes Kurt …

07 September 2020: The calves in the paddock next door are so young the farmer still brings them a small tank of milk every day.

07 September 2020: Sometime in the past someone’s pet black rabbit must have escaped. This wild cutie is often near our place. I didn’t …

06 September 2020: Families! 🤯 My partner was adopted very young. She grew up with one younger brother. 30 years ago she found 4 more younger …

06 September 2020: This ~10 minute video was way more interesting than I expected — the science and tech behind taking balloons and a human up …

05 September 2020: This happened just up the road from us (about 16 Km along the beach). Locals stunned as enormous whale washes up on beach in …

05 September 2020: Last night we watched Palm Beach, an Australian film from 2019 🎬: A reunion party is being held at Palm Beach in …

04 September 2020: The river has created almost an oxbow in its lazy loop between throat and sea. It’s whitebaiting season so a few folks …

03 September 2020: Hmm, 5.7 but 64 Km deep and not too close: Strong earthquake occurred 10 km west of St Arnaud. Bit of a shake as I was going …

03 September 2020: Success: 8+ hours of uninterrupted sleep. I’ve been working on my sleep for a couple of years now and am starting to see and …

03 September 2020: Ahhh, this is the time of year when the sun rises before 7 am. It feels like the year is really actually heading towards …

02 September 2020: I really enjoyed most of the stories in Voices Carry and Other Stories of Women and Crime by Dayle A. Dermatis. 📚 I …

02 September 2020: Amazing. According to Ancient Earth globe, 260 million years ago Wellington, New Zealand (close enough to where I live now) …

02 September 2020: Day Two of spring and the peach tree is already in sync. Blossoms appearing.

02 September 2020: Timezones! (I assume.) I diligently posted at least once each day for #mbaug photo challenge, and used that tag so I could …

01 September 2020: Another excellent read: Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 Two brutal murders, a menacing …

01 September 2020: The fingers of the sea.

31 August 2020: For Micro Monday let me recommend @GeneticJen who is writing a magificent must-read series on Women in tech history. So far: …

31 August 2020: As always with love it is inexplicable. I just love Spain. The 4 weeks we spent travelling there in 2015 were too brief. I …

30 August 2020: On 04 November 2012 we made a wonderful discovery: an empty section at Waikawa Beach. By mid-January 2013 it belonged to us …

29 August 2020: Sometimes after a hard day you just flake out. My boy Ares, a few years ago now. 🐈 #mbaug

29 August 2020: I very much enjoyed Pretty Little Horses (an Abby Maxon mystery novel) by Annie Reed. 📚 Gripping ending kept me up late …

28 August 2020: Enjoyed Gators and Garters (A Miss Fortune Mystery Book 18) by Jana Deleon. 📚 This story felt more like hanging out with old …

28 August 2020: Living here is great for my emotions. Today’s special boost: the black swan pair with the five thriving cygnets. …

27 August 2020: This is what Aotearoa New Zealand wants: man who carried out mosque attacks in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 … sentenced to …

27 August 2020: In 2008 I visited Hawai’i briefly and took a guided tour up Mauna Kea to visit the observatories. I had no idea at the time …

27 August 2020: International Day of the Dog 2020, you say. 🐶 Importing some old photos and just found this, appropriately. On High Street in …

27 August 2020: ‘Yod dropping’! How do you pronounce emu? the evolution of emu to EE-mooh was an example of yod dropping. some words ending …

27 August 2020: Cool: Auckland Zoo welcomes first rhino birth in 20 years The baby girl rhino was born on August 14 and is the first child …

26 August 2020: A superb 8 minute doco: Wahine Warrior about a woman who learned to hunt to feed herself and kids and now is teaching other …

26 August 2020: When Olive 🐈 was about 3 years old her owners, our next door neighbours, moved overseas and she came to live with us. Here …

25 August 2020: A special visitor today: a Barbary dove, symbol of hope. #mbaug

24 August 2020: In early October 2011 we spent a weekend in Melbourne, Australia. It’s a lovely city, as cities go. I loved this art …

24 August 2020: Good news on Oshi’s eye 🐶: the ulcer is down to about 20% of the surface. Previous photo from a couple of weeks ago it was …

24 August 2020: It doesn’t snow in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, but it did on 15 August 2011. Pretty frosty. Pretty pretty too. ❄️ …

23 August 2020: I enjoy the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries by Margaret Mizushima. 📚 Burning Ridge really held my attention and was a great read. …

23 August 2020: Sorry I didn’t respond sooner @PaulGit re your question about Shangai topiary. The photo info is below. We were only in …

23 August 2020: Graceful: this humpback whale cutting through the water beside our boat on a whale watching trip in Tonga. #mbaug

22 August 2020: Today I was one of a dozen volunteers who planted out 3,000 spinifex and 500 pingao plants at Waikawa Beach. They help retain …

22 August 2020: Wait… that’s a funny looking chook! 🐓

22 August 2020: My friend’s chooks, who I’m feeding for the weekend, enjoy a little art critique in their home. 🐓

21 August 2020: Well, today is less than 4 months since a friend of the last 2 or 3 decades was diagnosed with cancer. Today she passed away …

21 August 2020: Without a doubt Walkers Shortbread is the best shortbread. Excellent flavour and the perfect amount of crunch. So glad to be …

21 August 2020: This (free) Wu Fei track put me so much in mind of Bear McCreary’s work on Battlestar Galactica Gulibita: I knew this …

20 August 2020: Yay, it is properly raining. We haven’t had much rain for a while, and there’s about 40 mm forecast over the next …

20 August 2020: I really enjoyed chatting with @martinfeld, who managed to draw thoughts from me I didn’t even realise I had. Listen in …

20 August 2020: You may need to change direction to get to the next interesting point in your journey. #mbaug

19 August 2020: I bought the Mysterious Women story bundle. I really enjoyed Paper Bullets by Annie Reed. Well written, easy to read, held my …

19 August 2020: In August 2015 we spent a couple of days in Shanghai. They had amazing topiary. I’d give this a gold ribbon. #mbaug …

19 August 2020: Today’s newly learned word to save up for Scrabble: Xiphoid — Shaped like a sword, gladiate.

18 August 2020: “Our” black swans have so far managed to keep all 5 cygnets alive. Perhaps the alarm calls even as I was still quite far away …

18 August 2020: Grids everywhere. Before Covid-19 Wellington used to be a destination for summer cruise ships which berthed beside the logs …

18 August 2020: This fern is growing its own grid. #mbaug

17 August 2020: Oshi saw his vet Mary today, who confirmed he’s having a huge problem with his eye. She’s testing his swollen lymph …

17 August 2020: This cuddly little bundle went on to become my boy Ares. Photo from March 2002 before he was even 3 months old and came to …

17 August 2020: ROFL: “Well I’m Australian and you’re wrong.” A favourite quote from Martin Feld. 39. International Mac Nerds …

17 August 2020: So, our election has been delayed by 4 weeks. It’s the Prime Minister’s decision, but so glad to hear she first …

17 August 2020: In other news: Sasha enjoys some sunshine. 🐶

17 August 2020: I’m feeling very unsettled today. News soon about if our General Election scheduled for 19 September will be postponed. …

16 August 2020: One of the things I love about cameras (even the iPhone 4S in this case) is their ability to freeze the moving, to catch the …

16 August 2020: This article has a clear explanation — Why Does Some Rain Fall Harder Than Other Rain? : When clouds are thin and the air is …

16 August 2020: Half an hour till dawn and the Moon and Venus are leading the way for the sun.

15 August 2020: I’d read this before, but enjoyed it again. An alternate universe novella by Kristine Kathryn Rush: Recovering Apollo 8 …

15 August 2020: Another excellent read from a favourite author: Judge Me When I’m Wrong (A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book 4) 📚 I …

15 August 2020: This silhouette from looking southwest at sunset, earlier this year. #mbaug

14 August 2020: Question to US sports and/or Star Trek fans. A crossword clue and answer was: “College player sitting out a year: Redshirt”. …

14 August 2020: My Honda del Sol was first backed into by a very apologetic neighbour. One time a fire engine took off a corner. Various …

14 August 2020: Back in 1998 I bought a brand-new to me second hand Honda del Sol sports car. Within a week it had been damaged — only 1 …

13 August 2020: As expected, I very much enjoyed Catch Me When I’m Falling (A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Book 3) 📚: Someone is …

13 August 2020: Waimangu Volcanic Valley is only a few Km out of Rotorua and a favourite spot. We spent only an hour there. 😒Sometime I want …

13 August 2020: Last weekend we visited Rotorua, ~5 hours drive north of here. The Redwoods Treewalk was a highlight. 9-20 metres above the …

13 August 2020: Seal season Waikawa Beach is littered with driftwood all year. Sometimes it turns up in the form of a thick mulch of tiny fragments. …

13 August 2020: I love watching the dawn filter in. #mbaug

12 August 2020: Genomic Study Reveals NZ’s Tuatara Is Like No Other Animal According to new sequencing of the tuatara’s entire …

12 August 2020: Well, the klaxon sound blaring from my phone just before 7 a.m. certainly took me by surprise. Today most of Aotearoa New …

11 August 2020: Poor old Oshi is home and resting comfortably after his surgery today. 🐶 4 teeth were extracted. His eye has a bad ulcer, …

11 August 2020: On the other hand, the overnight camel trek in Morocco in 2015 was a pretty unusual mode of transport. Sunrise gave me a …

11 August 2020: In October 2002 we took a tour on a mini submarine in Vanuatu. It was a tiny boat with a glass ‘bell’ below water. …

10 August 2020: A couple of weeks ago Sasha had Xrays and minor surgery. This week is Oshi’s turn. He’s pretty poorly: an …

10 August 2020: I’m excited to see this video series: Dianna’s Intro Physics Class. I’ve long wanted an intro course for …

10 August 2020: Marc Chagall window, Reims Cathedral, May 1982. Photo of an old bad photo on paper. #mbaug

09 August 2020: In Rotorua on the Sulphur Lake sculpture trail (PDF), Rory McDougall: Ghost Soldier: For the soldiers who returned in …

09 August 2020: I’ll write separately about the Redwood Treetop walk in Rotorua, but at night they fill the forest with amazing lights, …

08 August 2020: Another view of some of the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa, with lake beyond.

08 August 2020: One of the delights of the Polynesian thermal pools in Rotorua is being able to look out over the lake while soaking.

08 August 2020: Rotorua has many fine views, such as these trees in Government Gardens. #mbaug It’s a pleasure to be in Rotorua for a …

07 August 2020: Daytripping. Mt Ruapehu. #mbaug

07 August 2020: Am working my way through the NY Times Acrostic archive. Nearly 20 years on and I’m so aware of 11 September 2001. Like …

07 August 2020: I rarely check texts before I send (I really should) so this autocorrected exchange with my partner while out in town was …

06 August 2020: I really enjoyed Netflix ☛ Quartet 🎬: takes place in Beecham House, a retirement home for former professional musicians, …

06 August 2020: Bisect. #mbaug

05 August 2020: At the supermarket I spotted this unlabeled tray of weird objects in the fruit department. Turns out they are called Red …

05 August 2020: At Ototoka Beach there was a small waterfall, maybe 3 or 4 metres high. It was enough for a good flow. #mbaug

04 August 2020: This 7 minute video makes a whole lot clear about our Aotearoa New Zealand earthquakes, and is easy to follow: New …

04 August 2020: 34 weeks! The full pollen season in New Zealand is approximately 34 weeks long and varies in its timings each year - It …

04 August 2020: We used to live near the top of Mt Victoria in Wellington, beside the Town Belt. Hundreds of pine trees were planted there in …

04 August 2020: More photos from our visit to Ototoka Beach near Whanganui. The road takes you to the top of the cliffs, then there’s …

04 August 2020: We watched NZIFF ☛ The County 🎬: full of feisty female energy … sprinkled with rousing ‘you go girl!’ comic moments. I …

03 August 2020: And in today’s superb news: ‘our’ swans at the lake a couple of hundred metres away have 5 babies. 🥳 🐦 I thought …

03 August 2020: Remind me why anyone wants to live in Auckland … Volcanic Auckland: Which type of eruption happens where? 🌋: For the …

03 August 2020: That church in my photo? Hooray for Google Street View: Église Saint-Roch du Muret.Almost 40 years on and it looks just the …

03 August 2020: Waaay back in April 1982 my friend Janet had a VW Bug. We and 2 friends drove from Hamburg, through France and Andorra to …

03 August 2020: We watched NZIFF ☛ Some Kind of Heaven 🎬: American documentary film — a stylized portrait of four residents living within …

03 August 2020: I enjoyed From Beer to Eternity (A Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery) by Sherry Harris to ~80% through 📚: A whip smart …

03 August 2020: We made a 300 Km round trip to Ototaka Beach near Whanganui. The cliffs are 1–2 million years old, show sea level change and …

02 August 2020: We really enjoyed the NZIFF Australian film ☛ Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) 🎬 …

02 August 2020: Floating in the air near treetops, this Microlight flyer near Whanganui. At first I thought it was a parachute but saw no …

01 August 2020: We were up and out early today. We were the first customers for the day at our favourite local Fruit and Veg shop, Garden of …

01 August 2020: We were up by dawn and watched this splendid sunrise. Yesterday’s was sheer vermilion; today’s more fiery orange. …

31 July 2020: We really enjoyed Mi Vida 🎬: Defying family expectations, 63-year-old hairdresser Lou travels to start a new life in the …

31 July 2020: We started our Film Festival with Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Club, directed by Eammon Ashton-Atkinson 🎬 🏳️‍🌈: we …

31 July 2020: An upside of Covid-19: the New Zealand International Film Festival 2020 has gone online (NZ credit card required). 🎬 I plan …

31 July 2020: In the Muslim calendar it is Eid al-Adha when an animal, usually a sheep, is sacrificed ritually to commemorate God’s …

31 July 2020: I very much enjoyed reading Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. 📚 The book cover may be execrable, but the book itself …

31 July 2020: Vermilion sky at sunrise, and a blackbird (I think) welcoming the dawn.

31 July 2020: Yay, my favourite author, Kristine Rusch, has early copies of her next books on Kickstarter 📚: Boss, main character of …

30 July 2020: Started watching TVNZ ☛ Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders 📺: When a childhood friend suddenly dies Rebecka Martinsson …

30 July 2020: Usually my photos of Kapiti Island are taken from Waikawa Beach, 20 Km north of here. Today we’re up close from Waikanae …

29 July 2020: Just before sunset I noticed this creeping inversion layer. Odd, with cows lost in the mist.

29 July 2020: Somehow I’ve never read any works by New Zealand crime writer Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895 – 1982) … known as one of the …

29 July 2020: Why women policymakers are better at fighting the pandemic | World Economic Forum: COVID-19 outcomes are systematically and …

29 July 2020: Heh, my name is on board the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars 🚀: 3 fingernail-sized chips affixed to the upper-left …

28 July 2020: It’s been far too long since I last used our cold press juicer. Today’s mix: carrot, Granny Smith apple, celery, …

28 July 2020: Applescript to copy info from MarsEdit Micro.Blogger @hutaffe asked: Is there a MarsEdit plugin or something that helps to quickly share a Link and title with some …

27 July 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has an election on Saturday 19 September 2020, so now all the nutters and conspiracy theorists are …

27 July 2020: We watched The Kitchen: the wives of Irish mobsters, take over organized crime operations in New York’s Hell’s …

27 July 2020: Sasha had her stitches out today. The vet’s happy with how the wound is looking. 🐶 Sasha’s still slightly irritated by …

26 July 2020: World Science Fiction Convention hosted by NZ: 10 years of planning have gone into New Zealand’s first time hosting …

26 July 2020: Our slightly more distant neighbour is now grazing his gorgeous part-Arab horse and its friend in the paddock right opposite …

25 July 2020: Somehow the big load of firewood looks pretty small once it’s stacked in the firewood shed. We bought from the usual …

25 July 2020: A former MP tells: I wake in the night shaking We can argue that women should be safe to walk streets at night, go into …

24 July 2020: My job for this afternoon and tomorrow is to store 4 cubic metres of firewood — a mix of pine, macrocarpa and douglas fir — …

24 July 2020: This praying mantis was on the garage door today. Apparently this isn’t the native mantis, but an invasive South …

23 July 2020: Ugh, this wind drives me crazy. Mid-40s Kph speed, and gusts up to as much as 79 Kph! The noise alone is annoying, and then …

23 July 2020: This year I’ve read and pretty much enjoyed the Nichelle Clarke Crime Thrillers, books 1 to 6, by Lyndee Walker. 📚 They …

23 July 2020: I love so much that I can write text on my Mac, copy, and then paste on my iPhone without any other steps in the middle. …

23 July 2020: Over the last few weeks I’ve watched Seasons 1 to 3 of One Day at a Time (2017 TV series). 📺 I’ve really enjoyed it. …

22 July 2020: Less than 2mm when they hatch, sunfish can grow to more than three metres long, four metres tall and weigh over 2,000kg, …

22 July 2020: ROFLMAO 🤣: Breaking: there is one new case of a disgraced politician in New Zealand. Toby Manhire writes hilariously on our …

22 July 2020: At sunset the the horses come out to play on the beach.

22 July 2020: My wishlist for Micro.Blog: a way to load new posts but keep my place in the timeline. Every morning I have endless …

22 July 2020: The high-pitched Riroriro or Grey Warbler at start and end, ducks and magpies. Sorry about the background which is either or …

21 July 2020: The weather forecaster reminded us that it snowed on 15 August 2011 in Wellington (extremely rare). We lived in Wellington …

21 July 2020: Next step on the Kindle: find the books I have read and remove from the device. Then finish or remove the books I’ve read …

21 July 2020: My Kindle’s a mess. My bad habit is to start a sample book and just stop in the middle because I don’t like the …

20 July 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @garciabuxton , Catholic, wife, mom, editrix. Ex-newsperson. Californian by birth, Midwesterner …

20 July 2020: So thrilled to have @jsonbecker on board at @Custom . 😁 He’s underway adding useful info for Plug-In developers! …

20 July 2020: The beach was so calm when we went down just after sunrise. I took a brief video looking southwest to Kāpiti Island and …

20 July 2020: Was outside early and spotted Jupiter and Saturn in the west. Also took this photo (L to R) of Pleiades, Taurus, Venus, …

19 July 2020: We watched Netflix ☛ Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser. Not entirely my taste in comedy but some good laughs. Best quip: …

19 July 2020: In what world does this extract from our new oven’s manual make sense? The numbers aren’t in sequence and even …

19 July 2020: As I see the Taruruas I realise I really like living beside hills. I spent 25 years growing up in Canterbury, Aotearoa New …

18 July 2020: Taking 5 metres (depth) of the seabed must have an effect: consider whether 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight …

18 July 2020: Wow. We have good friends in Whangārei — they live at the top of a hill: 220 millimetres [8.66 inches] of rain fell in …

17 July 2020: If this is a boring flat rectangle, I think take-up will be slow. If a clever designer makes an attractive ‘badge of …

17 July 2020: Excellent: Netflix ☛ One Day at a Time, S3E3, abuelita has made a ‘bouquet list’: Do you mean a bucket list? No, that makes …

16 July 2020: I was somewhat entertained by Netflix ☛ Warrior Nun Warrior Nun revolves around the story of a 19-year-old woman who wakes …

16 July 2020: Sasha’s throat Xray didn’t show anything to worry about. She has a little throat inflammation. The benign but growing …

16 July 2020: Our dogs are brachycephalic which means flatter faces and shorter noses, breathing problems. Sasha snores a lot and has …

15 July 2020: Hmm, I just watched a preview of a movie about Marie Curie which includes her saying “My science could cure cancer”. When I …

15 July 2020: Nessie Hill encourages us all to be science communicators in this 10 minute video: How to Convince Others to Wear a Mask. She …

15 July 2020: Hey @martinfeld I listen to and enjoy most of the Lounge Ruminations. 😀 On #33 start at 6:15 you say: “the crucial element of …

15 July 2020: Interesting: Why Older People Really Eschew Technology The assumption that seniors are “alienated” by technology…ignores the …

14 July 2020: I cleaned the window so I could see the Tauhou better. The more I watch them, the more I love them. Look at this little …

14 July 2020: All on for Mars: The United Arab Emirates is about to launch its first mission to Mars. It will be the Arab world’s …

14 July 2020: a detailed DNA analysis of the genomes of more than 800 Polynesians and Native Americans, both modern and prehistoric, …

14 July 2020: Oh, there was a blast from my youth, when the good music was! The Shangri-Las ‘Leader Of The Pack’ .

14 July 2020: Many thanks to @agilelisa for introducing me to musicians Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei. I found this enjoyable 30 minute …

14 July 2020: If you enjoy both nature and words then this 22 minute episode of Brit Garner’s Nature League is for you: Nurse Sharks …

13 July 2020: Matariki is the time when Māori celebrate the new year. The Matariki star cluster is known to many of us as Pleiades. 🌟 Now …

13 July 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @kimberlyhirsh , a space mermaid sparkle goth who also is a doctoral candidate in information and …

13 July 2020: By lunchtime the Tauhou had completely emptied one feeder and the other was disappearing quickly. I bought more ‘cakes’ …

12 July 2020: This applies to Covid-19 testing done in Aotearoa New Zealand, but tests elsewhere may well use the same methods: Coronavirus …

12 July 2020: One bird at the new feeder was bullying the others away so I added another feeder yesterday. We now have a flock of about 15 …

11 July 2020: This may be handy for other users of the fabulous NetNewsWire RSS reader from @brentsimmons — an Applescript to grab an …

11 July 2020: We enjoyed Netflix ☛ The Old Guard with Charlize Theron, even though I’m a bit over superheroes. This had some nice …

11 July 2020: Seems I bought Kindle ☛ Barbara Marr Mysteries Boxed Set back in January 2015 for $0.95, read part and stopped. Picked it up …

11 July 2020: These drongos make me angry. Aotearoa New Zealand has no community transmission of Covid-19 because we all put in the effort …

11 July 2020: For those following along with my shifting my Time Machine backup to a new hard drive: I set my MacBook Pro to backup to the …

11 July 2020: Hmmm, Love Notes: A Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery by Penny Mickelbury just wasn’t very good. Biggest flaw was lack …

10 July 2020: And finally, after something like 32 hours of preparing to copy the backup from one drive to another, then copying about …

10 July 2020: Woohoo, after about 28 hours of ‘preparing’ finally my backup is copying to a new hard drive. Estimate for copying 1TB …

10 July 2020: No fire without smoke And there at dawn, from behind the low hill, a thick column of grey smoke pushes up towards the sky, becoming thicker after …

10 July 2020: After 5 years work, Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Dark Sky Park is near Whakatū (Nelson) at the top of the South Island: …

09 July 2020: Another excellent (re)read of a Cari Hunter book: A Quiet Death (Dark Peak Book 3). Very difficult subject matter: sex …

09 July 2020: I bought a new 4TB portable hard drive to replace the 1TB model that no longer seem sufficient for Time Machine backups. …

09 July 2020: I think Tauhou are one of my favourite birds. I put up a bird feeder near the front door a couple of days ago, and three have …

08 July 2020: Kiwis, and others with an interest in Te Reo Māori, the podcast: Everyday Māori has mainly short episodes with very clear and …

07 July 2020: Well, that was an interesting 28 minutes: Allusionist 118. Survival: Bequest Europeans … imposed cisgender monogamous …

07 July 2020: Another excellent (re)read: Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter. how can she investigate a crime when no one cares about the …

06 July 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @vanessa who often walks with her dog in some very lovely places.

06 July 2020: We drove to Wellington yesterday. Just north of Peka Peka traffic slowed and we passed several each of cop cars, ambulances …

05 July 2020: The Daily Quake. 〰️ Just a little ‘wave’ preceded by a sort of click then clunk like a door closing. Weak earthquake occurred …

04 July 2020: Perspective matters so much. Scared to Death had passages describing a female victim from the male captor’s perspective, …

04 July 2020: No Good Reason (The Dark Peak Series Book 1) by Cari Hunter was a darn good mystery story. As it was apparently the first …

04 July 2020: Ok, I got a bit ranty but some days the injustice is just too much. ♀

04 July 2020: Pink hair has nothing to do with online abuse! Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an Associate Professor and head of the Bioluminescent …

04 July 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has now had 41 consecutive months in which the temperature has not slipped more than 0.5ᵒC below the …

04 July 2020: Oh dear, I can see why this spammer needs to blackmail folks. Sorry your ‘a’ key isn’t working fellow, but I …

03 July 2020: Today I finally managed a shot of the goose that lives along the road a bit.

03 July 2020: My favourite notice at the vet clinic.

03 July 2020: My camera feels so wrong with the 16–50mm zoom, but here are two photos of snow on more southern parts of the Tararuas. One …

03 July 2020: I really needed to have known this after taking a longish call on my Apple Watch this morning: Switch a call from your Apple …

02 July 2020: Yesterday the stiff southerly was evident in the cabbage tree leaves. Today, now the cloud has cleared away, some peaks of …

02 July 2020: “While socks last”.

02 July 2020: The Kindle book ‘Lethal Suds (Abigail Kinsman Mysteries Book 1)’ has taught me that every author needs someone to take a look …

02 July 2020: Last week I read The Crossing Places: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 1. I was ambivalent about it as I read, but really …

02 July 2020: Hmmm, Scared to Death was a book I read to the end, but I’m not sure I’ll buy any others in the series. The …

02 July 2020: Volume down for the annoying wind noise. Southerly sand storm at the beach today. The dogs still had fun. 🐶

02 July 2020: I absolutely adore the massive vocabulary of the English language. I love words in general. So sometimes a word in a book …

02 July 2020: Well the good thing about having to get up to let Sasha out at 1 am is that I was able to load more wood into the wood …

01 July 2020: I need to be careful what I read in the hours before bed. Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter murder mystery series Book 1) …

01 July 2020: Today I learned that Quiet parks are a thing. Wilderness Quiet Parks are large pristine areas offering exceptional sonic …

30 June 2020: I watched the first 40 minutes (the lecture) of this. Its fascinating stuff: Kelly Wright: Raciolinguistic profiling: Passing …

30 June 2020: 5 years ago this basic Westinghouse Saturn electric oven with spiral elements was brand new. Today we’ve replaced it with a …

30 June 2020: Today I spent an hour watching the front yard as my part in the Aotearoa New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. Something happens …

30 June 2020: Cold southerly at the beach this morning. For once I took my camera. Photo of Kuaka (Godwits), which usually return to the …

30 June 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @jennifermjones , a local reporter who lives with her dog in the deepest darkest Southwest of …

30 June 2020: We Dig Dinosaurs was great. Host Emily Graslie does a fabulous job and has so much fun. Cretaceous … T. rex dominated the …

29 June 2020: I knew mid-book in Lies to Tell: An utterly gripping Scottish crime thriller (Detective Clare Mackay Book 3) by Marion Todd …

28 June 2020: Turns out Aotearoa New Zealand is just the tippy tops of the lost continent of Zealandia: only 6% of the continent is above …

27 June 2020: We abandoned Ad Astra half way through and switched to Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga which was way more …

27 June 2020: Our broadband died this morning. After 40 minutes on the phone to a very pleasant person in India Ive been given 100GB free …

27 June 2020: 27-Jun-20: daily quake. 〰️ 4.9 near Rotorua, but quite deep. Shook us around slightly. I thought it would have been one of …

26 June 2020: Ive become the fun police and have reported this nearby smoke nuisance to the local Council. This green waste burnoff means I …

26 June 2020: I didnt realise how poor this photo was — it makes Sashas eyes look really weird. Anyway, freshly groomed dogs looking …

26 June 2020: It seems this year I need a section called My Daily Earthquake. There are so many quakes this year and so many nearby. When …

25 June 2020: Sigh, sexist assumptions… : 2,600-year-old Scythian remains … considered to be male because with him were … an axe, a bow, …

25 June 2020: I was surprised by how profoundly moving this was, both the views of the ‘audience’ and the music itself: Barcelona …

24 June 2020: The terror of the turn Some mornings it can be terrifying trying to get across the road with the steady stream of truck and car traffic between the …

23 June 2020: I thoroughly enjoyed the feel-good Netflix movie Feel the Beat 📺: a 2020 American family dance comedy-drama film Fairly …

23 June 2020: First time in an extremely long time that Ive watched ISS go overhead. Experimented with night mode: iPhone 11, with 10 …

23 June 2020: Hmmm, apparently my Move It Mondays are inevitably followed by Too-Tired Tuesdays! 🥱

23 June 2020: A day when the breeze, if any, is easterly so while the sea isn’t quite glass, it’s just really gentle. Large in the …

23 June 2020: Well the WWDC20 keynote was cool. I’ll be ready for a new Mac laptop in a year or two so that’ll fit nicely with …

23 June 2020: 🤣 “Historic Day”, ‘undisclosed location’ … that looks like an underground bunker beneath the pool.

23 June 2020: Glad to see in the 2020 WWDC Apple have made much more effort to have women presenters.

22 June 2020: I recently decided on Move It Mondays to start my week off right. Today was so gorgeous I took the kayak to the river and …

22 June 2020: This Micro Monday I suggest @danielpunkass , creator of MarsEdit and Black Ink, podcaster with @manton at Core Intuition and …

22 June 2020: Was that Venus looking in while I did my morning stretches? Starwalk said Yes. And it turns out Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto …

21 June 2020: We have new neighbours. Neighhh. 🐴 👏

20 June 2020: Emily Graslie is one of my favourite YouTube video presenters. Now shes part of the Prehistoric road trip which turns out to …

20 June 2020: Today we drove to Feilding for Deb’s birthday lunch at the Amayjen restaurant, and excellent food it was too. I ate …

20 June 2020: Down in the dunes this morning, this wonderful fungus.

19 June 2020: Rain glorious rain! It rained for more than 24 hours. Yesterday alone brought nearly 40 mm. The water tank is overflowing and …

19 June 2020: Sleepy as last nights good shake left me awake for more than an hour. At 7.5 magnitude and only 33 Km deep its a good thing …

18 June 2020: I did not know this: The combined gravitational pull of the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and other planets cause the shape of the …

18 June 2020: And on motorcycling: two keen motorcycling women friends (each has 2 or 3 large bikes) married back in February 2014. They …

18 June 2020: A conversation with @Strandlines about gendered protective gear reminded me of a Letter to the Editor I wrote in 1972, when I …

17 June 2020: Such a fascinating and provocative 40 minute interview: Caroline Criado Perez: Invisible Women. Maybe health workers would …

17 June 2020: Last night Oshi drove me crazy with almost continuous barking for about 90 minutes when I went to bed. 👿 Today I may know …

17 June 2020: Do you know about MyNoise? I use the iOS apps, but also listen on my Mac sometimes (as now). A library of customisable sounds …

16 June 2020: I enjoyed Margaret Mizushima: Hunting Hour: a girl has gone missing from the junior high … police dog Robo … his highly …

16 June 2020: This Micro Monday I’d suggest you follow @cheri , author of some excellent cozy mysteries and other books.

16 June 2020: I love watching the signers on Government briefings. The signer just now seems particularly expressive in face and body as …

16 June 2020: I know, slightly, the author of the NZ Health and Disability System Review, so am not surprised that measures to counteract …

16 June 2020: Excellent! Aotearoa New Zealand has free health care for all but the system was run down over a long time by conservative …

16 June 2020: Awww, after 50+ years Diego gets to go home: Diego the giant Galapagos tortoise whose tireless efforts are credited with …

16 June 2020: Good read: Seven of Nine Was Always Queer: 📺 🖖 🏳️‍🌈 So much of what Seven does on Voyager is to break down the binaries that …

15 June 2020: The person who bought my old Fuji X-M1 camera body very kindly shared some links and tips about updating firmware on the …

14 June 2020: I could see it was cold out (-2C) when I woke at 4.30. Dawn showed the frost that went with the low temps. Note too the very …

13 June 2020: This good-looking fellow was resting his head on the fork of the tree beside him … until I took out my phone for a photo. …

12 June 2020: What would it feel like, I wonder, to scan the TV and movie listings in something like TV+ or Netflix, and to see 99% of the …

12 June 2020: Ive been watching the TV+ series Dear… Its uplifting and inspiring. Each episode looks at the life of a well-known person, …

11 June 2020: Just rewatched the 14 minute SciShow video There Are More Than Two Human Sexes which so clearly explains why XX and XY are …

10 June 2020: Niue The World’s First ‘Dark Sky Nation’ 🇳🇺 the International Dark-Sky Association … announced an …

10 June 2020: Geraldine farmers go to bat for endangered species [farmers] planned to cut down a row of willows at their property near …

10 June 2020: Fungi at the beach — a benefit of driftwood. Sometimes I think Ive learned nothing about taking photos over the last decade. …

09 June 2020: A huge downside to committing to learning a bunch of songs / waiata in the Māori language / Te Reo Māori: Ive had several of …

09 June 2020: Kiwi company Lanaco makes wool face masks, used in bushfires and for Covid-19. They even bred sheep specially, to get the …

09 June 2020: Warm fronts? Cold fronts? This 5.5 minute video from the UK MetOffice explains well: What are weather fronts?. 🌦 It was …

08 June 2020: For Micro Monday let me recommend @dejus , a Kiwi living in the US who keeps us entertained with his wonderful photos: Flock …

08 June 2020: What fabulous news for Aotearoa New Zealand re Covid-19 today: 🦠 active cases: Zero 28 February to 08 June 2020: confirmed …

08 June 2020: Waiata #4 to learn: Ko Mātou Ko mātou, te rōpū mahi e Ko mātou, te rōpū mahi e Ka …

07 June 2020: We really enjoyed watching Netflix ☛ Space Force 📺 Space Force is a workplace comedy series that centers on a group of …

07 June 2020: Hmmm, Feedbin has been down for hours now. I’m missing my RSS feeds…

07 June 2020: Waiata #3 to learn: E toru ngā mea E toru ngā mea Ngā mea nunui E kī ana Te Paipera Whakapono …

07 June 2020: At 13.5 Oshi has developed arthritis so now visits the vet quite often. 🐶 He has ½ a Carprieve anti-inflammatory pill …

07 June 2020: I read Bullets and Beads (A Miss Fortune Mystery Book 17) by Jana DeLeon. 📚 Can Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie manage to …

07 June 2020: In 2010 I bought a basic Avanti bike that served me well. In 2018 I bought a much better bike so this was relegated to towing …

06 June 2020: At last, haircut day. Before (with 3 months growth) and after. Really enjoyed chatting with my hairdresser too. Turns out we …

05 June 2020: I just don’t like the look of these clouds…

05 June 2020: Waiata #2 The next waiata I want to learn is Hokihoki tonu mai: Hokihoki tonu mai - Again and again she returns Te wairua o …

04 June 2020: This 2.5 minute video is really cool. Now I know why no-one would ever put on flop-flips to zag-zig down the road to look …

04 June 2020: I’m watching an excellent free course called Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life Just came across this supremely …

03 June 2020: Ohhh, absolutely ROTFFL hilarious: Netflix ☛ Hannah Gadsby: Douglas. Definitely NSFW. She is so so very clever: all the …

03 June 2020: Waiata #1 I want to continue extending my knowledge of Māori language and culture. My current effort is to learn the …

03 June 2020: Wow, it’s 4 years since I listed anything on TradeMe. I hate selling stuff, but have several items that need to be …

03 June 2020: This week I’m on a free learning binge. Currently watching: Robin DiAngelo on topics such as Deconstructing White …

02 June 2020: I noticed this patch of iceplant among the Spinifex at the beach this morning. Not sure if its the native plant or an …

01 June 2020: Terminology can be such a pain. The intersection of State Highway 1 and Waikawa Beach Road is a problem. It feels dangerous …

31 May 2020: Some here might like to look at the four drone photos of Waikawa Beach posted by a local on Twitter today. He likely used a …

31 May 2020: Oshi gets close, while Sasha has that classic over-the-shoulder look. 🐶

31 May 2020: Babylon 5 1994–1998, one of my all-time favourites. Set on a future space station, with a 5-season arc, it reached its peak …

31 May 2020: This aftershock woke me: 4.7 at almost 11pm last night. 〰️ A bit worrying, but I soon went back to sleep.

30 May 2020: Oooh, Apple TV+ has ordered: “Hedy Lamarr,” a new eight-episode limited series Lamarr was an actor and inventor, major …

30 May 2020: Safari (Mac) helps me see a problem website better. Sharesies is excellent but the text is too small and some text is too …

30 May 2020: Eureka 2006–2012 was a ‘hidden’ town of fictional science geniuses and their crazy inventions. Each episode …

29 May 2020: In Aotearoa New Zealand now it seems surreal to keep on with distancing, sanitiser etc, because: 7th day in a row, no new …

29 May 2020: Ive lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for ~57 years and never heard of “Moving Day” till now. Mind you, when I was a kid NZ had …

29 May 2020: Warehouse 13 2009–2014 was a fun show about retrieving and storing artifacts with dangerous powers, like Ivan Pavlov’s …

29 May 2020: Ohhh, Im not even half way through Legends of Tomorrow 514 and may not be able to finish because Im laughing too hard. Now …

28 May 2020: I’ve decided my own June challege — I’ve just decided to have a No-Apostrophe June (starting now). I believe the apostrophe …

28 May 2020: Sanctuary 2008–2011 starred Amanda Tapping (of Stargate fame). The Sanctuary helped and sometimes contained Abnormals, …

27 May 2020: Lovely: Out a 10 minute short movie on Disney+. 🍿🌈 a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents unexpectedly has …

27 May 2020: It was a stunning morning, so my friend Chris and I drove our electric bikes to Peka Peka and rode 16Km on the shared track …

27 May 2020: In Star Trek: Voyager 1995–2001 Captain Kathryn Janeway leads her crew home from the Delta Quadrant. She’s not someone …

27 May 2020: Waaaay back on 29 February I ordered this bike bag from AliExpress. Then Covid-19 happened. Tracking gave weird info. Today, …

27 May 2020: There are two of these plants in the dunes and each year I forget their name — it’s a Yucca. Last year it flowered in …

27 May 2020: The X-Rite Color Challenge and Hue Test was interesting, and I was pleased with my score of 4 (where 0 is best).

26 May 2020: Well, I definitely enjoyed Onward, which surprised me a little. Two brothers go on a quest for magic to bring back their dead …

26 May 2020: I’m declaring an earthquake emoji: 〰️

26 May 2020: One of the ways to stop smaller ornaments falling off shelves in an earthquake is Museum Wax. It’s really just a soft …

26 May 2020: We’ve been having aftershocks, most not noticeable. This 5.2 got me up though. Two tiny things fell off the shelf. …

26 May 2020: Xena 1995–2001: a formidable warrior, reformed baddie. Had an intense relationship with Gabrielle, a bard who grew into a …

26 May 2020: I enjoy starting my day with a Tom Scott video, like this 5 minute explainer: Ə: The Most Common Vowel in English.

25 May 2020: Watched Mulan which was fun. It’s based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan — a young woman who takes her father’s place …

25 May 2020: Buffy 1997–2003 was glorious. It introduced creative language use and a young woman who literally fought demons — her own and …

25 May 2020: M5.8 quake nearby really shook things up I was doing a crossword on my MacBook Pro when with no warning at all the house started to really shake. This was a big …

25 May 2020: Alert for aftershocks now. There have been a few minor shocks since then ~3.6 that we haven’t felt, though the …

25 May 2020: Thanks for all good wishes. Earthquake was sourced about 33Km away, 37Km deep, mag 5.8. Our house is on 6 metre deep poles so …

25 May 2020: SUCH a big earthquake I actually left the house. Minor things fell off shelves. All ok. More later. Shaking… …

24 May 2020: Next week’s Micro.Blog Challenge is about Artwork and drawings — our own or others. I don’t draw, and think …

24 May 2020: Miss Fortune Mysteries by Jana DeLeon. This series remains fresh and humorous, even though there are now 17 novels. CIA …

23 May 2020: I have a final Book recommendations challenge item coming tomorrow. 📚 But here’s a bonus author recommendation: …

23 May 2020: Actually just watched an ad (for Ecosa mattresses) all the way through, instead of skipping, because it was entertaining. …

23 May 2020: This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. One thing every single human being alive has in common: we’re growing …

22 May 2020: My pal Rachel McAlpine, writer, podcaster and blogger, contributed this very interesting 17 minute video to the #M365May …

22 May 2020: We thought we spotted 3 sheep in the next door paddock but one. Unusual for a cow farm, but not unheard of. But they …

22 May 2020: Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures. We can count up to 3 innately, but beyond that …

21 May 2020: We watched Captain America: The First Avenger over 2 nights and it wasn’t bad. Great to spot Agent Carter too. We’ve …

21 May 2020: Clam Consternation Everyone comments on how many rubber gloves wash up on Waikawa Beach. There's a strong suspicion amongst locals that the …

21 May 2020: I watched Batwoman, reluctantly, because of Ruby Rose. The show was too dark and gruesome for my taste. So I’m partly …

21 May 2020: I’ve been part of only a very few Zoom calls and everyone else knows more than me about using Zoom. That’s why …

21 May 2020: Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal by Joe Kissell harness the power of the Unix underpinnings of macOS! … …

20 May 2020: Last week I thought we had a frost. This morning we definitely did!

20 May 2020: The Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Mystery and Sci-Fi all wrapped up in space with a superb cast. One of …

20 May 2020: Dawn is on its way.

19 May 2020: Tl;dr: the website Free Online OCR does a fantastic job extracting text from screenshots. I really really dislike the service …

19 May 2020: The Renegat by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Sci-Fi. One of my all-time favourite authors, this particular novel is brilliant. A …

18 May 2020: Every 6 weeks or so I move the quail to a new spot. Here they are, near the house. It was a major effort to move the run …

18 May 2020: Book recommendations challenge. 📚 I’m being totally self-indulgent and hopping in a time machine. From 2006: WordPress …

17 May 2020: We watched Fisherman’s Friends, an excellent British film based on a true story. 🍿 … about a group of Cornish fishermen from …

17 May 2020: We watched and thoroughly enjoyed The Half of It, a movie about love and friendship. 🍿 It’s a very different story …

17 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Violet sky in Niue. 📷

16 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Indigo. Pukeko. 📷

16 May 2020: I watched the first episode of The Bionic Woman which dates all the way back to 14 January 1976! 📺 I was struck by just how …

16 May 2020: We’ve been watching Miss Scarlet and the Duke. 📺 It has potential but doesn’t seem to quite gel. Scarlet is whiny and …

15 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Blue. 📷

14 May 2020: Oh hooray! Years ago the National (conservative) government cut adult education to shreds. Our Labour government, in …

14 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Green. 📷

14 May 2020: With confirmed daily new cases of Covid-19 in single digits or 0 for 4 weeks now, today Aotearoa New Zealand drops to Alert …

14 May 2020: Sunrise to the Northeast of me, neighbour’s house to the Southwest. I glanced out to see the neighbour’s house …

13 May 2020: Ahhh, the Legends of Tomorrow episode Freaks and Greeks was good fun. Plenty of leading women, and a whole load of women …

13 May 2020: My favourite news item of the day: Aotearoa New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield: “it’s …

13 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Yellow. 📷

12 May 2020: Apart from it being dark by the time the delivery driver tried to find our place, our first online & delivery supermarket …

12 May 2020: Took a little drive to Paraparaumu today to pick up the frozen dog food brand I prefer. I enjoyed the jaunt — 30 to 40 …

12 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Orange. 📷

11 May 2020: Photos: Colour-A-Day Challenge: Red. 📷

11 May 2020: Good news for us: interest in fresh New Zealand produce is surging in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. “… no problems with ports …

10 May 2020: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata. He tāngata. He tāngata. — What is the most important thing in the world? It is people. …

09 May 2020: Wow! Dolly Parton is quite something: singer and philanthropist: 100 million books given away for free … It is now one of …

09 May 2020: Seven: “You have assimilated enough for one day. You have also provided invaluable assistance to the Voyager crew. You …

08 May 2020: Clean and sweet smelling dogs. 😀 🐶 I retook the photo of Sasha because she did a giant yawn. I didn’t realise in the second …

08 May 2020: Two shaggy dogs have been dropped off at the groomers. 🐶

08 May 2020: “Ever since my first day on the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore I’d never let myself get caught in one of …

07 May 2020: Wow, just watched episode 1 of The Andy Griffith Show. Ron Howard, aged about 6! I used to watch that show as a kid. Turns …

07 May 2020: Finally replaced our 45 litre emergency water supply with fresh, bleached, drinking water. You’re supposed to do it …

07 May 2020: It’s been ages since I last used Screenflow. It just took me several hours to make a 40-second ‘movie’ for my …

07 May 2020: I’ve had problems with motivation the last few days. Today I’m trying to shake things up a bit. Already done the …

07 May 2020: Curbs happen. Sometimes when you least expect it. – Suzan Davis: Drop Physical, Mental and Spiritual Flab through …

06 May 2020: The last few days we’ve had cloud, rain, and even the occasional thunderclap, and a rainbow. 🌈 Today’s blue sky …

06 May 2020: At last. We had actual rain for a few days — almost 68 mm all up. That’s nearly 4,500 litres in the household water …

06 May 2020: Buffy: If the apocalypse comes, beep me. 💬

05 May 2020: So good to read this from our Police Commissioner about community checkpoints: our approach has been driven by a desire to …

05 May 2020: Lao Ma: Nothing is soft as water. Yet, who can withstand the raging flood? 💬

05 May 2020: Usually Ravel’s Bolero drives me to be elsewhere, but this video is not only astonishingly creative but also utterly …

04 May 2020: Thank you @brentsimmons for Undo Mark Older as Unread in NetNewsWire! My finger slipped. Phew!

04 May 2020: Our tunnelhouse is still producing capsicums and aubergine. Small, but still perfectly good. These will go in tonight’s …

04 May 2020: Delenn of the Minbari: Withdraw or be destroyed! Earth Force: Negative! Do not force us to engage. Delenn: Why not? Only one …

03 May 2020: I’d like to thank @macgenie for allowing me to chat with her on Voyager Revisited episode 14 B’Elanna Torres: 50% …

03 May 2020: I haven’t read these books yet, but am downloading a few: 13 Legally Free Digital Queer Books for Your Quarantine …

03 May 2020: Aussies tend to make great telly (and movies) and My Life Is Murder, starring my favourite, Lucy Lawless, is no exception: …

03 May 2020: Thanks to the many folks who said they were looking into or already using Kiva to help business people with small loans, eg …

02 May 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand is in a lucky position to trace the virus spread around the country: NZ’s first Covid-19 case … …

02 May 2020: For years now I’ve been lending money to individual business women in need via Kiva, usually $25 at a time. So far I’ve …

02 May 2020: We’ve had a bit more than 100 mm rain in the first 4 months of the year. The forecast for the next 3 days is for another 100 …

01 May 2020: I really enjoyed Frozen II. 🍿Great plot, music and animations. A favourite: the singing reindeer. Also 👍: Throughout the …

01 May 2020: Hmmm, at 13.5 it seems Oshi and Sasha are now officially in old age. 🐶 The vet confirmed Oshi has arthritis, so now …

30 April 2020: Finally finished Take Control of Apple Watch. I recommend it, even if you think you know all about your watch. For example, I …

30 April 2020: A septic tank deals with our waste and that’s fine by me. More houses should be independent in that way. The tank needs …

29 April 2020: A specially good reason to ride my bike around the village today. Blue skies, sunshine…

29 April 2020: Every day I check my On This Day page. Today I found two mistakes: a missing word in a 12 month old post and a typo in a two …

28 April 2020: This angel is guarding a gate in the neighbourhood. A cheerful addition.

27 April 2020: As we move down one Alert Level in Aotearoa New Zealand things are looking good. New confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been in …

27 April 2020: I’ve been reading Jeff Carlson’s excellent Take Control of Apple Watch and picked up a few tips in spite of wearing a watch …

27 April 2020: These two videos might be helpful for some of us: Relieve tight shoulders with self-massage! and Relieve neck pain and …

26 April 2020: Tonight’s viewing: Avengers: Endgame. Hard to believe this was one of the highest grossing films of all time. 🥱 😴

26 April 2020: Last night we watched 2 movies, Outsourced and Greenfingers. Both were lightweight and enjoyable. Outsourced sees an American …

25 April 2020: This is the ‘south track’ to the beach. Nice, eh!

24 April 2020: This Thrush was hanging round near the kitchen window this morning. 🐦

23 April 2020: Back on 29 February 2020 I ordered a bag to go on my bike’s carrier. It took them a while to ship it, but eventually it was …

23 April 2020: Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is so good in press conferences. Journalist asks a great question and gets a detailed, …

23 April 2020: Buying — it’s a bargain! The Mysterious Women StoryBundle Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: … favorite female authors …

23 April 2020: Personal submission to Horowhenua District Council Annual Plan 2020/2021 Key projects: … connecting shared pathways…With a recent steep rise in the popularity of electric bikes, and …

22 April 2020: Flax leaves (and those from toitoi and cabbage trees) are a nightmare when I weedeat around the plants. Leaves wrap …

21 April 2020: I’ve just discovered the NY Times Acrostic puzzles and I just love them. Can’t get enough. They’re a much better …

21 April 2020: They were lost and now are found… I’m gradually cleaning up the overgrown tunnelhouse. Found 2 huge yellow and rotting …

20 April 2020: Great news today that Aotearoa New Zealand’s transmission rate for Covid-19 is R0.48. A week from today we move down …

20 April 2020: I was just pondering an approach like this the other day: 🐶 the experimental project, which is seeking to establish whether …

20 April 2020: Glad to be part of of FluTracking: 😷 to develop a system that can provide: - Community level influenza-like illness …

19 April 2020: The second Ilsa Evans book in the Nell Forrest series and equally enjoyed: Ill-Gotten Gains 📚 A minor act of cemetery …

19 April 2020: On the edge of the estuary, these grasses / rushes caught my attention today. Very textured.

19 April 2020: I’m loving being able to see and edit the Pages on my 3 different Micro.Blogs with the alpha of MarsEdit 4.4. …

19 April 2020: June Almeida peered into her electron microscope in 1964, she saw a round, grey dot covered in tiny spokes …would become …

18 April 2020: Thanks to ‘On This Day’ I found that 2 years ago I did an online hearing test. Today I tried it again. Looks like there might …

18 April 2020: Oh happy day! The alpha of Mars Edit shows my pages from 3 Micro.Blog blogs as well as a WordPress blog where I’ve …

17 April 2020: As you were… This Covid-19 version of Waikawa Beach, with roads empty of cars, vans and trucks, is how some longtime locals remember the …

17 April 2020: 👍 decisive action. On the chart the red line is the model for how many Covid-19 cases Aotearoa New Zealand could have had. …

16 April 2020: Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes high quality sci-fi. Recommended: Diving Series is ½ off! First novel in the series, …

16 April 2020: I really enjoyed reading Nefarious Doings by Australian Ilsa Evans. Engaging text and character, wonderful dry humour. The …

15 April 2020: Thanks to John McWhorter in the excellent Lexicon Valley podcast episode The Many Meanings of Too for playing part of this …

15 April 2020: I hopped out of bed and spotted this pheasant watching me from the rail of the dog yard fence. I quickly grabbed this shot …

14 April 2020: I did sleep last night but with winds gusting up to 80+ Kph it wasn’t a good sleep by any means. Our house is on 6 …

13 April 2020: I just finished reading Nichelle Clarke Crime Thrillers, Books 1-3 by LynDee Walker, and enjoyed the books enough to buy the …

13 April 2020: The farmer next door runs dairy (not by us) and beef (over our fence). Today though there were 4 sheep in his next-but-one …

12 April 2020: While looking for something else I came upon this photo I took in 2013. Oystercatcher. 🐦

12 April 2020: Two very surprising finds in the news: first name only and lack of upper case for Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis. I’ve …

12 April 2020: I’m glad homeless people will have (temporary) houses, but what bugs me about this is the phrase ‘homeless community’. …

12 April 2020: Emily Graslie works for the Chicago Field Museum and is one of my favourite YouTubers. She has such a lovely manner. If you …

11 April 2020: This ‘fountain’ in our back yard was courtesy of the warning light on our septic tank. First I jiggled the pipe that makes a …

11 April 2020: This is such a clear explanation: How Privacy-Friendly Contact Tracing Can Help Stop the Spread of Covid-19 Nicky Case, …

10 April 2020: There was a bit of a swell in the sea today. First walk on the beach together with Deb in ages.

09 April 2020: Apparently the farmer’s tractor, with post hole digger attached, is the place for all the cool cats to hang out today.

08 April 2020: 👍 👍 Maybe handy: Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on …

07 April 2020: Waaaaay back on 13 February 2020 (about a lifetime ago now) I ordered a pair of neoprene booties from AliExpress. Today they …

06 April 2020: A bubble of one's own When things happen at Waikawa Beach the caring side of the community really shines through. A few weeks ago numerous …

06 April 2020: I’ll see your cat Paladin on the railing @dejus and raise you a dog on a tower of beds. Oshi. 🐶

05 April 2020: The Levin New World supermarket had things well-organised this morning. Just as I was wishing I’d brought some water …

05 April 2020: Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is amazing. Relaxed, authoritative, really knows her stuff. Patient, kind, has a sense of …

05 April 2020: Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says statistics suggest we have only 25% Covid-19 infections as modelling predicted. …

05 April 2020: New supermarket rules.

05 April 2020: I’ve been queuing for 40 minutes since the supermarket opened and have just reached the sign telling me it’ll be about an …

04 April 2020: A great read: Slanging match slang is not and never has been an exclusively male preserve. But each generation of critics …

03 April 2020: I keep intending and forgetting to go to the beach to watch the sun set. Tonight I finally made it.

03 April 2020: So rewarding to do a cryptic crossword again (it’s been a while). The intuitive leaps, the anagrams… I was rusty… …

02 April 2020: I looked up at the end of a photography training video to see the sun had set and the sky looked gorgeous. Trees silhouetted …

02 April 2020: Self isolation Day 6 (or maybe 7 or 8): a beach walk with dogs. Looking south and looking north.

01 April 2020: My partner Deb’s current commute.

01 April 2020: Ugh, today is my least favourite day of any year: April Fools Day. I hope there’s no stupid stuff this year, of all …

31 March 2020: First full day of my partner working from our 70 square metre home was revealing. I thought her job was a lot of writing …

31 March 2020: This is our temporary new neighbour. Sadly, she’s alone in her paddock, but she seems very calm. A friend told me …

30 March 2020: Passionfruit flower.

30 March 2020: A tranquil river on a peaceful day.

29 March 2020: Well, Aotearoa New Zealand has had its first Covid-19 death: an older person with underlying health vulnerabilities. 😒

29 March 2020: This is great news for the future: Virtual consultations very effective - doctor A family doctor using virtual consultations …

29 March 2020: Fascinating. See what happens in an epidemic if more or less people self-isolate. Even a few breaking the rules can prolong …

28 March 2020: With pouring rain and a cold southerly, today I lit the fire for the first time this year. Just a little one, for an hour or …

27 March 2020: How many times can the media, on behalf of the public ask if it’s “alright to drive to the beach or park for a walk” and for …

27 March 2020: The anatomy of our society This pandemic lays bare the anatomy of our society. Our response to the imminent threat of mass deaths from Covid-19 is to …

27 March 2020: I had a very anxious 10 minutes this morning when I went to wake up my MacBook Pro and couldn’t get it going. It was …

26 March 2020: What great news! Christchurch mosque attacks: Gunman pleads guilty to all charges The man [accused of 2019] Christchurch …

26 March 2020: Recently added items at the Department of Obsolete Phrases: Cooee, anyone home? While you were out… I was hoping I’d …

25 March 2020: When our lives go sideways When World War 2 broke out my parents were in their early 20s. Dad was sent off to war and ended up in a Japanese Prisoner of …

24 March 2020: Ah, finally someone has broached the subject we don’t want to think about. In Aotearoa New Zealand we always expect an …

24 March 2020: So very pleased to hear our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, switching from the word ‘lockdown’ to ‘shutdown’. Lockdown …

24 March 2020: Capons! Who knew I knew that word!? One of the things I love about @danielpunkass Black Ink - Solve Crossword Puzzles With …

23 March 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand is now pretty much in lockdown. Level 3 alert, but in 2 days time, Level 4 where businesses are closed …

23 March 2020: Supermarket limits.

23 March 2020: NZ’s leading health professionals and relevant scientists are all saying we should go to Level 4 lockdown right now. We …

23 March 2020: OK, this morning I’ve had my seasonal flu shot. The road was quieter than usual.

22 March 2020: Hmmm, 11pm and I ought to be asleep.

22 March 2020: Went with a friend to a cafe for breakfast this morning. Cafe capacity has been reduced(?) to 80 and we had to sign a …

22 March 2020: I love the rare occasion when I meet online pals in real life. @JohnPhilpin visited today and I enjoyed our chat. Here we are …

22 March 2020: This 7 minute doco is something for our cat lovers: Fishing Cat: The Cat That Hunts Underwater. 🐈 Life in the mangroves of …

21 March 2020: My favourite quote, now we’ve learned folks 70+ should stay home: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Deputy Prime …

20 March 2020: Some fisher lost this, presumably crab pot.

19 March 2020: The last numerous episodes of Legends of Tomorrow have been irritatingly sidetracked by silly old Constantine (pah!). S05E07 …

19 March 2020: So, Aotearoa New Zealand’s borders are closed to all except returning Kiwis. The ban applies to people not product, …

19 March 2020: Earlier I noticed Oshi licking rather than drinking from the dogs water fountain. Then I realised that since there was a …

18 March 2020: About blimmin time!! Parliament removes abortion from Crimes Act - Beehive.govt.nz Abortion has been removed from the Crimes …

18 March 2020: This photo isn’t specially great, but it marks a first for me: analyse what I wanted to capture, think about camera settings, …

18 March 2020: Did a grocery run — the supermarket featured emptied shelves, busy shelf stackers and overflowing trolleys. Then I treated …

18 March 2020: Detailed, useful scientific information: Siouxsie Wiles: How testing for Covid-19 works How the process runs, why NZ is not …

18 March 2020: It’s an absolute gorgeous day today. Blue sky, sunshine and clear. And the beach for kilometers is empty except for the birds …

18 March 2020: It’s an absolute gorgeous day today. Blue sky, sunshine and clear. And the beach for kilometers is empty except for the birds …

17 March 2020: Wow! NZ has created a huge Economic package to fight COVID-19. the most significant peace-time economic plan … to cushion …

17 March 2020: I haven’t read this free ebook, but the Take Control series is stunningly good Take Control of Working from Home …

17 March 2020: Heh, my partner and I often have a phonecall while she drives to or from work. I’ve realised ‘car metadata’ such as noise …

16 March 2020: If you have school-age kids you might want to watch this 4 minute video with them: How to to create a super-powered virus …

16 March 2020: Every few weeks I move the quail to a new spot on the flat area of grass below the house. Today Flop managed to escape in the …

15 March 2020: Normally I’d tell people Facebook would be the last place to get reliable info. But when the 18 minute video is our …

15 March 2020: Kiwis: this is a very well written explainer: How to run a country in a pandemic Rules of Parliament include no options for …

15 March 2020: I set the old iPad up again to see how the ginger kitten in the garage is doing. Something was off and it took over 1,000 …

15 March 2020: If you or someone you know is transgender or non-binary then this is a must-watch 12 minute video about transgender rights at …

14 March 2020: NZ derives significant income from tourism and the last decade or two has really pushed tourism. Covid-19 will hit our …

14 March 2020: So pleased we have a sensible government, and an excellent Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. Watch today’s COVID-19 …

14 March 2020: Hmm. 3 health questions but only requires action if the “answer” (singular) is “yes”. Do all 3 need to be true or only one? …

14 March 2020: With autumn come the early morning inversion layers. What a difference the moment of sunrise from behind the mountains makes.

13 March 2020: Arrived home from a bike ride to hear a weird noise in the garage. On investigation I found a confused Thrush bashing itself …

13 March 2020: I’ve been working my way happily through the RNZ podcast series Elemental. The episode on Thulium - the most laborious …

13 March 2020: In Aotearoa New Zealand the clocks go back an hour on Sunday 05 April this year. I’ve started the process of feeding the dogs …

12 March 2020: A recycling idea that failed The folks at Waikawa Beach are keen recyclers. The Horowhenua District Council a few months ago switched us from one crate …

12 March 2020: 14,000 litres of clean fresh water to fill our tank. Now we have a declared drought and with no real rain forecast and a …

12 March 2020: Whew! I took a photo at the beach but at home my iPhone 11 refused to turn on. This worked: Quickly press and release volume …

12 March 2020: Every day I check the wind flow map for Aotearoa New Zealand and our little spot on it. Today shows the wind from the south …

11 March 2020: Hmmm, I find Batwoman grim and very hard with all the torture and whatnot. Yet the episode Grinning from Ear to Ear was an …

10 March 2020: And lo, two trim and tidy dogs. 🐶 Sasha and Oshi after the groom.

10 March 2020: Shaggy dogs before grooming today. 🐶 Bonus photo from March 2007 when they were only a few months old and Oshi’s face …

09 March 2020: Good to see this plan to make NZ predator free by 2050 Department of Conservation … goals for Predator Free 2050… focus on … …

09 March 2020: This 300 page PDF by a pro photographer was definitely worth the US$13 I paid for it: Secrets To Stunning Wildlife …

09 March 2020: At last I know what makes some of the tracks on the beach. Sand scarab beetle Pericoptus truncatus is the largest of the New …

09 March 2020: I should remember this when I’m so often tired: Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest with chronic …

08 March 2020: Watching Charlie’s Angels 2019. It’s a lightweight undemanding movie for a Sunday evening.

07 March 2020: The literal tail ends of the RNZAF Black Falcons on their way to the Wellington Pride Parade. I think these must be the T-6C …

07 March 2020: Oshi approves of the new rug for the front door. The rug should add a bit of colour for winter. 🐶

06 March 2020: Last night I set up my old iPad Air 2 with a motion sensor app in the garage and caught a million pics of the ginger kitten …

05 March 2020: 3-yearly cervical smear. ✅ Tetanus booster shot. ✅ Shingles vaccine. ✅ Breakfast at Taper. ✅ Now it’s time for a cuppa …

04 March 2020: Flight. Helicopter. Hawk.

04 March 2020: The transformative power of a 3-letter word I was so concerned by an article in the Horowhenua Chronicle today I immediately wrote a Letter to the Editor. We have a …

04 March 2020: This is exciting, scary stuff: using non-printing zero-width characters to hide information, perhaps as a digital watermark. …

03 March 2020: Every year the Māoriland indigenous Film festival is in Ōtaki, just down the road. Every year I end up not going. 😒 For this …

03 March 2020: This cute little 6-month old Tibetan Terrier was waiting for his mums to order their lunch at the cafe in Shannon where I was …

03 March 2020: Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. I’ve been invited to take part in the free, …

03 March 2020: This was our Fox Terrier, Harriette, back in 2004. She definitely shed. You could bathe her and brush her and then …

03 March 2020: Drat. Much-needed dog groom cancelled last minute because of a death in the groomer’s family. The great thing about Shih Tzu …

02 March 2020: Next time someone asks why a woman didn’t just leave a violent relationship this is one compelling answer: The Family …

02 March 2020: Aha! 10 minutes later and the farmer’s turned up to feed out hay. No wonder the steers are all so excited.

02 March 2020: I don’t know what set off the steers in the next door paddock but they suddenly all decided to hoot and holler their way to a …

02 March 2020: I really enjoyed the movie 3 Generations. Teenager Ray realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother, …

02 March 2020: This grubby, shaggy, smelly girl (and her equally everything brother) will be groomed this week. 🐶 Today I need to do the …

02 March 2020: Portrait mode helps me see this 2-metre Kowhai I planted amongst the bracken etc. Now wondering if I should add wind …

02 March 2020: In the superb (free) The Science of Well-Being Course sometimes an aspect of vision is used to demonstrate how our …

01 March 2020: Woohoo. I happened to post a photo on 31 January, so even though I haven’t yet done the ‘vision’ post I’ve gained …

01 March 2020: Success, the tiny stray / feral ginger kitten trapped in the neighbour’s garage ran straight into my cat carry crate … …

01 March 2020: Time to leap into a gorgeous new day.

29 February 2020: Hey @Bix Apparently one can manipulate images on a Mac via Terminal with SIPS. Try “mac command line SIPS” in your search …

29 February 2020: Re my last: Ever since my first day on the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore I’d never let myself get caught in one …

29 February 2020: Today is where I realise I should have stuck with NZ time for the photo challenge instead of trying to do it a ‘day …

29 February 2020: Our neighbour’s house is slightly below ours. These marquees on their lawn are ready for their daughter’s beach wedding …

28 February 2020: Kiwis — want to know about vaccinations we can / should have? See New Zealand Immunisation Schedule. Wish I’d known to have a …

28 February 2020: This 20 minute discussion between 2 doctors is a must listen: I’m a grown-up. What vaccines do I need? I’d already …

28 February 2020: This is pleasing. Not only do we sometimes get 4 or 6 hours of free electricity with Genesis, but we get an annual refund …

28 February 2020: I’ve only just downloaded, but am keen to read Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal. If you’ve never used …

28 February 2020: Downloaded Tot notes app to try it out. The website doesn’t want to work in Safari on my Mac so I had to use Firefox. …

28 February 2020: These two have been together (and with us) for a little over 13 years now. Sasha and Oshi. 🐶

27 February 2020: For some this is their weekend escape. For me it’s pretty much daily enjoyment. Beach, sea, Kāpiti Island.

26 February 2020: This little cutie stunned herself flying into our window. I believe she’s a juvenile European Goldfinch. Now …

26 February 2020: This is amazing! Russian Multiplication: A Different Way to Multiply. Video, 7 minutes. In Russian multiplication you can …

26 February 2020: This speedbump doesn’t seem much of a hurdle, but I have to bike over / round 3 of them each way to the village and …

26 February 2020: Messing about with my camera at the beach at sunrise with ground mist.

25 February 2020: Yesterday, while savouring my bike ride, I noticed this lovely tree by the footbridge, rustling in the breeze. Perhaps …

25 February 2020: Katherine Johnson, key black female mathematician for NASA’s Apollo flights died 24 February 2020 at 101 years. RIP. …

25 February 2020: I wasn’t seeing double today. The single skinny ginger cat that’s been hanging around is now two skinny gingers. …

25 February 2020: Hmmm, that moment when you think your partner’s at work but Find her in Wellington Harbour on the Interislander Ferry route. …

24 February 2020: I was experimenting with camera settings. In the foreground are a juvenile and an adult black-backed gull. In the distance is …

23 February 2020: Not my photo: Nicolas Janberg. When I lived in Dūsseldorf it was a real spectacle in April 1976 to see the new Oberkassel …

22 February 2020: Progress just doesn’t go in straight lines.

21 February 2020: I was watering, when a grey ‘leaf’ on a flax stalk moved. On closer inspection I found a moth, about 5 cm long. Maybe …

21 February 2020: The bark on this driftwood (now in our garden) looks like scales.

20 February 2020: The dogs and I love having plenty of space for our walks.

19 February 2020: Interesting times ahead One of the delights of Waikawa Beach is that there are no commercial services: no cafe or coffee cart, no vege shops or …

19 February 2020: Some people oppose the use of 1080 for poisoning the many introduced predators that eradicate our native birds. They should …

19 February 2020: This is more of a saved bookmark for me: Proper Technique for Paddling a Kayak. The proper technique for paddling a kayak …. …

18 February 2020: I don’t go tramping in the bush, but the easily accessible forests and bush are silent. There’s no city / traffic …

18 February 2020: Another interesting Tom Scott video: Sentences Computers Can’t Understand, But Humans Can. Humans can work out the ‘it’ …

18 February 2020: The takahē is a very cool bird. Of only 418 in the world two live on Kāpiti Island. They’re big (about 3 Kg) and were …

17 February 2020: After a weekend of wandering the trails on Kāpiti Island looking for birds I find today I need a rest. Here are a Korimako …

16 February 2020: North Island Robins are so obliging. They come down to the track to get the insects you disturb by walking around. …

16 February 2020: When the bird you’re trying to get a photo of is high in a tree so you’re craning your neck for a while, it’s …

16 February 2020: Can you see Australia? Me either. It’s over there somewhere though, several thousand kilometers away. Taken on today’s walk …

16 February 2020: The bird life on the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is phenomenal. That’s what can happen when predators are removed. The …

16 February 2020: This Kereru sat quietly on an eye level branch about a metre away from me. They’re large and beautiful birds which live about …

15 February 2020: Luckily it’s a warm day for a trip to Kapiti Island. The boat ride took 10 minutes.

15 February 2020: On Kapiti Island the hills are covered with bush and there are so many birds! This weka was hanging round the picnic table.

15 February 2020: Looking south from our deck we can see the neighbour’s house, and the hill that marks the boundary between Horowhenua …

14 February 2020: Thank you so much to all the many folks who’ve sent birthday wishes. What a wonderful thing to wake up to on this sunny and …

13 February 2020: This time last year I came to watch the sunset the evening before my 64th birthday. I decided to do it again as I turn 65 …

13 February 2020: After listening to an interview on a podcast, I decided to try this free course The Science of Well-Being by Yale University. …

13 February 2020: Weather willing, our weekend destination is Kāpiti Island. I hope to walk to the top, and to see interesting native birds, …

13 February 2020: There comes a time when a cone no longer has a strong attachment to its tree.

12 February 2020: Luckily my kayak fits in the car. I drove to the footbridge today where the water was green, rather than brown for a change. …

12 February 2020: Today’s beach rubbish haul was an odd collection: polystyrene, a cassette from a typewriter(?), rubber hose from a …

12 February 2020: The river mouth is a vast plain of sand and water. It’s around 10 hectares or 26 acres of beach playground.

11 February 2020: You might think I took this photo yesterday BEFORE I filled the rabbit hole and stuck in a board to block it, but no, this is …

11 February 2020: At the all-purpose entrance to our beach is sign overload. The two small signs below the speed limit sign were placed there …

11 February 2020: This Cynthia Erivo - “Stand Up” - Oscars 2020 Performance is just magnificent! From the motion picture HARRIET, …

10 February 2020: I always love seeing this. Landskein.

10 February 2020: When there’s a lull in activity and I fancy sitting at the picnic table on the deck, the last thing I want is an active …

09 February 2020: RGB. 🐶

09 February 2020: Contrast: tire marks and smooth sand. I’m so glad the tide comes up each day to wash away the infernal tire tracks.

08 February 2020: Watched an excellent Australian movie: Top End Wedding: The film stars Miranda Tapsell as Lauren, a lawyer planning to wed …

08 February 2020: In 2002 Deb and I visited Vanuatu for a holiday. We travelled to Mount Yasur, an easily accessible active volcano on Tanna …

08 February 2020: 🤯 : ‘ard’ is a real suffix in the english language just like ‘ly’ or ‘ify’, … ‘ard’ means ‘too much’ or ‘too easily’ …

07 February 2020: We very rarely get seaweed of any kind on our beach, but today there was a small patch of this plant. Is it perhaps sea …

06 February 2020: Darn, this was from Monday and I’ve forgotten what site I was on. Whenever I have to choose New Zealand from a drop …

06 February 2020: I like things on my computer to be ‘just so’. Most windows should be tucked up to the top left corner, for example. …

05 February 2020: Oshi’s had his duck since he first came to live with us at age 3 months. He ignores it most of the time, but sometimes …

05 February 2020: These interesting fungi were hanging out in the strawberry patch.

05 February 2020: Every morning Sasha jumps on the bed for a cuddle. Then she settles down in her favourite spot at the foot. 🐶

04 February 2020: It took me a stupid amount of time to find this small photo. My new electric bike isn’t the first one I’ve owned. …

04 February 2020: It’s rare for there to be absolutely no wind. This sand dune reflection is actually from 2017.

03 February 2020: That’s what I wanted. Tired at the end of the day but had the urge to go for a little bike ride. eBike FTW. 9.02 km …

03 February 2020: I read and very much enjoyed Triana Moore, Space Janitor: The Complete Humorous Sci Fi Mystery Series by Julia Huni. The …

03 February 2020: It’s not just me and folks I know: How employers are freezing the over 50s out of the job market: the “more …

03 February 2020: This sight has dominated our local summer. A dreary landscape. Grey skies, drizzly mist. I’m sick of it!

03 February 2020: Odd but pleasing dreams: a stunningly iridescent blue butterfly 3 times the size of a Monarch, that I then realised was a …

02 February 2020: Although I did my best to clean our gutter recently it was seeming to overflow when we had any actual rain. I got the …

02 February 2020: I took my new bike for a ride beyond the village on to the ‘open’ road. 13 Km all up. I started with an extra loop …

01 February 2020: Turns out buying this Gepida Reptila 800 electric bike took most of the day. I’ve had one quick 8.6 Km ride and it’ll …

31 January 2020: Nice: Picard S1E2: people are working on a formerly Borg cube and a sign says: “This facility has gone 5843 days without an …

31 January 2020: Not only is Kristine Kathryn Rusch my favourite author in the sci-fi genre, but she also writes extremely good posts about …

31 January 2020: Good news for Waikawa Beach: we’re to get a new road: Three of New Zealand’s top 100 dangerous intersections are along …

30 January 2020: This was a truly interesting 25 minute video with two of my favourite YouTubers: What should museums do with their dead?. …

29 January 2020: I am so glad to see a little sun after a week of unrelenting drizzle. My mood lifted almost immediately.

29 January 2020: At Taper cafe in Levin I had my first ever (onion-free) quesadilla. It was so delicious! At a nearby table an older woman …

28 January 2020: It’s mid-summer, theoretically. We’re having day after day after day after day of cool, grey drizzle and it gets …

27 January 2020: I just loved The Case of the Karaoke Killer by @cheri . It flowed very smoothly and the story was completely believable. I …

26 January 2020: Here are some views from the motorcycle level of the numerous cars on the ground floor. So many cars: tiny and enormous, a …

26 January 2020: Then look at this 1895 Benz Velo.

26 January 2020: The Southward Car Museum has something for everyone, even those not interested in vehicles. Look at this motorcycle with tank …

25 January 2020: This 5.4 quake 67Km deep shook us awake. There was a gentler one 4 hours ago, just to get us in the mood. Moderate …

25 January 2020: Oh, and Legends of Tomorrow Episode 501 was bizarre, chaotic fun, but can I really hope that Constantine (who I really …

25 January 2020: I’ve been lukewarm on Arrow TV show for a bit; skipped a few eps here and there. 💤 Now the Crisis crossover has rebooted …

25 January 2020: Our motorcycling friends from up north are visiting. Breakfast at Taper in Levin. They had just washed roadworks dirt off …

25 January 2020: Late last year volunteers planted Spinifex (silvery) and Pingao (golden) in the dunes. They are growing well.

24 January 2020: Hmmm, the new intern seems to be hindering rather than helping at Deb’s office today: our dog Oshi on the lap of …

24 January 2020: Arrrgh! I should have set a timer. I put 12 quail eggs on to hard boil, meaning to turn the element down later. The noise of …

23 January 2020: This morning when I took my daily selfie something odd happened (apart from somehow the flash being on — I retook the photo …

22 January 2020: This relatively small dragonfly got itself stuck between two sliding doors. Luckily closing the door didn’t kill it as I …

21 January 2020: Heh, love it “Batwoman” Adds Another Lesbian Character and a Major Coming Out Storyline: A woman does not get kicked out of …

21 January 2020: Today I paddled maybe 1Km upstream from the Waikawa Beach footbridge, past the shag colony. Then I went down ~500 metres past …

21 January 2020: I’ve been working slowly on an extended project: tidy and sort the garage and another shed, toss junk, give away stuff, sell …

21 January 2020: I tried something a bit different on a stunning morning alone at the beach. This 360 degree video starts and ends looking …

20 January 2020: Today was the first time in months that I’ve biked the dogs in their trailer to a walking spot. Today was the trees across …

19 January 2020: The river’s been fairly low and still the last few days. Perhaps that’s because it’s the time of year when …

18 January 2020: Was out with a close friend / client at coffee this morning when she mentioned she was being spammed via her WordPress …

17 January 2020: Yesterday morning’s recording was of a Skylark (I think). Very low tide and slight Easterly meant the sea was quiet and the …

17 January 2020: At the Waikawa Beach estuary this moning. Pied Stilt birdcall, with a view of the river mouth and the bird itself. Very low …

16 January 2020: Wind, tide and a fickle Waikawa Stream After flowing west from the Tararuas the Waikawa Stream makes a sudden southward turn about 400 metres from shore. It …

16 January 2020: It can pay to be friends with the owner of your favourite cafe. Taper in Levin now offer White Tea as well as black and …

16 January 2020: When I watered the tunnelhouse this morning I was surprised to find this frog on a tomato plant, about a metre or more off …

15 January 2020: Branch, boat, horses … bird.

15 January 2020: A couple of years ago I ordered a down jacket and vest from Wear on Earth: Custom made down jackets and vests right here in …

15 January 2020: Nothing odd about an overnight low of 3C if it was mid-winter! But it’s mid-summer. 🥶

14 January 2020: These days we tap a button and a photo instantly appears. Back in the day a tintype photo took a lot of patience and messing …

14 January 2020: I haven’t been to the beach for a few days, but this morning’s visit was splendid. No wind, deep blue sky and ocean, …

13 January 2020: I have a few HTML files I’d like to be able to access from other devices. They’re really only for me. Meanwhile, …

12 January 2020: Magpies can be clowns. Spot the one hanging upside down, but twisting round to check me out. Moments later they were singing …

12 January 2020: Most of the wild rabbits round here are brownish-grey. There’s at least one black one though, presumably decended from some …

12 January 2020: This morning we visited Te Horo Beach, a 26 Km 30 minute drive by road or a mere 11 Km along the beach south of us. …

12 January 2020: I didn’t manage the best photo, but I was so excited to meet a Saluki for the first time in my life. 3 years old and they …

11 January 2020: I biked round to the village today. It’s a tiny trip: 5.5 Km return, but stops me from getting completely out of the …

10 January 2020: Visit to Foxton Estuary; White-faced Heron.

10 January 2020: A visit to Foxton Estuary; 4 Canada Geese all in a row.

09 January 2020: If you’re a Kiwi (I was granted citizenship in 2004) and meet a few residency requirements, then when you turn 65 you …

08 January 2020: This shocks me: A local Kāpiti Focus Group formed early in 2019 to advocate for a cycleway, walkway and bridleway on …

07 January 2020: NetNewsWire on my iPad is so fast! So smooth and easy to use. Thanks @brentsimmons

06 January 2020: What a great podcast episode! Lady Bam Podcast with Mary McDonnell - Episode 11 - Kate Mulgrew starship captain and …

06 January 2020: I’m sick of the westerly wind today. Why is NZ so windy? The “Roaring Forties” is the belt of wind at latitude …

06 January 2020: Tonight’s light meal of flounder, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, camembert and mashed potato (not shown) had a large …

05 January 2020: Some here may be curious to see half a dozen Drone photos, January 2020 of where I live at Waikawa Beach. In the low-res, …

05 January 2020: missionaries’ early accounts of enthusiasm for learning to read and write in Māori were not exaggerated. Tangata whenua were …

04 January 2020: Lines in the sand.

03 January 2020: By my calculations the nearly 20Km stretch of road between Ōtaki and Levin was affected by 7 vehicle crashes during 2019; …

02 January 2020: The Australians are doing it very very hard with the bushfires. I feel sad for the many people who have lost everything. Our …

01 January 2020: The spinifex is starting to produce seed heads. I love when they tumble down the beach in the breeze.

31 December 2019: This passage about fighting in NZ in the early decades of the 1800s struck me: Those encounters showed that, while …

30 December 2019: This pied shag was swimming beneath the footbridge this afternoon. I was struck by its fanned out tail, perhaps providing …

30 December 2019: This morning I attended a close friend’s mother’s funeral. The mother was a much-loved elder of her church and …

29 December 2019: We only did a tiny bike ride: 3 Km, but it was a start. It’s more than a year since Deb has been on her bike and she needs to …

28 December 2019: I’m not an author but am an avid reader of fiction by Kristine Kathryn Rusch who also blogs about the Business of …

27 December 2019: We watched the British comedy Swimming with Men. It was odd, but after a bit became funny in a strange kind of way. When …

27 December 2019: I found a Huhu Beetle down by the garage. They’re big. If a huhu beetle lands on the hair of a person … scissors must …

27 December 2019: This morning at the beach I liked these clouds. Looking pretty much due West. (Hello Australia! 👋🏼)

26 December 2019: In mid-winter at Waikawa Beach we have 8 hours of daylight and I don’t fare so well. I need my daylight and sunshine to …

25 December 2019: Secret Santa went down well. A present for everyone, including the dogs. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: A bountiful dessert. Christmas with Kiwis. Cheesecake, fruit salad, semifreddo, chocolate spheres.

25 December 2019: Wine and a board game before dessert. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: Christmas with Kiwis. Dinner with friends. Everyone brought delicious food to share.

25 December 2019: Deb’s been cooking Slow Roasted Pork Belly as our contribution to a shared lunch with 4 friends. She’s also made …

25 December 2019: I was surprised to see someone out ‘surfing’ the 30 cm ‘waves’ at 6.30 this morning. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: Strawberries fresh from the tunnel house make a fine addition to breakfast. Christmas with Kiwis.

25 December 2019: Fellow Kiwis, Aussies and other southern hemispherians: let’s show our fellow northern Microbloggers what our Christmas is …

25 December 2019: Dog walk at 6 am as it’ll get too hot later. It’s only 10C at this time of day though so merino cardigan, merino jersey and …

25 December 2019: And just for kicks, this was 10 minutes later and includes a distant rooster.

25 December 2019: Dawn at 5 am on Christmas Day at Waikawa Beach in Aotearoa New Zealand. For those missing bird song.

25 December 2019: Our friends have a ‘Christmas Tree’. It’s a flax spear with lights and decoration trinkets. Christmas in Aotearoa New …

25 December 2019: Dawn at 5 am on Christmas Day. Waikawa Beach, Aotearoa New Zealand. A sound file of birdsong is coming but taking forever to …

24 December 2019: It’ll soon be time to start a 2020 folder on my computer. Random memory: when I was 11 my sister turned 20. I thought I …

23 December 2019: I enjoyed The Case of the Missing Finger. It was a nice, light read with an interesting turn or two. @Cheri

22 December 2019: Summer solstice today with 16+ hours of daylight. Now things should actually warm up for a few months. // @jhull

22 December 2019: We went to see The Good Liar last night. It’s hard to say anything about it without giving away plot points. The movie …

21 December 2019: Thanks to @shindakun and the clearly written tutorial at Adding Webmentions To micro.blog I believe I’ve now …

21 December 2019: E rima ngā kuaka. There were 5 Godwits by the sea this morning.

20 December 2019: Interesting to see this: Bachcare fined for removing negative comments in online reviews. I worked for them for a while. They …

20 December 2019: A few years ago I bought a 12-year old car. I had a new console put in for GPS, radio and to use my phone while driving. …

19 December 2019: Huh, Netflix have some wizardy that prevents either a still screen capture or a screen capture video. Disabling Javascript …

19 December 2019: When I started watching Virgin River a few days ago I found it pleasant enough. Then after a couple of episodes I found …

18 December 2019: Countries of follow on Micro.Blog I deliberately try to follow diverse people on Micro.Blog. Occasionally I unfollow someone if I find their posts just don't …

18 December 2019: Sigh. This seems to be my TV-watching life at the moment. 😣 Maybe it’s just that everyone’s at the beach for the …

17 December 2019: I think every Kiwi knows there used to be giant birds called Moa in New Zealand. They went extinct about 500 years ago. What …

16 December 2019: The other day I posted a Dawn Chorus. Here’s a 6 pm chorus at the end of a busy day.

16 December 2019: Odd life experience: I had my documents checked today so I can receive Superannuation from February 2020. I went straight …

16 December 2019: Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, hosts a very interesting podcast called A Podcast of One’s Own . In …

15 December 2019: We don’t often hear about the Moriori, so this is interesting. Moriori: Still setting the record straight: the first …

15 December 2019: The Wall Street Journal crossword for 14 December 2019 had some excellent puns. Of course, the absolute best way for a Mac …

15 December 2019: Life lessons from Star Trek: Voyager: Our situation is deperate. When faced with desperate circumstances, we must adapt. …

14 December 2019: Our Māori language teacher shared this delightful sentiment: Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te …

14 December 2019: Best nuns ever: The Kung Fu Nuns of the Drukpa Order: train in kung fu and meditate … prepares them for their real duty: …

13 December 2019: Guess which two dogs named Sasha and Oshi had their 13th birthday today. Special treats were enjoyed. 🐶

12 December 2019: Just rewatched Star Trek: Voyager S04E14, Message in a Bottle. I’d forgotten how hilarious this episode is — perhaps …

12 December 2019: It’s the time of year when Warou, Welcome Swallows, swoop around the house, sometimes coming in and either getting …

12 December 2019: Taper Cafe in Levin (opposite the Mall) is owned by friends. This is my first visit. Great ambience. Excellent food choices.

12 December 2019: Whew, felt like I had a huge and unachievable list of things to do today. I’ve checked off most and now just have one …

12 December 2019: Let the fun times begin People don't come to Waikawa Beach for the shopping, the coffee, or the nightlife. We are blessed to be free of all of those …

12 December 2019: I enjoy listening to @hollyhoneychurch Late Night Harp. I select the file in the Finder and play it from Quick Look. If I …

12 December 2019: I woke at 5 to a full moon setting. The dawn chorus was loud. Not sure if I can export from Voice Recorder direct to M.B. …

12 December 2019: So interesting. 10 minutes: Barbara Cox, the matriarch of New Zealand football New Zealand has come a long way in its …

11 December 2019: Everybody loves the flax flowers. Starlings are enjoying them. But I think my favourites are the little native Tauhou who …

11 December 2019: These heroes deserve the highest honour we give out in New Zealand. it was super gassy … consistently the ash was …

11 December 2019: I’ve been attending a useful yoga class. Although the instructor gives clear explanations of what to do, I’m finding …

11 December 2019: I’m a little peeved that the BatWoman episode of Crisis on Infinite Earths was very light on BatWoman and heavy on all …

11 December 2019: If you’re a 👩🏽 and watching Crisis on Infinite Earths then you may enjoy the Autostraddle recaps as much as I do. Great fun. …

11 December 2019: This bunch of weeds is supposed to be a shingle driveway leading from the house to the garage. It was very still this morning …

10 December 2019: Today’s Bird On The Flax is the humble Sparrow. 🐦 House sparrows were introduced to NZ first in the mid 1860s. They soon …

10 December 2019: At last! For the longest time I’ve been annoyed by Safari Reader using white text on a dark background. Today, finally, …

10 December 2019: Whakaari, aka White Island, erupted yesterday: 5 dead , 34 injured, 8 missing. There is no hope the missing have survived. …

09 December 2019: Yup, that’s New Zealand: if we’re not having earthquakes or breathing Australian bushfire smoke, then maybe we’re …

09 December 2019: Fortunately it was easy to get my refund from the Levin Stihl shop. I asked for the guy I dealt with last time. He saw the …

09 December 2019: About 10 days ago I had our weedeater repaired and serviced. The cost was eye-watering, but I was busy, stressed or unwell or …

09 December 2019: Thanks for the latest Trek podcast @macgenie . As a non-American I had absolutely no idea about the LA Gangs stuff. My only …

08 December 2019: Now that lupin season is almost finished, thank goodness, it’s Tui on the flax flowers season. This Tui appeared after …

08 December 2019: Deb made Mary Berry’s scones today and they were wonderful. Very light. She had to use quail eggs as we didn’t …

08 December 2019: Our friend Willow came to visit for a few hours today. 🐶 Meanwhile, everyone was looking at me, including Oshi and Sasha.

08 December 2019: Interesting note about growing older: researchers found big shifts occurred in the readings of multiple proteins around age …

07 December 2019: A photo on my watch reminded me that in the first part of December 2008 I was in Hawai’i to teach some WordPress courses. I …

07 December 2019: This morning I woke from an unpleasant dream feeling slightly bewildered and anxious. I know dreams are just the brain …

05 December 2019: Today I visited Sian in Porirua for my kirituhi. We chatted, then Sian drew a beautiful work in felt pen. I approved and she …

05 December 2019: Down in Porirua some of the pohutukawa are starting to flower. A sign that Christmas is close.

05 December 2019: Thanks to @bix for the pointer to this interesting article. I was specially caught by this sentence: The ability to …

05 December 2019: I only ever learned our awful national anthem, God Defend New Zealand, in English. These days many sing it in Te Reo. …

04 December 2019: Why a photo of my left forearm, wrist and hand? (In some languages they would all be the same word) With any luck, this is a …

04 December 2019: Black Ink 2: another superb Mac app from @danielpunkass! If you love words, you’ll love this. I’m now a fan of the free …

03 December 2019: Moreover, many native English speakers pronounce the Māori word ‘ngai’ as just ‘nai’, but that initial sound should move the …

03 December 2019: Pronunciation fascinates me: exactly where do tongue, lips etc go to sound out words? English speakers put their tongue tip …

03 December 2019: As always, the latest NativLang video (10 minutes) is extremely interesting: What English does - but most languages can’t: …

02 December 2019: Usually in New Zealand when a house rolls and shakes around like this it’s because of an earthquake. Today it was the …

02 December 2019: Some mornings you spot the house delivery truck.

01 December 2019: It’s the time of year when everything in the garden has had a growth spurt and these horrible grass seeds get into my …

30 November 2019: The other day I prepared a new bit of garden to extend an existing length beside the drive. Today I bought a dozen Coprosma …

30 November 2019: When I dug into the mulch pile today this frog bounded out. I thought it had pale specks, but realised later that’s …

29 November 2019: I live in a fantastic place, but between dreary spring weather and having a lot of obligations I’d kind of forgotten to …

29 November 2019: I really truly hope this is simply bad wording: But those on the other side of the argument – like sexual violence advocates …

29 November 2019: I came out specifically to attend a yoga class and do other errands. I want to do yoga and need to. Today though it turns out …

29 November 2019: Not much. You?

28 November 2019: Her hum: so woebegone. She needed company to feel secure. We brought our alto and bass into the mix, weaving a rich, complex …

28 November 2019: A CSS stylesheet is made up of rules. Each rule includes a Selector, and some Declarations. Each Declaration contains a …

27 November 2019: This (partly animated) brief non-fiction comic by Toby Morris is so worth reading: The Side Eye: The Trap Life. When we left …

27 November 2019: I find myself frequently listening to one or other (or several) of @hollyhoneychurch harp tracks at Lateniteharp. I’ve …

27 November 2019: My reward for an hour of weeding: rich Kāpiti Triple Chocolate Ice Cream and homegrown strawberries. Yum! Rich and velvety …

26 November 2019: My Dad and I were probably too much alike: I didn’t get on well with him after I was about 15. Today I found a couple of …

26 November 2019: In 1990 I worked in Adult Literacy. I raised funds to attend a Conference in Edmonton, then sent a report to an MP who …

26 November 2019: Good thing I have no scheduled activities for the rest of the day. 31 minutes into a 20 minute hold my call was answered, I …

26 November 2019: If I’d known beforehand I’d be on hold for 20 minutes I wouldn’t have finished the crossword first. At least the music …

25 November 2019: If I climb above the second rung on a ladder I don’t feel at all secure. The only way to get this photo showing we need …

25 November 2019: Quote of the day: Life will become more and more interesting when you are past 60. What you have accumulated in your mind …

24 November 2019: On a bleak and drizzly Sunday afternoon I enjoyed the excellent company of my partner while we watched Poms, Late Night and …

24 November 2019: Excellent! Te Reo Māori support: Microsoft Translator supports more than 60 languages… the free application can translate te …

23 November 2019: For anyone wondering why the air is so hazy today that we can’t even see the Tararuas clearly: The sky is particularly hazy …

23 November 2019: Shih Tzu puppies can dramatically change colour as they grow. Take this little woebegone mite at only ~3 months of age: dark …

22 November 2019: Half my mouth is numb after a trip to the dentist. Sometimes if I hum it can be comforting. As I get older I have less and …

22 November 2019: Ahhh, breakfast, the most important meal of the day … except for dinner! 🐶

22 November 2019: Did I break my feed with the umlaut problem in my earlier post? The more recent post about my tattoo isn’t showing up… …

22 November 2019: When I was 30 I had a rose tattoed on my hip. Times were different back in 1985 and as a school teacher I didn’t think …

22 November 2019: Something I see often now, the phrase: The proof will be in the pudding. In the old days the phrase was “The proof of the …

21 November 2019: The choice was murky. She was extremely selective, but one chocolate was rumoured to taste superb, while the other looked so …

21 November 2019: A hollow tube came in so handy for extracting 20,000 litres of rotten water from the tank. mbnov 21-Nov-19: hollow

21 November 2019: Why 20,000 litres of water had to go Our house has beside it a concrete tank with around 20,000 litres capacity. Rainwater comes off the roof, through a first …

20 November 2019: Today our currently full 20,000 litre rainwater tank will be emptied. 😢 Then it’ll be vacuumed, cleaned, vacuumed a …

19 November 2019: The TV show Stumptown started strong. 6 epiosodes in it’s definitely one of my favourites. How can a show be so …

19 November 2019: Dark sky, green paddocks, low sun. Straight from the iPhone.

19 November 2019: The dogs were supposed to be groomed last week but it was postponed at the last minute. Today, finally, they’ve been …

19 November 2019: If you’re having a bad day, or even if you’re not, and don’t hate dogs then look at this 6 minute video: …

19 November 2019: We’ve been trying to ameliorate the bad smell from our drinking water for a couple of weeks. It did abate, but we also …

19 November 2019: Geese by Lake Horowhenua in Levin.

19 November 2019: Actually, this is my first time using a laundromat. Luckily someone helped me avoid trying to wash in the dryer. 🤭I need …

19 November 2019: Community BBQ struck a chord The Waikawa Beach village has been filling up for decades. It's well-established with its 250 houses. An urban area, sections …

18 November 2019: Not something I expected to find on the beach this morning.

18 November 2019: The chef did a superb job in this build: Mushroom Hash at Cafe Royal in the centre of Palmerston North where I had errands …

17 November 2019: Today’s job was to climb a ladder to see what was in our gutter (that feeds our drinking water tank). Then to attach a …

17 November 2019: One of the superb things about going through old Micro.Blog posts with Mars Edit to fix missing alt text is the reminders of …

16 November 2019: As I get older I become more selective about pretty much everything. I don’t want to spend time, money, energy on …

15 November 2019: In the wee hours we had gusts of wind over 60 Kph, pouring rain loud on the tin roof, thunder, lightning. The dogs were …

15 November 2019: The Waikawa River flows out to sea at our beach. Not far east two streams converge. At the confluence, crystal clear Waikawa …

14 November 2019: These are astonishing figures for our tiny country. Space sector contributes $1.7 billion to NZ economy 🚀: Space …Total …

14 November 2019: We orbited the star for a while topping up with warm energy, then I headed out into cold space. A memory of the touch of her …

14 November 2019: There are a handful of Barbary Doves around here. You can tell them by the distinctive ring of black feathers on their neck. …

14 November 2019: NZ Euthanasia bill passes final vote, goes to referendum Parliament has passed a bill legalising voluntary euthanasia in a …

13 November 2019: After buying a years-overdue water filter replacement for under the kitchen sink, I was able to replace it myself. Luckily I …

12 November 2019: Full moon rising 12-Nov-19.

12 November 2019: I also forgot to post this short video of two horses who graze nearby enjoying a little ‘it’s raining’ hijinks.

12 November 2019: Somehow yesterday passed without my posting these two photos of our dogs on the grooming table. Luckily they were willing to …

12 November 2019: There’s a wingsuit training wind tunnel in Stockholm. Tom Scott tried it out in this 5 minute video: I Almost Learned …

11 November 2019: A volunteer job I do is to keep my local community in touch with what’s going on. I write posts for the Waikawa Beach …

11 November 2019: I don’t recall who recommended A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New …

11 November 2019: My Siri Watch face reminded me that on 13 November 2005 the decommissioned navy frigate Wellington, F69, was sunk close to …

10 November 2019: The stories I most enjoy are adventures in space. I watched Star Trek as a kid and kept watching even to current times. I …

09 November 2019: My teeth are far too sensitive to cold. That makes ice cream tricky — I have to bypass my teeth and get it further back in my …

09 November 2019: There are many things today that aren’t going my way. Luckily I am making progress on the automation I’m …

09 November 2019: I hate when gifs are too fast, but perhaps this one is too slow. How to find the water quality data I want thanks to the Web …

09 November 2019: I went to a heap of trouble to make a 10 second video showing the annoying clicking, scrolling and hovering required to get …

09 November 2019: Each summer Horizons Regional Council monitors water quality at various locations. They display the result as ‘green’, …

09 November 2019: In the last couple of days I’ve listened to some excellent Kim Hill interviews. Julie Morrison: how dogs can help …

08 November 2019: It was all happening tonight. We went next door for dinner. The Google camera car drove along our lane just after we arrived. …

08 November 2019: I was pondering today the narrow use of star as adjective. Star pupil. 👍 Star CEO, star cow, star car, star cat, star hat … …

08 November 2019: Birds at the beach. 🐦 Godwits and Gull. Black Swans and ducks. Pied Shag. A flock of Black-backed Gulls and perhaps other …

08 November 2019: I had a bit of photo fun at the beach this morning. Dogs: Sasha and Oshi. 🐶

08 November 2019: Ahhh, a very handy tip: TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13 on the Home screen, tap and hold the App Store icon …

08 November 2019: Now this is clever. A subset of the population isn’t online, and some of them are older people, a group that advocacy …

07 November 2019: Key lime pie! Hey Mark! Do you fancy some? What do you mean, you can’t get it round here? That cafe down the street has …

07 November 2019: A good start: … optimistic a day would come soon when Māori were no longer pulled over in a car simply because police were …

07 November 2019: One of the local pheasants was posing beautifully. I took a photo through the window to avoid frightening it. Then I tried …

06 November 2019: You have to be careful where you stick your hands while weeding at this time of year — the manuka are in bloom and the bees …

06 November 2019: Feedback to Apple today re Siri obliterating an in-progress timer: This keeps catching me out: I use Siri to set perhaps a …

06 November 2019: Nearby are 2 lakes. Sometimes there’s deafening croaking. I believe it’s the introduced Southern Bell frog. The sound’s …

06 November 2019: When it comes to professionals, paid to write, and editors, paid to edit, I get picky and persnickety about the details of …

06 November 2019: I was excited to try out Icro for Mac — the feature list has things like saving your reading position and boy, I want that so …

05 November 2019: They dig holes and burrows, dig up plants, eat new shoots. But these mainly baby rabbits are boinging all over the grass, …

05 November 2019: Forget Guy Fawkes; here’s something we could be remembering in New Zealand every 05 November: 5 November is 138 years …

05 November 2019: I’m getting a few things done around the place — slowly. Today I planted the Granny Smith apple tree, and emptied one …

05 November 2019: I often post photos taken from our house. Here’s one taken of our house from the street. It’s the more distant, …

05 November 2019: Mother or villain? How Māori women offenders are portrayed in news reporting Pākehā women are portrayed as harmless …

04 November 2019: Guy Fawkes’ backyard fireworks: Will they stay or will they go? Fireworks went on sale on Saturday and Fire and …

04 November 2019: This season of the Flash has taken a disconcerting turn with the whole notion of The Flash having to die to save the world. …

04 November 2019: My quest to buy chemicals to treat our drinking water tank was unsuccessful — they just sold out (or whatever). I’ll …

04 November 2019: For days I’ve been troubleshooting why our shower stinks like a toilet when we run hot water. There could be many …

04 November 2019: Folks with school-age kids will definitely want to show them this 7 minute video: In Your Face Explosive Chemistry!!. Watch …

03 November 2019: After creating numerous files named ‘kupu-xxx.txt’ I had BBEdit run through the folder to remove the ‘jxzq’ and a couple of …

03 November 2019: I have a .txt file ~6,000 lines long and wanted to split it into separate files. Each section begins with ‘jxzq’. After …

03 November 2019: In autumn we dug up a small lime tree that had never thrived and put it in a pot. We also bought a Granny Smith apple and a …

03 November 2019: Seafood isn’t something I fancy, but some love it. At the beach today a vehicle came along and stopped by the water’s …

02 November 2019: A couple of months ago we bought a young dwarf nectarine tree. It lived in the tunnelhouse over winter but needs to be …

02 November 2019: As always, @cheri has incisive words of wisdom: Did I move my story forward today? Did I have fun doing it? Her advice is …

02 November 2019: How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same …

01 November 2019: This is when the lupins bloom, and I’m highly allergic. I get itchy mouth, nose, eyes. I get brain fog, tiredness, …

01 November 2019: Micro.Blog at 4 feet! I love such happenstance Timeline juxtapositions.

31 October 2019: 45 min doco every Kiwi should watch: NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara. Another Mihingarangi Forbes tour de force. oral histories, …

30 October 2019: It’s nearly time for the Council to monitor the river at the footbridge for E.Coli, as they do each summer. I wondered …

30 October 2019: A gorgeous morning at the beach. Kāpiti Island to the southwest under a clear blue sky; a dead snapper (I think); recently …

30 October 2019: 🤣 “Batwoman” Keeps Getting Gayer and Queering Superhero Tropes - Autostraddle This week she meets Batwoman for …

29 October 2019: Me too!: 1/3 of NZers eliminate or cut down on eating meat - research: survey of more than 1000 people: 31% … limiting meat …

29 October 2019: Hah, this 7.5 minute video by Tom Scott is very interesting: This Video Is Sponsored By ███ VPN. Perhaps you don’t need …

29 October 2019: There was a bit of a westerly breeze as we went onto the beach this morning. Sasha and Oshi headed off, while I stopped a …

28 October 2019: Strathnaver Labour Weekend 2019 BBQ was a hit [Oops — I posted this to the wrong blog, but will leave it here as well. It was supposed to be over at …

28 October 2019: I believe these to be juvenile Black-backed Gulls, especially as they breed on Kāpiti Island only ~20 Km away.

28 October 2019: At #16 I’m still enjoying the Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon. Swamp Santa: A Christmas gala, caroling, and a …

27 October 2019: Whew. 😅 The community BBQ a small group of us organised went off really well. 65 said they’d come and at least …

26 October 2019: Wild rabbits are a pest in New Zealand, but they’re also very cute. Especially tiny Spring baby bunnies just outside …

25 October 2019: A small group of us are organising a BBQ for our neighbourhood this Labour Weekend. ~60 are attending! Another ~15 gave …

24 October 2019: Dogs, eh! 🐶 Sasha flops, Oshi looks cute.

24 October 2019: In October 2007 I was lucky to attend a release of 130 juvenile tuatara into Zealandia Sanctuary in Wellington. They had come …

24 October 2019: 👍 Papa Reo project will digitise 25 years worth of te reo Māori archives. … create a te reo digital dataset large enough to …

23 October 2019: I’m really enjoying the TV series All Rise. It’s a courtroom drama that features people with skill and heart …

23 October 2019: As we arrived at the beach today a small flock of half a dozen birds startled. I was very excited — they are the first …

23 October 2019: Down at the beach this morning we upset a Pied Stilt who was presumably nesting nearby. 🐦

23 October 2019: We’re now 3 episodes in on Batwoman and I’m definitely enjoying it. I liked Batwoman a lot during the first two …

22 October 2019: Today I attended a yoga class at the Wananga o Raukawa in Ōtaki. That’s a Māori institution of learning. I …

22 October 2019: The lupins are in full bloom — in the dunes and everywhere. Not so good for us hayfeverish types.

22 October 2019: Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s sci-fi perfectly matches my tastes. Her novel, The Renegat is absolutely brilliant. She weaves …

21 October 2019: Today’s garden haul will contribute well to this week’s dinners: celery, carrots, silver beet, parsley, quail …

20 October 2019: Hmmm, that was interesting. The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep. The film follows Ellen Martin (Streep), whose dream …

19 October 2019: I don’t think I’ve ever watched any of the other Spiderman movies, but I enjoyed Into the Spiderverse. Clever, and with …

19 October 2019: Interesting: the 40 minute Netflix movie Ladies First a 2017 Indian documentary on the life of archer, Deepika Kumari. … it …

18 October 2019: Oshi and his duck have been together since we first brought him home. The duck’s a bit the worse for wear. It’s …

17 October 2019: Growing Waikawa Beach In the earliest times of course, the dunes of Waikawa Beach were covered with native plants. They were perfectly adapted for …

16 October 2019: It’s always good to get an all-clear after a mammogram.

15 October 2019: Humans left Africa a very long time ago … and ended up in New Zealand, the last place on earth to be inhabited. From Africa …

15 October 2019: A colonial view has Māori accidentally sailing to New Zealand about 800 years ago, when there is evidence to show they were …

15 October 2019: It’s too early in the season really, and we haven’t yet had steady warm sunny days. Today though I picked …

14 October 2019: Woohoo.

14 October 2019: There was a male Chaffinch singing on the flax right by the front door.

13 October 2019: The tunnelhouse is coming along slowly. Today we set up an automated watering system for 4 pots: tomatoes, broccoli and …

12 October 2019: As usual with all the books in the Take Control series, Take Control of Apple Mail was well worth reading. I haven’t …

12 October 2019: Turns out I maligned Apple Mail for something I did. At some point I set up a Keyboard command to use ⌘V for “Paste and Match …

12 October 2019: Read: There’s a Depressing Difference Between The Sewage of Wealthy Areas And Poorer Ones chemicals in wastewater …

11 October 2019: Chocolate is an important feature of my daily life. I know I’m unwell (just a cold, but urgh) when I don’t even want to eat …

10 October 2019: I’m experimenting with Catalina. I’m trying out via voice control.😺 with a bit of practice this could be quite …

09 October 2019: The neighbours got their macrocarpa tree (I think) hedge trimmed today.

09 October 2019: Hey @manton @help Is it just me? Yesterday I upgraded to release Catalina (no betas), and I have the latest Micro.Blog app on …

08 October 2019: In New Zealand ’Women aged between 45 and 69 years can get a free mammogram every 2 years’. Mine came around today. It’s odd …

08 October 2019: Before the Kindle Heh, back in December 2005 I wrote this blog post (lightly edited): Here's a quick list of items I need to sell. It all …

08 October 2019: There are a few Barbary doves, aka ring-necked doves, in this area. I’m pleased there are some near us. This little one …

08 October 2019: I like this use of emoji to show the weather forecast.

07 October 2019: Yesterday I picked and ate the first strawberry of the season (delicious ) from our tunnel house (the one at the bottom of …

06 October 2019: As if anyone needs another good reason to use MarsEdit for working with blog posts. I know I have some posts without proper …

06 October 2019: I’ve been doing a selfie per day for several years now — just for my private photo album. Last week I got an iPhone 11. …

06 October 2019: Thank goodness for the On This Day page on my blog (and checking it). Deb, who’s really sick with a terrible cold, and …

06 October 2019: Back in the day a lot of the native plants around New Zealand’s beaches were cleared, leading to all kinds of problems. …

05 October 2019: A Takfox Phone Holster for my iPhone 11 arrived. At NZ$20 + shipping the price was acceptable. It has a ‘flange’ that …

05 October 2019: St John’s Ambulance was doing free blood pressure checks. Mine was 140/80. But they need ageism training: “How many …

04 October 2019: Really interesting 26 minute interview with Geena Davis: A report by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, 15 years …

03 October 2019: What makes dogs so special and successful? Love. Dogs fall in love much more easily than people …evidence indicates dogs can …

03 October 2019: Oshi and Sasha were just gone! 🐶 I’d stopped to take a photo of a snow-topped Tararua peak, picked up a discarded …

03 October 2019: Whew!: How to switch between list view and honeycomb app grid on Apple Watch From your watch face, press the home button …

02 October 2019: Slomo video is fun. The audio on such videos is excruciating though. It was stupid hard to remove the audio: I eventually …

02 October 2019: When a day becomes ’gritty’ a trip to localish cafe Salt and Pepper for lunch can give it a lift. Mushroom and bacon pasta, …

02 October 2019: I’ve used the Spark email app for the last year or more — very happily. The last while though it’s been using …

01 October 2019: This 11 minute video is so interesting: Money Is A Technological Fiction (The Invention of $$$) the history of money, from …

01 October 2019: Shares for a new Mac My MacBook Pro is about 2 years old now. That means that by 2022 at the latest I’ll want to buy a new one. That could …

30 September 2019: Kiwis: there are 6 interviews in this Matangireia series. So far I’ve watched the first, with Metiria Turei. Definitely …

30 September 2019: I’m starting to feel like the neighbourhood complainer… I’ve just emailed our Council to find out who to discuss …

30 September 2019: The last 6 weeks or so were a bit bumpy: Deb had a health issue, now in hand, I had a cold that knocked me a bit, then we had …

29 September 2019: The fallacy of the ‘perfect human’ I was struck the other day by these words from Vint Cerf: Anyone, no matter their disability, doesn’t wake up thinking they …

28 September 2019: For years I’ve used a leather holster for my phone. The linked holsters are superbly made and worth their price. …

28 September 2019: Good start: Countdown ends firework sales Countdown supermarket is to stop selling fireworks. The announcement follows a …

27 September 2019: Mattel Is Releasing the First Gender-Neutral Doll The doll can be a boy, a girl, neither or both, and Mattel, which calls …

27 September 2019: Fascinating: “Mother” No Longer Means “Woman” Despite UK law already recognising McConnell as male …

27 September 2019: So many people sent good wishes about Ares that I can’t even list you all. Thank you everyone. I love this Micro.Blog …

26 September 2019: Thanks to all those Ares fans who have sent us good wishes over the last few days. 🐈 He is at rest now. RIP Best Cat in the …

26 September 2019: Today is dedicated to Ares. 🐈 Other tasks have been pushed aside. In March 2002 he was a tiny kitten — the first photo below …

25 September 2019: Ahh, apparently the side effects of Metacam in cats include: decreased appetite, lethargy, … and weight loss… Your cat also …

25 September 2019: This morning brought me a 40mm S5 Apple Watch with Pride Sport Loop. I’ve decided to call it Hinenui-i-te-pō: …

25 September 2019: It turns out Oshi can cry, growl, yip, bark for 5 hours straight if put in the crate overnight. Maybe longer, but I just …

24 September 2019: My almost-18, ailing boy Ares, sat on my lap for maybe an hour today, then suddenly had a huge seizure (first ever). 🐈 He …

24 September 2019: Ohhh, I made a big mistake. 🤢 I want some lines in a ToDo list in BBEdit to sort by prefixing a special character. The …

23 September 2019: This 46 min video made me realise I’ve seen signers at conferences translating speech to sign, but I’ve never …

23 September 2019: A Study in Honor - a great read! I really enjoyed reading A Study in Honor: A Novel (The Janet Watson Chronicles) by Claire O’Dell. I loved this book. …

23 September 2019: Instant quiz: does my sub to Bear Pro expire in February or September? Please folks, if you’re responsible for …

23 September 2019: I haven’t seen any porcupine fish on our beach for a while. This is quite a little one. A gull was having a good go at …

23 September 2019: Those golden sand, sun drenched beaches up north are all very well, but I’ve missed our beach. 🐶

22 September 2019: Other peoples cats must sit still for photos… Ares doesn’t. iPhone 7 takes a while to focus etc. 🐈 Today Ares is inside on a …

22 September 2019: We really enjoyed Gentleman Jack: Set in 1832 in Yorkshire, it … is based on the collected diaries of Anne Lister …

21 September 2019: Today is Saturday 21 September 2019 and the quail have produced the first egg of the season. 🐦🥚 We have 12 hours and 02 …

20 September 2019: Queenstown has a horrendous housing cost / shortage problem. Workers can’t afford to live there. He was even aware of …

20 September 2019: As we drove north from Whangārei last weekend we saw numerous seemingly wild turkeys beside the road. Near Te Kao this crew …

20 September 2019: Link: the hilarious 2019 Comedy Wildlife finalist photos. Some guaranteed laughs here. Click an image to view large then use …

20 September 2019: Deb has an errand in Kelburn in Wellington so dogs and I came too. I forgot how terrible parking is. We ended up at Beach …

19 September 2019: First contacts hapū and iwi who encountered Europeans were often willing and able participants in the trade that quickly …

19 September 2019: Puhoi is just north of Auckland. Bohemians arrived in 1863 and ‘settled’ the ‘waste land’ that in reality belonged to …

19 September 2019: The map below may not be 100% accurate, but shows the ~2,300Km Deb and I travelled in the last week. From Waikawa Beach to …

19 September 2019: Up in Helena Bay, north of Whangārei, is an amazing art gallery and cafe. While visiting I spotted these gorgeous deejo …

18 September 2019: In Tirau, near Cambridge, they make the most of corrugated iron. Not the best angle on the first photo unfortunately. …

18 September 2019: Cambridge, where we stopped for breakfast, is the horse breeding capital of NZ. The plaques in the footpath makes that clear. …

17 September 2019: Today we drove across to the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, with a brief stop at Waiau Falls in amongst native bush. …

16 September 2019: Coromandel township is bordered by mangrove swamps. It looks out into the Hauraki Gulf. There are numerous small and large …

16 September 2019: Having completed the planned portion of our week away we are now on our way home, via unplanned stops. First up, we’re …

15 September 2019: Cape Rēinga is at the northernmost tip of mainland New Zealand. According to Māori tradition it’s where the spirits of …

15 September 2019: Hmmm, NZ’s first capital: The first Russell was located at Okiato, 8km from present-day Russell, in May 1840. Russell was …

15 September 2019: Yesterday we lunched under 90 year old Pohutukawa trees at Russell, NZ’s original European capital. Māori traded …

15 September 2019: We stayed the night at Pukenui, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Reinga. The Far North is very scenic. I’m glad to say my …

14 September 2019: The Helena Bay Art Gallery and cafe has numerous gorgeous works and a fabulous view.

13 September 2019: The Puhoi Pub is a shock to the senses. Every square inch of wall space is occupied.

13 September 2019: Still not quite over my cold so a couple of hours in the car leaves me feeling ‘stuffy’. Time for a Chocolate cupcake and …

13 September 2019: There was a horrible thing yesterday, just north of Taupō. 😭 🐈 A small dark shape bolted across SH1 ahead of us, hit the rear …

13 September 2019: After an overnight stop with family in Putaruru, today we head for Whangārei, 350 Km, via Warkworth, north of Auckland. …

12 September 2019: The hot pool at Tokaanu was a welcome break in our trip. Ahhh.

12 September 2019: We’ve been driving through sheep country. The paddocks are full of little lambs. It’s lovely.

11 September 2019: I love this kind of info: figures showed that occasional napping – once or twice a week – was associated with a lower risk …

11 September 2019: Waikawa Ways #1 I was invited to write a column for the monthly Ōtaki Today newspaper. My first column was published today: Waikawa bounty …

11 September 2019: OK, I’ve decided on a present for myself. I have a big birthday coming up in 5 months. I wanted to get a tattoo, but …

10 September 2019: I only just read Death By Team Building, Kat Voyzey Mysteries Book 3 by @cheri . As expected, it was a fun read, with some …

10 September 2019: My good pal Rachel, 79 years old, has created a podcast: How To Be Old: we can’t imagine ourselves being older, let alone …

10 September 2019: When I moved a plank by the quail run I found this huge (~9cm) slug. It’s apparently a Limax maximus, or tiger slug: …

10 September 2019: I sat for a while on the deck with my face to the warm sun. The silence was full of a dozen different bird calls and the …

10 September 2019: Ares 🐈 is still hanging on. He likes to join me when I’m out in the garden, so while I moved the quail he found a good …

09 September 2019: I’m still getting over this horrid cold, so basically stuck in the house. This time a year ago though we were on …

08 September 2019: Feeling rather grotty, and was wondering if in spite of this season’s flu shot perhaps it’s flu not a cold. …

08 September 2019: Wow: “Cellphones … Today … are made from about 75 different elements, almost three-quarters of the periodic table.” …

07 September 2019: Something I figured out this week: if you strive for a virtuous goal it is likely that some who are petty, narrow minded and …

06 September 2019: Struck down today by an icky cold. Had to be vertical for some appointments. Finally horizontal for a few hours. That’s so …

06 September 2019: I forget between times how some people are petty, narrow-minded and mean-spirited, so it’s always a shock. Luckily …

05 September 2019: Strive for something of great value! For my Māori language course I had to write 200 words for an assessment. Here’s what I wrote. Note: there may be …

05 September 2019: It’s been years since I made the dogs wear their raincoats. The coats did keep the dogs a bit drier though on …

05 September 2019: Great news: Micro.blog test blogs Micro.blog now lets you create a free test blog for your account with a URL like …

04 September 2019: Cook Islands to change name to remove any association with Captain Cook The tiny Pacific nation of Cook Islands plans to …

04 September 2019: Several things have left me feeling grumpy this morning. However, I’ve just been given an interview appointment time …

04 September 2019: Turns out sleeping in smoke filled sheets is a terrible idea. I have a sore throat now and am awake way too early. These …

03 September 2019: Today started clear, sunny and splendid. With 3 days of rain forecast I washed all my bedding and hung it out to dry, …

03 September 2019: When they were puppies Sasha and Oshi used to play chasing every day. It usually involved Sasha staying in one place and Oshi …

03 September 2019: Remember our 5 cygnets from July? Unfortunately we’re down to two — but they’re looking good!

02 September 2019: That radiosonde I found last week — I have more info: That balloon was released from Hobart Airport on the 27th December, …

02 September 2019: Ugh: …expectant parents … can pay $140 to take a course about “informed consent” and “natural …

01 September 2019: I wondered what the dogs were looking at, in the dark, in the dog yard, so investigated. It turned out to be a hedgehog. …

01 September 2019: Sometimes in the early morning when the sand is fresh and undisturbed you can see that wildlife has been enjoying the beach …

31 August 2019: Otaihanga crash A person involved in a single-vehicle crash is understood to have left the vehicle, and has been hit by …

31 August 2019: The dogs had to wait in the car while we ate with our friends. So afterwards we took the dogs for an extremely brief comfort …

31 August 2019: Our drive back from a friend’s birthday brunch in Wellington was 2 hours instead of 1.5. So glad we got to crawl past 2 …

30 August 2019: This month’s most unusual beach find: an Australian Bureau of Meteorology Radiosonde. Serial number: N4610489. Approx …

29 August 2019: Thanks @smokey for pointing to this post by @vasta. Loved it! Beacons of virtual proximity: When I look at that list of …

29 August 2019: New Zealand isn’t very dog friendly and dogs aren’t allowed in cafes. I was delighted to see this one come into the cafe …

28 August 2019: I was weeding today, at our rental property in Ōtaki, when this worm came along. It scrunched itself up when it saw me. Even …

28 August 2019: This 12 minute video is very interesting and thought-provoking: Our Food System is Rigged The way we eat is unsustainable …

27 August 2019: Plaque at Ōtaki Beach: The stone monument at Ōtaki Beach, shaped like a bow of a ship…commemorates two significant …

26 August 2019: We used to live at the top of Mt Victoria in Wellington. There was a toilet block and scruffy bit of grass nearby. A photo …

25 August 2019: Getting excited about a trip “Up North” next month, which will include Te Rerenga Wairua / Cape Reinga. I’ve …

25 August 2019: We enjoyed Blinded by the Light very much. It’s a 2-hour British feel-good movie based on a true story. … the …

24 August 2019: In 2016 we escaped New Zealand’s August with a week in Niue 🇳🇺 . This photo is in a cave at the north tip of the …

24 August 2019: After his visit to the vet yesterday Ares the cat is doing better today. He was given hydration, antibiotics and pain relief. …

24 August 2019: Heh, my favourite NativLang is back with this 10 minute video today: Gvprtskvni - how is this even a word, Georgian!? …

23 August 2019: Ares the elderly cat is now down to 4.52Kg. In July it was 4.6. He now has antibiotics and pain relief and has had a …

23 August 2019: My numerous attempts today to photograph Ares have all come to nothing much. These are the best two. He’s an old boy. …

22 August 2019: I’m getting a new crown on a tooth. Last week the new crown didn’t fit. Today a new one arrived … and …

22 August 2019: In August 2012 we escaped NZ’s worst time of year and were enjoying warm sun in Tonga. One highlight was a day trip on …

21 August 2019: New socks day is always a good day. If I were mega-rich I’d have new socks every month.

21 August 2019: The diggers working behind our house disappeared a couple of days ago so I investigated an odd noise. The farmer next door is …

20 August 2019: I was unsure at first about the Australian TV Series, Pulse but it grew on me. 8 episodes. the story of Frankie … Inspired …

20 August 2019: One of the most-used helper apps on my Mac is PopClip: PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse. Instantly copy …

19 August 2019: At sunset in a clear sky tonight I could see 3 maunga (mountains) on the horizon: Ruapehu, Taranaki, Tapuae-o-Uenuku. I …

19 August 2019: Last night was a bit chilly — it got down to about -1.3C here at sea level. There was a good frost, and the nearby Tararua …

18 August 2019: I’m really enjoying reading the book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. Currently reading about …

17 August 2019: We had errands in Palmerston North today and took the dogs with us. At Animates we found a do-it-yourself dog wash, $10 for …

17 August 2019: I’m feeding a friend’s chooks for a few days. She has 3 ‘new’ girls — the black and white ones, and two old girls …

16 August 2019: Feeding a friend’s chooks for a couple of days. One (new) chook was on the wrong side of the fence, to everyone’s …

16 August 2019: On 'taking a wife' The English language, like probably most languages, is a slippery thing. Words don't always mean what you think they mean. …

15 August 2019: LOL: D.E.B.S. (2004 film) was amusing. Shades of Charlie’s Angels, Buffy, Desert Hearts. The big award for graduation was a …

15 August 2019: I watched and enjoyed the movie 28 Days. It’s from 2000 and lead Sandra Bullock looks a whole lot younger. When Gwen …

15 August 2019: Help! I simply cannot get @cleverdevil On This Day script to produce any entries on my page at miraz.me/odt . The key bit I …

15 August 2019: The verdict from one person on the opening day of whitebaiting season was: “slim pickings”. NZ whitebait are juveniles of 5 …

14 August 2019: Numb face, aching jaw. 40 minutes at the dentist to get the new crown put on but there was some problem and it didn’t …

14 August 2019: How does an empty bottle of Finlandia vodka of Finland come to end up on a beach in New Zealand, I ask myself.

13 August 2019: One of my Mac’s must-have apps is Keyboard Maestro because it’s in use all-day every day, working so I …

13 August 2019: Oops. I was actually using my hand to try to shade the phone from the sun, but I actually like the effect. River mouth after …

13 August 2019: Interesting sand ‘cliff’ left behind by today’s tide. It’s actually less than a metre high. Check out …

13 August 2019: A very interesting 16 minute video: how 2 kinds of echolocation — passive and active — can help build a picture of the world …

12 August 2019: Woohoo, NetNewsWire for Mac is now in beta release. If you read RSS feeds and have a Mac give it a try. It’s a …

12 August 2019: Every day I like to do a free puzzle from Jigsaw Puzzles Epic. Some days I don’t finish and save it for later. While I …

11 August 2019: I’m watching Newton’s Law on Netflix and am enjoying it. It’s a lightweight series about a lawyer. And it …

10 August 2019: This Southern Bell frog didn’t actually need the support I was about to offer when I found her on the grasses in the …

10 August 2019: I enjoyed Season 1 of Another Life, in spite of some very hokey moments and some icky ‘horror’ bits. I’ll watch …

09 August 2019: So, Determination, @macgenie. In 2004 and 2019 I visited Tāne Mahuta, a Kauri tree 2,000 years old and part of the Māori …

08 August 2019: How did I get ahead of myself? Cabbage trees like to grow in groups. Family, @macgenie Can you see the young ones?

08 August 2019: Oh dear. Watched Io, a post-apocalyptic SciFi movie on Netflix. I did watch to the end but it was hard going. ‘Meaningful’, …

08 August 2019: In other places people admire fresh snow. I admire fresh sand.

07 August 2019: Wow, imagine a parrot that stands as tall as your hips! World’s largest parrot found in Central Otago: Named Heracles …

07 August 2019: Well, @macgenie , I think it’s relaxing to look at horses. I finally got up close to the neighbour’s white girl …

07 August 2019: I make too many assumptions in a day. One is that the text I have oh-so-carefully typed will remain unchanged. But no, …

07 August 2019: I’m always happy to glance out of the window and spot the neighbour’s white horse next door. 🐎

06 August 2019: OK. Siri gave me a great laugh. Verbal exchange: Set timer for 20 minutes. Siri: “Done.“ But look what she also wrote: “I see …

06 August 2019: Many folks here pick up rubbish from the beach. My haul today was mainly all kinds of plastic, plus a glass jar & rusted …

05 August 2019: It was stormy overnight but today is splendid. Photo: cabbage tree (Ti Kouka) and, ummm, oak?

04 August 2019: Glad to find Season 4 of Veronica Mars. Really enjoying having the show back, especially now all those main characters are …

04 August 2019: On Sundays we get the dog grooming table out so Deb can iron her work clothes for the week. We also brush ears and tails on …

03 August 2019: So pleased Season 2 of Derry Girls has arrived on Netflix. Disappointed there are only 6 episodes and we’ve already laughed …

03 August 2019: Crazy: I have only 10% free space on iCloud and thought I might upgrade. The only upgrade choice is from my current 200GB to …

03 August 2019: In 2014 I went to Mars (well, my name did). In 2020 I’m going back again. You can too. This is a cool thing that NASA …

02 August 2019: Sometimes dead animals wash up on our beach (3 goats right now) and I report them to the Council. I only just discovered that …

02 August 2019: Found this in a folder labelled screenshots. Date: 14 June 2011. Obviously the dogs had just been groomed. I’m so …

01 August 2019: And of course I should have waited to take that photo of the snowy peaks of the Tararuas. Sunset…

01 August 2019: The Tararua peaks were dusted with snow overnight.

01 August 2019: “Just bite together normally and hold for 2 minutes.” Except, after 45 minutes in the dentist chair and with half my face …

01 August 2019: It was very chilly overnight so Sasha and Oshi had to huddle up for warmth. 🐶

31 July 2019: In English we put spaces between words. It turns out, we have 6th century Irish monks to thank for that. Listen to The …

31 July 2019: Over several sessions I watched Jupiter Ascending (2 hours). It’s about a woman, set in space. It’s massively …

30 July 2019: Car crash at the corner on 30 July 2019 Two cars crashed on the highway at Manakau, near the intersection of Waikawa Beach …

30 July 2019: Started watching the Netflix series, Another Life: … follows the story of an astronaut and a space crew, who are on a …

30 July 2019: In the last couple of weeks I seem to have got behind on everything. I’m finally starting to sort that out, for indoors …

30 July 2019: Bukbukbukbuk. Why are the pheasants doing their earthquake warning? … shake shake. Oh.

29 July 2019: The sea was fairly calm this morning, but still quite noisy. This video is not too long after sunrise, looking southwest to …

28 July 2019: Today was quail moving day. Flop obliged with a photo. 🐦

27 July 2019: Today we went with friends to Foxton Estuary, where, unlike last time, there were few birds. A white-faced heron came very …

26 July 2019: Came home after dinner out having left the bathroom window open and a light on in the house. Found this large insect on the …

26 July 2019: Good grief! I just sent out our Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association monthly Newsletter by Buttondown for the first time …

25 July 2019: Whew. Second day in a row where I’ve been sitting in the midday sun listening to a podcast and woken up when it finished. 💤💤💤

25 July 2019: The diggers next door have moved to behind our house. They’re now ~140 metres away. Our house shakes several times an …

25 July 2019: Well, that woke me up! Light earthquake occurred 15 km north-west of Levin: www.geonet.org.nz/earthquak…

24 July 2019: I found a trailer that would actually play. Looks great! Star Trek: Picard - Official Teaser. Not long to wait. 🖖🏼

24 July 2019: The Te Waiohua people, who gave Auckland its original name of Tāmaki Makaurau, settled there about 1100 AD. Moa still roamed …

24 July 2019: Today there were 2 black swans and only 4 cygnets. One has disappeared. 😒

23 July 2019: It’s been a very weird day. My partner was shocked to learn she has an older half-brother who just ‘found’ her. And also that …

23 July 2019: Our bathroom is tiny. When the house was built 5 years ago they used the wrong kind of paint and now there are water streaks …

22 July 2019: Who knew Kiwis had so many guns?! Obviously, quite a few have more than 1. Police said 2143 people handed in 3275 firearms, …

21 July 2019: My cat Ares is 17.5 now and fading. He’s lost some or all of his sight or gone a bit doolally recently, losing his way …

20 July 2019: We thought one of ‘our’ black swans from the lake had been killed — a neighbour saw a dead swan on the beach and one of …

20 July 2019: In March 2017 we bought a plastic tunnel house. It’s about 8 square metres and is working well for us. Now in …

19 July 2019: Ugh: the size of the global dairy herd hasn’t changed much over the years. But every year for the past 15 years 21,803 …

19 July 2019: I thought I spotted a dog emerging from the dunes. But No! It was the first seal pup of the season. I scrambled to leash the …

19 July 2019: NZ and the Moon Landing 🇳🇿🚀: NZ had to wait a bit longer … to see the moon landing in 1969. We didn’t have a direct …

18 July 2019: The Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association website runs on self-hosted WordPress. Folks can sign up to receive new posts by …

18 July 2019: Usually the Eastern Rosellas turn up and then fly away before I can get to my camera. Today I got lucky. a brightly …

17 July 2019: Go on: give us a treat. Pleeeease. 🐶 Ares is being a good boy too. 🐈

17 July 2019: Watched the 2.25 hour Luc Besson movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The plot was a bit thin, the creativity, …

17 July 2019: The annual eye check, and cataracts Today at my annual optometrist visit I learned several things: My eyes are very healthy. My prescription has fluctuated …

17 July 2019: Last night we had 21mm of today’s forecast 5mm of rain. At one point it was so loud on our tin roof that Sasha came on …

17 July 2019: Some of the neighbour’s earthworks appear a little precarious.

16 July 2019: I’m a huge fan of dark skies, and am lucky enough to be able to clearly see the Milky Way (and the Clouds of Magellan) …

16 July 2019: 100 metres from our boundary our neighbour-but-one has subdivided 3 sections. Diggers are moving 8,000 m3 of soil (it’s …

16 July 2019: It’s a great day to stay in by the fire. 🌧

15 July 2019: It was dog grooming day today. We have a before and an after. 🐶

15 July 2019: Listening to the end of the cricket. First time in my life to pay attention. My partner Deb filled me in on the excitement as …

14 July 2019: I’ve had a bit of the blahs this week, for no particular reason. Then my partner Deb reminded me I’m always a bit …

14 July 2019: Damp and warm, there are plenty of these wonderful basket fungus around at the moment.

13 July 2019: I ended up almost binge watching the TV show Rita on Netflix, it was so good! One amazing thing is that the ending was …

13 July 2019: The river mouth shone in the morning sun. Meanwhile the sea, rarely mill-pond calm, showed its usual energy.

12 July 2019: This week’s SciShow Talk Show Over-Apologizing Less with Vanessa Hill is one for our guinea pig lovers. The interview …

11 July 2019: Good grief, Frogfish are astonishing creatures. This 8 minute video reveals all: Frogfish Have The Fastest Bite In the World …

11 July 2019: It’s been a while since I biked the dogs to the beach. On this mid-winter day that feels more like summer, it was a …

10 July 2019: I visited our neighbours to the west again and took a photo of our house — the whitish rectangle in the middle of the photo …

09 July 2019: My online pal Virginia talked up Rita so now I’m watching it. She’s right: it’s a great TV show. Rita’s a …

09 July 2019: Halide is a superb iOS app for taking photos. Except for random times when I’m ‘clicking’ away and it fails to …

08 July 2019: In the 70s and 80s I spent a decade teaching teenagers at Ashburton College. It was an S68 plan school. With an opening roll …

08 July 2019: There’s a colony of pied shags by the river. Photo from last year. Today I recorded them screeching. In the video see …

08 July 2019: I spotted this Southern Bell frog on a tire in the garden this morning. Always happy to find frogs in the garden.

08 July 2019: emoji in our digital messages is similar to the way we use gestures when we talk. … celebrate that emoji are creating a …

08 July 2019: Good to see local Councils asking the Government to ban private fireworks: Local government leaders are calling for a ban on …

07 July 2019: Ares is such a good boy. 🐈

06 July 2019: And in other dog photos, my girl Sasha joined me in my morning selfie today. 🐶

06 July 2019: Look, I don’t know the original source for this photo, but I found it from a link to Dana Schwartz. Since I saw it this …

05 July 2019: From the setting up of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association in 1974, before women were people too 😳: Present: 27 …

05 July 2019: I have two new daily tasks that are working well so far: delete a physical item and delete a digital item. I usually delete …

05 July 2019: It’s not easy to get a photo when my boy Ares is on my lap. Persistence paid off today though. 🐈 One of his eyes is …

05 July 2019: Add a header image to your blog

04 July 2019: Interesting about quiet fireworks: quiet fireworks can actually be more colourful. All fireworks are a balance between …

04 July 2019: Why was I surprised to learn that schools for deaf or blind people were originally set up by religious folks to ‘save …

04 July 2019: I watched the movie Full Out. It’s simple and positive, and based on a true story of Ariana Berlin, a top-level athlete …

03 July 2019: Hmmm, things that are a bad idea: letting WordPress create a URL that includes an emoji. I realised just after I’d …

03 July 2019: I'm annoyed with Siri and the approach to Timers I use Timers all the time, especially in the kitchen. I mostly trigger a timer with Siri on my watch. Yesterday I set a timer …

03 July 2019: If I ever thought about a gong it’d be to picture someone hitting a huge metal disc very hard. The Otherworldly Sounds …

02 July 2019: Fabulous to see local company Omeo Technology has received funding for development. If I needed a wheelchair (and had the …

02 July 2019: Finally did my part for the annual Garden Bird Survey. I saw or heard a dozen starlings, 2 fantails, 1 pheasant, 5 magpies, 8 …

02 July 2019: Gorge cafe in Ōtaki had a good menu, including some locally produced meats. We had the hotcakes and they were delicious. The …

02 July 2019: Gorge on Riverbank Road in Ōtaki is a Wellington style cafe. Unfortunately it’s also large and not insulated. …

02 July 2019: Hooo. “New Zealand has been confirmed as the primary location for the $1.5 billion-production of The Lord of the Rings TV …

01 July 2019: Here’s my job for a few hours this afternoon. I made the mistake of buying firewood earlier this year from a random guy …

01 July 2019: Tip for Apple users. Next time @help announces Micro.Blog down time, you can use Siri to work out when that will be. “Hey …

01 July 2019: Watched The DUFF. It wasn’t bad. I’m far from the target audience, but it was largely inoffensive and had a good …

30 June 2019: In a 1 KM stretch of Strathnaver Drive there are 3 speed bumps. As they’re designed to do they slow down cars and …

30 June 2019: My latest Micro.Blog tutorial: Add number of available pages to the pagination. Page numbering with links to older and newer …

29 June 2019: At 12 and a half Sasha and Oshi don’t play so much these days. Today they had a bit of fun though. 🐶

29 June 2019: Dashed out on the deck with the iPhone on noticing the dramatic sunrise today. View north to the sunrise itself and southwest …

28 June 2019: A new tutorial. I was sidetracked in the middle, then lost track a bit, but I wanted to finish it today. Let me know if you …

28 June 2019: And now, the amazing Kereru. Also probably in Wellington and with a Canon EOS 300D. Some live only 4KM away at Manakau (as …

28 June 2019: I also managed this photo I like of a magpie. Also probably in Wellington and with a Canon EOS 300D.

28 June 2019: Rediscovered (and imported to Photos) 1400 images from 2005. Found these two of a gull, probably in Wellington. Taken with a …

28 June 2019: I really enjoyed the movie Gifted. I even shed a tear. 7-year old Mary is a maths prodigy who lives with her uncle. Her best …

26 June 2019: I have a new goal to go down to the beach and watch the sunset at some point each week. Tonight I took my eclipse glasses …

26 June 2019: The Library & Cultural centre in Levin offers Tai Chi classes starting Monday. $6 per 90-minute session. May pay for me …

26 June 2019: I should have made a screenshot… Next time… Booked a dental checkup online. They texted a 5 digit code. Safari just knew …

26 June 2019: About 12 years ago I experienced my first bout of sporadic back pain: the muscles in my lower back do something that makes …

26 June 2019: Watched and largely enjoyed: Dangal, 2 hours, based on a true story. A father forces his unwilling daughters to become …

25 June 2019: I’m really enjoying the podcast series Elemental from Radio NZ. It should be available worldwide. In honour of the Year …

25 June 2019: I watched and enjoyed the movie Mary Kom, based on the true story of the Indian 6-time World Amateur Boxing champion. The …

24 June 2019: For Micro Monday I’d like to suggest @kulturnation who writes in both English and German, who has pleasing photos of nature …

23 June 2019: Oshi is snug by the fire on this dreary day. 🐶

23 June 2019: Riveting 10 minute video: Could You Be a Chimera? We like to think of our DNA as a unique marker of our identity … but …

23 June 2019: Bionic HTML The other day I wrote a post about my relationship with Markdown and HTML. Half a dozen people responded with thoughts about …

22 June 2019: We drove 45 minutes to Linton where there’s a military camp and (who knew?) the Manawatū Prison. And one entrance to …

21 June 2019: And in today’s episode of ‘a bad worker always blames their tools’ I will say that Markdown has never been my …

20 June 2019: Potentially remarkable; just poor writing: The range of one male [cat] was found to cover 3,000 hectares, from elevations of …

20 June 2019: Handy Applescript for MarsEdit: tell application “MarsEdit” set newLink to "" set newLink to (permalink …

19 June 2019: I’m starting to wish we had a view of the sea from here. Dashed down to the beach with 3 minutes to spare to watch the …

19 June 2019: Such a stunning day. Disappointed I have to go out and do errands.

18 June 2019: It’s winter so Mike the farmer feeds out hay to the steers in the paddock next door. They always come running when they see …

18 June 2019: Couldn’t for the life of me figure out where “Page 2 of 12” was coming from in my blog pagination. I was looking behind …

18 June 2019: Here are Oshi and Sasha in February 2007 when they were 3 months old. That black and tan scoundrel turned into the white and …

18 June 2019: Sasha has always been much longer than Oshi. When they were 3 months old she was like a puppy, whereas he resembled in almost …

18 June 2019: Thanks so much @macgenie for interviewing me again on Micro Monday and talking about customising Micro.Blog. Episode 64: …

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 …

18 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 …

12 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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; …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

07 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 …

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. …

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!

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.

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” …

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 …

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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