Miraz Jordan

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2019-03-25: Returning from the beach, we saw these excellent textured clouds in the east.

2019-03-25: I don’t want to lose my rights, but at the end of the day, this is actually not about a part …

2019-03-25: 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 …

2019-03-24: Are you a weapon? Pat yourself down. Another excellent cartoon from Sharon Murdoch subsequent to the …

2019-03-24: Why Time moves faster as we age Days seemed to last longer in your youth because the young mind …

2019-03-23: We live at the beach so things rust and degrade quickly. That includes items like the cheap toilet …

2019-03-22: It’s been ages since I went for a bike ride, but today seemed like a good day for it. …

2019-03-21: Prior attacks in New Zealand: 1881 … Crown troops invaded … Parihaka and decimated the village. …

2019-03-20: There were a couple of really noisy magpies by the house this evening. This one sat on a driftwood …

2019-03-20: Wow, a group of 3 low-flying Hercules aircraft just passed overhead, all trailing smoke. Someone …

2019-03-20: Roughly once a week I go to Ōtaki where we own a house we rent out to a long-term tenant. It’s …

2019-03-19: Catherine Trundle: believing oneself to be non-racist is now simply not enough. We have to be …

2019-03-19: Dame Anne Salmond: white supremacy is a black strand woven through our history as a nation. … …

2019-03-18: Apologies for the duplication. I just reposted two posts from this morning, but this time to the …

2019-03-18: What a gorgeous morning! Clear skies, inversion layer over the paddocks, sun about to rise.

2019-03-18: Mondays I check the level in our rainwater tank. It doesn’t rain much in the summer months …

2019-03-18: Some background: I was brought up Church of England but as a teenager rejected that and am not …

2019-03-18: My reading suggests Islam is very pragmatic: Fasting is obligatory for every physically & …

2019-03-18: I thought to start to educate myself about some of my fellow Kiwis: The Arabic word “Islam” …

2019-03-18: You get them all posed, then one looks away. Photo: my dogs Sasha and Oshi on the back seat of the …

2019-03-18: OK, I’ve now sent two posts to / from the wrong blog! Must be time to cancel that blog under …

2019-03-17: Yes. “they are us and we are them”.

2019-03-17: I was shocked to learn it’s legal in NZ for civilians to own automatic weapons. No civilian …

2019-03-16: Our Prime Minister speaks of shared values Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern speaks the heart of New Zealand: These [attackers] are people who …

2019-03-16: Our dog Oshi, outside: woof. Guest Willow: WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF. Me: Picks up …

2019-03-16: These beautiful white fungi appeared in the vege garden yesterday. Today they’re past their best.

2019-03-15: Ugh. Police have been dealing with 2 shootings at 2 mosques in Christchurch We can confirm there …

2019-03-15: This is appalling, wherever in the world it takes place. It’s almost inconceivable that it …

2019-03-15: Well! Space port ‘could be feasible’ in NZ in 10 years it’s a serious possibility …

2019-03-15: Wow! Fascinating video: Polishing a Pink Mega Diamond by Periodic Table of Videos. This 13 minute …

2019-03-14: This year I’m still learning Te Reo Māori, but with much more enjoyment. Instead of a …

2019-03-14: Today’s beach walk netted me several kinds of wildlife. 1] A gang of pukeko who strolled …

2019-03-13: Now, 25 years later, I need two hands to count the number of fictional women who inspire me — the …

2019-03-13: In that very first episode of Xena Warrior Princess in 1995 I anxiously held my breath. I was …

2019-03-13: As a kid I loved sci-fi and space. I grew up with Star Trek: The Original Series. I followed all the …

2019-03-13: I remain impressed with TV Show Supergirl. S4E14 has real-life politics and personal struggles. …

2019-03-12: I heard a large plane, looked up and spotted this Royal New Zealand Air Force C130 Hercules aircraft …

2019-03-12: We live on the south side of where the Waikawa River flows into the sea. We seldom walk on the north …

2019-03-12: It was a nice surprise to get a shout-out on Episode 52 of the Micro Monday Podcast. Quail FTW! …

2019-03-12: I hope we don’t have any really shaky earthquakes between now and mid-winter. I tried a new stacking …

2019-03-11: 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 …

2019-03-11: Handy: 14 Siri Tricks You Can Use Right Now. I frequently use some already, but new to me: retrieve …

2019-03-11: Yesterday’s late afternoon trip to the beach netted me these 3 iPhone photos: 1. Shining sea …

2019-03-10: I’m so much enjoying The Orville TV show. I forget I’m not watching Star Trek. In the latest ep I …

2019-03-10: One more on NZ history, at Kindle Loc 2625: Contact [with] foreigners began with Abel Tasman in …

2019-03-10: I’m reading Tangata Whenua: A History to learn more about the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. …

2019-03-09: A very interesting 5 minute video: Why are All Voice Assistants Female? So why are all voice …

2019-03-08: I have too many domain names, too many websites and too many email addresses. That’s bad for …

2019-03-08: The first mistake I made with my Japanese Quail was to buy a rabbit hutch and run to house them. A …

2019-03-07: Today I caught baby Glee ‘in the wild’, ie, in their house, and she posed nicely. Quail have no prey …

2019-03-07: Some bizarre cropping afflicted that photo yesterday of 10-day old quail chick Glee, getting even …

2019-03-06: I enjoyed Captain Marvel. It had humanity, humour and heart along with the fights and chases and …

2019-03-06: Quail chick Glee is getting more white feathers by the day. 10 days old and does not like me picking …

2019-03-06: Well, I finally sent out the community newsletter for February. Now to start on the March issue. We …

2019-03-05: While I’ve run out of day before I’ve run out of things I planned or hoped to do, I feel pretty …

2019-03-05: My quail are Coturnix Coturnix as in the photo of the bird in the hand below. They’re similar …

2019-03-04: Glee’s feathers are coming along nicely.

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

2019-03-03: Hard to believe it’s taken this long for women to be acknowledged like this: shearer Emily …

2019-03-02: Ironic really, when you’re at a dead stop in the now usual congestion. 90 minutes to reach Otaki. …

2019-03-01: I was about to hammer in stakes to support frost cloth when I spotted this large Paper Wasp nest …

2019-03-01: This is my friend Willow whose people are dealing with a family emergency today. After a morning on …

2019-03-01: What a splendid morning at the beach!

2019-03-01: I think someone mentioned the other day that there aren’t enough cat photos round here? Aphra. …

2019-02-28: This is a good start: Auckland Council will be lobbying the government to stop the sale of private …

2019-02-27: Is it possible to have too many photos of a baby quail? Here’s baby Glee at 3 days.

2019-02-27: I’d forgotten how big a pile 15 cubic metres of mulch makes. Most went down by the gate, a …

2019-02-27: Pleased to see baby Quail, Glee, up and about this morning, strolling through the chick food. This …

2019-02-26: Quail chick Glee, 2 days old, is thriving.

2019-02-26: Brrrr: that’s a chilly summer morning: 3.4C.

2019-02-25: Little Glee is an excellent quail chick. She’s 1 day old and looking strong and healthy. Her …

2019-02-24: Periodic Videos comes up trumps again: Diamonds Uncut The Professor looks at uncut diamonds of all …

2019-02-24: Quail mystery solved. Two eggs from 06 February have hatched. The two from 05 February are still …

2019-02-24: Little quail chick Glee is up and about and pecking for food. Three of the original 4 eggs remain. …

2019-02-24: I was investigating what looked like a hard boiled quail egg beside mother Felicia when she moved. …

2019-02-24: Ahhh, starting the day with my favourite morning tea, China Snowbuds quality white tea buds from …

2019-02-23: Well, we were meant to go to Kāpiti Island (nature reserve) tomorrow for an overnight stay but the …

2019-02-22: So glad the Mothers of Invention podcast is back for Season 2. Join former Irish President Mary …

2019-02-22: A high-ranking female Viking warrior Luckily genetic analysis has overridden the sexism of a bunch of archaeologists who assumed that a …

2019-02-21: Dashed off to brush my teeth during the long ads in an online TV show. Had a sudden memory of the …

2019-02-20: Last week I watched the sun set over our beach. This morning I watched a full moon set over the …

2019-02-19: Excellent 7 minute video from Tom Scott: Why Denmark Is .07 Seconds Behind The World Measuring time …

2019-02-18: Fascinating, thought-provoking 20 minute video: What is the Oldest Mummy in the World? The Ask A …

2019-02-18: Today’s quail update: sometimes a bird will lay an egg that has no shell around the internal …

2019-02-17: This unusual (to me) dead fish on the beach this morning may be a Black Oreo Dory. large-eyed, …

2019-02-15: I’ve spent much of the day in bed as I’ve been feeling odd all day — a bit dizzy perhaps. On a …

2019-02-14: There were interesting clouds at dusk tonight — braided and wave-like.

2019-02-14: Today’s XKCD comic has to be one of my favourites.

2019-02-14: Many thanks for the birthday wishes @brentsimmons, @yorrike, @pratik, @aclaman, @dejus, @macgenie …

2019-02-13: It seemed fitting on the eve of my 64th birthday to go down to the beach and watch the sun set. It …

2019-02-13: Felicia is a very dedicated mother. She’s sitting on 5 eggs I’ve left with her. In a …

2019-02-13: Hen egg vs quail egg. The last hen eggs we bought are jumbo size. In the photo I put a regular size …

2019-02-13: Found: The women mathematicians responsible for calculating ballistics tables for missiles being …

2019-02-12: Also on the beach today this probable green-lipped mussel, with brown ‘beard’.

2019-02-12: I haven’t seen any penguins on our beach — until today with this dead one. 😒 Someone had marked its …

2019-02-11: Florence and Felicia are two of last year’s quail. One of them laid the middle egg in the …

2019-02-10: Today I separated the quail into two groups in separate runs. Poor little baby Flop has been badly …

2019-02-09: Clever Siri. I said: “Hey Siri, remind me to move the lime tree in Autumn”. Siri scheduled my …

2019-02-08: The beach was looking a bit gorgeous this morning. I had just dug in those sticks to help mark the …

2019-02-08: Yesterday this fishing vessel was working really close to shore. A good swimmer could have easily …

2019-02-06: 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 …

2019-02-05: At our beach we sometimes get Bluebottle jellies and By The Wind sailors, but I haven’t before …

2019-02-05: Our current neighbours were looking gorgeous this morning. Photo: 2 brown horses and a black horse …

2019-02-05: Yesterday’s wasp sting was painful at the time, but I washed and iced it and it seemed OK. Today my …

2019-02-04: Moments of the day, Monday 04 February 2019 an hour watering the garden alone on the beach with …

2019-02-03: Last night I really enjoyed the movie Victoria & Abdul. It was a lot lighter than I expected. …

2019-02-02: Lunch Letdowns near Levin Yesterday I tried out Whispers Cafe in Levin. I had a hot chocolate, with fish and chips. I’d …

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

2019-02-01: LOL, Kāpiti Coast District Council has put up ‘selfie’ posts in scenic locations. How to selfie - …

2019-01-31: Ares and Aphra relax in front of the house.

2019-01-31: Watched: The Poor Man of Nippur - World’s first film in Babylonian …a c. 3,000 year-old comic …

2019-01-31: Wonderful to step outside just before dawn to see a crescent Moon partnered up with Jupiter and …

2019-01-30: 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 …

2019-01-29: When it feels more like Samoa or something than not too far from Wellington, New Zealand. …

2019-01-24: Apparently this little critter I found on the side of the house this evening is a Small field …

2019-01-24: Read: What to do when your personal blog becomes a burden: 6 tips : When your personal blog becomes …

2019-01-24: This kōtuku ngutupapa, Spoonbill, pair were on the grass today and I was able to be fairly close. …

2019-01-23: These three cheerful Tirairaka sitting on a log were one of two purchases from the recent Ōtaki …

2019-01-21: Today it’s almost 4 weeks since the quail chicks hatched so we integrated the flock again. The …

2019-01-19: Evidence of voyaging Polynesians settling in Aotearoa more than 700 years ago. An excavation at …

2019-01-19: Sir Kim Workman on his fight for criminal justice reform When I was about 20, training to be a …

2019-01-18: Looking good, kōtuku ngutupapa, the Spoonbill!

2019-01-17: Clearly the shutter speed was too slow when I took photos of these horses being ridden along the …

2019-01-16: The minute quantities along with the enormous prices are mind-boggling in this 10 minute video: …

2019-01-16: A dog walk in the trees across the river got us a view of the shag colony, where there are baby …

2019-01-16: As time has passed there are 2 things that frustrate me enormously in the Micro.Blog Mac app: I …

2019-01-16: 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 …

2019-01-16: Bad error messages can kill companies: An Amazon suspension message lists an item along with a …

2019-01-15: Susan Bennett was the original voice for Apple’s Siri, the first AI assistant on a cell phone. …

2019-01-14: 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 …

2019-01-14: So sad women have to endure this: 18 year old refugee woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun renounced …

2019-01-13: We had a delicious and reasonably priced meal at Prah Ta Pang in Waikanae last night. I chose E4. …

2019-01-12: We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody tonight. Initially a bit reluctant, I really enjoyed it. And, of …

2019-01-12: A new word I learned today: enchiridion — a book containing essential information on a subject. …

2019-01-12: What a good thing: On the websites of many New Zealand companies women can now access information …

2019-01-11: I seem to be answering a lot of these challenges lately: all the squares with cars or roads or …

2019-01-11: Something I learned yesterday when asked to publish a community notice about a missing cat: not only …

2019-01-10: 6 conventional blogging tips that may make sense for personal blogs: certain time-honoured tips …

2019-01-10: Because women are overlooked & unsupported, & because her work is excellent, I’ve set …

2019-01-10: Women are routinely erased from history, but occasionally they resurface: more evidence female …

2019-01-10: When I was a kid, back in the 60s, you could drive a long way and scarcely see another car. We had …

2019-01-09: Hard to believe that just over 12 hours ago we were in Whangārei. The drive home was smooth, in …

2019-01-09: Today we set off for home. It’s a bit over 700 Km, or 10 hours driving. Chances are we’ll stop …

2019-01-08: At AH Reed park in Whangārei there is a merely 500 year old Kauri tree. There’s also an …

2019-01-08: The Otuihau Whangārei waterfall is 26.3m high and falls over basalt cliffs.

2019-01-08: Yesterday at the Whangarei Kiwi House and Museum I saw an actual Brown Kiwi feeding. The need for …

2019-01-07: Giant Kokopu at the Whangarei Kiwi House and Museum. A coastal species of fish endemic to New …

2019-01-07: 3 baby and 2 adult Oystercatchers at Uretiti beach near Whangarei.

2019-01-07: Photo: looking at Hen and Chicken Islands from Uretiti dog beach near Marsden Point (on the Bream …

2019-01-07: 10 blogging guidelines that don’t apply to personal blogs You are blogging to express yourself, …

2019-01-06: The Hokianga Harbour is astonishingly beautiful.

2019-01-06: A single photo just can’t show how huge Tāne Mahuta is.

2019-01-06: Today we aim to visit Tāne Mahuta, a tree that stood on this land for 1,000 years before people …

2019-01-06: www.radionz.co.nz Stewart Island named a Dark Sky Sanctuary

2019-01-05: The Whangarei Basin is a lovely spot on a very hot Saturday morning. The market stalls had variety.

2019-01-05: Hah, haven’t seen one of these nice timeline adjacencies since I left Twitter. What will drive …

2019-01-05: Our friends in Whangarei have the most beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog. About 5 years old.

2019-01-04: We were suddenly presented with these two huge sculptures on a hill as we rounded a corner (but …

2019-01-04: As we crossed the Bombay Hills yesterday farmers were harvesting spring onions. What a stench! …

2019-01-04: We had a good night in Auckland with a friend, but today we head for our ultimate destination: …

2019-01-03: We stopped along the Desert Road (just before the best viewing spot…) and I hauled out the good …

2019-01-03: Huntly coal fired power station looks good. We also saw a train load of coal arriving. Time for this …

2019-01-03: We stopped at Oruatua on the East side of Lake Taupo for the dogs to have a walk.

2019-01-03: Ruapehu was looking fine as we drove the Desert Road.

2019-01-03: A couple of hours driving brought us to breakfast at Taihape. They’re still waking up here.

2019-01-02: Quail chicks Day 7. They seem to be exchanging baby fluff for feathers. Photos: yellow chick and …

2019-01-01: Today Fliss, the 6 day old stripey quail chick, is modelling for us. What a looker! Flop’s photos …

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

2018-12-31: Well, at almost 11pm I’m finding it hard to believe that 2019 is about to begin. Best wishes for …

2018-12-31: These baby quail, born 5 days ago now, remain unbearably cute. Photos: yellow chick peeking out from …

2018-12-31: We went to see The Favourite recently and the film has stayed with me. It’s intense, unusual, …

2018-12-31: Women and rebels honoured Look what happens when you get a government that is actually working for people, rather than the …

2018-12-30: Whew. It took nearly 24 hours but I’ve finally modified the Comment form on our Community WordPress …

2018-12-29: Thank you Inoreader and BBEdit! After searching all over for a way to capture items from a single …

2018-12-28: Little Flop, in her third day, finds straw a bit of a challenge. Photo: yellow quail chick in straw.

2018-12-28: Little Fliss, in her third day, is so photogenic. Photo: stripy baby Japanese quail.

2018-12-26: A few hours later: Mother quail, Felicia, and babies Fliss and Flop are doing fine.

2018-12-26: Birds can change sex Sex Reversal in Chickens Kept in Small and Backyard Flocks - eXtension tells us (of chickens): How …

2018-12-26: The MOST exciting thing: we unexpectedly have 2 baby quail! Especially unexpected since the adults …

2018-12-25: Dark mode was so hyped that I switched to it immediately on installing Mojave when it was released. …

2018-12-25: Are you familiar with earth — a visualization of global weather conditions? I visit daily. The …

2018-12-25: This Micro Monday I’d like to mention @smokey who is thoughtful, generous, interesting, and a …

2018-12-24: As a contribution to our shared lunch with friends tomorrow I’ve made Lemon Butter Biscuits …

2018-12-24: The Levin dog park, next to Lake Horowhenua, is splendid: 50,000 square metres (12 acres), fully …

2018-12-22: A “hidden figure” in the development of GPS technology has officially been honored …. Mathematician …

2018-12-22: The pause point It’s 4.45 am on summer solstice. I have been awake an hour already. Sunrise will come soon, bringing …

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

2018-12-21: After several fatalities recently, we have new signs between Waikawa Beach Road and Levin on State …

2018-12-20: Today’s Te Reo Māori quirk: tātahi is the beach. You don’t put a ‘te’ in front of it, …

2018-12-20: So, any thoughts about what’s heading our way and how long it’ll take to get here?

2018-12-20: Interesting word of the week, bdelloid: From the Ancient Greek …

2018-12-20: Your New Social Credit Score: A powerful 3 minute video about a possible, even likely, future. I …

2018-12-19: We like the horses down the road. Moose has recently joined the other two. When he's standing right …

2018-12-19: Drat! Last week’s sutures from a trivial excision came out today. Except for one that …

2018-12-17: This Micro Monday I’d like to recommend @Pip for her photos with strong and interesting shapes and …

2018-12-17: At sunrise today there was a nice little inversion layer over the paddock next door. Photo: 2 black …

2018-12-16: One of the delights of Te Reo Māori is that it doesn’t have to suffer apostrophes. But what I …

2018-12-16: This morning’s beach theme: black-backed gulls and an oystercatcher on the wet sand with …

2018-12-14: I really enjoyed Elseworlds parts 1 & 2 under the show names of Flash and Arrow. But part 3, …

2018-12-14: These starlings, I think, have given themselves orange heads by dipping into the flax flowers. …

2018-12-14: And again it’s thundery weather. These are my favourite clouds today.

2018-12-14: One of the best parts of this story about a homeless man in hospital in Brazil: The pups were …

2018-12-13: There’s thunder in the air. Photo: low and dark clouds.

2018-12-13: The farmer next door is baling hay a couple of paddocks over. Hooray for a zoom lens. Photos: …

2018-12-13: Jean @macgenie was kind enough to send me a copy of The Sun. By the looks of these amazing night sky …

2018-12-11: Dogs are great! Pets are being trained to detect invasive fish: “The dogs sniffed 17-samples …

2018-12-11: On this morning’s beach walk we saw (photos) two horses, and a fishing boat. The sea was very calm.

2018-12-10: Bush Giant Dragonflies often come into the house at this time of year and generally can’t find …

2018-12-09: In summer the dogs and I head to the beach early. It’s too hot for them by 8 am on a sunny …

2018-12-08: 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 …

2018-12-07: The 200 funniest words in English: That sounds funny — the science behind why certain words make us …

2018-12-06: Driving past the lake this morning I caught a quick glimpse of a baby pūkeko: a tiny ball of fluff …

2018-12-06: What a great story, and with a surprising New Zealand connection: The Hopeful Story of a Doomed Fox, …

2018-12-05: I had an hour today with Karen, a Clinical Massage Practitioner. It turns out all the time …

2018-12-05: $95 worth of high-quality beef mince, stir-fry and steak from my favourite Green Meadows Beef. A …

2018-12-05: Oshi will be 12 next week. He finds 6.45am far too early to be awake. Photo: Oshi the dog yawning …

2018-12-05: Hey, a new comet, and fairly easy to spot: “On Dec. 16th, Comet 46P/Wirtanen will approach Earth …

2018-12-04: When you glance out the window and spot someone lurking behind the flax bush only a few metres away… …

2018-12-04: These beauties are straight from our tunnel house. Photo: 6 red strawberries.

2018-12-04: One of my favourite loose-leaf teas is Premium China Snowbuds, a delicate white tea. Today for the …

2018-11-30: Hayfever sounds fairly innocent: oh, you sneeze a lot. In reality it’s like a permanent bad …

2018-11-30: In November lupin bushes are very pretty, loaded with bright yellow flowers … whose pollen flies …

2018-11-30: We had an early start at the beach this morning. Sasha caught today’s moment of sunshine. Photo: …

2018-11-25: Geese fly in those gorgeous wedge-shaped skeins… but not this gang of 35 rebels. They were all over …

2018-11-25: The fishing vessel Perseverance 66110 was our companion at the beach this morning. Photo: fishing …

2018-11-24: The paddocks next door usually have Friesian (probably) steers. The farmer keeps his dairy herd …

2018-11-23: Caught this beauty just after coming home from dinner out. Photo: full red-tinged moon rising above …

2018-11-23: I love the hawks that soar around here, hunting. Today, for the first time, and through a window, I …

2018-11-22: The bird in the range hood I came home from shopping to hear extremely loud and continuous bird chirps in the corner of the …

2018-11-22: Interesting: in this 8 minute audio we hear how beatboxers make sounds, some of which are unlike any …

2018-11-21: Interesting: “Sometimes, numbers on sites like YouTube and Twitter jump up and down subscriber …

2018-11-21: Wow, even though I knew the outcome was good, this video of a rescue of 3 people + 2 dogs by …

2018-11-20: The farmer next door is ploughing the paddock. The crop will probably be feed for the cows who are …

2018-11-17: Wahine Rongonui: Dame Whina Cooper This year I've been studying Te Reo Māori, the Māori language, through Te Wananga o …

2018-11-14: Those two scruffy dogs have finally had a bath and a trim. You can see their eyes again! Photos: …

2018-11-14: Looking south towards Kāpiti Island on a gorgeous morning. Meanwhile, what were these 2 scoundrels …

2018-11-13: I don’t often use cash, but today’s bonus was to receive an Armistice Day centennial …

2018-11-13: Oshi and Sasha had a great run on the beach this morning. Photos: Oshi running; Sasha running.

2018-11-11: Today I made a new veggie patch and planted self-sown tomatoes and celery. Emptied and moved 2 …

2018-11-10: In truth, sleeping dogs: Oshi and Sasha.

2018-11-10: Yellowhammer: “The colourful yellowhammer is a common inhabitant of open country throughout much of …

2018-11-10: Cabbage trees, tī kōuka.

2018-11-10: This morning‘s haul of 5 strawberries from the tunnel house.

2018-11-09: From the iPhone 7, a delicate fungus I spotted in the garden this morning.

2018-11-07: Kiwis: sick of fireworks? A new petition to cease retail sales. Sign by 30 November 2018.

2018-11-07: Interesting: in that big earthquake last week the P waves arrived first, with the S waves later. …

2018-11-06: Who knew … apparently there’s a town in France, Le Quesnoy, that the Kiwis liberated near the …

2018-11-04: I don’t fuss about regular folks writing ‘poorly’, but professionals is another matter. Radio NZ and …

2018-11-04: Urgh, this wind is a definite incentive to stay in bed.

2018-11-03: On my Micro.blog site styling the photos also affected my avatar at the top of the page. This CSS …

2018-11-03: On my Micro.blog site I didn’t like my photos being smooshed together. This CSS has helped: img …

2018-11-03: The map mystery Whenever a Kiwi spots a world map in the background of some News broadcast, our eye is inevitably …

2018-11-02: I was wondering how much CO2 I save by making hyperlocal trips on my bike. This handy CO2 calculator …

2018-11-02: 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 …

2018-11-01: Sunset, and I glanced up at the now cloud-free Tararuas to see snow on the peaks. No wonder …

2018-11-01: 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 …

2018-10-31: Today’s beach observation: an intact sand dollar.

2018-10-31: This morning I stood on the deck and took photos of some of our household and neighbours. Photos: 2 …

2018-10-30: Don’t mean to harp on it, but that earthquake was BIG and LONG. I’m actually shaking …

2018-10-30: Wow. If you never hear from me again it’s because I didn’t follow the rule about …

2018-10-30: I enjoy the posts from @YellowCottage . They’re a great Micro Monday follow if you enjoy …

2018-10-30: Two fine looking horses were ridden past me on the beach this morning. 2 minutes and 14 seconds …

2018-10-30: What the heck! I always watch the Apple Events live (at 5 am, urgh!), but this next one’s at 3 …

2018-10-26: This White-faced heron, matuku moana, was down at the lake today.

2018-10-26: Cool 3 minute film about Dayna Grant, stunt double: Double - Short Vertical Film from Laura …

2018-10-23: It’s extremely rare for me to buy a book on paper, but with no ebook available, this …

2018-10-23: The estuary was popular today with the birds: tiny banded dotterels, long-legged pied stilts, and …

2018-10-19: Ugh, 300 trucks! They should all be on rail. “Wellington in lockdown as State Highway One at Pukerua …

2018-10-18: 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, …

2018-10-16: Naming Warrior Women Do you think Samurai warriors were all men? Think again. How Onna-Bugeisha, Feudal Japan’s …

2018-10-15: This photo may look like a bat in a tree, but actually it’s our native pigeon, drunk. Gorgeous …

2018-10-13: Thanks to those who chatted recently about the new series of Dr Who. I watched that first episode of …

2018-10-12: I bought a new camera: a Fujifilm X-T2 that I now need to grow into. I really like the colours in …

2018-10-08: Front lawn rabbit at dusk, through the kitchen window, with my 55-230mm zoom. This one lives around …

2018-10-08: A stunning day at the beach. I was able to experiment with my new (replacement) zoom lens. …

2018-10-07: Spring is when the Cabbage Trees, Cordyline Australis, Ti Kouka, bloom. Their perfume is exquisite.

2018-10-06: Lunch, with dogs, at the Aro Street Cafe. Fun coincidence that we’re here on our 25th anniversary as …

2018-10-06: I ended up back in Wellington today. I’d forgotten how lovely Central Park in Brooklyn is. The dogs …

2018-10-03: Hooray: this solved the problem of my Mac failing to unmute: Mac sound not working? Here’s how …

2018-10-02: Today some loans I made were repaid and I lent another $25 to help a woman in Pakistan set up her …

2018-10-01: The quail still aren’t laying every day but I have gathered enough for an occasional meal of fried …

2018-09-30: We visited the Ōtaki Cat Show today. It’s hard to see Orientals with exaggeratedly triangular …

2018-09-29: Today 30 or 40 volunteers turned out to help plant thousands of Spinifex, provided by the local …

2018-09-28: With blue skies and sunshine it’s the season to bike to the beach with the dogs. It’s …

2018-09-28: Proud to be a Kiwi After nearly a decade of the previous government driving our country away from values I hold dear …

2018-09-26: Trip to Wellington and back complete. It’s good to be home. That makes two trips this year. I …

2018-09-25: This appealing fungus popped up in the dog yard without my noticing till today.

2018-09-24: The free iOS app Kupu is rather clever. Take a photo of an object and it selects the Māori word …

2018-09-24: My little Aphra the cat actually allowed me to cuddle her yesterday, and to take a selfie! …

2018-09-21: The first quail eggs of the season from my 4 Japanese Coturnix Coturnix quail. Yum. I fried these.

2018-09-20: This map is so great — it puts New Zealand near the centre of the world, rather than falling off the …

2018-09-19: I’m enjoying this photography course. Here’s Oshi the dog posing for practice.

2018-09-19: Well, I was just thinking: that pheasant squawk sounds like their earthquake alarm. Next minute… And …

2018-09-17: Certainly reflects the experience of me & various acquaintances — 45 and unemployable - warning …

2018-09-17: It’s Monday in NZ and for @MicroMonday I want to suggest @skysandison who posts gorgeous …

2018-09-12: Our last view of Niue. 🗺🇳🇺

2018-09-12: Ohhh, back in NZ. Refresh the MB timeline and before I can draw breath there are new posts, with …

2018-09-11: We spent 3 or 4 hours on a small boat today, hoping to see humpback whales or spinner dolphins. We …

2018-09-11: Snorkelling at Utuko Reef again yesterday I just snapped loads of pictures. Between contact lenses, …

2018-09-11: It turns out the thing that’s more frustrating than extremely slow Internet is no Internet at all. …

2018-09-10: Selfie with full-face snorkel at Matapa Chasm. 🗺🇳🇺

2018-09-10: This morning we snorkeled at Matapa Chasm at the north end of Niue. Good fun. There was a bit of a …

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

2018-09-09: Well, the good news is I’m uninjured and insured and my good camera with the zoom lens broke my …

2018-09-09: Frigate Bird photo.

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

2018-09-08: After going to Alofi for breakfast and finding conditions too poor for snorkelling we did a …

2018-09-08: Last night we went to an Umu, a feast. A highlight was the Coconut Crab, or Unga. Very large …

2018-09-07: We had an enjoyable lunch at Hio Cafe. 🗺🇳🇺

2018-09-07: The sea snakes are apparently very poisonous and also afraid of people. I took this shot from the …

2018-09-07: A snorkeling photo that actually worked! Stripy fish. 🗺🇳🇺

2018-09-07: Limu Pool, Niue 🗺🇳🇺

2018-09-07: We’re staying at Namukulu Cottages, about a 20 minute drive north of Alofi, the capital of Niue. …

2018-09-07: Utuko Reef

2018-09-06: Utuko Reef from Crazy Unga Cafe. 🗺🇳🇺

2018-09-06: We did a bit of snorkelling at Utuko Reef next to the Crazy Unga cafe where we had lunch. 🇳🇺🗺 I saw …

2018-09-05: Ahhh, Niue at last. The view from our cottage on the northwest ‘corner’ of the island. 🇳🇺🗺 No whales …

2018-09-05: Getting closer. The flight to Niue takes almost 3.5 hours. We cross the dateline so we arrive …

2018-09-04: Today at last we try again to go to Niue. Or, at least, today we fly to Auckland, then tomorrow …

2018-09-03: It’s a delight to realise that it’s broad daylight before 7 am these days. More than 12 hours of …

2018-09-02: These Canada geese were right by the road in Pekapeka. Kitesurfers were catching waves at Waikanae.

2018-09-02: I watched and enjoyed The Fantastic Mr Fox on Netflix. Bizarre, very funny, hooked me in and kept me …

2018-09-01: We were up at 3.30 am, drove for an hour to Palmerston North airport and were waiting to board at …

2018-08-31: I guess I really need to learn Markdown for Micro.Blog…

2018-08-31: If you want to know a bit more about Niue, there’s an article in the NZ Herald today: Niue: …

2018-08-31: Sasha and Oshi can’t come on our holiday, so they have to go for their own. Cats and dogs …

2018-08-30: It’s weird to travel across the dateline. Our flight from home to Auckland takes place the day …

2018-08-30: It took ages to get my regular specs back from being upgraded at the lab. Today I learn the …

2018-08-30: We have a fair number of ring-necked pheasants round here, but today for the first time I was able …

2018-08-29: Vaka in Niue kept by most of the sea tracks. Here are a couple by a rare concrete ramp. 🗺 @hawaiiboy

2018-08-28: Not long now till we’re holidaying in Niue. It’s a tiny island in the Pacific about …

2018-08-28: So interesting. The neighbour’s house is around 400 metres away. The trailer backed up over …

2018-08-28: I popped outside to check on an odd noise and discovered our new neighbour arriving.

2018-08-27: Reunited! Proper specs, correct prescription, tint-free anti reflection and no transition coating I …

2018-08-27: In another hour or so I finally get my glasses back. 2 weeks of struggle with 2 backup pairs, both …

2018-08-27: OK, for National Dog Day here are our two in February 2007, aged a few months. Sasha was jet black …

2018-08-26: Soon we’ll be back in Niue for another holiday. Unlike New Zealand at the moment it’ll …

2018-08-26: I also managed some snorkelling (new to me) in Niue. I wasn’t very good at taking underwater …

2018-08-26: We went on a successful whale watching tour in Niue too. 🗺

2018-08-26: This time 2 years ago we were holidaying on the wonderful coral island of Niue, a 3 hour flight …

2018-08-24: For the last 12 days I’ve been without my regular specs. They’re away getting new …

2018-08-23: Sunset cloud layers.

2018-08-23: At a cafe in Ouarzazate in Morocco someone on our tour asked for coffee with milk. So he got a tiny …

2018-08-23: August & September are the worst months of the year in New Zealand, so a good time to holiday …

2018-08-23: Well, cough syrup was effective in preventing a third night in a row of a 90-minute coughing fit. …

2018-08-18: BTW, @fiona , I listened to a couple of episodes of Sawbones while I brushed the dogs. You’re …

2018-08-18: Oshi, on the other hand, was waiting impatiently for his turn. He was quick to brush as his …

2018-08-18: Sasha hates being groomed but endured it staunchly. Good thing too, as ears and tail were massively …

2018-08-17: Heh, as the owner of a small dog, I find this interesting: Smaller dogs peed more often, and chose …

2018-08-16: It seems like every website I visit that sells things wants to present their products ordered by …

2018-08-15: This Black Swan pair was at the beach today. A passing vehicle startled them moments later. What …

2018-08-15: Words, language, languages are of huge interest to me, so this 12 minute YouTube video was a great …

2018-08-15: While I wait up to 2 weeks to get my glasses back with new lenses I wondered just how those lenses …

2018-08-14: This was a very interesting 11 minute SciShow video: 5 Devastating Security Flaws You’ve Never …

2018-08-13: Down at the beach this morning: Matuku, white-faced heron.

2018-08-13: It turns out my idea that my glasses frames with new lenses will be returned to me in a couple of …

2018-08-12: Sometime in 2014 I switched to having transition lenses in my glasses — they go dark in the sun. …

2018-08-12: I biked the dogs to the beach in their special trailer. What a stunning morning!

2018-08-12: Sunrise comes in half an hour. Birds are singing their wakeup calls. It’s only a couple of degrees …

2018-08-11: What a gorgeous day: clear blue skies, no wind, reasonably warm, and, amazingly for a Saturday, …

2018-08-11: Sitting out in the sun with my little Aphra.

2018-08-11: Those little fluffy white cygnets from a few weeks ago are growing up. They’re grey now. The …

2018-08-11: I find I feel better if I avoid bread, though I wouldn't say I have gluten intolerance. This article …

2018-08-09: The beach actually wants to make dunes. Looking west. These incipient dunes won’t last through …

2018-08-09: There is only one place in our little community where visitors can admire the view without actually …

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

2018-08-08: Sometimes seals visit our beach. There was a baby seal there today. We all kept our distance, of …

2018-08-06: Very poor interface design led me to believe the Courtesy Car I was driving had half a tank of …

2018-08-04: Wooo, checking my own blog post from 2006 and notice I was using Keyboard Maestro even back then. …

2018-08-04: I want to give a 👍 to @manton and @danielpunkass for Core Intuition. I’ve been aware of the …

2018-08-03: The basket fungus, Ileodictyon cibarium, has been quite the in-thing at our place this year. All …

2018-08-03: The little known breed of legless dog. (Oshi the hole-digger).

2018-07-31: Full sunrise splendour.

2018-07-31: Another pleasing sunrise.

2018-07-30: 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 …

2018-07-28: Not an amazing photo, but cloud cover is light so I can see the lunar eclipse for now. Maximum in …

2018-07-27: This kid picks up rubbish at his school to help the planet. He’s challenged authorities to …

2018-07-26: It’s been a while since I last learned a language. I’d forgotten that creativity factor …

2018-07-24: A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of swan babies. The cygnets have graduated to the more open …

2018-07-23: Received an updated credit card in the mail. After checking my account I had to log into 19 …

2018-07-22: Well, that was an interesting double earthquake. A smaller shake immediately followed by a biggish …

2018-07-21: I’d like to welcome @mlanger to Micro.blog. We’ve been Internet pals for more than 12 years …

2018-07-21: This is a milestone: the third cable connecting New Zealand to the rest of the Internet is now open: …

2018-07-20: Timed our dog walk poorly and we all arrived home soaked and cold. 🐕🌧

2018-07-18: This 40 minute video is clear and persuasive, and of international interest. …

2018-07-18: Heard item on bird strike. Googled UV window stickers. Followed 1st (hacked) link. NASTY stuff. Pix: …

2018-07-18: The Tararuas at sunrise today were gorgeous as always. I recently learned the term for this effect …

2018-07-17: Still, I turned around and moved to the other side of the house and had a good look at the Moon for …

2018-07-17: Hauled out the not steady enough tripod and the giant binoculars and managed to get Mars in view. …

2018-07-12: Oshi has a new spot by the fire for keeping warm. Meanwhile Aphra was unusually willing to pose for …

2018-07-11: There are 2 small permanent lakes a few hundred metres from our house. This morning’s bonus …

2018-07-11: The golden waning crescent moon just above the horizon caught my eye at 5.30 this morning. It drew …

2018-07-10: At sunset after a few stormy winter days.

2018-07-08: 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 …

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

2018-07-05: Hmmm, a light, hazy cloud cover out there in the early morning chill (1.6C), with a ring around the …

2018-07-04: Finally went to see and very much enjoyed Ocean’s Eight. Just squeezed in on the last day it was …

2018-07-03: This (now bathed and shampooed) dog found a dead sheep on the beach and decided our house would be …

2018-06-26: The same cold Southerly that brought a sprinkle of snow on the Tararuas was whipping up the waves …

2018-06-24: 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. …

2018-06-23: Kawau (Pied shag), enjoying a bit of quiet time on the river.

2018-06-23: A very appealing sunrise this morning.

2018-06-22: Woohoo. First (frosty) sunrise on the way to mid-summer.

2018-06-22: Scientists have come up with a new way to figure out how much winter rainfall is going to occur in …

2018-06-20: This has become one of my favourite recipes: easy and quick to make, delicious to eat. I don’t …

2018-06-16: We went with friends and the dogs today to Whanganui for a glass paperweight making workshop. …

2018-06-15: Down at Waikanae Beach this morning I spotted a Kotare, Sacred kingfisher, on some driftwood. …

2018-06-15: I drove 35 Km each way to walk the dogs on Waikanae Beach, visit Russell Nature Reserve to see the …

2018-06-15: A couple of excellent 10-minute videos about Iceland: reforesting, and thermal energy: …

2018-06-15: This week’s Te Reo vocabulary learning is hard: 4 seasons plus 12 months, each with an alternate …

2018-06-14: The Kohekohe tree flowers only once every few years and provides crucial food for native birds. This …

2018-06-14: I sometimes wonder why I see huge driftwood on the beach but never in the sea. Today this item …

2018-06-14: It was a rare treat to spot these fallen leaves in Manakau this morning.

2018-06-14: Seeing this enormous Twitter User number leads me to ask: 1] How do you even say that number — …

2018-06-12: Thanks to Sleep Music Delta Waves, www.youtube.com/watch I had a very enjoyable half hour nap. …

2018-06-11: Downloading 8GB of files over several hours on our not great Internet connection & recalling …

2018-06-11: I’ve been a loyal user of Interarchy (Anarchie) for sooooo long — probably 15 years at least, maybe …

2018-06-09: I’m learning Te Reo Māori and have compiled an alphabetical list of new words, Kupu Hou. Now I …

2018-06-05: Hah, smart watch could reveal your password: www.kaspersky.com/blog/smar… Thanks to …

2018-06-05: Up at 5 am and watching the WWDC Keynote live. Didn’t like the ‘Attenborough‘ intro video at all!

2018-05-31: Noticed for the first time today: in Google Maps on iPhone, a ‘cone’ radiating from the blue dot …

2018-05-31: There’s a helicopter spraying paddocks near Emma Drive, Walkers Lane or Takapu Road this …

2018-05-30: The river was like glass by the footbridge this morning. Great reflections!

2018-05-28: Yesterday I watched a really interesting movie on Netflix — Mercury 13: Mercury 13 refers to …

2018-05-25: Here’s an idea I like: changing the name of Levin to its originally planned Taitoko. The name …

2018-05-24: Wow. Had to stop the podcast I was listening to. Between thunder, gale force winds and rain on the …

2018-05-23: Fascinating: Lera Boroditsky, How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think — …

2018-05-23: Last night’s thunderstorm reached peak intensity with this 64 decibel thunderclap and …

2018-05-23: 🌐 Oh, a nice little shake awake after a stormy night. When Wed May 23 2018 5:59 AM Where 20 km …

2018-05-22: Wow. An almighty crack of thunder and multiple lightning directly overhead a few minutes ago. I …

2018-05-21: The Netflix animated programme called Spirit is just lovely for kids — features 3 girls, probably …

2018-05-21: I love how dogs invite another to play: fast tail wagging, side-on stance, prancing, little wuffs. …

2018-05-21: Anki, a flashcards app, apps.ankiweb.net , isn’t very Mac-like, but it sure is effective at helping …

2018-05-21: Yay, this week our temporary dog fence is being replaced with a permanent fence and gate. Dog yard, …

2018-05-18: It seems likely this juvenile bird on the beach, struggling to fly, was a fairy prion — “an abundant …

2018-05-16: Sunrise and coatstand.

2018-05-14: The Levin Public Library open area has a piano for public use. Someone just did a nice rendition of …

2018-05-14: I’m genuinely shocked that the Kindle edition of The Odyssey - a New Translation by Dr. Emily …

2018-05-13: Hmmm, the pheasants squawked for no reason, then after a moment we had a small but prolonged shake. …

2018-05-13: I’m not actually a big fan of cutesy stuff, but these Salt and Pepper shakers had a certain appeal.

2018-05-12: Just rewatched Star Trek: Voyager 101 & 102. I had misremembered these eps as being 90% in …

2018-05-11: Sasha went for a paddle, while Oshi just watched. Good thing both are booked for a bath and trim …

2018-05-11: Busy morning — for the Poaka (pied stilts).

2018-05-03: Blue sky, warm sun, no wind. The beach today is paradise.

2018-05-03: Enjoying the slight streaks of cloud over the Tararua mountains just before sunrise today.

2018-05-02: This vessel came out of the south at very high speed, then stopped offshore. Binoculars and photos …

2018-05-01: Sometimes we gets mats of small pieces of driftwood. Nice sharp edges on this one.

2018-05-01: Aphra and I did a joint selfie today. Rare cuddles from this cat.

2018-04-30: Since I rediscovered my Honolulu Zoo photos from a decade ago I’ve been remembering my visit. …

2018-04-29: I stumbled on this photo from December 2008: Secretary bird and Crowned cranes at Honolulu Zoo. Such …

2018-04-29: Gamebird hunting season opens at 6.30 am next Saturday. Sounds like someone’s practising today. Our …

2018-04-29: The answer to a question you may not have asked: no, you can’t eat olives straight from the tree. …

2018-04-28: Whew, sister, father, cousin, aunty… “Family Trees in Other Languages: our world’s 7 kinship …

2018-04-28: It’s been a quiet day with some weeding, mulching, planting and plant buying. I’ve been doing …

2018-04-27: These days vehicles have great difficulty getting on to our beach. Things are very relaxed now. 😀 …

2018-04-27: Today’s beach finds: Ram’s horn (helps squid rise and descend in deep water); shell; …

2018-04-27: While making breakfast I spotted the pheasant family in the cow paddock next door. The binoculars …

2018-04-26: I’m not great at identifying shells. This is not a sheep’s head, but 3 rock oysters …

2018-04-26: Heh, every time. First the pheasant(s) squawk with an alarm call, then we feel the earthquake: When …

2018-04-25: Late afternoon at the beach.

2018-04-25: This tight formation of 3 planes sped past just after noon today. I assume they were returning from …

2018-04-24: The farmer next door is spreading fertiliser on the cow paddock.

2018-04-23: At the setting of the sun …

2018-04-23: New Zealand has only one native land mammal: the bat. It’s exciting that they’ve been …

2018-04-23: And the tide went out…

2018-04-22: At the river, where it turns from flowing West to flowing South (for a bit).

2018-04-20: When beach visitors have to be towed out of the river by the no longer viable vehicle entrance, and …

2018-04-19: It didn’t rain on me…

2018-04-19: At the mouth of the Waiorongomai Stream.

2018-04-18: 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 …

2018-04-16: Skunk Bear has created a wonderful 9 minute video with Journey Of The Snowy Owl, …

2018-04-16: I take a selfie every day. I almost never put any of them out in public — it’s a project just …

2018-04-16: Last week the Antarctic sent us cold air. This week we’re sending it back.

2018-04-15: I haven’t been for a bike ride for such a long time. I’m out of practice. Good to get out in …

2018-04-15: For years I have suffered from poor / insufficient sleep. These days I’m working to change …

2018-04-13: 4 cubic metres of nice dry firewood. Delivered this morning. After 90 minutes of effort, stored in …

2018-04-12: One of my favourite views after a cold Southerly storm: snow on the Tararua peaks as seen from the …

2018-04-11: There was a brief gap in the clouds so I was able to see a light dusting of snow on the Tararuas. …

2018-04-10: The thunderstorm at midnight really upset Sasha. Now, at nearly 9 am it’s just rain and maybe …

2018-04-09: I love how the wind smooths and ripples the sand overnight. It was rippling the river water too.

2018-04-09: There were a lot of birds at the river mouth this morning: Black backed gulls and White-fronted …

2018-04-09: 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 …

2018-04-08: On cooler mornings at dawn we can see the top of Mt Ruapehu, 164 Km away, from home. Kei te harikoa …

2018-04-07: 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 …

2018-04-06: Oversize vehicles are common on the stretch of road between Ōtaki and Levin, but I haven’t …

2018-04-05: Allbirds with Over Under Lacing and Ian’s Secure Knot.

2018-04-05: With a new pair of Kotare Mint Allbirds shoes on my feet I was very glad to find I still had Ian's …

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

2018-04-03: 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: …

2018-04-02: Today was rather satisfying. Now April has arrived I seem to be finally settling into a useful …

2018-04-01: 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 …

2018-03-30: Then the sun came up.

2018-03-30: I love these misty autumn mornings. Such beautiful colours in the greenery. Can’t decide which …

2018-03-29: Aphra rarely allows me to catch her or pick her up, but tonight she let her guard down.

2018-03-27: A gorgeous dog walk at the beach this morning. Sand patterns. Sand patterns — another angle. …

2018-03-26: Now the dog yard is secure, though unfinished, I need to start beautifying it. Step 1: replant and …

2018-03-25: I am amazed by the power of these young people on the March. This speech was just a stunner. When I …

2018-03-23: Oshi in his new $8 dog cave (on the dog bed, on the rug, on the carpet, on the floor…).

2018-03-22: 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 …

2018-03-22: The dogs are very happy in their new playground.

2018-03-22: Something is wrong. I heard it rain in the night. The ground is wet. But the rain gauge shows no …

2018-03-22: Noooo. Yesterday I missed my Activity ring by 8 points simply because I forgot to check before I …

2018-03-21: The dog yard is sufficiently complete to put it to the test. Refinements will come (gates, handrail …

2018-03-21: Fish heads on the beach.

2018-03-20: The dog yard has a way to go yet, but it’s definitely getting there. The deck on the house needs …

2018-03-19: Progress on the dog yard.

2018-03-17: Pah. My aunt in England is 96 and frail. Call on my cellphone from a UK number… Not family, but a …

2018-03-17: Buddies: Sasha and Ares. Hard to believe Sasha (and her brother Oshi) used to chase Ares every …

2018-03-16: The dog yard now has most of its posts. Still to come: rails and 2 gates.

2018-03-16: The secure dog yard is underway. 😎

2018-03-15: At last, tomorrow the fencing guy comes to build a secure dog yard to keep these two scallywags from …

2018-03-14: A benefit of a sudden unexpected trip to Wellington was a few moments with this harbour view. Sick …

2018-03-12: Nearly missed the whole of a gorgeous sunset. Luckily I caught the tail end.

2018-03-11: Ruapehu and Tongariro from the Desert Rd. Then a late lunch at Bulls, where you can’t forget …

2018-03-11: Huka Falls was amazing as always. So much water! Huka Falls

2018-03-11: This motel has its own thermal mineral pool. A 10 minute bathe is a great way to start the day.

2018-03-10: The pipe bands keep coming in the street parade. Wellington Police brought their dog. 50 bands …

2018-03-10: Rotorua seems an unlikely place for a pipe band competition, but there we are.

2018-03-10: Ready for a breakfast cruise on the Lake Rotorua paddleboat.

2018-03-09: Clear water springs at Hangarua.

2018-03-09: Mighty redwoods at Hangarua.

2018-03-09: Looking out over Lake Rotorua from Mt Nongotaha.

2018-03-08: Single lane stop and go around roadworks on the Desert Road. Which was open today because rain …

2018-03-08: Taihape’s humorous loo signage.

2018-03-08: Doing all my Internetting before a 7 hour scheduled power outage. And, Hello Sunlit!

2018-03-08: Middle of the night. There’s a loose pipe banging and the house is shaking a bit in the wind. But …

2018-03-07: The latest new house on the block is a Totalspan steel frame build. So glad we can’t see this …

2018-03-07: Looks like today will be an indoor day and that the water tank will be full again.

2018-03-06: Enjoyed the first session of the Te Reo Māori course I’m doing this year with Te Wananga o …

2018-03-06: Cosmic Rays are heading our way This is … interesting … … radiation from deep space is not only intensifying, …

2018-03-06: Ahhh, what a way to start the day, with Rare Kenya Silver Tip white tea — …

2018-03-05: I enjoy watching short science videos while I eat breakfast. The new Nature League is already great: …

2018-03-04: Safe journeys, kuaka A few Kuaka visit our beach every year, but now it’s time for them to leave: With the changing …

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

2018-03-02: Down at Waikanae for dinner.

2018-03-02: Friday morning breakfast videos Ahhh, Friday morning videos to watch while I eat breakfast (today: quail eggs, ham, black rice and …

2018-03-01: When about 50 Canada Geese fly right overhead.

2018-02-28: There’s a flock of about 50 Canada Geese (and a rabbit) just hanging out in the next paddock …

2018-02-27: It took me several hours of reading about 500 pages of PDF and writing 4,000 words over 3 blog posts …

2018-02-22: Nice to see Royal Spoonbills around after the storm.

2018-02-21: Really enjoyed Black Panther tonight. Themes of leadership, loyalty, responsibility, culture were so …

2018-02-20: After a very still day, in the last 10 minutes Ex Tropical Cyclone Gita has started to make itself …

2018-02-18: Getting dark and the local pheasants start squawking. Moments later (as expected with such an …

2018-02-15: Discovering possibility and hope again Ohhh, Star Trek Discovery was a blimmin good story, beautifully told. And that reminder of the …

2018-02-14: I stopped drinking tea and coffee in about 1981. Over time though I’ve become a green tea …

2018-02-14: This package arrived in the mail today and the Contents Description had me stumped: “aluminium pack, …

2018-02-13: Our thoughts with Tonga This morning, as the day dawns, I look outside and everything is the same as it was yesterday. At …

2018-02-11: Yes! 23mm of rain today and counting. That should have added 1500 litres of water to our house tank. …

2018-02-11: I was wearing thick work gloves when I pulled a tall weed this evening. Good thing too as I …

2018-02-11: From a better angle I can see that kite is a stingray.

2018-02-11: Monster kite at the Ōtaki Kite Festival.

2018-02-11: 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 …

2018-02-09: This evening when I arrived home that little Silvereye was back and waiting by the door. I had to …

2018-02-09: Dawn I stand on the deck at 6 AM as pink tinges the clouds near the horizon in the East. Between the …

2018-02-08: I think this Silvereye must have been very young. It let me get very close this afternoon before …

2018-02-04: Spots before my eyes In the last few years my eyes have been a little unpredictable — I feel as though I just can’t …

2018-02-04: Spinifex is wonderful stuff: it helps hold the sand dunes together and build new dunes. At this time …

2018-02-04: An overnight low of 5C is a bit of a shock to the system after a month or so of the temperatures …

2018-02-03: I started the day feeling a bit overwhelmed with so many things to do. Now I’ve done a random …

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

2018-02-01: Well, good morning Moon. You may no longer be blood red, but you’re still super! Nice to see you …

2018-01-31: Locals have done a grand job moving driftwood to protect young dunes and clumps of dune grasses from …

2018-01-30: Landskein: the weaving & braiding of horizon lines Sometime last year I came across a word to describe layers of misty mountains. Fabulous! I thought. …

2018-01-27: 3 year old Ursula is a beautiful bonus at my generous host’s house.

2018-01-27: I’m enjoying Rachel McAlpine’s Summer Writing School. Here we are at lunchtime enjoying the …

2018-01-26: I was telling someone about this fantastic 14 minute YouTube documentary today and nearly …

2018-01-25: The rural life: this morning Scotty, the septic tank guy, stopped by to see why our tank’s …

2018-01-24: Stopped at a cafe and my Dark Skies T-shirt sparked a good conversation which even touched on the …

2018-01-23: Sasha and I found a tennis ball on the beach this morning. It was too hot to chase it for long …

2018-01-22: Chorus says the amount of data New Zealanders are using has increased recently. … The busiest …

2018-01-21: Major Wetherill was joined by Major Natalie Taylor, both of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and four …

2018-01-20: The second good shake in an hour: M3.9 quake causing light shaking near Levin …

2018-01-20: On January 31 [2018], around midnight, the full moon will not only be super, it will be a blue moon …

2018-01-19: $500m internet cable on track as cable-laying ship arrives in Auckland | Stuff.co.nz says: Hawaiki …

2018-01-18: It’s good to see a mum hanging out with her kids. Monarch Butterfly and Swan Plant.

2018-01-18: Ahhhh, this may explain a long-standing problem: To make sure that you earn Exercise credit during …

2018-01-17: This cute little Tauhou, Silver-Eye was stunned on the doorstep when I came home. After a few …

2018-01-15: Given the 27C heat today and anomalously warm sea temperatures I did something I never do and went …

2018-01-15: The Kuaka, Bartailed Godwits fly non-stop from the Arctic to feed during our summer. Some are kind …

2018-01-15: “Well, Goodbye!” Kuaka, Bartailed Godwit and Karoro, Black-backed Gull

2018-01-15: Sun rays.

2018-01-14: Meeting the Kawau, Pied Shags by the bridge. Kawau Pied Shags.

2018-01-14: I want 2018 to be a year of renewal for me. I’ve signed up for a Te Reo Māori course at Te …

2018-01-14: Matuku Moana, White-faced Heron on Waikawa Stream. A kayak’s great: you can get quite close. …

2018-01-13: Deep in the red The tip of the black arrow in the picture below — that's where we live. Drought January 2018. …

2018-01-13: A fresh start in 2018. In which I stop posting on my nearly 20 year old WordPress blog and take up …

2018-01-12: Excited that at last our swan plants have Monarch Butterfly caterpillars!

2018-01-12: Water issues a fluid topic in Horowhenua Egads, but there's a lot to talk about with water in Horowhenua. The Horowhenua Chronicle issue …

2018-01-12: No moths on Riley Boston Museum Tries New System for Protecting Artwork: A Dog’s Nose: Riley, a 12-week-old …

2018-01-12: Dog walk at Ōtaki estuary for a change.

2018-01-11: Bought myself a UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. First impression of sound: WOW!

2018-01-10: Kea gyms! Smart birds… A kea gym offers the birds several objects they can play with or take apart to distract …

2018-01-09: 2018 may become the year of renewal for me. Experimenting with new apps, new approaches, new plans. …

2018-01-06: Earthquake or wind gusts? The trouble with this wind is not being sure whether the house is shaking because of the wind gusts …

2018-01-06: 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 …

2018-01-05: 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. …

2018-01-05: It’s so frustrating to buy an iTunes movie, connect to a friend’s projector for a …