First time

Yesterday I suited up and accompanied Jo as she checked in on the hive of bees that pollinates the crops here. She wanted to lay a piece of white paper smeared with vaseline underneath the hive, to see if there are any varroa destructans mites in the hive. They will...

Somewhere else in time

Spoke with Jilli today, and thought about Val in Bedlam, and triaged the Bedlam pictures, getting ready to post some for Val and Chuck to see, and contact with the life I so recently left made me feel disoriented. I am happy to be here, to have turned November into...

Marooned in Melbourne

The girls had a lovely long outing today, mostly on the compost heap, sometimes coming to all stand in a line outside the vege garden, which is completely netted in. Yesterday two friends from Australia came for a visit, scouting out a place to live on the island....

From the people who brought us Deepwater

While I bask in a South Pacific idyll: Despite the dozens of petitions and newflashes emailed to me each day, I have heard nothing about the protest of Texas oil giant Anardarko beginning deep sea drilling off the west coast of NZ. Environmentalists in the states say...

Right at you, left behind

First full moon here “Right at you, left behind” is my mnemonic to remind me where to look when I am walking on the road. Today I walked to the store again, and on the way stopped in at … a performance space and theater and acrobatics school. The...