Nighttime visitors

At night, there is a constant tapping on the windows of insects trying to get to the light. There are two moths clinging to the surface of this print. I have never lived around so many insects. This picture reminds me of the Edgar Allan Poe story (I think it’s...

Argiope aurantia

In Texas, I am learning to fondle my things. If I do not fondle my things, the spider webs gather them in, and I feel like an abandoned bride in a Dickens tale. This is Argiope aurantia, an outdoor spider, span is six inches anyway, known as the Black and Yellow...

Last solo day, 2

The chooks are totally bored with their bailiwick. Last night when I went to tuck them in, they were still sorting thmselves out on the roosts, and were fussing and clucking at each other. Tonight one of the girls is in a nest box, the rest on roosts. Henny Penny is...

Last solo day, 1

Te Whau Drive, Auckland visible across the water Took myself on a walk over to Azzuro today, to get a bottle of their lovely own-grown and pressed olive oil. There are enough olives on the trees here for them to be pressed this year, and Azzuro will do it for them....

Feeding the tribe, pattern recognition

Here is Sooty, coming for a perimeter walk in the evening, one of our last! Hard to believe that four days from now I’ll be in Nelson, and no longer living here. When I am in the cold at Freezeout Lake, in that glorious place, maybe I’ll remember this...