Chick’s in a puddle

Stepping out of Union Co Cafe after one of their fantastic mushroom filo's the other day I (almost) stepped in a puddle reflecting the old Chick's Hotel across the road. Chick's Hotel  has nurtured (probably too gentle a word!) many  NZ bands and has recently moved on to become a recording studio. More recent outputs... Continue Reading →


Herbicides, use, abuse and mis-use

Herbicides help one person do the work of many. But they should be treated like strong medicinal drugs, to deal with a deep-seated problem once and for all. With patience we can do this naturally, with less damage to Earth and a more robust result - but another post for that. Sometimes managers are impatient.... Continue Reading →

Moa sighted near Otuparaoa

Travelling a back road today between the Otuparaoa and Blue Mountains I came across a moa. Normally flighty and hard to capture, this one was wired and I was able to get her photo before she thundered off toward the Umbrella Mountains.

In spite of it all

The other day as I raced into a southern storm I glimpsed a shrub defeating a power pole possum barrier - but the weather was too horrible to stop. Today we had more time but even driving both ways slowly we only found it at the last, almost back to the Glenham floodplain. Australian brushtail... Continue Reading →

Crusty Corner has re-opened at last after major renovation. Nigel was there 7.30am for a hot chocolate en route to his nearby landscape project. Lovely spring morning, view toward Dunedin Botanic Garden. Taken by Nigel 28 Sept 2018

re-Becoming Natural – Part 1

Before 1915 human population was naturally capped by Earth's natural nitrogen (N) pool to about  2 billion. Then Fritz Häber discovered how to produce N using natural gas. Rapid human population growth dates from this point [500Kb pdf]. We're heading for overshoot central. We need to see ourselves as natural - and start behaving like... Continue Reading →

Mortal Remains (sea-eroded brick and mortar). Walking along Fortrose beach today, seemingly the middle of nowhere and found some richly coloured brick fragments scattered on the beach. Fortrose, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 05 Aug 2018.

Cabbage Tree Road

Today was a national holiday - well not quite but my birthday and I try to avoid working birthdays so Liz and I took off for a meander through West-Otago. Over towards Heriot we found Cabbage Tree Road which really lives up to its name. We felt the pull of one tree and had to... Continue Reading →

Tea, scones and fire at Larnach Castle

Liz suggested we have morning tea at Larnach Castle for a early birthday (mine). Even on the yuckiest of days Larnach is amazing with its tower, 19C architecture and blousy, loose plantings. The first thing we saw was this wedding cake tree  in its barest winter state. The we walked through a dripping woodland at... Continue Reading →

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