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 →

Blowing in the Wind

Walking by the Eastern Southland Gallery last week I was struck by the ready-made in the lancewood - it's actually been there about two months apparently placed there by the wind having blown through from the supermarket just up the road - I don't think it's a genuine gallery installation - they're more of an... Continue Reading →

Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about Nigel's work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan - you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel - happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth Volume 26 Issue 3, page... Continue Reading →

Tour de Holes

I spent a very rainy cold Yesterday peering into holes across urban Queenstown with 30 other urban stormwater devotees with Stormwater360 leading the tour. We were kicking off the NZ Stormwater Conference looking at a range of stormwater interception devices - three vortex systems and one cartridge system. (I have no affiliations with Stormwater360 or Conteches... Continue Reading →

Through the interstices – thinly

Walking across any city you see many narrow spaces, often filled with trash or weeds, sometimes with a power pole, a transformer, or an access hatch. Some are planned landscape easements, but mainly they are the result of setback rules; boundary disagreements; areas set aside for 'landscaping' by people ignorant of plants, road medians, electric-cable... Continue Reading →

The Wolf at the end of the Universe

In lowest Princes Street Dunedin lies the Wolf at the Door, a refuge from monoculture, respite from Late-Capitalism and communal hub. Great coffee and the best scrambled eggs in the Universe. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE   This area bounded by Stafford, Jetty and Hope streets and centred on The Wolf is liminal, a... Continue Reading →

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