Monthly Archives: November 2012

November 30, 2012 … from Middle Earth to the Misty Mountains

Summer just got wound back three notches. It was a stunning morning in Wellington as Mary dropped me at the airport. There were clear skies, bright sun and flat calm. I was early for my journey, so I had a … Continue reading

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November 29, 2012 … I think that I shall never see*

Contemplating a special tree seemed appropriate. The hoop-la associated with the Hobbit premiere was happening in the city and I made a conscious choice to stay away. As I parked in the grounds of St James Church behind the Lower … Continue reading

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November 28, 2012 … sweet and sour

Consciousness came with music yesterday. It was the music of my old buddy, the tui who was sitting on the ponga just outside my bedroom window whistling, honking and chiming. He was proclaiming his sovereignty over the immediate surroundings and … Continue reading

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November 27, 2012 … another day in denial

This is not a birdwatching blog. It really isn’t.  It was never intended to be. On the other hand, a beautiful bird is irresistible to me. Yesterday, despite earlier resolutions, I put myself back into the zone of maximum temptation … … Continue reading

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November 26, 2012 … brisk breezes

Wellington has a great climate. I just wish it didn’t go past so fast. Yesterday morning was spent on some necessary and overdue chores (hedge trimming, garden weeding). If trapped I can be put in those situations. As the hedge … Continue reading

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November 26, 2012 … “For I am the ruler of all that I see!”*

Nailed it. A competition judge may disagree, find fault, suggest improvements, I don’t care. Tuis are prolific this season, and noisy with it. Perhaps it’s something to do with attracting a mate, but individuals seem to choose a prominent place … Continue reading

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November 24, 2012 … flattened but not beaten

This city can be cruel. After a very nice lunch of my favourite mussels steamed in blue cheese sauce, I went out to Pauatahanui. As soon as I got there I knew it as not going to be a fruitful … Continue reading

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November 23, 2012 … celebrating a beautiful day

There was something special about the day to begin with. Warm sun, little cloud, slight breeze, and the harbour was calm. Where should I go to “seize the day”? The South coast is often a good answer to that question. … Continue reading

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November 22, 2012 … fur, flaps and feathers

If I had known the freedom conveyed by retirement, I might  have contemplated it sooner. At least for now, I am free to get up when I wake, and to go out and pursue anything that interests me. Yesterday I … Continue reading

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November 21, 2012 … a seedy affair

A few seeds was all it took. That and a little patience . My camera was pre-focused on a particular spot on the lawn, and I spread a little bird-seed along a line across that point. Within five minutes the … Continue reading

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