Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31, 2015 … scratching around

My muse was as dry as the weather. Lunch in Wellington with a friend gave me the chance to wander the waterfront. I don’t know how I have been unaware of it thus far, but it seems that every week … Continue reading

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January 30, 2015 … mists of time

Normal service is now resumed. There were some odd clouds to the South yesterday, and from the Valley I could see that Brooklyn Hill was shrouded, and the airport was coming and going as clouds drifted over at sea level. … Continue reading

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January 29, 2015 … this old house*

Home again and glad to be here. It was a great trip in all its various parts. Yesterday began very early in Tokaanu, where I overcame my habitual avoidance of mornings. I went down the road towards Little Waihi to … Continue reading

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January 28, 2015 … an unexpected inland “island”

From Miranda, we headed South. Within a very short space of time, we were following SH27 Southward along the Eastern flanks of the Hapuakohe Range. There were some nice views back across the Hauraki Plains in the light of the … Continue reading

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27 January, 2015 … almost done with the shorebirds

This was our second full day at Miranda.   Armed with yesterday’s experience, things should have gone better and to some extent they did. On the other hand, the wind ruffled the water, and there were less than half the … Continue reading

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January 26, 2015 … birder in paradise

Since yesterday was our first full day at the Shorebird Centre, there are no prizes for guessing what today’s blog is about. The time to see the most birds at Miranda is within a window two hours either side of … Continue reading

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25 January, 2015 … a long haul to a golden end

Here we are in Miranda, on the Firth of Thames.   It’s a long haul from Wellington on one of the hottest days of the year. It seems that summer has arrived over the whole country in one extravagant hit. … Continue reading

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