Category Archives: Zealandia

June 11, 2018 … almost to the tipping point

The Winter solstice is always welcome as a sign that summer is on its way. Of course there is a lot of winter’s weather yet to come, but we know that the days will get progressively longer. Just ten more … Continue reading

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December 24, 2015 … perhaps summer

Another visit to Zealandia yesterday. This time it was with our eldest son, daughter-in-law and four of our grandchildren. Though the stiff breeze persisted in the outside world, the sky was blue and the park provided shelter for us all. … Continue reading

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November 2, 2015 … close to home

Mary and I have sometimes driven long distances to see specialist gardens. It’s 192 km to Cross Hills Gardens near Kimbolton. It’s 368 km to the Pukeiti Gardens on the slopes of Taranaki. We have lived in this house for … Continue reading

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October 31, 2015 … spectacular change

Yesterday’s edition was about a surfeit of rain. Today I am happy to report a splendid warm sunny day. I had the very great pleasure of lunch with a friend at the Rata cafeĀ  in the wildlife sanctuary, Zealandia. Lunch … Continue reading

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September 28, 2015 … with other eyes

Sometimes the gift of a visitor helps to see a familiar place in new ways. We took my brother-in-law Paul to Zealandia yesterday. The weather was surprisingly good, and interrupted a span of wet and wind. On the lower dam, … Continue reading

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September 14, 2015 … conservation of birds and machines

Steam whistles are unmistakable for anything else. I heard it howling as it crossed the bridge at Moera and saw the plume of steam and smoke as she raced around the curve from Ava to Woburn towards the stop at … Continue reading

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August 29, 2015 … birds and more birds

My fellow club member and expert bird photographer, Toya invited me to accompany her and a friend to Zealandia yesterday. I don’t need a lot of coaxing to go to Zealandia, and the opportunity to see how Toya achieves her … Continue reading

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