Two Good Keen Girls

It was supposed to be a rat-station baiting  day in the forest, but a previous check by volunteers found only two rats had been caught! The forest was safe for the birds this time around. Instead, we volunteers would have a walk and a barbecue. Meeting at the kohanga, literally te reo Maori for nest, … More Two Good Keen Girls

Doing the Duckboard Walk for Whitebait / Inanga

In the eastern Bay of Plenty a small river runs beside the road towards the estuary, creating a swampy area edged with rushes and mangroves and flax. Many people thought it a waste of space, good for nothing. But Margaret and Stuart Slade who operate Cheddar Valley, their handmade pottery business across the road, thought otherwise. … More Doing the Duckboard Walk for Whitebait / Inanga

Exploring the outdoor art murals in Katikati, New Zealand

I’m house sitting with a stuffed grizzly bear in a small rural town called Katikati in the western Bay of Plenty New Zealand. I’m here for five months over the winter and spring, from June to October. I write children’s stories. I paint landscapes and I explore. This is an exploration story. Katikati is a … More Exploring the outdoor art murals in Katikati, New Zealand