Category Archive: landscapes

Holy of holies

Holy of holies

kawakawa [Macropiper excelsum]. The leaves are usually hole punched by the green Kawakawa Looper moth [Cleora scriptaria] caterpillars. The leaves can be used for healing purposes and, rather than being a disadvantage, the leaves with the most holes are considered the best with the strongest concentrations of active ingredients.

 

Winter solstice

Winter solstice

Rather than snow on the shortest day, our ornamental cherry is covered in lichen. It’s great not having snow, but the lichen is not a …

 

The summer day

The summer day

I walk past this elm tree most days on the way to and from work. I’ve feel a bit a of a relationship with it …

 

Searching for muchness

Searching for muchness

MAD HATTER (accusing): “You’re not the same as you were before. You were much more … much more muchier … you’ve lost your muchness.” ALICE: “My …

 

Garden of earthly delight

Garden of earthly delight

We are very happy with our lemon tree – perhaps more accurately, we are very happy with the lemons on our lemon tree. We’ve been …

 

Sea fever

Sea fever

I’ve never been a great swimmer, but I do love being near the water. It’s the edges and margins that attract me, rock pools in …

 

Blue notes

Blue notes

My mum was born on February 1 – today was her birthday. She died a couple of years back, and I still miss her very …

 

Ambition

Ambition

“One day,” he said, “We will own all of this.” “Urgh,” she thought, “I’ve only just finished decluttering my sock drawer.” It’s been a day of watching …

 

Under African skies

Under African skies

Today was a beautiful sunny day, and the sky was about as blue as it gets. I couldn’t wait to get out of the office …

 

Garden fresh

Garden fresh

When I was a kid my Dad created a highly productive vegetable garden. It was beautiful, but, sadly, we thought it was so mundane that …