Category Archive: Seabirds and environment

Nov 19

Freedom campers need to play by the rules

Campervans in a paddock where it's legal to park because they've kindly asked.

I hadn’t thought ‘lightly’ and ‘politely’ could be interchangeable until a letter from a rental vehicle company proved that, indeed, this is so. We share a Kaipara beach with ‘no camping’ signs which were ignored by some freedom campers I met during a preprandial wander. The couple, whose van had been parked all day, were …

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Jul 08

Slimy brown scum – it has a name

This brown scum that thrives in our wet winters is called Nostoc Commune

Anticipating cultured conversation after a local theatre performance, we retired to the bar for a night cap. But as this is a rural area, talk was all about an entirely different type of culture – a strange gooey, gunky and shiny brown growth. I’d first spotted it while being a marshal for the Rally of …

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Dec 17

Meet Christina Ferens, author of ‘The Country Diary of a New Zealand Lady’

# The Country Diary Front Cover for web (1)

As a writer about rural life, I was recently asked to review a book by another Northland writer, Christina Ferens. The Country Diary of a New Zealand Lady is glorious; it’s both a meditation and a celebration of the birds, animals, and plants which many of us see every day and don’t give a second …

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Apr 30

Thanks to our hapless guests

Shags in a feeding frenzy

The farmer and I thank visiting family and friends for coping with cold showers, collapsing chairs and curious possums. About a year ago we bought eight new deck chairs which, as three hapless guests have taught us, have a design fault. So far three chairs have cracked in the same place taking three different guests …

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