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A Plunging of Gannets

Posted on January 25th, 2015

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I’d never seen an Australasian Gannet before.  I’d seen pictures, and heard about how these incredible golden-headed seabirds nest in the Hawke’s Bay during certain times of the year. Shane hadn’t seen them since he was a child growing up in Flaxmere, on a school trip out to the colonies.  We made sure we visited […]


Posted on December 13th, 2013

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We took a road trip up to Gisborne to see some dear friends.  I haven’t spent much time in this part of New Zealand before, so it was a good chance to explore a new corner of Aotearoa as well as reunite with our mates. Gisborne turned on its best weather, most amazing food and […]

A Day Out in Wellington

Posted on December 10th, 2013

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I catch the train from my Dad’s place in Upper Hutt.  It winds through the Hutt Valley, crossing clear rivers, their stoney banks teeming with birdlife.  Once we leave Petone we ride right alongside the ocean, the city’s buildings gleaming like jewels on the horizon. From the railway station I head straight to the waterfront, […]

In my Garden: Wongaling Beach

Posted on November 23rd, 2013

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We’ve been so lucky to be able to call this beautiful place our temporary home.  This was our third visit; we also came here for a few months at the end of our around-Australia road trip back in 2009, then again in 2012 after we left Japan.  It’s an awesome place to spend some time, […]

Bird Nerd 3: Birds of Far North Queensland

Posted on November 2nd, 2013

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While we were away last weekend, we found ourselves observing interesting birds wherever we went.  There’s a lot of birdlife up in this region of Australia, and I just love it when I have the time to sit outside and see what nature throws at me.  Here’s a selection of the birds we saw… most […]