Give me spots

    “Hey farmer, farmer Put away that DDT now Give me spots on my apples But LEAVE me the birds and the bees Please! Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘Til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot”  ~ Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi.… Continue reading Give me spots

Planting the seed

The last of the spring planting is done at ‘Hou Ngahere’! We got the final 30 Kowhai trees in the ground (part of the 270 from the Easter planting) before it dries out for the summer.   Now we’re watching the Kereru (Wood Pigeon) shred the older Kowhai trees. Its not all bad though, having them visit… Continue reading Planting the seed

One small step…

They’re in! Every single one of the 500 trees supplied by the Wellington City Council are now happily ensconced in their new home, the Buckley Road Reserve. Thanks to all that gave a helping hand. We had some good weather and a great mix of new and familiar faces, young and old, Maranui scones and… Continue reading One small step…

In the field of opportunity…

its planting time again! – (HT to Neil Young). Since we started in 2002 the “Friends of Buckley Road Reserve” with the help of the WCC, we have planted more than 6,000 trees into the reserve that runs the length of Houghton Valley. Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.… Continue reading In the field of opportunity…

Buying Time

Update: It’s buying time at New Chums Beach. The development plans have been withdrawn! For now there’s a breathing space before  a new plan emerges. Maybe it’s time for a giant “crowd source” to buy it for everyone….. sometimes we just need these wild untamed places. See the news article update here. Together we can… Continue reading Buying Time

The good Doctor Wildcat

I’ve just been down to “Hou Ngahere” again; we spent a couple of days with the geckos! I rescued one from the kitchen sink and she left behind a skin, I took it as a notification that she’d updated her profile picture…. ….and it was a reflection of the transformation going on underneath. Thanks to… Continue reading The good Doctor Wildcat