Stoatspring was a relatively recent addition to my list of regular blog reads (thanks to a recommendation from Deborah).
I enjoyed the mix of poetry, philosophy and general ruminations on many topics including gardening, food, current affairs and life.
He started blogging because he had inclusion body myositis, a rare muscular degenerative disease which made him increasingly disabled but still able to type.
He was open about the condition, it’s impact and frustrations but never self-pitying.
I was very sorry to read the last post, written by his wife Anne Else, follow Harvey’s death on Christmas Day.
A couple of weeks ago I bought his last book, These I Have Loved, my favourite New Zealand poems. It is a fitting legacy for a man with such a fine appreciation for good writing who wrote so well himself.