Signs of summer

28/12/2010

We don’t get pohutukawa trees this far south but one of the harbingers of summer is the blooming of the cabbage trees.

They’ve been particularly exuberant this year.


Tuesday’s answers

07/07/2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. Which is New Zealand’s shortest river?

2. Who said “What is left for men to do? After they’ve taken the rubbish out, that is?”

3. Who wrote For Better, For Worse and For Lunch?

4. Who was the first woman to graduate from the University of Otago (which I think means NZ)?

5. What are the Maori and botanical names for cabbage tree?

Paul Tremewan did best with two right and 1 very close (it’s Christina not Christine for 3). No-one got the anser to 2.

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Monday’s Quiz

06/07/2009

1. Which is New Zealand’s shortest river?

2. Who said “What is left for men to do? After they’ve taken the rubbish out, that is?”

3. Who wrote For Better, For Worse and For Lunch?

4. Who was the first woman to graduate from the University of Otago (which I think means NZ)?

5. What are the Maori and botanical names for cabbage tree?


In praise of cabbage trees

05/06/2009

It’s Arbor Day when we’re being encouraged to plant and care for trees.

In support of that I salute one of my many favourite natives, the cabbage tree, cordyline australis or ti kouka.

It starts like this . . .

 cabbage tree 001

. . .  and grows like this (dog optional)  . . .

cabbage tree 002

. . . to this . . .cabbage tree 003

 

. . . which supports my theory that nature has a sense of humour.


Poetry in Parenting

21/11/2008

 

This Friday’s poem, Poetry in Parenting  by Karen Gray comes from swings + roundabouts Poems on Parenthood  edited by Emma Neale, published by Godwit.

 

                       Poetry in Parenting

 

There is poetry in parenting if you listen for it.

A little face pressed against the window as the southerly hits:

‘Mummy, outside it has just burst into tears,

and the cabbage tree’s hair is in its eyes’

Poetry. And wisdom:

‘I know how the mice got in the roof, Dad – they jumped on the trampoline.’

Visions of mice, like miniature Masai, bouncing.

 

                       – Karen Gray –


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