A Fantail in Your House

While putting books into boxes, a fantail flew into the house through my open sliding glass door. She swooped in and nearly flew into my face when I rounded the corner. Fantails are notoriously cheeky little birds--they are clever and chatty--never too shy to fly close to your head.  I can't tell if they are aggressive and territorial or if they are flirty and friendly.  Either way, I've always found them delightful.   Until today. She flew around the room, above the bed, above my desk and … [Read more...]

One Girl’s Great New Zealand Grape-picking Adventure

March is New Zealand's September.  Days become noticeably shorter, light begins to shift and the mornings take on a new found crispness.  For the first time in five months you jump out of bed and straight into your fuzzy warm robe and slippers.  You wrap up and immediately get the hot water kettle going, anxious for the sun to work its incubating magic. This is what the end of summer feels like, in March.  I don't get it, really.  My whole being is off kilter, my Norths and Souths flip … [Read more...]