All Hallows Eve

Halloween once marked the end of summer. A time when the ancient Celts prepared to descend into winter, anticipating the cold, dark and often deadly season ahead. Halloween marked change, a time when the Celts believed the worlds of the living and dead became blurred. In Aotearoa New Zealand it’s a festival of costumes and … More All Hallows Eve

New Habitats

There’s a new kind of madness emerging. First there were toilet paper wars in the supermarket isles, then came flour and yeast shortages not seen since Churchill’s post-war Britain, and now, in the plentiful first world, we’re struggling for building supplies. Across the globe there has been, to varying degrees, a year and a half … More New Habitats

Rona’s Back

The warnings came through when we were watching Netflix. Gripped by a dark police drama where the female lead rebounds between hero and protagonist, we both ignored the persistent pings on our phones. Until eventually we realised something was up. Our Prime Minister was late to her press conference. She looked more exhausted this time … More Rona’s Back

Hours in the Day

It’s a first world expression “there’s not enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do”. If only we knew what it is to carry water for miles, create bread from rough grain, and have no insight into a world of kitchen appliances and social media. But I’m going to own it … More Hours in the Day


We’ve rented our house. Found someone to make our place their home while we set off on our adventure. I’m levitating, the weight on my shoulders has gone. It’s someone we know too. A trusted friend from the past. Someone we lost touch with in the flurry of child rearing. This family of four couldn’t … More Rented

Taking Shape

We have a spreadsheet going. We’re spreadsheet kind of people. Not what you’d expect of a family planning to toss away all responsibility for a half year I know. But it’s helping our holiday take shape.