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The Folly of Back to Normal

The Folly of Back to Normal Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or read somewhat anything from some mainstream commentator regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the talk will invariably come to “getting back to normal”. And secretly, or not so secretly that is what most of us desire. We want our lives [...]

By | 2020-06-06T01:52:48+00:00 June 5th, 2020|Articles, Climate Change, Environment & Food, social change|0 Comments

The Swamp

The Swamp The hours, days, and even weeks we spent in the “swamp” as children. The “swamp” was an area of wetland down the hill, behind the house my brother and three sisters grew up in, on a small farm just outside the North Island, New Zealand, city of New Plymouth. During the many [...]

By | 2020-03-03T05:46:50+00:00 February 29th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Conservation, Environment & Food, Nature|0 Comments

Imminent Doom

Living in Interesting Times We live in interesting times, of that there can be no doubt. How many other generations also believed they lived in interesting times? Most no doubt. However, the enormity of what is happening in our times is unparalleled. Yet, on a personal level, I struggle to balance what I have [...]

Wellness

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the [...]

A Bunch of Questions, A Few Statements But Even Fewer Answers

In this time of climatic change and uncertainty, I have come across a few questions and statements that for whatever reason resonated with me – whether that resonation was to acknowledge they were true, or false, or bore further thought. Here is my take on a few of them. [...]

By | 2019-10-12T22:26:29+00:00 October 4th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Climate Change, Conservation, Environment & Food, Nature|0 Comments

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms Do farmers get a bad press in New Zealand? Depending on what you read or hear, and who wrote it or said it, the answer is either yes or no. Unfortunately, views on both sides have become increasingly polarised. What, for the most part, has driven this [...]

By | 2019-09-19T23:33:15+00:00 September 19th, 2019|Agriculture, Articles, Blog, Lodge, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important?

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important? One of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood was each evening watching the waves of Starlings coming home to roost. Their roost was a stretch of old bamboo, probably about 50 metres in length. The noise of calls, chirps, general greetings, squabbling [...]

With The Grand Daughters On The Whanganui River

With the Grand Daughters on the Whanganui River I tossed and turned that night after making the offer. An offer which was immediately accepted I might add. What was that offer? What had started as a very cruisy commercial four day dory trip on the Whanganui River, with me basically offering [...]

Does Anyone Really Care?

Does Anyone Really Care? I recently read some disturbing comments made by Sudima Hotels director Les Morgan. These were published in the tourism trade newsletter, Inside Tourism. He had been asked if his company had addressed sustainability issues. His reply was that first, the business had to be sustainable economically. He then went on [...]

The Bigger Better Vegetable Garden

The Bigger, Better, Vegetable Garden If you have either visited River Valley in recent years, or been following us online, you will know that a strong part of our ethic is attempting to be a regenerative business. A business that has a primary aim to benefit the land, nature, local community, family, [...]

By | 2019-01-02T21:53:13+00:00 October 14th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Permaculture|0 Comments