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Miraz Jordan
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I love simplicity and silence. I enjoy taking photos of birds. I also enjoy drinking tea — green, white, yellow, but not black. I live at Waikawa Beach in New Zealand, which I love, and strive to be an actively decent human being. Apparently the bizarre is normal now. Now 69, I'm super happy to be getting old — it means I'm not dead yet! 100% human (she / her). I joined the MB community on 05 January 2018. Follow me on Micro.Blog at https://micro.blog/miraz .
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Goose and ducks at the Auckland Domain duck pond.

Goose and ducks on a duck pond.

We've had a great lightning visit to Auckland to celebrate two birthdays with friends.

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@annahavron Wooo. That's 80 years on… Amazing.

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@lmika Wool and possum is a fabulously warm combination!

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Cyclists: beware the troughs in the surface!

Falling cyclist sign.
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@ChuckJordan This was an excellent point. Thank you for making it — "a torrent of noise in a comment section not only overwhelms the original point, but creates a sense that the original point is more charged or contentious than it actually is."

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The moment I saw these World of Wearable Art models I knew @Cheri would love them.

A mannequin is dressed in an elaborate, plant-like costume with a combination of leaf-like and lobster claw elements on display in an exhibition setting.The image features a display card detailing the creation process and inspiration behind a piece called "Hermecea," crafted by Jan Kerr from New Zealand using handmade fabric and papier mache in 2011.A mannequin dressed in a shimmering outfit with an elaborate butterfly-themed wing accessory is displayed on a pedestal, set against an open indoor background with visible shops and decor.A display features a sign about an award-winning fabric and metal art exhibit titled "Something Fishy: A Man-Eater Double Feature" by Wendy Moyer from Mexico, set against a shimmering backdrop.

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It’ll be Gate 16 for us this morning.

Airport departure and arrival times in front of a window showing a plane departing Wellington.
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@hollyhoneychurch Ah, that makes sense. Thanks. It's a time-consuming and expensive endeavour, judging by much smaller works I've seen here.

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@Denny Lovely!

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@hollyhoneychurch Heh, excellent photo! Just grooming the beach or are they adding sand from elsewhere, do you know?

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@jtr Thanks. Luckily we have a woodburner for warmth and we can also cook on there at a pinch. This gadget will charge phones and computers.

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In June 2022 we had a 19-hour power cut and @jean suggested a small portable generator.

Now, 2 years later I've finally bought a Yeti 200x Portable Power Station from Goal Zero.

Screenshot shows devices the Yeti can power, including 18 recharges of a smartphone. Packaging shows the Yeti generator.

Up in Northland some homes are without power days after a pylon fell over: Northland power cuts.

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@JohnBrady It's easy for us here in the southern hemisphere where traditions imported from the north just don't make sense. In the Māori tradition Matariki starts the new year. Because of its requirement for things to do with the moon, this year Matariki is celebrated next weekend.

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@alexandra 😁 Thank you!

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Knowledge that isn't shared is not knowledge.

Source: Kōkōrangi: Māori astronomer guiding crowds into the New Year.

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Happy New Year! Today is the June Solstice and the start of my personal new year — Day 01.

It's a cold, crisp morning, the (98%) full moon is on its way to setting and the sun will rise at 0743.

What a great day to be alive! 🥳

Solstice moonset behind trees.
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There was no wind this morning, though if there had been it was nominally from the east. For this west coast beach that means a very calm sea.

From the top of a nearby sand dune it almost looked like a millpond.

For the Pacific Wave Appreciation Society. 🌊

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@cheribaker It's a favourite, with interesting smell and flavour.

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@val Very pretty!

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@odd Oh, on a phone. That may be different. I do such things on my Mac.

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@Denny Did they specify a language or could it be in say Klingon? Or a local indigenous language?

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@odd Hmmm, I watch on the web but they do require a login.

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@billbennettnz Ouch! Glad it went well, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

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@matti Such a clever girl!

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@matti @annahavron Ah, fair enough! 😁

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Quite a find! On TVNZ+ an animated Māori language sci-fi TV Show called Tipua:

Ārepa Simmons feels like her world is going crazy. Lacking all motivation for a future she’s been working towards for years, she's awakened when she receives a mysterious taonga.

See the trailer on YouTube.

Screenshot from trailer shows a young Māori woman and an older Māori man engaged in a hongi (pressing foreheads together to share breath).
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@alexandra @cygnoir Thank you so much for that image. 😆

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@matti Nice bit of handholding. 😍

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This morning's tea: a lightly roasted oolong: Bagua Shan Siji Chun 2024:

Following oxidation, compression, rolling and curing, they are gently roasted at the end of processing. The result is a light and silky-soft infusion with moreish notes of sweetened cream, caramelised sugar and flowers.

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@cygnoir This morning I'm enjoying a lightly roasted oolong: Bagua Shan Siji Chun 2024. Delicious!

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Agglomerated pink shells.

A Google image search led me to Megabalanus, and then I found my way to Pink Barnacles (Beach Barnacles Of New Zealand) · iNaturalist NZ.

Of course I'd heard of barnacles but I had no idea that's what this is. It's not uncommon to find these on Waikawa Beach.

See also Beloved Barnacles.

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This was a quick read, thanks to my enjoying this series so much. I find the main characters very appealing. A False Report by Veronica Heley 📚:

Bea’s investigation leads to the discovery of a circle of crooks with links to high society.

Book cover: A False Report.

This book introduced me to a nasty practice called The Badger Game.

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Interesting — Should you add milk to tea?:

In European salons [in the 1600s], tea was served in delicate fine bone china, easily cracked by the shock of hot tea being poured into the cup. Adding milk first served to reduce the temperature of the infusion, preserving the fragile teaware.

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What to expect from 'seal silly season':

Vomiting in public. Snoozing in the middle of busy roads. Hanging out in KFC car parks, and waking up on strangers' couches. … all activities that perfectly normal juvenile seals get up to at this time of year.

Dr Jody Weir, a marine science adviser …, said the period from June to September was commonly referred to as "seal silly season".

Ah, yes, we see young seals on the beach sometimes at this time of year.

Seal pup loping across the beach.
Seal pup loping across the beach (2019).
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One of the book series I really enjoyDetective Nikki Galena Mysteries (15 book series) by Joy Ellis is available at low cost for a few days. 📚

This is your chance to buy the books if you want to read the series.

Meet Detective Nikki Galena. She will stop at nothing to avenge her daughter. Under the brooding skies of the Lincolnshire Fens, she pursues the most vicious criminals.

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How kiwi returned to Wellington

We learned that in areas with no pest control, virtually 90-100% of chicks were being eaten before they could defend themselves. The number one perpetrator was the stoat.

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The Brokenwood Mysteries title.

Yay, Season 10 of The Brokenwood Mysteries has started on TVNZ. Episode 1:

After dinosaur fossils are discovered in the foothills of Brokenwood, the town buzzes about the potential boost for tourism. But when a paleontologist turns up dead, the future doesn't look so rosy.

Excellent episode!

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Today I attended a really interesting talk by Associate Professor Phil Battley, Zoology & Ecology Group, Massey University at the local Forest and Bird branch meeting.

Red Knots … The Secrets they Hold

Despite being the second-most numerous Arctic shorebird species to visit Aotearoa, the migrations of red knots / huahou to and from their Russian breeding grounds have been largely mysterious. …

I haven't seen Red Knots at Waikawa Beach but they are found just up the road at the Manawatū Estuary.

Forest and Bird talk on Red Knots - title slide shows the birds. Slide shows there are two subspecies and their flight paths to the Arctic.
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I wasn't really expecting to enjoy The Bea Abbot Agency Mysteries Books 1–5 box set by Veronica Heley but I was quite wrong. 📚

The characters are interesting and evolve over time. Mrs Abbott has delightful quirks, such as perhaps wanting to wring an annoying neck, but talking herself out of it.

Book cover: Box set The Bea Abbot Agency Mysteries Books 1–5. Screenshot of sentence: her IQ was probably not as high as her heels.
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There were two Tīrairaka | New Zealand fantails at the beach this morning. They're so small and I was so far away. And they flit around constantly.

Length: 16 cm; Weight: 8 g

This is an extreme crop.

Tiny bird with big tail on a piece of driftwood.
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Smirnoff can on top of rubbish bin.

Oh yeah, I always like to start off the day with a good belt of Smirnoff and lemon … Heh, no! I haven't drunk alcohol for decades now. I picked this up off the side of the road on the way to the beach.

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A bit of a rainbow.

About one third of a rainbow against dark sky.
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That's quite an impressive weather system over Aotearoa at the moment.

Map shows a huge Low over New Zealand.

Via earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions.

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An acquaintance who lives not far away messaged me to ask if I'd like a load of good quality horsepoop for the garden. I happily said Yes, of course.

A pile of horse poop.

They delivered it the other day. That's about 5 barrow loads. One horse produces that much each week.

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I'm continuing to simplify my life and to step back a bit from all kinds of things. I've just sent out the final edition of the Waikawa Newsletter and will no longer be updating the Waikawa News blog, though I need to create a new homepage to make it easier to find information from the archive. I've wri... miraz.me