natesmountain (natesmountain) wrote,

A pukeko on my path

I made it through the end of the term and now I'm smack in the middle of the break. I have a LOT of work to do but today I'm pretending I don't *g* I am up north at my mother's house. I took Christy, Finn and Finn's friend for the drive. Asher had too much soccer to do at home.

First morning here, I woke early and went for a walk. I crossed under the railway line and found a wetland area that was brimming with pukekos. I love them. They are the common version of the Takahe. I was walking down the path amongst the wetlands and there on the path just ahead of me was a tall pukeko. He was beautiful. A blue flame, to quote Sam Hunt. He looked at me and when I got quite close he stepped sideways into the reeds and had vanished!

The next day I went for a walk in the rain. I walked down a right of way beside a new subdivision and came into another stretch of the same wetlands, at least half a kilometre away. As I emerged from the right-of-way, a pukeko was just sitting in a clump of wet grass. He stared at me. I said, hello! He screeched in fright and flew off, sending about ten other pukekos screeching into the morning rain!

It's nice up here, don't know anyone, have no obligations apart from being nice and paying for a lot of stuff, it's a good way to be. I toy with a job where I don't have to do preparation! Today I walked along another wetland area, where there are tidal wetlands and tiny crabs everywhere. It's very peaceful. So amazing to be out in the middle of nowhere even though I can see the city in the distance while I walk in silence, just the occasional jogger with their dog, pale silk-grey herons scooting across the surface of the water...

And Easter is finally done. Jesus has died and is risen and we can all get on with our lives now!

I wrote this afternoon. It felt good to just write without worrying if it's good or not. It's just writing and I'm enjoying it. Now to catch up with you guys... xoxox
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