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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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Apr. 24th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
Gorgeous descriptions! Thanks for sharing your walks! I especially liked the silk-grey herons!

Glad you're enjoyng the Easter break and have managed to have some work-free time.

And Happy Easter! (It's the morning of Easter Day here.)
Apr. 24th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
Ah the bunny is back. Love the bunny!

I'm quietly stressing about how much work I DO have to do in the next few days but *shrug* life is important and I really want to enjoy it! I just need another fortnight... at least I'm relaxed now and not waking up in the middle of the night with a whole raft of 'things I have to do' panics!

HAPPY HAPPY EASTER indeed. This evening I walked over to meet the boys at the skate park. It's a little park plonked in the middle of a huge grass area that is already sodden underfoot and we're nowhere near winter yet. I sloshed over in the dusk to look at the huge pond beside the park and it was beautiful, dead calm, silent, just a few ducks rustling in the flax bushes. I think I'd appreciate a spell living in the country!
Apr. 24th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
County living brings its own problems, not least the need to reach work that will finance it! But it is wonderful to be in a rural area - one of the reasons I love our home in Portugal. The Easter weather is glorious here (UK) this year but there is always the noise of neighbours or traffic.
Apr. 25th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
I know I'm not quite a country person. Maybe I'd just appreciate a country retreat. Like Portugal but in our own country. It's too far to get to anywhere else from here!!

Our home is pretty quiet anyway and there are beaches five minutes away in every direction. But I love the bush.
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