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I must be hormonal, or at least that is what I am blaming on how I am feeling at the moment.  On Tuesday a mating pair of Kereru were having a lovely time frolicking in our orchard until the wahine/female of the pair accidentially hit our kitchen window - hard.  She hit the deck and subsequently died due to her injuries. The tane/male Kereru sat with her and in the branch above her all day.  He would occasionally fly down and try and revive her by lifting up her head.  OMG it made me so sad.  Bloody windows.  This happened on Wednesday and today is Friday.  When I looked out our kitchen window this morning I was pleased to see that some wild animal had energetically moved the wahine manu/bird onto a new level but her tane is still grieving.  He is up in the branch above where she passed.  In the image for this blog, if you look carefully you can see the feathered remains of the female and the male up in the tree/raakau. I was a vegetarian for 14 years from when I was 17 until 31.  I love meat but have always struggled knowing that animals, just like us are sentient beings.  This pair of love birds has once again tugged on the vegetarian within me and in particular my love of birds. OK I am crying again ... hormones ... love birds ... sentient beings. 

I need to lighten things up so that you leave this blog feeling happier, lighter and calmer. I'd like to say I purposely keep my windows dirty to prevent accidents like this from happening but that would be an out and out lie.  I just don't enjoy cleaning windows and because we live rurally within a day or two they always have bird poo splattered on them.  I have images of the local manu scheming and planning on how to best attack my sparkly, clean windows with military precision. When the opportunity arises and nature calls, they take turns at aiming their rear ends towards my windows and releasing. Then they fly away laughing like naughtly children. It makes me feel better to think that I am winning the battle over them, I know their devious, sneaky plans and I am not going to buy into it :)

I have always loved manu.  My first tattoo was of a Tui so I think that is why I love creating my Inarapa recycled rubbers earrings so much. They are my fashion shout out to our incredible manu. Take care of yourself and aroha nui xxx

Posted: Friday 28 August 2020


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