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Marlborough Blog & Commentary

Polypodium vulgare - a pretty looking fern, but something you definitely don't want to find in Marlborough.

Serious recreation in Marlborough's backyard

Posted: 13-9-2020 21:25

There's more to backing your backyard or making it Marlborough, than supporting local business; there's also an incredible environment that needs protection.

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Sheep on the Wither Hills

Wild about the Withers

Posted: 7-8-2020 13:09

The Wither Hills Farm Park combining soil conservation, recreation and agriculture is a model of how New Zealanders can work with, rather than against the natural environment.

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Driftwood barrier on Rarangi beach

Back your backyard

Posted: 27-7-2020 19:56

New Zealand's current enforced isolation is a great opportunity to show some love for our wildlife and get to know the locals in our own backyard.

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Wairau River from Rainbow Road

Wildest Places to go in Marlborough

Posted: 5-6-2020 22:36

Marlborough offers some pretty great wilderness experiences. Here are some of the best wild places you can go to.

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Oven problems...

Corona Chronicles

Posted: 4-5-2020 11:27

An update on experiencing life during the New Zealand wide Covid-19 lockdown in Marlborough.

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Marlborough Home Vintage 2020

Posted: 19-4-2020 20:36

Turning grape harvesting and processing into a family Covid-19 lockdown activity in a Blenheim backyard.

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Happy Easter Marlborough

Posted: 12-4-2020 11:37

Easter under Covid-19 lockdown is certainly different, but this is a celebration through a slideshow of teddy bears and other critters.

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Haiku of the day - 'Otago' Gold

Posted: 11-4-2020 15:25

Being confined to walking or short cycling distance of home in Blenheim, a fun challenge is to recreate landscapes from other parts of New Zealand or the world.

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That Wither Hills Tree

Haiku of the day - That Wither Hills Tree

Posted: 9-4-2020 23:42

Blenheim has some surprisingly iconic scenery that can even provide literary inspiration when travel is limited to walking distances.

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Winter is coming...

One Week in Lockdown

Posted: 2-4-2020 12:30

Getting out and about in Blenheim for a walk to the Wither Hills is an eerie experience after a week in lockdown.

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Thankful to still be able to do this

What I learnt from surviving meningitis

Posted: 29-3-2020 22:18

A personal account of a meningitis survivor, and how the lessons learnt from coping with isolation, loss of employment, and illness might apply in the current Covid-19 lock-down in New Zealand.

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Some naked ladies keeping Blenheim bright and beautiful

It's a Beautiful Day

Posted: 25-3-2020 15:55

In Blenheim, the sun is shining , the birds are singing, the flowers are out, what more could you want?

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The Brothers - REAL isolation

Kia Kaha Marlborough

Posted: 23-3-2020 22:46

Things are going to be a bit tough in Marlborough for the next few weeks, but apart together, we'll get through it.

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Lichen growing on charred stump from Boxing Day 2000 fire. Climate change will increase risk of fires.

What Climate Change means for Marlborough

Posted: 11-2-2020 12:50

Some of the implications of climate change for Marlborough economy and infrastructure.

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