Sep 122016
 
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Manuka.
A herald of spring and a tonic for body and soul.

The weather doesn’t feel as if it has moved forward at all, but the plants know. And they’re making me know. I can feel my throat and ears clog up and know the pollen season is upon us with a vengeance. If I can control that, I can put up and shut up just to be able to enjoy the summer to come.

Manuka and I have been friends for a long time. For years, from the age of about 10, I carried with me a staff of manuka which my Dad had cut for me. There’s no way in the world I can tell you why, just that I knew I needed it to accompany me on my explorations. It leant, nonchalantly waiting, in the corner of the porch by the front door. Ready for my next adventure.

Welcome, Spring!

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  4 Responses to “Leptospermum scopiarium, Lake Tarawera – September 2016”

  1. What a beautiful story Togo with your evocative image. Thank you for sharing such intimacy with us.

  2. Nice Spring image and story Jenny. A season of promise – shame about the pollen though.

  3. Jenny, I mustered the high country of the south island for many years with a trusty Manuka ( nibby ) stick, they were a third leg, a comfort and a familiar friend on those long lonely beats.

  4. Spring has sprung. Yippie! My fav season. And a very lovely image of Spring.

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