Writing

I live in Hamilton, a city on the Waikato River in the
heartland of Aotearoa-New Zealand

Recent Blogs

The Cassowary’s Daughter

The Cassowary’s Daughter

This is the story of my personal cassowary quest. I’ve been looking for this elusive, magical, mysterious bird all my life. Hunting my cassowary is fascinating, exciting, and much stranger than I could ever have imagined.
“To trap cassowaries, one needs to know a very great deal of magic.” Ian Saem Majnep, Birds of My Kalam Country

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Jim O’Gorman: hands in the dirt

Jim O’Gorman: hands in the dirt

Jim O’Gorman is a New Zealander whose life’s work is aimed at solving some of the big problems of our times: topsoil loss and land degradation.
Jim, who’s been dubbed “the Dirt Doctor”, grows superb vegetables and researches soil care and remediation on his tiny 0.57 ha property at Kakanui, north of Dunedin.

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Hands in the dirt

Hands in the dirt

I love putting my hands into beautiful, living soil. It’s an amazing, grounding, energetic feeling.
I enjoy other aspects of gardening: caring for plants, building compost heaps, harvesting and eating the bounty.
But getting my hands in the dirt gives me a feeling of wellbeing that goes beyond these other benefits.

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Dorothy and her ancestors

Dorothy and her ancestors

This post is about my English grandmother, Dorothy Bulmer, nee Dorothy Hermon Hughes.
Dorothy was born in Bangor in 1897. My father, Ralph Bulmer, was her eldest son.
Dorothy was very proud of her ancestors. Thanks to her, I know a fair amount about my family tree.

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My life with green salad

My life with green salad

This is the story behind my new book, Meet your greens: Enliven your salads with herbal energetics. It’s about how to make amazing salads, but it’s also about a lot more than that.
Meet Your Greens comes out of my lifelong interest in the different flavours of salad greens.

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My kefir Christmas

My kefir Christmas

The year I was 15, my father gave me for Christmas a small jar containing strange white curds.
He said it was a yoghurt bug.
But it wasn’t like any yoghurt bug I’d ever seen.
It wasn’t the kind of present Dad usually gave me.

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Better Than Before: My life with Sneaky Feelings

Better Than Before: My life with Sneaky Feelings

Once in a lifetime a band comes along that you love so much, they become part of your world. For me, it’s Sneaky Feelings.
This is the story of how I discovered my favourite New Zealand band.
It’s quite possible that you haven’t heard of them, even if you live in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

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I remember Yesterday

I remember Yesterday

This is where it all began: the old family copy of Abbey Road. I've put myself in the picture. I saw Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle’s film Yesterday last week. It gave me a sense of déjà vu. Because I can remember living in a world where The Beatles didn’t exist. A...

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Living with Alice in Wonderland

Living with Alice in Wonderland

Most people think Alice in Wonderland is an amusing story for kids. But it’s never been that for me, thanks to the name my parents gave me. For many years there was no love lost between me and that other Alice. But I’ve warmed to her. I’ve been inspired to write about...

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My fiddling journey

My fiddling journey

This is the story of how I became a fiddler. I’ve been fiddling for more than three decades. I’ve played fiddle across a wide range of genres. I’ve played in covers bands, bluegrass bands, folk groups and alternative rock bands, and bands that play Celtic music and...

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