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Photo: Sandra Simpson
Posting a little earlier this month as I'm heading down country for a few days - and keeping my fingers crossed that those sun symbols being used on the weather forecast for the coming week are accurate. Best wishes (and more strength to your elbow) to those in Wanganui, Rangitikei and Manawatu that have been affected by the recent flooding, and warm wishes to those being hit by the deep freeze in the South Island.
The photo this month is of a waxeye (silvereye) feeding in a persimmon tree, one of a flock working their way across the fruit, left there specially for them and other birds. I tossed some apple slices on the lawn this week but realised a pair of mynahs were keeping away the sparrows and a blackbird that were also showing interest. So I went out to shoo them away, but they're such aggressive birds they only took off at the last minute, and throw the apple this way and that so the others could get a look-in.
The Contest listings have been updated and the article for the month looks at a way ahead for tanka in English. If you're looking for John O'Connor's tributes, they have been saved to a page and are now linked off his Showcase page. A copy of the tributes have been sent to his wife, Sandra, and she was most appreciative of the comments and thoughts.
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