A (Working) Holiday in New Zealand

The boyf and I went to NZ for a bit of R & R, doing the camping, tramping (hiking) and fishing thing. Being based for a week in the sleepy hamlet of Okarito, surrounded by great walking tracks made it easy to write cartoon ideas. I also took my little sketchbook, as I am trying to draw something every day this year and it is a good way to keep the drawing hand in (hover over images for captions). (more…)

Tasmania Trip Photos

The boyf and I went to Tasmania and loved it. It’s not all beautiful – there is a lot of heavy industry, mining and forestry, but the other scenery is fantastic, the wildlfe is incredbible and the people were, for the most part, friendly (the exception being the woman in the “British” pub in Deloraine who must have sniffed me out as one of the “greenies” she loathes). Mouse over for captions… (more…)

Out With the Little Penguin Research Team

This is my fourth year of volunteering with Earthcare to look after the penguins on the breakwater. Last night, I took up the invitation to go out with the research team which goes out every second Sunday to measure the penguins. This involves rock-hopping and trying to grab the penguins as they run for cover. Not easy and I didn’t catch any (frankly, I was happy just to watch and help pass on the caught birds), but the team caught a lot and microchipped all the birds which didn’t have a chip and were big enough (over 650g – fully grown birds are about a kilo) to be injected with one. Just like dogs, the chip is injected into the scruff of the neck. (more…)