Sunday, November 15, 2015

pheasant road-kill

On my Far North road trip: just out of Waipapakauri on 90 Mile Beach I found a recently killed pheasant by the side of the road. Back at camp Te Araroa tramper Tyler shared some preparation techniques, then a couple of days later at Ahirapa camp Grahame helped me eat my find.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

I find some old photographic slides

My Far North Road Trip - in a Kaikohe junk shop I came across a box of old colour slides from the 1970’s. I find discarded social history of this sort fascinating - here are highlights of someone’s life, carefully, and probably proudly, recorded and annotated....then under different circumstances simply junked.
Thanks to for the soundtrack....

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industrial devastation

Visiting old, abandoned industrial sites is a rare pleasure. On my Far North road-
On Sunday of Labour Day with no-one around I was able to explore the site quite thoroughly....

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trip I came across a burnt-out wood-mill in Kaitaia opposite the cemetery.

Monday, October 26, 2015

road kill: found and shared

Currently I an on a road trip in the Far North of New Zealand.

Although I have seen several instances of road-kill on this trip, they have so far been either too mangled, too old, or too large (a turkey and a goose) to salvage.

However, just outside of Tauranga Bay I came across a fresh, manageable rabbit.
As you can see the eye is still clear.

I wrapped the body in newspaper, and later skinned and gutted it at Whangaroa, then hung it in the van for 2 days - it was so fresh it attracted no flies!

At Taipa I met some locals who invited me to stay the night on their property, in return I shared my find with them - cooked in a can of tomatoes, with diced pumpkin and carrot, some ginger, and the Promite and beef stock I carry for making gravy.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

road trip to the far north

Tomorrow I leave for points north in my camper van: Matakohe, Keri Keri (to the Men's Shed), Coopers Beach, Kaitaia (another Men's Shed), Hokianga Harbour, Rawene, Kauri forest, Waipu.

Follow my blog on this trip:

This blog will cover my beachcombing activities as well as look at issues relating to social history, local flora and fauna, and geology.

the musket wars

recycling manifesto

Some time ago I was invited to be a judge at the "Trash to Fashion" show on Waikeke Island.
At the symposium before the show I gave a talk entitled:

Read the full text at:

I will print this text out and make copies available at the assemblage exhibition I am participating in at the Depot Community Art Gallery in March 2016.
See my blog on this show:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

imagination and other matters

Freelance writer & photographer Jason Burgess visited me the other week at home. We talked about art/life/recycling and Jason took some photos which he has used to illustrate a blogpost he wrote about his visit.

Jason: " I consider myself fortunate to meet and know so many people whose lives I would call living art. Adding to that number is Martin Adlington, the self-titled Professor of Garbology, who has spent the best part of fifty years living beyond the aspirational norms of mainstream society, re-contextualizing the world at hand and travelling the globe off the back of his ostensibly rudimentary, often genius and witty spontaneous crafts and recycled art techniques."

Read more:!

Monday, July 20, 2015

on men's sheds and health

In Australia there has been a considerable amount of research done into the health benefits of Men’s Sheds for members. Unfortunately to date little enquiry has been done in NZ relating to this field.
However, in my discussions with MSNS members several of them have told me of some of  their observations and positive experiences at our facility.

We have some 100 members with a broad range of backgrounds, political views, worldviews, and ways of doing things. We all realize that to make the Shed work it is best for us to be tolerant of others and non-judgemental. This does not inhibit freedom of expression on issues, but conflict is not an issue - unlike in the workplace where egos and pressures can lead to strains which may incite aggression or even bullying.
“At the Shed I have found a  band of brothers” is how AB put it.

Jeff keeps mum!
Not all Sheds are this harmonious. On my 2013 Lower North Island Shed Tour several Shed bosses told me that members had come to blows.
(see for videos of the 13 Sheds I visited).

On Shed time - we are all now freed from the tyranny of the clock, which for many of us has ruled our lives: “Time is money” after-all, and profit is king. Members have said that they can now enjoy slowly and carefully working at a project, often learning as they go, instead of feeling stressed and cutting corners.
For some, the routines are hard to let go of, but no-one watches the clock at lunch-break or smoko any longer.
“At work the pressures made time fly past. When at home alone after retirement, the days dragged and the nights were never-ending.” MN

Members agree that the Shed gives them something to look forward to and even the motivation to get out of bed for (especially on cold mornings), while being there amongst the sawdust and the iron filings is a most welcome relief from daytime TV or being dragged around the mall.
For many, the Shed is a welcome change from the family routine or tensions, while those who live alone can find company, and thus respite, from the isolation and even loneliness which can have such a negative effect on one’s mental health.
“Before joining the Shed I felt as if I was staring down the barrel of a gun” - CB

More wisdom from the Shed later....

Sunday, July 12, 2015

free beer!

Last evening on my way home from my (chilly!) afternoon walk, I checked out the trash behind the Hospice shop - and came away with a bottle of beer (!?) and a miniature Monopoly set - the houses and counters will make great earrings....

men at work - roadworks, video

Hard physical work builds and sustains our society.
Last week the contractors resurfaced the roundabout in Browns Bay.
I was fascinated by the dance of the machines.
Watch a professional road crew at work:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

coping to survive retirement

Derek Milne (“The Psychology of Retirement,”) discusses coping strategies in retirement - finding hope...or hopelessness.
Read more on my retirement blog:
@ Men's Shed North Shore, Auckland, NZ

Friday, July 03, 2015

shed newsletter for june

The Men's Shed North Shore finally has approval for a new 80sq m. engineering extension!
See our June newsletter:
Above - Trevor examines the new floorplan.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Men's Shed June video

The guys at the Men's Shed North Shore have been busy with community and personal projects:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

aid for vanuatu

For the past year, members of Men’s Shed North Shore have been donating nails, screws and tools for a disaster relief project organized by myself, entitled “Pacific Neighbours”. Many hours of volunteer work have been put into boxing-up the nails etc, and refurbishing the tools: hammers, screwdrivers, saws, pliers, wrenches, files, etc.

This week Kenny and his offsider from “Habitat for Humanity” came and took away over 250kg of building hardware and tools we have put together. These materials will be sent to Vanuatu - where they are sorely needed for the massive rebuild required in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.

Many thanks to all involved. It was a big effort, and a lot of work.

See  more Men's Shed activities at:

Saturday, May 09, 2015

RSA mother's day fire

The local firefighters were quick off the mark early on the morning of Mother's Day (May 10) 2015.
They soon had the fire at the rear of the Browns Bay RSA under control - well done guys! - and sincere thanks from the local community

Monday, April 27, 2015

men's shed activities

Hard at work
Members at my local men's shed (Men's Shed North Shore, in Glenfield, Auckland, NZ) have been busy making crosses for local community organizations which are currently holding WW1 memorials.

Birkdale Primary School
Birkenhead War Memorial Hall