The Wing-Friends and Other Books

In Blogger's slideshows images are greatly reduced, so lose much of their impact. And captions added to them in Picasa Albums vanish, so the images shown above are: the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, Earth, Earth with New Zealand circled, New Zealand, Auckland & the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island, some native NZ forest, a Fantail and chicks, various doves, etc.

(If you want to see the first ten images in their original size, they are in a posting made on the 24th of November 2011.)

My book The Wing-Friends is an imaginative tale of a small brave boy, a magical adventure, a magnificent Pegasus and the wonderful Kingdom of the Pegasi. It has been given very good reviews, and virtually every reader on Goodreads has so far awarded it five stars. It is available here. Some of my other writings are available as e-books, such as The Lower Deck, which is an over-the-top take on Waiheke happenings--sort of.

Monday, 4 February 2013


If you have read other posts on 'my' doves, you will know that the tamest pair in the flight, and the ones that spend more time in my office than the others are LightFeet and BigFeet2 (so named because compared with his feathery feet and legs hers are lightly feathered, and she was named directly after him, well before they became mates; and he was the second with feet like that).

It is hard to get a closeup of fast-moving doves but I managed earlier to get a fairly good one of them earlier, feeding on muesli on the paper towels that protect the music keyboard--which they make straight for whenever they come inside. I particularly like the way LightFeet's eye has come out. It shows how calm and tame she is, even in the face of a flash going off close to her, and how beautiful her eyes are. As you can see she has grey circlets round them, as does her mate. Many doves have pink ones, but I think the grey is the most beautiful.

LightFeet also has another distinguishing feature--that vertical groove in the feathers on her neck and breast. She has had it since she was a chick. She is also the only one in the flight who purrs. She will settle happily on my shoulder and purr in my ear. She likes being there.