I went for a walk today along a nearby foreshore, through an area that I had not visited before even though it is only 5 minutes away by car. There is so much to see in Southland. I made a big mistake when I took this residency for 4 months when I could have had it for 6.

I don’t know this area’s history but it is currently under restoration I could see. It’s the kind of saltmarsh that would have been turned into a rubbish tip in the not-so-distant past. There are places like this in Auckland such as Ngataringa Bay in Devonport and Tahuna Torea in Glen Innes.

There were signs, in spite of the extensive planting of flax, akeake and other native flora, that this thinking had prevailed here until quite recently.

Lying around there were plastic bottles in the shape of clowns. Here is a snap of one of them. It does remind me of a late night film that I saw once called something like Invasion of the Killer Klowns. I don’t know what these bottles originally held but I suspect that it was of a lurid colour.