Sunday, May 13, 2018

Peacock Beauty at Auckland Zoo

Peacocks started appearing since my birthday in April.
I bought a peacock cushion for the sofa when I began re-decorating.
A friend bought me a card with a peacock feather on it.
Another friend gave me a scarf with a peacock on it for my birthday

I  touched a peacock kimono in an Art Deco shop  in Napier I didn't have time to try it on.
I couldn't remove the image of it or the its velvety touch out of my mind.

 I rang the shop up when I arrived home and ordered it.
When it came by courier it was the most sumptuous thing I have ever bought and it looks very lovely on.
  It will be perfect when I go to the Art Deco week in February next year.

In Napier peacocks were prevalent.
The  Art Deco era featured them frequently in jewellery, artwork  and clothing.

Too many serendipitous moments around peacocks were befalling me for it to be co-incidence.

So I googled it.

A male peafowl, which has very long tail feathers with eye-like markings that can be erected and fanned out in display.

An ostentatious or vain person.

 I always think the word peacock is a disservice to the bird.
It sounds so plain; bordering on insulting.
If someone says of someone, "He's a peacock, it's generally not taken to be a compliment.

boaster · brag · bragger · show-off · blusterer · trumpeter · swaggerer · poser · poseur · egotist · self-publicist · blowhard · big mouth · big-head

Why denigrate something so intensely beautiful?
What about renaming it the Bird of  Supreme Iridescence?
Or Bird of  Majestic Paradise  

Maybe Bird of Beguiling Intoxication.
Or the bird of Alluring Radiance
Which one do you like?
Do you have a name for it of your own?


In history, myth, legend and lore, the peacock symbolism carries portents of: Nobility, Holiness, Guidance, Protection and Watchfulness.

Contemplate the powers of the peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your experience.

The peacock can also help you on your spiritual Path and breathe new life into your walk of faith.

The peacock can rejuvenate self-esteem levels too.
 If you’re feeling “blah” and blue, imagine the glorious, techno-color display the peacock provides.

 This puts us in a proper mood to embrace your own nobility.
 In no time, you’ll be walking tall and proud as a peacock too.

A peacock, I'll name him Prince Pierre came up to me at the Auckland zoo and stayed for a couple of minutes looking into my eyes.

Probably checking me out for food.
 He strutted away and I followed him around, clicking frantically,  trying to achieve  the perfect peacock shot and asking him to spread his tail.

 He obviously didn't find me attractive enough  that day because his tail dragged behind him like a gaudy feather duster.  
My shots were  not spectacular.
But his presence has stayed with me.
 In light of the current situation with regard to my husbands health, I choose to see it as a hopeful portent.

Picasso said that Painting is like writing a diary.


Maybe this should be re-named "Being Hopeful"  or "What have you got to lose?


It dances today, my heart,
like a peacock it dances,
it dances.
It sports a mosaic of passions like a peacock’s tail,
It soars to the sky with delight, it quests,
Oh wildly, it dances today, my heart,
like a peacock it dances.

Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you.

Herman Melville


Creative Quote to leave you with.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mamaku Donkey Rescue, Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary, Rotorua, New Zealand


Members of the Mamaku Donkey Rescue, Rehoming Centre are a small dedicated group who are Trustees of the Donkey and  Mule Protection Trust and also members of the Donkey and  Mule Society, working with SPCA and  the Ministry of Primary Industries.
 Pauline  with Chester
The Centre was started by Pauline Sainsbury in 2008.

 It is located on her property and is used for donkeys in need, donkeys in re-hab and also serves as a sanctuary for donkeys who are not re-homeable due age, health or behaviour issues.

In the beginning Pauline  was rescuing and re-homing donkeys on her own.

   She then joined the Donkey and Mule Society and became friends with the late Jenny Parker who was Rotorua's area representative.

In 2009 Pauline was invited to be a Trustee for the Donkey and Mule Protection Trust and joined up with the late Elton Moore from Putaruru and Alan Baguley from Whakatane.

Mamaku Donkey RRC works closely with the Trust and the number of rescued and re-homed donkeys have increased markedly.

So far over two hundred and fifty donkeys have gone through the centre with five donkeys remaining permanently


Four  donkeys together are left to right

Pauline has four donkeys of her own and Alan has two.

People give up their donkeys for various reasons including selling their lifestyle blocks and moving to retirement villages, ill health, lost interest, inability to manage them or a desire to find them a new loving home.

The Centre does not re-home entire jacks (stallions) as they can turn nasty, especially when a jenny (female) is in season.

When the centre is asked to pick up entire jacks they are  gelded (castrated) on the owners property or at the centre.

With lots of TLC and training they make lovely pets.


 Janet with Ester and Suzi

Pauline's hand on Chester with Milo looking on
All donkeys are registered with the Donkey and Mule Society and are now being micro-chipped.

Donkeys normally come in twos and re-homed as a pair because they should not be split up after they have bonded. 

Older donkey Rosie

Some donkeys are in such a poor way, they remain in rehab for up to a year before being re-homed.
During this time there are numerous costs including hay, vet bills, worming pastes, halters, leads, ropes, hard feed and covers etc



Janet  with two white donkeys, Ester and Suzi

Donkeys make marvellous pets

Like all animals donkeys need a good diet of hay, prefer rough pasture and need  to be provided with waterproof shelters. 

Unlike horses their coats are not waterproof. 


Texture of  Milo's  tail

They need a farrier to trim their hooves every six to eight weeks, they need to be wormed and have an equine dentist to check their teeth every two years.  

When re-homing donkeys Mamaku RRC visit the potential new owners, inspect their property to ensure it is "donkey safe" and try to match donkeys to compatible people.

  Endearing  Monty looking over  the gatePauline and Alan trial the donkeys at their new homes for three months, visit and offer support and advice.
If  they, the donkeys and the potential owners are happy change of ownership and registration is transferred.

Some people like to foster donkeys which is fine.

If the foster parents' circumstances change the donkeys can always come back to Mamaku RCC

Ester and daughter Missy really look like twins

Pauline and Alan also go into the community with their donkeys to educate and promote donkey rescue.
They take their donkeys to schools, kindergartens, church events, rest homes and even children's wards in hospitals.

Chester behind back of Nibby

Milo the grey donkey

All donkeys are registered with the Donkey and Mule Society and are now being micro-chipped.

Donkeys normally come in twos and re-homed as a pair because they should not be split up after they have bonded. 
Donkeys are very affectionate they are often touching each other and people who visit them.
 They are adorable.
The gentle, kind, caring soulful eyes of Bella 
Mamaku Donkey Rescue, Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary is based at

896 B, State Highway 5, Tarukenga, RD2, Rotorua.
                 Enquiries and donations please  
               Phone:    027 698 5262



Textures on old farm building
Textures of old farm bricks

Magnificent rhyolite domes.
 Want to know more about  the donkeys at Mamaku Donkey Rescue, Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary ?

 Then contact Pauline and her team.

027 698 5262


  If you have a lifestyle block and would like to own or foster donkeys.
  If you would like to help save donkeys lives in New Zealand by donating money for their keep.
If you would like to follow the lives of the donkeys in rehab at the centre. 
 Every donkey arriving  at Mamaku Donkey RRC comes with their own fascinating story.
  Contact us and come for a visit

Mamaku Donkey Rescue, Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary

896 B, State Highway 5, Tarukenga, RD2, Rotorua.
                 Enquiries and donations please  
               Phone:    027 698 5262


Rosie, Milo, Nibby and Chester will be waiting to see you.

Creative Quotes of the day

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." ― Martin Buber 

How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul." ― Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mamaku Donkey Rescue, Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary

896 B, State Highway 5, Tarukenga, RD2, Rotorua.
                 Enquiries and donations please  
               Phone:    027 698 5262