The Deer Are Eating Out on Pender Island and Now It’s Raining Caterpillars.

Living on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia it's difficult not to notice how much is being covered with concrete and tarmac in the rush to build houses that run to the limits of each new property. Driveways and decks take up the remaining green space and the local roads are now so busy, walking to your destination can be quicker than using a car. Not that walking is a bad thing, but air quality in summer is so poor, breathing successfully can no longer be taken for granted. The occasional visit to somewhere cleaner and quieter might seem essential.…

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HAWAII: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE. PART 2 – INVASIVE SPECIES.

On my first visit to Hawaii I saw a bumper sticker that I found amusing, because clearly there are no bad days in Hawaii. Every day on a tropical island seems pretty much the same to an outsider; ¬†barring the occasional storm, pleasant weather and spectacular light are the order of the day, but maybe there are more problems in paradise than most of us realise, although suggesting a luggage sticker has been designed with irony in mind might be stretching it a bit. There are odd little things you notice. You might for example begin to wonder what's going…

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