Blogging from A-Z: Letter P





I asked my son to send me a Paua Shell while still in South Africa. He sent me two beautiful shells.

I wanted to explain how life is, just like the shell with all the rough sediments on it. We are always polishing our lives. As soon as we find things that we can sparkle in it is like the shell that gets cleaned and polished by people and circumstances all around us. In the end, our shining beauty comes out, and it makes a difference, it makes life worth living.

People are always in interaction, and we learn from each other

Pāua is the Māori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs which belong to the family Haliotidae, known in the United States and Australia as abalone, and in the United Kingdom as ormer shells. Wikipedia


Photos taken at Staglands a nature resort.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe offers visitors the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beautiful, natural environment. Feed and freely interact with wildlife in this very special place – the product of one man’s passion and vision to experience nature at its best. Located in the scenic Akatarawa Valley near Upper Hutt, Wellington, Staglands is a ‘must see’ attraction for local families and tourists visiting the Wellington region. Looking for things to do in Wellington, look no further.


Each class at the school where I am doing the after school care has an NZ bird or animal name.


The pukeko is a widespread and easily recognisable bird that has benefitted greatly by the clearing of land for agriculture. In addition to its brilliant red frontal shield and deep violet breast plumage, the pukeko is interesting for having a complex social life. In many areas, pukeko live in permanent social groups and defend a shared territory that is used for both feeding and breeding. Social groups can have multiple breeding males and females, but all eggs are laid in a single nest and the group offspring are raised by all group members.

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15 thoughts on “Blogging from A-Z: Letter P

    1. Ek maak nou n wilde stelling! Die perlemoen in SA is meer wit terwyl die Paua die blou na groen en swart kleur het . Die binnekant is reeds skoon geskuur deur die slak. Dis die buitekant wat so ekstra kleurvol is as die laag kalk en skulpe afgekrap is.

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  1. Awesome post and stunning photos. That peacock is absolutely magnificent – majestic. Ek sien in die Weskaap praat hulle ook deesdae van abalone; klink asof die woord sommer opgeneem is in Afrikaans, maar dis wat ons ken as perlemoen, nie waar nie?


    1. balones live all over the world. They can be seen along the waters of every continent, except the Atlantic coast of South America, the Caribbean, and the East Coast of the United States. Most abalones are found in cold waters, along the coasts of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, and Western North America and Japan in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Chilean Pacific coast, the species called loco (Concholepas Concholepas, Bruguière, 1789) has a hard, black shell, and is eaten by many people.

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