I am Annie Irving, a New Zealander now living in Wales. My working career has included many different challenges, from credit manager at Air New Zealand to operations manager at Auckland University Press, from English language teacher in Auckland, New Zealand, to project manager of an NGO in Peru. I am currently a freelance writer, proofreader and photographer, but who knows what challenges the future may bring?
The one consistent love throughout my life has been for Nature. To walk an untrodden path through woodlands and listen to the leaves fall, to be charmed by the song of a robin that has come to sit on a nearby fencepost, to delight in waxcap fungi that nestle like vibrant jewels in a grassy meadow, to marvel at a herd of elephants grazing beside a waterhole in the mighty Serengeti, to laugh at the nutty antics of squirrels, to sit on a hilltop and marvel at the way the dwindling light of dusk illuminates the landscape, to paddle in the ocean and explore a tidal rock pool.… These are the things that bring joy to my life, the things I want to share through this blog.
I’m aiming for short and sweet, just two or three photographs – always my own, and no more than 200 words of text – gleaned from my reading and internet research. My posts may be about a bird or an animal or a minibeast, a tree or a wildflower or fungi; they might be factual or perhaps include some snippets from history, folklore or language.
If you have information or a story to share about the subject of a particular blog, I welcome your comments.
I have also been blogging for over 5 years about my world travels; my life and work in New Zealand, Peru and Cambodia; about my interests in history and genealogy, art and architecture, and a myriad of other slightly eccentric fascinations. If you’re interested, you can find me at http://sconzani.blogspot.com