When the sun came out on Friday afternoon last week I stopped the car by the Pauatahanui Inlet with my camera in the hope that I would catch some photos.
Several birds flew away at my approach so I began to trudge back to the car when this partly uprooted tree caught my eye.
It is a Brush Wattle or Stink Bomb tree.
Brush Wattle is not a true wattle and it is considered a pest here in New Zealand. The seeds from the tree when crushed let off a vile and pungent smell that most children know about and enjoy annoying adults with.
The sun was illuminating the trunk of the Stink Bomb tree and dramatically showing the Tapa cloth like patterns on the smooth bark.
I was genuinely surprised at the beauty of this bark.
Our cat Jazz is a little over 14 years old and in the past year or two has developed some arthritis in his lower spine. He is on pain relief and some medication that help eases the discomfort and increases his flexibility.
I have added this Snugglesafe cat “hottie”
to his treatment regime after learning about these on Leanne’s blog:
He was very suspicious of his new hottie at first
he has crept closer to it
and finally after two days he is enjoying the steady, warmth this fleece covered disc offers to him.
His humans have also discovered how useful it is on sore lower backs and strained rib cartilage when Jazz has been outside or when the daytime temperatures have been too warm for him to want to lie on it.
It is a nifty comforter.