Water in a 'howling wilderness'

| Apr 2, 2008

Water in a 'howling wilderness'

by C.W. Nicol

John Oxley (c. 1785-1828) was among the first Europeans to ever explore this flat, brown and red land, after he was appointed surveyor-general of the British colony of New South Wales in 1817. Back then, the Royal Navy officer called it “a howling wilderness ...

Talking sense about deer

| Feb 6, 2008

Talking sense about deer

by C.W. Nicol

We were filming a television documentary in the mountains of Hokkaido. It was winter, and bitterly cold. Through the trees, bare of leaves, we could see floe ice, dotted with eagles, gulls, crows and a few ravens. Then a raucous gathering of crows ahead ...

A tale of morels

| Aug 1, 2007

A tale of morels

by C.W. Nicol

I have a Canadian friend, Nedd Kenney, a brilliant scholar, musician and fieldworker who now lives on Baffin Island off the northeast coast of Canada. It was Nedd who got me my first bhodran (Irish drum), and came to my house in Kurohime, in ...

A very special friend

| Jul 4, 2007

A very special friend

by C.W. Nicol

Last year, on June 10, my dear friend Eiji Nakahara died. He was 65. Many readers will remember Eiji, owner and gifted chef of the Tatsunoko pension here in Kurohime. Especially during those heady “bubble” years of the mid 1980s, and through to the ...

Breakfast with rodents

| Apr 4, 2007

Breakfast with rodents

by C.W. Nicol

Iwas home alone the other evening when I heard a scuttling sound coming from the kitchen. Two mice had climbed up a strut in the woodwork of the sink counter and jumped down into the compost bucket below, which just had a few centimeters ...