Te Henui CemeteryIn New Zealand, September is the first month of spring and this year spring saw me reach my 69th birthday. I feel somewhat blessed to know that I have now lived through 828 cycles of the moon's phases.

To mark my birthday and to get a fuller sense of my place in the cycle of the seasons as they stretched back through the lives of my maternal ancestors I took some time to explore my Polish blood connections to the Taranaki Province of New Zealand.