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Energy, Cooking and Orchids

Energy, Cooking and Orchids

Energy Stewart Island “Runs” on diesel fuel. Our electrical supplies are from community diesel generators, which run 24/7 and supply us with more or less unlimited power. But it is expensive, with a monthly connection fee of around $90, and around $0.60...
Australian Fires and Spring

Australian Fires and Spring

Australian FiresDuring my Forest Service career I was fortunate that I didn’t do much forest fire work, and apart from controlled burns I can remember only one wildfire, and that was quite a small one. But they really weren’t my favorite...
Another Kaka and Tradies

Another Kaka and Tradies

Another Sick Kaka On our last post we had a sick Kaka, which sadly DoC were forced to put down. Just two days after that we found we had another. This one injured with a damaged leg. Not sure exactly what the problem is, but the leg seems quite displaced at the body,...
Sick Kaka

Sick Kaka

Sick KakaKaka, the New Zealand lowland parrot are more than common around the village. And are a source of great interest to our guests. If the weather is bad Iris will put out a weak sugar solution a for them, and generally there are apple slices on our bird table....
Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Signs of SpringThe last couple of years has spoiled us with fine settled spring weather. This year seems to be reverting to what we used to get, with September rainfall 198 mm and a couple of quite good gales, although they were thankfully reasonably short duration....
Spring Garden & Parakeets

Spring Garden & Parakeets

We have a Pseudopanax “goldsplash” in our garden. And it’s a very prolific seeder, and thus popular with much of our local birdlife. A couple of days ago Iris discovered a trio of Red Crowned Parakeets busy feeding on the fallen seed.

End of Winter

End of Winter

Fuchsia, on a lovely late winter morning End of Winter Well, in a couple of days it will be. Although I think the short term outlook for spring looks somewhat winter-ish. We’ve had quite a bit of rain. These last 5 days have averaged 20 odd mm per day and the...
Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Blast I doubt very many New Zealanders were unaware of the winter storms which boomed up from the Southern Ocean these last few days. We didn’t escape, although not nearly so “snowy” as further north. Not unusual at all as although unpleasant...
Mid Winter Musings

Mid Winter Musings

Winter Musings The Vanishing Ring Eyes These small birds have a variety of names, all of them describing the prominent eye ring, So Wax Eyes, Silver Eyes, Ring Eyes, depending I suppose on  your own preference. An Australian “import” first described in...