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Busy Busy during Lockdown

Busy Busy during Lockdown

Busy Busy A couple of days ago I remarked to a neighbor across the fence that when this lock down finally ends New Zealand will be DYI’d to within an inch of it’s life. I was busy with hedge trimmer and power saw trimming up our shrubbery, he had a digger...
We Still Live In Interesting Times

We Still Live In Interesting Times

​We Still Live in Interesting Times It seems even the weather gods are getting with the program and enforcing social isolation. We woke this morning to a world restricted to our boundary fence Sails Ashore Web Cam But like many I guess we are powering through the...
We Live in Interesting Times

We Live in Interesting Times

We Live In Interesting Times Today dawns nice and sunny with about enough breeze to lay the moored boats to the west.  And otherwise the village and the bay is completely deserted. No parked or moving vehicles visible, , and not a soul to be seen.  And it’s...
A Day at Port Adventure

A Day at Port Adventure

A Day at Port AdventureA few days ago returning Guests decided to have a day at Port Adventure, and invited me to go along with them. And I’m  always happy to enjoy a “Busman’s Holiday, and especially so as it was a Cruise Ship day, and thats a good...
Ferns and Snails

Ferns and Snails

One of the more attractive ferns … or in my opinion anyway …. is our Hen & Chicken Fern. Asplenium bulbiferum .It’s found most often in damp well shaded forest understory and is much loved by Whitetailed deer

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....