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Farewell 2021. Hello 2022

Farewell 2021. Hello 2022

We’ve had a lovely day to welcome in 2022. And looking back over 2021 I guess for all that has gone on in the world we’ve had a good year. And on the whole I think, to coin a phrase we’ve had a good pandemic, certainly in comparison to the rest of the world. Something to be said for living on an Island.

Iris Finds a Slender Forest Orchid

Iris Finds a Slender Forest Orchid

Iris has been busy on our garden, lots of pruning, weeding and so forth. My involvement generally limited to carrying and disposing, though some trimming as she is a worry with the big hedge trimmers on the higher shrubs.

Orchids and Robins and a wet day

Orchids and Robins and a wet day

Orchids Our orchid season is well under way, and in fact our earliest to bloom ….. Corybas acuminatus or Dancing Spider Orchid is now well into seed phase.  Lots of Corybas oblongus  … Spider Orchids in flower, and festoons of our two early Earina’s...
Forgotten World Blue Duck Station to Taumarunui

Forgotten World Blue Duck Station to Taumarunui

We Loved the Forgotten World Experience
Each and every one of the guides was superb. They were all quite unashamedly enthusiastic about what they were doing. They loved the country, and were full of the little stories that flesh out the journey. And no how magnificent the scenery the forest and the wildlife, it’s the guides who bring it all together. The meals were what we expect from

Forgotten World Up The Whanganui River

Forgotten World Up The Whanganui River

After overnighting in Whanganui we were picked up at 0715 by Tracey of Whanganui Tours & Mail Run. Tracey was born in the Whanganui River Valley and it seemed like she was related to the whole valley.

Forgotten World Day 2

Forgotten World Day 2

      Forgotten Word….. The Map  Day 1…….. Taumarinui to Whangamomona. Day 2 ……   Whangamomona to Whanganui    Day 3 …….. Whanganui to Blue Duck Station  Day 4 …….. Blue Duck Station to Taumaranui  ...
Forgotten World

Forgotten World

      Forgotten World….. The Map  Day 1…….. Taumarinui to Whangamomona. Day 2 ……   Whangamomona to Whanganui    Day 3 …….. Whanganui to Blue Duck Station  Day 4 …….. Blue Duck Station to Taumaranui   Forgotten...
Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

Sails Ashore Lodge on Stewart Island has just commissioned our new Photo Voltaic electrical system, which hopefully will allow us to move completely off diesel generated electricity, and largely reduce our need for diesel fuel for heating and domestic hot water.

Orchids and Sealions

Orchids and Sealions

Sealions on Sydney Cove Timing is everything !!. Yesterday I had two couples on an Ulva Island Tour and we were talking about sealions as we came out of the forest onto Sydney Cove. Looked up, and there they were.  What I’m guessing was mum and last years pup....