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Stewart Island Drought

Stewart Island Drought

I’ve been carting water for our lawn and vegie garden since early December. Technically Stewart Island is temperate rain forest. We actually don’t have a particularly high annual rainfall, these last 10 years averaging around 1.43 m.

Spring Orchids and Snow

Spring Orchids and Snow

Ulva Island visit. Lots of Saddlebacks, yellowheads, tui, bellbirds and robins. And we found the first of our orchids starting to develop blooms. Dancing Spider Orchids are our first to appear.

Red Admirals and Power

Red Admirals and Power

And one of the signs of spring was our first Red Admiral butterfly. We generally don’t get many in our garden at Sails Ashore, but they are a colourful addition to the spring blooms

On the Way to Spring

On the Way to Spring

Looking out our kitchens bay window this morning onto a frost lawny, an air temperature of 4 degrees after an overnight low of 2 degrees its great to think spring (official spring anyway)

First Frost

First Frost

First Frost Sails Ashore is pretty high up on the hill under Observation Rock, looking out over Halfmoon Bay. And so don’t get as many frosts as down lower in the village. In fact we generally seem to average maybe 4 mornings a year when I can walk outside, and...
First Snow

First Snow

First Snow of the Winter for Stewart Island. And I hope the last. I do NOT like snow at all.

Paul Klemick & POHOS

Paul Klemick & POHOS

Paul Klemick & the Polish Heritage of Otago & Southland (POHOS)   An odd post from me this morning, as what on earth does Stewart Island and this posts heading have in common?? Like all the best stories it’s a bit complex but here goes. A good...
Moving into Winter

Moving into Winter

We are now a few days into winter at Sails Ashore, though apart from a handful of miserable days it does not really seem like winter.