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A Morning Visitor

A Morning Visitor

A Morning Visitor A couple of mornings ago Iris called me out to our back door, and there in our vegie garden was a White Tailed deer. Didn’t stay long as it had probably been startled when Iris called me. But I did manage to get a photo. Not a good one, but in...
Tradies and a new Roof, and Autumn Orchids

Tradies and a new Roof, and Autumn Orchids

Tradies, and a new roof If you’ve been watching our web cam lately you might have seen some “on the roof” activity. We’ve just had the roof renewed on the older part of Sails Ashore. It was approaching 30 years up, and we had a couple of minor...
Solar Power And Spuds

Solar Power And Spuds

Over two months ago we commissioned our new Solar Power system installed by Tansley Electrical from Invercargill see “Sails Ashore is Solar Powered” We have chosen to go completely “Off Grid”.

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  ...