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Signs of Spring on Stewart Island

Signs of Spring on Stewart Island

Signs of Spring Yesterday I checked our garden soil temperatures (see post July 31st) and already the cultivated and covered garden is 10.2 deg C, and the lawn… which is our “base” level is at 9.2 deg C. So even though technically still winter...
Indian Summer and Garden

Indian Summer and Garden

Indian Summer These last few days have been stunning, not a breath of wind and wall to wall sunshine. It’s mid afternoon and looking at our met station the outside temp is 14.6 deg, and wind 3 knots from the NNE. There is a little high cloud, but it’s no...
Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Yes, Its Summer Now Stewart Island Scenic Flight At the end of January I posted about our lack of a summer. But am now pleased to say Summer has arrived, and the last couple of weeks have been glorious. So much so that today Iris & I decided to shout our selves...
Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees An odd combination in this post. New Zealand Land snails are nationally a threatened group of species, and although Bumble Bees are quite common in New Zealand, some species in the United Kingdom are also threatened, to the point that...
Learning on the Job

Learning on the Job

Learning on the Job My tours on Ulva often become a learning experience for my guests as I try to explain just what it is that is happening on the Island in the wider New Zealand context. And for me I’m always learning on the job, as I observe the behavior of...