Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Kapiti Island Nature Reserve

For the last day of 2013 we decided to go to Kapiti Island which is a Nature Reserve situated about 8km (5 miles) off the mainland.

As we entered the bush we were watched by a Kaka - a native parrot of New Zealand which is enjoying life on this pest free Island.

The view from the top looking towards Australia.

Our lunch companions - the Weka.  A small ground bird who is very keen to steal anything edible that is not guarded.

Coming back down from the summit looking towards Paraparaumu.  What a great walk 521m (1,709ft) from sea level to the top.  We will all be sleeping well tonight.

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Friday, 27 December 2013

Summer Sky for Skywatch Friday

Somethings brewing...

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Giant Dragonfly

New Zealand's Giant Dragonfly

This beauty was sitting on the drive on Christmas Day.  It is New Zealand's largest Dragonfly.  I have never seen one before, but luckily my daughter had her phone with her and got this picture before he flew off.  They are approx 8.6cm (almost 3 ½ in) long and they have a wingspan of up to 13cm (5 in).  

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A Dog's Story

Honestly, the cat did it!!!

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ABC Wednesday - W is for....

Water Dogs.

What a wonderful way to end a hot weekend, and not a whine to be heard.

A wade and a splash in the river was welcomed by Luke and Beau.

Wet and happy they wandered home with wagging tails and a woof of joy.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Post Shearing

Shearing the Sheep.

It all ended up as a bit of a rush job.  The shearer rang to bring forward the shearing date and suddenly it was all on.  We had to draft off the lambs and get the ewe's inside before it rained - which it did while we were still getting them in.

I had plans to take photos along the way but that ended when the weather arrived faster than we were working.  So here we have them next day, reunited with their lambs.

As you can see the lambs are nearly as big as their mothers, who are looking super white now. 

The lambs will be shorn mid January so fingers crossed for some more action photos then.

There was more wool on them this year - we've had a few good growing seasons here.  They were feeling very energetic with the weight off and keen to get up on the hills to eat, eat, eat.  

Monday, 16 December 2013

Summer Flowers

The garden is in full bloom and there are lots of yellow flowers on show.







A sunny colour for the summer months.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

ABC Wednesday - V is for...

A Very Important Sheep

This is Molly our VIS (very important sheep).  She is our valuable veteran and verbal leader of the flock.  Her preferred vantage point is one with a view and a variety of vegetarian food at hand.  Her voice can be heard when it is time to vacate the paddock and move on to the next venue.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Sheep Business

It's been a busy time around here.

Spring has been and gone - wet and warm mostly so lots of grass.  The sheep were in the driveway paddock last week.

As you can see the grass is well up round their bellies - not that they seem to mind.

They had it mowed and any low hanging branches on the trees trimmed within a day.

Then my four legged gardeners were off to tame the next paddock before shearing begins.

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Dining with Seagulls

We thought fish and chips on the beach was a good way to welcome the start of summer.

From out of nowhere the seagulls arrived.

They walked around us...

And hovered above us, until we could resist no longer and threw them a few chips.

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