Monday, July 27, 2015

Late Monarch Butterflies.

Before I met him, Doug made up a box covered with mesh in which he places Monarch caterpillars with some Swan Plant for them to feed on  to save them from the wasps.

He has released over 80 butterflies this year with three this month, the latest being to-day.  It is really late for them to be emerging from the chrysalis.  This photo is of one that emerged just over a week ago.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday Morning Market and Walk and Frost

It was cold this morning - on my last post Cro asked whether we had frosts.  Yes, we had one this morning.  We are going to the market slightly later now it is winter.  I phoned Doug just after 6.30 (it would have been on the dot but my phone somehow locked).  He came here to pick me up at 7.30 and we got to the market about 7.45 - I just noticed the time on my camera needs resetting.

Anyway this was my lawn just after 7.30

                                                                        The market

                                                           Stalls selling meat

                                                                  a variety of fruit


                                                                    a busker

more meat

                                        The "Strawberry Sheilas" sell chutneys in winter

                                                           More buskers

It is amazing for this orchard stall to have no customers - one usually has trouble getting served through the crush of people

         I had just purchased my free range eggs here

                               We then went down to the Town Basin to walk Sophie

Plenty of frost here

                                              This kingfisher was enjoying the sun

                                          The tide was very low but the hills looked good

                                      On the way back the frost had gone

We then went to the supermarket and when we got back to Doug's place at about 10 a.m. he went to fill the bird bath only to find ICE
 and this is Doug's lemon tree.  Most houses here have a lemon, an orange and a grapefruit tree.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


For various reasons I haven't been with Doug to walk Sophie (Labrador) in the park at Tikipunga for a while.  The South Island is having a cold blast with snow to low levels.  Up here it is cold for us.  I see it reached 10 degrees today although it felt a lot colder in the wind.  Still it was a lovely clear day with just one short shower in the early afternoon.

The Council does a wonderful job maintaining the parks and reserves here.  Unfortunately, people always drop litter but we pick that up as we walk and there wasn't a lot this morning.

This is my neighbour's lemon tree which hangs over to my side quite nicely.  My tree got removed when the Gleditsia was cut down recently.  Still Doug's tree is laden as well so plenty of hot  lemon and ginger drinks for the winter.