Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 2018

After our small ship cruise in the Inside Passage we travelled by ferry to Haines. A magical place with beautiful mountain views. At the Lutak Inlet we watched brown bears catch and eat salmon. Bald eagles flew down to feed on the remains. We also visited a most unusual wildlife centre where we saw wolverine, bear, eagles, moose, deer and more.
Back to Canada and we enjoyed the Rockies with more magnificent scenery plus plenty of snowfall to add to it.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August 2018

The month started with us helping plant trees at Tawharanui. There were an amazing number of helpers and 5000 trees were planted! More conservation things with penguin meetings, an amazing talk on takahe, a super volcano talk and a Forest and Bird talk about Marine Matters.
Then we were off to Vancouver, then Anchorage, followed by a flight to Juneau to join our 8-day small ship cruise on Admiralty Dream. Glaciers, whales and the Northern Lights - awesome!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 2018

We returned from the Cook Islands after a couple of nice warm weeks. After staying in Rarotonga we flew to Atiu Island which was magical.
While in Rarotonga we snorkelled a lot, hired bikes and cycled around the island again, walked up a forest track while it was dry. Hundreds of beautiful butterflies seen there.
On Atiu we enjoyed the friendly locals, cycled a little, and visited the Kapeka Caves where the little swiftlets live and enjoyed a tumulu. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 2018

Neon Party in Hamilton
Winter arrived and it's been a good month for family things. Sisters and brother-in-laws, niece and family all arrived from Australia. We had the worst weather for our drive to Pt Albert for A. June's 90th birthday, then another wet day to visit Waikumete Cemetery for Fay Coop's unveiling. But so good to see lots of family at both events. Next was a few days in Hamilton for a 50th and 18th birthday party. Then it was off to Rarotonga for about 10 days of warm weather.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 2018

Our Nissan X-trail
We finally finished painting our roof,  moved the scaffolding and made a lovely courtyard by the front door which will be nice on sunny winter days, surrounded by hibiscus trees, plus a brazier table in the centre. Jenny had fun on a textile course for eco-dyeing and felting at the Whangateau Hall. We sold our ute and bought a great low kilometre Nissan X-Trail. Also moved our kayaks to Matheson Bay to save carting them to the beach and guests just need the key, paddles and life jackets if they want to go kayaking. Sold our inflatable boat which had serviced us well for 15 years.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 2018

Mahurangi River
More sunny days and still so warm. Great for roof painting. A rest was needed so we camped out at Tawharanui for a couple of nights. Lots of kiwi and morepork calls at night. Tony attended a fire service administration workshop at Te Atatu while Jenny took a trip down the Mahurangi River on the restored scow "Jane Gifford".

March 2018

We both completed a LUV course so we can drive the vehicles at the Tawharanui Regional Park. A busy month again with bed & breakfast guests from England, USA, Australia, NZ and Malaysia. There were more sunny days and we managed to complete the painting of the roof at the back of the house and make a start with the front.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 2018

Pukeko at Tawharanui
The remains of Cyclone Fehi arrive on the first day of February, dropping some rain. A small respite before Cyclone Gita made a short visit and dropped more rain. By late February the visibility in the marine reserve improved dramatically and the fish life was just amazing!
We again helped in the nursery at Tawharanui on Tuesdays and enjoyed the birdlife - even the Pukeko!

January 2018

Goat Island Marine Reserve
The year started with good conditions for snorkelling at Goat Island. Many of our bed & breakfast guests also enjoyed seeing all the fishes there. Water and air temperature very warm. One stormy day with strong winds and a bit of rain, but mainly sunny days.

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017

Goat Island Marine Reserve
A good month catching up with family and friends and going to endless Christmas functions and BBQs. Water at Goat Island so lovely and warm, so good snorkelling too. Many visitors staying in our bed and breakfast room, from Auckland, Waiheke, UK and Waikato. Hot sunny days but garden so dry. Continuing to paint our huge roof, with another large section now complete.

November 2017

Crib at Toko Mouth
A great month for getting away. First a few days in Miranda - cycling, birdwatching and enjoying the hot pools. Then we flew to Dunedin, picked up a hire car and drove to Toko Mouth. A lovely spot by almost deserted beach and estuary. Next day we visited and stayed at the Catlins. Lots of beach and bush walks, lots of birds, sea lions, seals, waterfalls and more. Our southern holiday finished with 2 days at Otago Peninsula with 2 boat trips, a visit to the Albatross Colony, walks to Victory Beach and others

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 2017

Still many wet days but it is warming up. We have had many bookings for our bed & breakfast room and have spent many days tidying up the garden after winter. Managed to get away camping at Wenderholm and Tawharanui. We also helped in the nursery at Tawharanui and did some planting too. Labour weekend was busy with a couple of guests who enjoyed visiting various things in the area.