Canoe Cove, Lake Kaniere
I can't believe where the year has gone! We are now through mid winter/Matariki
which means that (in theory) summer is just around the corner, but looking out the window at the sun sparkling on the frost Spring still seems a long way off. I'm certainly very glad for my nice warm socks this morning - whoever came up with the idea of blending possum fur in with wool was a genius. Not only does it make the best socks (hats, gloves and woolly jerseys) but it is a great way to make use of possums, and the more ways we can use possums the better!
I've been thinking about this a bit recently, probably because there is a 1080 poison campaign planned for the area around Lake Kaniere (where I took this picture). I don’t know what the answer to the possum problem is – I’d love to think that in the future New Zealand could entirely eradicate possums from the eco system, but I find that I can’t support the indiscriminate dropping of poison; it just seems wrong on so many levels. I would far rather a more targeted approach be taken, especially trapping which might supply more fur for warm socks. Of course there is the possibility (danger?) that over time possums could move from being a pest to a scarce resource – I could live with more expensive socks, and if possums became this scarce, would it be such a bad thing?
While possums are often singled out they are not the only pest that lives in the bush, and there are other creatures that live there - the birds and insects that we are trying to protect from the possums. Is dropping 1080 in their backyard really sensible? I don't think so and this is why I can't support the use of 1080, and why I make an effort to buy possum fur socks when I can.
When Nairn and I moved from Christchurch to Wellington many years ago we heard lots about the wind, and sure enough it did blow. Not as often as we expected but I learnt pretty quickly to hold on to the traffic lights when standing on certain intersections, and while seeing motor bikes and small children blowing down the road wasn't common it did happen, more than once!
Now we are on on the West Coast everyone asks about the rain and how bad it really is. The truth is that so far we have had more heavy weather warnings than heavy weather but I am finding that when the weather hits it has an interesting side effect - the power often gets cut off.
Lake Ianthe looking south from SH6
I was on my way home from town the other night when I stopped to admire the sun setting over lake Ianthe. It was one of those still clear chilly nights, the sun has all but gone, your breath is steaming and your nose is cold and you know that when you wake up tomorrow the world will be frosty white, but the day is still to good to turn your back on.
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.