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.
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.