Monday, 30 April 2012

Garden friend

It's certainly cooling down and my friend Piwakawaka(fantail) is back at the compost bin. It knows that large black bin is a source of food and especially when I go there to put food scrapes in and give it a stir. Flitting in my face this charming little bird eats plenty, it is sometimes waiting on one of its perches and cheeping its high pitched cheep. OPEN this bin it could be saying,(Hilton reckons they are sharpening their beaks) more likely its claiming the site for itself as when another Piwakawaka flies in it seems my friend hurries it off. Any way winter may be close by but there won't be any dull days with Piwakawaka in our lives at the compost bin.Its been a fantastic summer with travellers, all types of wonderful people to enlighten us about their countries.
On the other side its been wonderful to have many New Zealanders passing through, great to have them enjoying our lovely area of the country.
We go into Winter enjoying the company of the many birds that have been with us over the summer months, watching Silver eyes bathing at the bird bath, Thrush singing in the morning, Piwakawaka cheeping through the trees, Chaffinch doing his bit on the song scene and probably Tui doing their amazing flying through the Totara trees. Don't let Winter be dull.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

The passing of summer

Autumn. That quiet time, that wild time
When Nature, unsure which season belongs
Opens a gay blue parasol
And runs her colours aloft.
A battle flag before a storm she knows she's lost.

Over the past couple of weeks the rain has defeated the cicadas. They have all but gone and the days are becoming quiet. The dawn is now starting with thrush having a warm up, getting his vocals ready for May when he will start singing his heart out from the tree tops. It is cool now too. Fine mornings are about 13 ~ 15 degrees with the day getting up to about 20 max. Some of the trees are changing colour and littering the ground with gold. We still have lots and lots of fantails and fernbirds to cheer us as winter approaches.

Melva continues gardening. Pumpkins are mostly harvested and the tomatoes are all but done. There is always a salad somewhere to be picked. There are a bunch of luffas hanging from a rope fence and more and more. The rhubarb is fantastic and has ben all summer.