Wednesday, 26 December 2012

White Christmas

Pohutukawa



Kanuka
In New Zealand we nearly always have a red Christmas as it is the time for our Pohutukawa to bloom. In the north in all the towns and along the coast they show off their crimson. It is also the time for Kanuka to flower. This year all the Kanuka have bloomed heavily. Our deck has been snowed with its small white petals as is all the ground near the trees. A white Christmas.

Friday, 7 December 2012

We Have Bees at Last


Last night we drove over to Dargavill and collected our first hive of bees to keep in our garden.
Already we watch the ladies come and go from the brood box. Fascinating. We watch them bring in pollen and also beat off intruding bees from other nearby hives.
Wonderful to have our own to look after.