By Monday, all the new penguins were feeding from the hand and would normally be moved out of the hospital into the garden pens but with the weather forecast being so dire, I decided to leave them in the shelter of the hospital until after the storm had passed. Paul from Kaik 2 came on Monday and we discussed biodiversity and he came to the Moeraki colony to see our work while I rescued another thin Juvenile penguin that had been in the same spot for 3 days and only weighed 4 Kg.
On Tuesday I had to take the truck into Dunedin for its annual service and warrant. I took the opportunity to deliver a trailer load of timber out to Chris’s place and was very pleased with myself as I have not driven with a trailer for some time. The exercise went to plan and the bonus for the day was meeting up with Ben for coffee in South Dunedin while the truck was in the garage. He is an inspiring man with great skill and vision.
Wednesday was my day for checking on all the chicks still out in the reserves and they were all looking OK. It was wet. I managed to stay on my feet in the slippery conditions which soon dried out as we had a day of gale force winds on Thursday. On my trip to Oamaru I saw upturned campervans and trailers – not a day to take my camper for a run.
Friday was the day that Barry phoned to tell me that Janice had died in the early afternoon. Her suffering is over but her great work lives on. The vision she had, the trees she planted, the penguins she saved have thrived. May she rest in peace.
Make the most of your week!