Hello friends and family
We have a new problem this week – a possum is eating the apples in the garden here. I have set traps and it keeps right on eating the apples. In the end I picked them all and hopefully the bait in the traps will seem more interesting and I will catch it.
Chris and Hiltrun came up on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday we met to hear the plans of the reserve owners as to how they will manage the place going forward. We had the opportunity to express our ongoing concerns about the penguin welfare and then we had to leave the meeting while they made the decisions. On Thursday, we brought 5 penguins into care – underweight in all cases. There was another one reported at Moeraki but we could not find it.
On Friday Morning Anne Claire and I got up early and went to the Boulders to catch sunrise, and then back to Moeraki for another futile penguin search. In the afternoon we went to Trotters Gorge to enjoy the Bell-birds, Wood pigeons and Fantails. The reserve has a new toilet and a familiar looking stile.
Yesterday was the day for harvesting the honey. Walter and his team came down from Wedderburn and extracted the honey. The Varroa treatment strips went in and all hives but the one here have enough honey for the next little while.
Today it is drizzly so we will just get out there and get damp!
Have a great week!