Hello friends and family
We got some very welcome rain last weekend which gave us a break from watering the small trees. Where we have missed some, they are dying as it is so very dry. On Monday, 3 DOC officers joined us for the last of the 70-day micro-chipping of the chicks. It was great to be able to show them around and explain the work that we do.
Tuesday was my day for catching up with the bees. They are continuing to do Okay and I was pleased to be able to get around them all in one day. Some of the hives are now head height which creates a good workout lifting the new boxes onto the top.
Chris and Adrian came up on Thursday and worked in the reserves. Sue and Judy from the Otago Community Trust visited too. I watered trees for a few hours, hoping to entice a bit of rain, but all we got was about 1 mm on Friday morning. Joris visited on Friday as did the team from MacRaes. Joris reported an injured adult so Chris and I went down and caught it. It was Mrs 31 with an injured foot – maybe our first Barracouta victim of the season.
Things were not so simple yesterday when we found a dead mum who will be sent off for an autopsy and 6 chicks that are not doing well and have come into care. One of them had lost half a Kg in a week and died.
The garden is a delight and I am harvesting tomatoes, boysenberries, beans, capsicums, carrots and broccoli (not skiting or anything!)
Have a great week