Hello friends and family.
The week has flown by. Monday and Tuesday were showery and when I drove to Okahau Point on Tuesday to deliver 2 penguins to the soft release pens, I skidded coming home so walked there for the rest of the week.
I have many domestic tasks waiting for wet weather to get my attention so I was able to clean up the shelves in the back porch. 15 years of accumulating resulted in a couple of treasures, a bucket of rubbish and a bucket of stuff waiting in the shed for a new home. I even defrosted the big freezer!
Hiltrun arrived on Thursday evening and as we began to plan her visit, it became clear that we would need to write a list – crazy when this is our off season. We had a great time – rescued another penguin, collected about 30 penguin casts for Chris’s diet study and cleared some dead trees to make a new nest site.
Yesterday was a magical day – clear skies, warm and calm. We did the rounds down here then did some paper work. After lunch we went to Okahau point, taking 2 more penguins and opening the gate for the 2 already there. We now have 3 penguins in care here. We saw the falcon again. It was enjoying the afternoon sun and took no notice of the flock of Rock pigeons that flew by.
It is also time to pack up the hothouse for winter by retiring the tomato plants and bringing in the frost tender Pohutukawa and Lemon trees. Then it will be time to prepare for spring!
Have a great week!