Wet wet wet!!!! That has been our autumn and winter. We hope spring will bring less rain and grounds can start to dry out.
At present the gardens still remain closed but we hope to reopen for group tours once the weather clears and the rain stops!
We have had some very good publicity - the Air New Zealand In-Flight magazine "Koru" featured Greytown in the April edition and included a few pictures of Kahikatea Gardens.
In between the rain we have been building new pathways and topping up the gravel on the existing ones. There is now only a little gravel left of the 20 tonnes delivered.....
It was a bumper season for walnuts unlike last year where the drought limited the number of nuts. Luckily we were able to sun dry all the walnuts before the "wet" hit us.
We also had a good crop of feijoas, persimmons, figs and passionfruit.
The fruit blossoms are starting to appear so the garden is quite colourful with the daffodils, camellias and the early rhododendrons and magnolias in flower.
To our surprise a cria [baby alpaca] was born on 26 June to Miss Chile. Rio is a very healthy white male and is becoming more confident with humans but still likes to hide behind Mum. Darwin, our new ram has been doing his job and we have a number of lambs. We have one "rescue lamb" that we are feeding at the moment - fingers crossed that he will survive.
We are also participating in a Local Energy Project by Genesis Energy. Five solar panels have been fitted to our roof which generate solar power. Even on a cloudy day we find that we are generating electricity - any excess is sent to the national grid. The project is in its early days but we hope that it will expand to other areas of New Zealand.
Here are few pictures from the last few months:
60 Wilkie Street
[corner of Humphries & Wilkie Street]
41° 4' 37.28'' S,175° 26' 21.01'' E
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