The Spoonbills have Returned

Apr 11, 2009

Starting with best intentions, I seem to have lagged in keeping this up-to-date. March has been a surprise, with a much greater number of guests than previous years. The weather has been generally good, and the extended daylight saving time (which has just ended) has made for long pleasant evenings. Trish has recently been walking…

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A Good Cup of Coffee

Feb 25, 2009

Over the last two weeks we have had about 200 mm of rain. It can stop now! Fortunately, much of the rain has been in short intensive bursts, with many fine days between. The countryside is now green and lush. Earlier this week, we drove down the Whanganui Inlet. The road begins at Pakawau, just…

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The White Herons are Back

Feb 12, 2009

At last, some rain! We have had 16 mm of rain overnight, so now the browned off landscape can revert to its usual green, and the water tanks will be topped up. The white herons are back in numbers. I saw two in the Aorere estuary at Collingwood on the weekend, and another out at…

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A White Heron

Feb 1, 2009

Yesterday I saw my first white heron (Kotuku) for 2009. There is a population of about 6 of these majestic birds in Western Golden Bay. Published esitmates of the numbers of this highly endangered species range from 72 to 200. Each December, these normally solitary birds fly to Okarito on the West Coast of the…

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Warm and Dry

Jan 25, 2009

Another week of warm dry weather has passed. We could use some rain to freshen the vegetation. Our central courtyard is now complete, and the surrounding garden is being planted. We look forward to the Collingwood Summer Food Fair next Sunday, February 1. This is a local fair featuring “food caught, shot, harvested, cultivated, bred,…

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Welcome to the Twin Waters Blog

Jan 20, 2009

Welcome to the new Twin Waters Blog. I am starting this with good intentions and hope to update it on a regular basis. Our summer season is in full swing and we have been very busy, although we still have some vacancies. All the new rooms are fully operational, and guests are making good use…

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