Wednesday, 9 April 2014


On Tuesday we had a heavy shower which was short lived but gave us 3 mls.
The on Wednesday night we had 9 mls over night.
As I write I can hear thunder and it is looking quite dark but it will remain to be seen if we get any more rain.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Drought Continues.

Pukawa is the driest it has been in all the years I have lived here.
We hoped for rain with the expected cyclone but alas we had 17 mls total. The first day although spitting rain the deck never became wet so it wasn't until the following day we received any rain at all.
Not good news for farmers or growers and it does seem that the weather pattern has changed so we can expect more of the same.
Having said all of that, the garden is expecting an early Spring which means the bush will too.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Pukawa's Quail.

It has been a disastrous breeding season for the quail as the early part of season had frequent showers of rain, probably the biggest killer of young chicks. There have been some quite big clutches hatched but even walking across wet grass is enough to kill them, once wet they become cold and quickly die. A stoat was seen in the settlement chasing behind young chicks before grabbing one. If only we knew how to catch stoats but they seem so hard to target. Nature can be so unkind.

Changing Seasons.

We seemed to wait a long time for really nice Summer days and as usual it happened after the schools went back. The temperatures have not reached anything like last Summer with some quite cool nights, 6 &7 degrees. Perhaps this explains while there are signs of Autumn now, Autumn flowering crocus and naked lady lillies in bud. The biggest shock is to see Autumn cloured leaves on the Liquid Amber trees in the car park at Turangi. Some camellias are budding up too so we need to make the most of every sunny day.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Earth Quake

I was sitting when the shake started, strong enough to make me get up and move from where I was sitting in an unsafe place should a bookcase fall.  The lights did swing but it was a gentle motion not a jolt.
I can't imagine anyone in Pukawa will have experienced damage or if they have it will only be minor falling objects.

The rain started last evening, 16mls in the gauge and it is till quietly raining this morning, we need a good inch to do any good.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

New Beginning

Here we are in to a new year and I have told myself to be a better person and keep up with news that I hope will be of interest.

The robins are back(:-) We have been waiting for them to show up and yesterday while walking back on the Pukawa Omori track I first heard a robin and just before the bridge two robins flew across in front of me landing in a bush. They appeared to both be males perhaps fighting over territory. Please do report any  that you see or even think you saw a robin as we would so like to know that the numbers are increasing.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Overnight rain.

It is quietly raining this morning after 20mls of overnight rain, a most welcome rain. Still very calm and quite warm outside, great growing weather if it doesn't turn cold.

Peaceful Pukawa

It has been a very still quiet day making me wonder if it is the calm before the storm.
I have great faith in my barometer which always drops prior to bad weather especially wind but it has remained static for the last few days. Tonight northerly winds were predicted for this area and it has to be wide spread rain for Pukawa to receive any, actually a  good downpour would be welcome as we are well below our average rainfall.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Salted meat

This method is used with great success in the South Island in areas that are only visited twice a year. The meat keeps well and seems not to become flyblown as happens with some products. Rock salt can be bought from Farm Suppliers. Venison meat or rabbits works well.
Layer salt in bottom of container.
Cover with one layer of meat, small peices, cover with a good layer of salt, add another layer of meat, then salt until the container is full. Cover and leave for some weeks. Place in trap boxes or suspend from the lid on fine wire.
Let me know if it works or you.


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Soaking Rain

It is not often in Pukawa that we wake to rain and go to bed at night with it still raining but that happened on Sunday 16th. Very steady rain all day but I haven't heard of any problems in our area. The rain gauge contained 67 mls over 24hrs, but the bush can always soak it up.
Friday 14th was the coldest day I have known this Winter, I doubt that it rose above 4 degrees.
Oh well they say you have to have the bad to appreciate the good and the birds are still singing.