Happy new year to you. Hope 2019 is a good one. Can you believe how long it is since the world was supposed to end in 1999? And again in 2012? And yet we are still here…cue sounds of humanity rejoicing…and most other species cringing.
Below is a curious seasonal safety message by an NZ transport authority by the roadside…nothing like being blunt…but then perhaps it is an instruction for some unpleasant folks…
Hope you are all well.
I am finally coming back to my blog after some time away. New things to say, but maybe not quite as often.
Let’s start with a message of goodwill at Christmas to you all though! Hope you have a good one!
This year will be more of an eco-friendly time for me…very few Christmas cards are winging their way around the world (email and FaceTime works well), I’m not buying plastic toys for kids any more (this year’s fad=next year’s landfill) and am thinking far more about what items I buy as regards packaging and ethics around issues such as farming and palm oil. It’s quite a complex business!
On the subject of eco-friendly, if you have a Kindle reader or app and still haven’t read my first novel, “Baabaric”, it’s currently going FREE on the Kindle Store until Christmas Day so click here for details! A small Christmas gift from me to you…enjoy!
Anyway, I digress…It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Christmas Kiwi making an appearance on here…enjoy! 😊
Picture the scene…I was about to go out in the car when I spotted a bumblebee sitting on the drive. On closer inspection I realised there were two and that they were mating. The female was noticeably larger than the male and seemed to be doing some kind of leg waving dance…maybe she had had enough and was trying to dislodge him. Who was I to disturb their fun (and maybe run them over) when I could wait ten minutes and take a photo?
Help the bees because they help us.
While visiting the Wairarapa region of New Zealand, I went to the Pukaha Mount Bruce national wildlife centre. This is primarily a location where they assist with the conservation of native species, including many of NZ’s birds.
One of the highlights is undoubtedly the native Kaka, a woodland parrot. They sure know when feeding time is and queue up in the trees for 3pm. Clever, and beautiful, birds. Hopefully one day they (and others) will be able to spread out across NZ once more as mammalian pests are brought under closer control. These Kaka are wild but sure know where they are best to hang out!
This might be a bit freaky but this cheeky little chap came and sat on the door frame while on holiday on a farmstead bach in the Wairarapa in New Zealand.
He posed for a good while…brown and white little fella with kind of big blue eyes…can’t find what type he is…but what’s not to love?
Dogs love the smell of kiwis. Kiwis have a strong smell. The two together make for a bad marriage.
When a dog is left to run wild in kiwi habitat the outcome is often not good. Unlike many birds, the kiwi does not have a sternum (breastbone) which means it doesn’t take much pressure to cause major damage to internal organs. A dog may not even mean to cause damage but the outcome can often be bad. Those who handle kiwi must be trained in order to pick up the bird in a way that won’t cause harm.
So, if you’re in New Zealand with a dog, please make sure you respect the signs and the rules and keep your dog away from this national icon and help preserve it for the future.