Grape Harvest

A welcome, a blessing and some songs before we began the hard work.

The grapes were already waiting for us

and hanging around for the picking.

Some also for tasting.

Surrounded by colourful leaves

magic skylike birdnets

and kids with hunger for pruning

After the harvest, everything was cleaned from stems and leaves

and smashed with bare feet.

… or hands …

until juicy enough

to be bottled.

Boys at work

Fun day for the whole school

Everybody filled a bottle.

Thank you Alexandra for this experience at your organic vineyard!

 

Late Joy

Pumpkin, Zucchini, Carrots; beans and sunflowers in the background

from the other side, with roses, herbs and house

Stripey is a mum again o.O All eyes were on Rainbow, the broody Faverolle, when, just a day before they hatched, Stripey took over and got 6 at one stroke

three are black, two brown and one is… patched

born on March 12th, 5 days old and already outside, turning around the garden

 

Chasing fish

When your kids won’t stop telling  you they want to go to the beach

and finally they get what they want

not the best visibility, but the water is warm-ish

Mum and Dad exchange jokes while waiting

and it seems it will take longer

because the fishes are too fast

no matter how quick you are

they’re always a hand’s breath further in the breaking waves than you!

 

Motueka drag racing

A couple of times every year the Motueka Airfield is reserved for the petrol heads. Nelson Drag Racing Association makes sure the entire town can hear their event. It’s sort of a funny event, full of crazy people who tuned their crappy old cars and enjoy accelerating the quarter mile. But one question remained unanswered: How would have ranked a Tesla Model S P100D in that competition? :P

 

February in pictures

Our favourite swimming hole at the flying pig.

With the Motueka River Swing, second edition.

Buying water melons at Fraser’s.

Christian’s creating a new masterpice:

Permanent clothesline!

Others have fun watering the flowers.

Introducing our latest catch to the existing flock.

Big eyes on each side.

Boer goats are meat-goats with hanging ears, they don’t jump a lot.

We’ll see. At least they’re friendlier and not so scared all the time (as sheep are). They actually look like tailwagging dogs when they see you and come running for you.

A visit to our favourite organic shop in Nelson

where everybody finds their own treats.

And to the Nelson Saturday Market.

Shopping for bread

tools

lovely music

and photos.

School starts again.

A refurbished classroom for Verena.

And a strawberry birthday cake for Anna.

Dramatic sundown on the hill.

At night.

But not everybody sleeps.

 

Split Apple

Verena and that famous rock.

The split apple.

But also the caves are famous.

The kids are playful.

And our wwoofers slackline alot.

What a glowing sunset.

 

Summer Fun

Tourist, seagull and impressive orangy Kaiteriteri sand.

More tourists arrive at the beach.

Until it is very crowded.

Icecream booms.

Pohutekawa blooms.

Never seen so many ships in the bay.

Or nosy seagulls.

Lean back into the sand and enjoy the last holi-days.

And the cornetto.

Holiday kid.

Watch the motorboats, count sheep on the sky.

Red christmas flames.

Little Kaiteriteri.

Big Kaiteriteri.

Until January is over.

 

Chicks Update

November 2016: Rainbow and her Leghorn chick “Jelly”

And there he is! The tallest and tamest of them all :)

Dotty and her 3 chicks last year.

Sadly, only one survived. Soon enough it will be grown up.

Blacky and her two chicks last year.

The brown face and white ears let us hope they’re girls.

Greyneck and chick last year.

What a beautiful chook!

Rainbow and her chicks last year.

The red one.

And the one with the eye-makeup.

 

Summer Holidays 2017: Christchurch Museums

Iwi Tawhito – whenua hou: One of the permanent exhibitions in the Canterbury Museum.

Dioramas and life-size displays tell stories of early Maori tribes.

Fish hooks made of bone, wood and stone.

Mere, and other patu, were used for close-quarter fighting.

Cultural heritage.

Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House, a kiwiana legend.

Shell board.

Mountfort Gallery

Beautiful detail of a porcelain lid.

Air New Zealand 75 Years!

Experience the romance and glamour of flying through the stories of airline staff and customers.

Explore Air New Zealand’s 75 years of growth and innovation.

Wander through a replica Solent flying boat and DC-8 cabins.

Transport yourself into the future of flying with a virtual reality inflight experience.

Bird Hall: See beautiful displays and dioramas of all our native species of birds, including those that are rare

or extinct.

Geology: Highlights of the exhibition include a huge amethyst geode, the mounted skeleton of an Allosaurus dinosaur and the bones of the huge predatory marine reptile the mosasaur collected and identified by Museum staff in North Canterbury.

Very bright stone.

Earthinformationscience.

Quake City: Ongoing Exhibition at ReStart, information about the 2011 quake

that devastated the city.

 

Summer Holidays 2017: Lake Pukaki and Tekapo

Lake Pukaki at its very best turquois.

The glacial feed to the lakes gives them a distinctive blue colour,

created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers.

Appreciative about the beauty, we thought about a swim. Way too cold.

Mirrorlake Pukaki.

The colour of the water seemed to fade into a dark blue

that reflected the light even better.

Lake Tekapo at Scott Pond.

The church of the good shepherd.

In the 19th century, Scottish shepherds came to work on the pastoral runs of the eastern South Island. The high country could not have been farmed successfully without the border collies they brought with them. To honour these ‘canine Scots’, a statue of a collie has been raised at Lake Tekapo.

Toilet stop in Fairlie.

Very pleasant spot for a break.

Over Burkes Pass to Geraldine.

The winding road becomes straight again and leads through an almost italian landscape

golden fields of wheat with trees that look just like tuscan cypresses…

Amazing!