Lambs update

Yesterday we docked the lambs by putting a rubber ring around their tails. The procedure is supposed to be done within a few days after birth to avoid unnecessary pain. We don’t like the idea of hurting those little fragile animals, but a shorter tail helps them to stay free of flystrike in the summer. Flystrike can easily cost them their lives, as we learned last year. We also turned one of the two rams into a wether (castrate). The whole procedure doesn’t seem to bother them too much. Today they were all happily browsing around.

Chocolate feeding her lambs.

Watching out for predators.

And checking on our wwoofers who dug up the thistles before they start to flower.

Tiny lamb running after her mom.

Our helpers did a great job mulching the track to our veggie garden.


Motueka Inlet Walkway

A quick walk around the inlet.

Motueka Wharf.

The usual winter fires (orchard burn offs).

Mirroring boats.

Abel Tasman boats waiting for high season.

Some cyclists near the wharf.


The not so long ago created bridge.

Kind of photogenic.

Mexican Lily.

Eva, what’s the name of that one again?   “Kaka Beak”

Flowering kowhai trees.


Saturday in Nelson

The kids made a list of how their ideal Saturday would look like:

1. Nelson Saturday Market

Buy something at the pottery?

Or some hippy clothing?

Or just watch the birds…

and the dogs?

No. But stop by at our favorite Chinese dumplings stall and we’re fine.

2. Clothes shopping!

(no pictures, fortunately)

3. Natureland Zoo

A tiny, but well maintained zoo near Tahunanui beach, with native birds (Kakariki).

And exotic monkeys. Don’t know why we never made it there before.

The meerkats are somehow funny.

Always watching out for predators.

And quickly hiding underground.

The porcupine is sleeping today.

Does anyone know the name of that reptile?

That’s a lemur, if I remember right.

I really like our rather small boer goats when I see those huge Toggenburg monsters.

Turkey. Ugly as always.

And some alpacas.

Dark as the night.

4. Tahunanui beach

Are you coming too?

The simplest games…

… are usually the most fun.

When I sit down, you go up!

Or not.

Fun on the way…

… back to the car.

5. Clothes shopping

(no pictures allowed again, sorry)

6. Ice cream

End of day. :)




Snowy is first to deliver two healthy white lambs

long focus lens and binoculars helped with watching the lovely ones

and everybody came to welcome them

Chocolate looks like she’s next :)

Edit Sept. 15: Surprise on the paddock! What a change in the weather can do to us, one gets a headache, the other bears 2 tiny lambs.

Seems like both mums have each a boy and a girl.

So tiny!

Max, the Unihorn

and Moritz … Chocolate’s last year’s lambs

and what else flowers in the garden? peach!


and almonds … and very soon everything else, spring is here :)


Kereru visit in the garden

We were just weeding a patch to plant some potatoes…

when two kererus sat down to feed on our tagasaste trees.

Then this tiny ‘thing’ came and scared them both away.




Just after sunrise a small gap in the clouds created an amazing rainbow over our home. Couldn’t decide which picture to post, so posting all of them.





Apple Tree Bay and back

Anticipation before the walk.

Boats in the Marahau Inlet.

House sparrow – The population density in New Zealand is about 25 times that in comparable habitat in Europe.

Wetlands and the sea.

Wetlands with a home.

The fantail flies around to disturb insects, flushing them out before eating them.

On the Abel Tasman Motorway.

Black beech is named for its black trunk that is caused by fungi that form a thick covering over the bark.

Small waterfalls everywhere after the rain.

Weka, brown flightless rails, with their incurable curiosity and feisty, bold personalities .

Another beautiful beach.

Keyhole lookout.

Steaming trees along the path, yes, the sun has come out finally.

Stopover in a sunny niche.

Coquille Bay from above.

All shades of green.

Nearly there, I can see Fisherman Island already!

A glimpse of the sea.

Apple lunch at Appletree Bay.

The Caspian tern is the largest of all species of terns.

Loud piping is used by alarmed oystercatchers in territorial interactions.

Water Taxi taking sightseeing tourists to a faraway beach.


Aerodrome Fireworks

The local skydiving company at the aerodrome threw a fireworks party! Great opportunity for us backyard photographers lol