Author Archives: Clare

Mini Solar Power Demo

Greymouth is in the middle of a record number of days in a row without rain—23 as of December 3. In fact, most days have been like this. That morning the lights were still on at 5:45, sunrise was 5:55. … Continue reading

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Wekas just want to help

After the big wind and rain storm a week ago (check the blog on November 8) the ground floor windows were absolutely filthy and needed cleaning. When I was finished washing them today a weka decided to see how he … Continue reading

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Our own rubbish dump

In the “anything goes” days long ago, country people thought that out of sight, out of mind was the way to go with all of their trash. After we bought Arnold Acres in 2003 and we started cleaning up the … Continue reading

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A banquet fit for a stoat

This is a gas powered “trap” for stoats and rats. The bait goes in under the black cap, the stoat runs up the wire coil to eat the tasty bait and Pow! Right in the Kisser! The stoat falls down … Continue reading

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Wild and Windy Night November 7 2017

Yesterday was stormy over most of New Zealand. Parts of the country, including some of the West Coast lost power but luckily I didn’t. It blew all night–over 120 kph at times and sounded like the Big Bad Wolf was … Continue reading

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Remembering Cliff

In this post I want to show Cliff enjoying life. I have so many photos it was hard to decide which ones to use. They will be placed in no particular order. This interesting picture shows us looking out of … Continue reading

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Rainbow July 17 2017

Around 4:30 this afternoon I walked out to the letterbox to see if there was any mail. It had stopped raining this  morning so I was surprised by the big double rainbow I saw on my way back to the … Continue reading

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Planting at Arnold Acres

Any place that isn’t either easy to mow or part of a view is fair game for filling in with native grasses or trees. This area is a very wet bank on the slope down to the river. The plant … Continue reading

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Saving a Hydrangea

This was the first hydrangea we planted. Subsequently we planted flaxes and some trees sowed themselves nearby. The hydrangea had been swallowed up and had almost disappeared. I was reminded of it every week or so when  I emptied the … Continue reading

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Red Roses for Cliff on our Anniversary

April 24 would have been our 27th anniversary. We decided to get get married the day before Anzac Day so we’d always have a day off the next day. Once we retired every day was a holiday but the date … Continue reading

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