Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Blackhead on a calm hot day


A quick detour on the way back from posting in Green Island.
6 surfers out, and in the ten mins I was watching no waves caught, but I would give anything to be one of those just waiting out the back for a wave today.
Below: a closeup of the quarry activity now they are working above the carpark.
And interesting comparison below.
Above: the same view 14 months ago, when they first started excavating out for the new working site above the carpark.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Vege Garden Mid Jan 2012

I havent spent too much time myself working on the vege garden, but Jayin has been hard at it.
Growing a few new things, like Caigua in the Morri house. This year we have bagged the tomatoes, and I have my Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, capsicums, and chillis plus a weird cucumber that doesn't seem to be doing anything but grow leaves with tiny little baby cucumbers?
Been heaps of strawberries since I shifted them into the herb garden, and the raspberries have really taken off this year pushing out the asparagus in the same patch. The logan berries have somewhat died off, but heaps of budding bunches of grapes coming along as well as a loaded cranberry bush.
Rhubarb galore. radishes, carrots, beetroot, all seeded out at 3 week intervals, which is why a bit of the garden is still looking bare. beans snow peas, which only 3 plants grew from seed so might be a bit sparse this year, we are still eating the beans from last year we blanched and froze.
Above pic: made a mistake, bottom plant is scallopini not Caigua, the Caigae is the big vine plant by the door of the morri house.
umm, courgettes too, only one edible size, barbequed it in the weekend. heaps of spuds in the bottom garden grown in the soil and tyres again, the yams in the tyres this year (3 of them) have taken off, so gonna have heaps of those.
One of the fegoa trees have died over winter, and we lost the apricot last year, , so looking at buying another nashi tree.
Not so many cherries this year got the tree wrapped in net, but not ripe yet, seems late this year.
I think thats about it!, oh got quite a few tamarilos again over Spring, and the fig tree out the front has doubled in size, but not so many fruit on it this year, i hope it grows more and maybe puts out more fruit next year.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

HeliOtago Flight Over Dunedin


Our HeliOtago Pilot Jason Frost-Evans, himself a keen surfer, I felt as safe as anything, never even had a thought of anything going wrong, having said this, I dedicate this post to the people who died in the hot air balloon crash today in Carterton.
Here flying over my beloved home suburb of Waldronville, Bogunville. With the Kaikorai Estuary on the foreground Estuary in the foreground, Blackhead Beach in the back with Blackhead headland top left.
Below: Our little chunk of paradise, you can see the short walk to the esturay from the back of our section over the reserve, and the golf course to the left.
Below, three surfers out at Blackhead Beach
Above: approaching Blackhead Headland with the sandstone cliffs leading to Dunedin.
Below: The other side of the Quarried Blackhead headland looking back towards Saddle Hill and the expanse of vegetation covered sandhills between the Blackhead beach and Waldronville.

Above: Tunnel Beach , the orange arrow points to the entrance to the tunnel dug into the sandstone that goes down to the beach, you can just make out 2 people standing on the beach.
Below: The Cliffs on which Cargills castle is Built, with St Clair and Dunedin City in the Background

Above: Cargills Castle on top of the Cliffs
Below: Beloved St Clair with a couple of nice waves breaking over the point.
Above: Industrial area of Dunedin City
Below: The New Dunedin Stadium, next to the other big Quarry in Dunedin, it is 50 metres deep. The area on which the stadium has been built is reclaimed land just 600mm above sea level approx.

Above: Invermay Animal lab/testing unit, I spent quite some time working and learning there when I was doing my Vet Nursing study at Polytech 89-91
Below: Me with my son Shane, and good friend Lisa who took the heli trip
Thinking of booking a ride of your own?

More pics to come as they become relavent to stories I cover on my blog. Blackhead Headland and the Friends of Blackhead.
The Ocean beach Saga etc.

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