We went on a Dolphin watch ecotour last Friday with a friend of ours. It was fabulous! I had worn shorts and just shaved my legs that morning, and with the sea as rough as it was, the salt spray stung so much! But it was so worth it. We saw about 100 dolphins in the end, some just swam by, but one pod in particular played round the boat for a good 10 minutes. One dusky fancied itself as a racer and raced the boat when we left to move on again. We saw a couple of females with their calves - beautiful.
Went to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary too, and hiked 30 minutes to the top of a hill. Absolutely knackering, but the view was spectacular. You could see all the way to Wellington, although it was mostly cloud covered. I think that city has the worst weather ever.
Speaking of bad weather and freaky incidents, we had three days of solid rain a couple weeks ago, then a day of sunshine, another couple days of rain, a day of sunshine, and then the most almighty storm I think i have ever seen! Half the driveway was washed away at our friends house, parts of the road to Picton has been washed away, and to make matters worse, we had two really strong earth tremors in one day that measure 6.1 on the ricters scale. Part of the same road has collapsed with the tremor and as you drive the road dips at least two inches straight down in one part. Really quite dangerous if you were going fast, not that you really can go fast on those roads cause they twist and turn so much. I joked to Peter that the reason there seems to be so much drought in some parts of the world is because New Zealand gets all the rain!
We moved into our new accommodation a couple of weeks ago. It has some amazing views from the balcony. We have a birds eye view over the local mussel farms that the Kenepuru Sound is famous for. I even ate some the other day - greenshell mussels cooked in garlic butter- yummy! The accommodation is ok, but in bad need of updating and a bit of general maintenance. We can't tell if we have added any more stains to the carpet since moving in! But its nice to get away from the resort when we aren't working.
We had a few friends around for a house warming bbq last night, and cooked up a storm! The beer flowed and sausages and salad were delicious. A grand time was had by all. Neil, the bar managers son Sam, kept himself entertained by picking four large carrier bags full of our free lemons. I think he is going to try and sell them to his school friends! The tree is so full of them though, that it hardly looks like its been touched!
I was so excited a couple of days ago, because I have two little green k*** on my tomato plant! I also have radishes and carrots that are nearly ready, and beans that look like they might turn into the beanstalk from the nursery rhymne! I have started on the main garden, and found some cool gardening tools underneath the house. I have used a hand plough to pull up all the grass in one area of lawn, and now just have soil that I'll plant the rest of my vegetable seeds in, with the hope they'll be ready to eat before we leave here!
News headlines the other day were - hospital beds full...sick patients blamed! No kidding!