Here is my recipe for preserving beetroot! The process to preserve beetroot is much the same as pickling gherkins with the exception of a different recipe and a few extra steps. I created this recipe in the same way as the gerkins. It was just adjusted […]
Month: August 2018
Todays post is a little step away from gardening. I wish to share with you one of my favourite birds here in New Zealand, called the Tui.
The Tui is native to NZ and is easily identifiable by the little white tuff of feathers under its chin.
They are also identifiable by their wide range of calls and songs. Each individual has a unique call that combines high & low notes, clicks, cackles, creaks, groans and wheezing sounds. They even create sounds beyond the human register!
I can’t even tell you what a pleasure it is to wake up in the morning to the song of a Tui. Something I remember doing back in my childhood so its really nostalgic for me. Its super rare to actually see a Tui performing its many calls as they are often heard before being seen. Hence why I wanted to share this footage with you.
We saw this tui at Rainbow Springs, Rotorua. I have tried to film one around our house many times and failed miserably. However I did take the above photograph myself. Lucky shot! I think they have claimed this beautiful blossom tree as theirs own to feed from (they drink the nectar by the way). The male in the picture was super defensive of his turf.
I hope you enjoy this video I created and posted to my Youtube Channel and fall in love with their song just as much as I have.
Welcome to the first ever post on my website!
I am super proud to present these real time videos of a monarch caterpillar transforming into a chrysalis, and then hatching into a butterfly! These videos taking a lot effort (and patience) to try and capture. I was stoked when I finally managed it!
Both of these videos were from the same season back in 2017. I am planning on making videos like these every season to come!
It’s such a magical process to watch. One moment its a caterpillar, come back a few minutes later and its a chrysalis. How perfect!
I love having swan plants in my back yard. It is super rewarding to watch a monarch lay her eggs, watch the caterpillars wreck your plants, crawl away, turn into chrysalis and then hatch and fly away! Knowing that you have helped this process, simply by planting a little plant, is awesome.
I hope to create many more posts all about Swan Plants, Caterpillars, Monarch Butterflies and their very interesting life cycles, and I hope you enjoy these videos! Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel so you can get updates and new videos.