Labour weekend is the traditional start to summer in our little corner of the Southern Hemisphere.
It is a time when everyone who gardens, plants out a summer garden. All the frost tender goodies go into the ground. Tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, cucumbers, salad makings.
It is also a time of unpredictable weather. And today as I look out at a calm sunny day it’s hard to believe the wild weather we experienced yesterday. I went out to feed my birds, I have several aviaries and little birdies growing so fast in nestboxes, and just after I’d fed my budgies a humungeous gust of wind caught their aviary and upended it. Some birds escaped, another fledgling was killed but as luck would have it, I was far enough away to escape being caught up in the carnage.
Fortunately, I’d recently transferred all the fledgling budgies into another large cage inside the main aviary and they were contained.
So today instead of planting my summer garden, we’re repairing the damage.
Whenever wild weather strikes, I’m reminded of the fact that we are an island nation in the southern ocean. And there is a very good reason these latitudes are referred to as “the roaring forties”. Wind is a fact of life, no matter where you live in New Zealand.
And this morning’s paper said the gusts reached up to 100 knots. I can beleive it!
I thought I’d never see my little splendid parrots again. In such a howling westerly, I thought for sure they’d be blown for miles and never find their way home, as escaped birds so often do…but last night at dusk the lorrikeets were making a strange chattering and I went to investigate. And there were my splendids grazing on grass beside the lorries’ aviary. I walked behind them and they walked ahead, bright dazzling colourful little birds, and happily into a spare aviary I’d left open in case they did return.
This morning they greeted me with such cheerful little whistles when I fed them, none the worse for their adventure. And I’m pleased I found them before a marauding cat did.
Published on Saturday, October 20th, 2012, under Latest News