After living in Auckland and further north for many years, it is always good to visit again. As usual I took the chance to check out the Sky Tower....
|View from my room|
|View at night|
|View from the top|
After a busy week back at work, it was time for the Kaikoura Trip... everything was going well, until the night before we were due to leave. Poppy became very ill. She was quiet at work but came to the usual meetings and choir but by evening she was subdued, reluctant to move and a pathetic sight... Off to the After Hours Clinic for X rays and pain relief.
No idea what she ate, but she paid for it with gastro enteritis and it was a long night. I took her out every two hours ... at one point even feeling for a heart beat because she was so still. By Friday morning, although better in many ways, she was too ill to leave at home with everyone at work, so I managed to get Alex to take her over to the lovely staff at The Vet Centre in Straven Rd where she was beautifully cared for while I had to go away. Thank you everyone :) I am pleased to say she is now home, and nearly recovered. Quieter but eating again! (on strictly controlled prescription food).
Meanwhile, 42 of us had an amazing trip to Kaikoura. The brown grass and empty rivers as we travelled north were a stark reminder of the drought.
Drought was officially declared over the North Island last week. The Grey and Buller districts are also on drought watch.
This is the worst drought in New Zealand in 70 years due to its severity and regional spread, Salinger said. Previously the highest record rainfall needed was in the summer of 1945-46, when the soil moisture deficit was 361mm.
It's been a summer of troubling milestones with a total North Island fire ban and outdoor water ban in Wellington after authorities announced last week there were just 20 days of supply left.
|Dramatic satellite images of the country taken a year apart highlight the North Island's desperate need for rain as the drought continues.|
Images taken over recent weeks show how the country has become increasingly brown as drought conditions have spread.
The image taken on Tuesday shows a swathe of dry land from the tip of Northland to Lake Taupo, and the lower west and lower east coast of the North Island.
The top of the South Island is also tinder dry.
Even as I write this post - it has started to rain her ein Christchurch !!!! Fingers crossed we get enough of it steadily for a while.
In the afternoon , some of the students went to Fyffe Adventure Park for some trekking - the rest explored the beach or shopped.
Later we gather for some predinner games...
|Self decorated glasses|
Love the Kaikoura coffees... staying with the seafood theme....
The student were a pleasure to be with and the weather was perfect. No wind, long calm evening, no hail or rain, and the seas were calm.
|Vet Nursing - Classes of 2013|
No dolphins there, but it explains how he took these great pictures.
Enjoy the beautiful Dusky Dolphins :)