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Celebrating Dunedin Midwinter

June 27, 2019

In Dunedin, the Winter Solstice on June 21st brings a whopping 8 hours and 37 minutes of daylight! To celebrate, we take a wildlife cruise and attend the local Midwinter Festival. The Otago Peninsula…

NZed Facts and Food

June 20, 2019

All is well and everyone is healthy on this little “lifestyle block”, as it is called here in Dunedin. Fun fact, the city is known as “Edinburgh of the south” and the name comes from Dùn Èideann, the…

A Quiet Week

June 09, 2019

Being able to walk out your door for a long hike just feels better environmentally than getting in a car to do it! Week 9 starts off with us exploring the “track” at the dead end of our road. It…

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

June 02, 2019

“Life goes on”… When I was a disgruntled teenager, I remember my dad answering my complaints with the quote, “Life is full of heartache, sorry and disappointment.” Not what a teenager wanted to hear…

Farewell Lucy

May 27, 2019

We never expected to experience such a sad day here in New Zealand…

The Hard Bits

May 26, 2019

Our 5th and 6th weeks in Dunedin bring change and challenge. We recognize that when you house / pet sit for multiple months, life happens… Before we get too far into the thick of it, Tim and I hear a…

Dunedin Week 5 - Same, Same but Different

May 11, 2019

It is a routine week here in Dunedin - with much the same but always something new and different… The beach - we have been here every day, yet this week, we are surprised by large spiders crossing the…

Wild Birds in New Zealand

May 09, 2019

Birds are a big deal here in New Zealand! Recall that there were no land mammals (with the exception of a few bat species) on the island until they were introduced - first by the Polynesians or Maori…

Dogs, Donkeys, Chooks and Trains, Oh My

May 05, 2019

Week 4 in Dunedin is busy! First and foremost, in regards to our primary objective, animal care 101 continues smoothly. I am gradually learning what food scraps these chooks prefer - turnips not…

"Wild Dunedin" Week 3

April 28, 2019

It is literally “Wild Dunedin” week here - an annual Festival of Nature taking place the week of Earth Day. There are a myriad of activities and events celebrating nature and conservation at just…