Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rata blankets

Well, that's a fine how do you do!  When I drove to town yesterday to freight the Rata blankets I saw a flashing sign saying our water would be off for 6 (yes 6) hours today.  DH had seen the sign the day before but forgot to tell me.  Did we remember this morning?  No!  Its amazing how we take the supply of water for granted and what you can't do when its not available.

Rata blankets are done and on their way to Pauanesia shop so if you want one contact them through the link.
Photo taken on overcast, breezy day but you can see how dry the lawn is.  That's why I gave up gardening.

Information from Department of Conversation:
 "Northern rata (Metrosideros robusta) usually begins life as an epiphyte or plant perched on a host tree. Its roots grow down to the ground, finally enclosing the host tree and producing a huge tree up to 25 metres high with a trunk of 2.5 metres through. It is found throughout the North Island and in the South Island, south to about Westport.
Southern rata (Metrosideros umbellata) grows from a seed in the ground to become a tree up to 15 metres high with a trunk 1 metre through. It is found from sea level to 760 metres and distributed from Whangarei south to Stewart Island, although it is rare in the North Island."

Now I'm going to stick myself to the knitting machine 'cause DH fine merino jumper has become dinner for some creature, probably moth but maybe carpet beetle.  Either way, with so much wool in this house, its a worry.  Hopefully a new jumper will be under the tree by the 25th.

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