It was cold at first.But when i paddled over to the other side it felt
much warmer and when i got out i was freezing.
It was so tiring because it took a long time to get there and i was
sweaty when we got there. People were saying funny things
to the tourists.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
We took off up the hill and banks to Tinline Bay. Smily tourists waving and saying, "Hello". Struggling and sweating, packs rubbing. When we got to Appletree Bay, I fell on the sand. Tent putting up didn't go well. Tents flying away in the darkness of the night.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
...the church that was 100 years old
...the black, sooty sky
...my friends and I playing caterpillars in sleeping bags
and people playing tag.
...sleeping bags crackling like a fire,
...year 8s giggling
...people getting up and going to the toilet
...Whaea Sue telling us about art
and Mr Neal snoring like an angry warthog.
I could feel:
...the softness of the carvings,
..the soft, warm sleeping bagand the warm air of the wharenui carving around us.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Jimmy is our neighbour for summer, he is a master falconer. He sleeps in a caravan with 2 dogs called Sam and Heather. He has 6 birds of prey, their names are Wally, Pella, Cactus Jack, Corky and Suguaro, he also has 1 more but it doesn’t have a name, Me and Heidi are helping Jimmy try to think of a name!
Jimmy was 17 when he was interested in falcons and hawks so he got out some library books about them, then he found an injured falcon which he nursed to health. He got lots more and trained them in bird abatement, this means he flies them around the farm to keep robins, starlings and finches away from the raspberries and blueberries. Jimmy is very helpful to farmers.
He is from California and spends 10 out of 12 months traveling around the western states, to different crops as they ripen – cherries, grapes, berries, and also at rubbish tips and airfields to scare birds. Jimmy only gets about 5 hours sleep each night, he takes his birds out at dusk and dawn – these are the critical times for bird scaring.
He has brown skin, his caravan has an American flag on it, it also has a grey flag that has a falcon on it.
His birds are harris hawks, peregrine falcons and saker falcons. They wear special hoods on their heads and have bells on their feet. They are trained to come to him when he whistles.
They do not hunt and eat the small birds, only scare them away from the orchards and farms. This is a very environmental way to keep pests away from the crops.