Time flys and Sand Flies

We have been doing so much in so little time, it is hard to keep up.

Australia’s has those pesky bush flies.  They don’t bite but attack your nostrils and eyes looking for protein.  Parts of the South Island here in NZ have the more voracious sand flies (and mosquitos)

No, these are not our feet (above) but these flies bite and the bites itch for days.  DEET works well and you are best off with long clothing. 

Lucky for us we were only attacked two or three times and, we were mostly protected or ran for cover!   Word is that the N. Island doesn’t have this problem. Continue reading

Curio Bay

Way down on the south end of the South Island is a place called Curio Bay. Not many people drive down this far but it is well worth it.  Instead of rocks, the bay is littered with petrified trees, dating 180 million years old.  The trees were buried by volcanic mud flows and gradually replaced by silica.

Standing on an ancient conifer. Continue reading