We have been settling into a different life... quieter yet with work that needs to be done, challenges with a slip on the dam track and more. It's definitely going to change on the dam track now that the emergency track has been sorted through Cyrus Hills and the slip on the dam track made walkable. It's quite a big on but no digger can come to clear it so that makes it impassible by a quad now.
I have done some possum control work ... 3 killed and caught my first feral cat using possum meat but other pest control work has to wait for the weather to clear now that the rain has come. I had one stoat in the dam track traps last visit early November. There are DOC 200's to put on the emergency track so we may be able to trap any stoats coming from Cyrus Hills, there's a hope.
A sunny day will make all the difference to the time in the gorge... dull days are great for working but it's amazing how everything looks different in the sun. An experience worth climbing for...up the emergency track as you may head to the DOC picnic or campsite or further into the hills as we have met people doing as they walk to and fro on different days.
Learning to hear the bird sounds here is amazing with the tomtit and grey warbler being the most obvious. I am glad to hear them now more clearly with the help of Jim, who has offered to help with doing it on a 3 monthly cycle. The next time is in early December so if you read this and would like to join us please contact me. Check out for yourself for the sounds for yourself.