We woke to fresh snow on the Kakanuis this morning and a light frost but, as often happens with a frost in the south, we also got a cloudless sky and bright sun.
It was still a little chilly outside but nothing an extra layer of merino couldn’t counter and for that I’m grateful.
The weather which brought a light shower to our place last night left a sprinkling of snow on the Kakanui mountains.
They stood out against the blue sky this morning, freshly dressed in white, reminding me again how blessed we are to live where nature treats us to such beauty and for that I’m grateful.
Just over a year ago when I looked from the top of the hill above Enfield towards the Kakanuis, irrigated paddocks would have stood out like green ink on parchment.
When I was up the hill yesterday it was impossible to tell which farms were irrigated and which were not.
Niwa reports we’ve had the warmest May on record.
Data from climate agency Niwa shows the month was almost 2.5 degrees Celcius warmer than usual, with rainfall double normal levels.
The figures won’t be official until tomorrow morning, but principal climate scientists James Renwick said the provisional numbers were extraordinary.
“Two-point-five degrees doesn’t sound like much, but for the average over the whole month that’s huge,” Renwick said.
“Normally 0.5 of a degree is a record-breaker.”
The average monthly temperature had been 13.1C, a temperature normally expected for April, Renwick said.
The previous hottest May, recorded in 2007, had a mean temperature of 12.4C.
Rainfall totals were also extreme, especially in the eastern Bay of Plenty and Nelson regions.
We haven’t had the extreme weather other areas have suffered but mother nature has provided more than enough moisture.
Irrigation hasn’t been necessary and mild temperatures mean grass is still growing so it looks more like spring than autumn.
Dome Hills is nestled into the foothills at the western end of the Kakanui Mountains which border North and Central Otago.
It’s a high country station running sheep and cattle and it also offers high quality accommodation in its lodge.
Cindy Douglas and her husband David, who is the third generation of his family to farm Dome Hills, offer guests a unique high country experience with magnificent scenery, fresh air and the opportunity to explore the rivers and hills on foot, mountain bike or horseback, and be part of a working station.
The stunning scenery is surpassed only by the warmth of the hospitality and Dome Hills is a worthy nominee for the Corporate Events Guide People’s Choice Award which honour New Zealand companies that excel in their field.
You can vote for it here.
You can also read more about Dome Hills in New Zealand House and Garden and the NZ Herald.
. . . I’ll admit it’s a beautiful day.
But that’s in spite of daylight saving not because of it.
We woke to a frost this morning and that white stuff on the Kakanuis is fresh snow which fell yesterday.
The first blossom tree to bloom in our garden (I think it’s a prunus) is covered in flowers and the daffodils though not yet in bud are well through the ground.
I’d hopes these were harbingers of spring, but winter has returned with a vengance.
There was fresh snow on the Kakanui mountains at the weekend and Sunday’s frost was still lying in the shade by late afternoon.
We woke to one of the hardest frosts of the year yesterday morning and ice on some puddles I tested on my morning walk was too thick for me to break (yes, I’m not yet old enough to resist the temptation of jumping on it).
Normally when we get a hard frost we also get a sunny day but by lunchtime clouds appeared so it wasn’t just cold it was dull and this morning we’ve got up to rain.
If I’m not enjoying it those who had to get up for milking at 5am and will be out working in the paddocks for msot of the day will be even less enthusiastic.