Saturday, 9 August 2008

Winter Green

Our lawn has turned to moss, there has been so much rain this July - according to records, it has been the wettest July for some decades.
At last a break in the clouds. Dunedin has had the least July sunshine of all the main centres in New Zealand. What a grey old month it's been.

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This winter saw the uncovering of a major heritage site for Dunedin, when contractors digging out a basement for a new shopping mall going up in Dunedin, came across an old pioneer road. Back then (in the mid-1800's) the roads were so boggy in the winter, Dunedin was nicknamed 'Mudedin'.
The manuka log road shows the efforts of the early settlers to make a way over the mud. What a bone shaker.
As this filmclip shows, it is intended to preserve the road, as is, and make it accessible for the public to view.

12 comments:

fearfullymade said...

It hit 36 degrees in Tokyo yesterday, the hottest day so far apparently. Shame we can't share out the sun and the clouds!!

dinzie said...

Around 31C in Hong Kong ..>We melted in the heat and humidity on an island called Geung Chung...

It's amazing that the Manuka logs lasted so long and so well .....

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Minx said...
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Minx said...

We are also suffering under the clouded skies and the rain is threatened to wash us off the end of the country. It's summer here, of course, what a bummer!

Catherine said...

Did you have snow? We had a good fall yesterday before the rain washed it away - the fourth so far this year which is more than I can remember any time in the last 25 years that we have lived in Christchurch. Sunny and warm today, but there is more rain forecast, I gather.
The log road sounds interesting, I will take a look. Did you see that they had uncovered foundations of one of Shakespeare's theatres in London?

Catherine said...

It looks like I can't view the filmclip, since TVNZ chose to use Windows Media, which of course doesn't work on Macs :(

Remiman said...

Kay,
For being on the opposite sides of the globe, it sounds like we're havig the same weather. I can't remember a wetter summer than the one we are now experiencing. It rains everyday here. Not all day but some portions of it. Hail storms are more prevalent too.
I think mother nature prides herself on being unpredictable.
rel

BarbaraS said...

Ah, we are rainy here too - something we share across the seasons.

citizen of the world said...

Here via Mama Llama. The closest I've been is Austrlia, but New Zealand is high on my list of places I intend to visit. (We're in the midst of summer, of course, and are feeling thankful that the temperature has dipped to 85 fahrenheit.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

That's pretty green for a winter lawn....

apprentice said...

Your July sounds like our August.
I love moss, I'd be quite happy if the whole lawn turned to springy spagnum.

The road is quite a find, although the mid 1800s would count as yesterday here, where every patch is criss-crossed with trails and drovers paths.

Avus said...

Well - there you go! Reminds me of the log tracks they have excavated here in UK over the Glastonbury levels - although those date back to about 1,000 BC.

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