Snow Farm fencing, Pisa rambles, and rain at last

I had to go up to the Snow Farm yesterday [Sat] for a meeting or two, a barbecue and a working bee. It was great to be back in my winter wonderland!

Snow Farm NZ

After the barbecue [above] and meeting I decided I’d enjoy doing some physical work, which I plan to extend over the next few months, repairing snow retention and trail fences, so I made a start here…
Snow Farm NZ

I’ve long had a very simple winch, modeled on wire fence strainer, and found it really handy to pull poles leaning due to soil subsidence and snow build up. It’s a very simple device, employing a long handle for leverage and two ratchets…
Snow Farm NZ

There are a lot of fences to tidy…
Snow Farm NZ

In the evening I headed off in my 4wd camper to spend the night high up on terrain I often ski tour on each spring…
Snow Farm NZ

The same area as of Sept. last year…
Snow Farm NZ

Mt Aspiring, and the weather looking threatening…
Mt Aspiring from Snow Farm NZ

Very fragile alpine vegetation and soils higher up. There is only one track so the idea is to never deviate from it, as it’d take hundreds of years for such vegetation if damaged to regenerate…
Snow Farm NZ

Just on dark…
Snow Farm NZ

The lights on the right are of the Lake Hawea township, the glow on the left the light from the larger Wanaka community. I could also see the glows of Cromwell and Queenstown reflected off the bottom side of the thickening cloud ceiling…
Lights of Wanaka from Snow Farm NZ

Dawn, and more rain to follow the start of same at 2.30am…
End Peak from Snow Farm NZ

Snow Farm NZ

Gathering clouds on the background Pisa Range are a sure sign of weather closing in…
Cloud on the Pisa Range

Same spot as of last Sept…
Snow Farm NZ

Since it’s not rained for several weeks until now, the rain just beginning to fall again as I was leaving gave a rich colour tone to the “browned off” vegetation…
Alpine vegetation Snow Farm NZ

The bent steel of this fence is caused by snow buildup each winter, The fence was probably built in the 1930’s…
Snow Farm NZ fence line

The same fence line as of last Sept…
Snow Farm NZ fence line

It’s been a great summer for snow grasses…
Snow Farm NZ snow grass

Alpine Bog land…Snow Farm NZ alpine bog

The same spot as of last Sept…
Snow Farm NZ Tranquility

Snow Farm NZ alpine bogland

Although not obvious as I descend into the Cardrona Valley it’s been raining for about an hour. Love the light that this brings on…
Mt Cardrona from Snow Farm NZ

And I headed next to the Cardrona Hotel for a coffee and choc. muffin with cream by the fire. I was chilly and damp after my follies so it was nice to warm my knees, before heading off home to Wanaka. The guy who restored it many years ago suffers from migraines, and maybe this is why it’s dark inside…

Cardrona Hotel

And a few hours later it’s still raining! The drought, if such a thing ever exists in a Central Otago summer, would appear to be over.