Walking along Taupahi Road on my daily trip to town to escape the laundry and collect the mail etc. I felt the gaze from Polly before I noticed her. She was quite relaxed squatting in the blossom tree – at head height ignoring local traffic. I guess she was stripping the new blossoms getting drunk on their sweet nectar.
She probably recognises me as I think she is the same wood-pigeon that is often seen in the garden at TRM as well.
What you cannot pick up from the images was the delightful symphony in surrounding trees from Tuis and Bellbirds and other native birds. Even on a wet miserable day for the rest of the country, life is good in Turangi.
To try to win you over, this is what the “gummint” have been threatening to spend $$$zillions on – to try to improve your quality of life by bringing the native birds back to the city suburbs by 2040? But we are already there. Other native bird images are from TRM.
These images clearly prove Turangi is over 20 years ahead of the rest of NZ.
How can anyone calculate what that is worth in added value? Then add quality of living, longer healthy life, no congestion, no traffic queues, such blissful peace and quiet away from all the stress, etc… And we haven’t even mentioned the world famous Tongariro River trout fishing. There should be no need…
A ‘covey’ of quail strutting past TRM’s reception office showing off the new family arrivals.