This is my last post for the year (and for awhile) and I wanted to take the opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We leave tomorrow for a few weeks of rest and relaxation out the back of beyond where there is no phone reception which means no internet. It’s time for a break from my computer. It’s hard to believe that during the last two and a bit years we’ve been on the road, I have yet to read a book cover to cover. I’m looking forward to doing something about that.
I knew exactly what photos I was going to use for my Christmas blog as soon
as saw the beautiful New Zealand Mistletoe flowering in the Southern Beech trees
along the edge of Lake Ohau in the MacKenzie Country.
The name ‘mistletoe’ is given to plants that use specially adapted roots to
extract water and nutrients from the stem tissues of their host plant. Unlike
some mistletoe species found in other countries, New Zealand mistletoes usually
do not harm their hosts. There are eight unique species of mistletoes in New
Zealand, the three Beech mistletoes (Green, Red & Scarlet) are now uncommon
in many parts of New Zealand.
The colour of the Scarlet Mistletoe is stunning, especially against the
beautiful green of the beech trees and the deep blue of the sky. All along the
lake edge and high up in the bush were great splashes of brilliant red. The
Pohutukawa tree might be known as the New Zealand Christmas tree but the South
Island has it’s very own Christmas ‘tree’ which is unique, and just as
I thought I’d give you a virtual mistletoe to hold above your head- just
click on the photo to enlarge, hold your computer (or phone) above your head and
hope for a kiss or two from a passing loved one.
Thankyou all for your support and comments over the last year, it’s been a
privilege and a pleasure to know that so many of you have enjoyed following
along on our travels. Enjoy your Christmas and have a wonderful holiday time
with family and friends.
All the very best for 2016 and safe travels wherever you might go.
Shellie & David