Thanks for help
Our feathered friends
I’m listening to bellbirds singing as I read ‘‘Food is the way to a bird’s heart’’ ( Mirror, April 17). I too ‘‘remember my feathered friends’’ each winter. I make up sugar water (half cup sugar/a litre of water) that I provide in a cat/stoat/ferret-proof hanging container well away from branches outside our house. Having planted gums and Grevillia victoriae (winter flowering) plus cabbage trees, pittosporums, coprosmas, flax, kowhai and Griselinia littoralis, which also have flowers and fruit bellbirds and tui eat in these cooler months, we are kept entertained with song year round. Killing wasp nests with carbaryl minimises these sugar-water thieves as well as using traps borrowed from Landcare Research to lessen the number of wild skinny cats coming down off the hill, plus the odd stoat and ferret. Having possum traps working year round and a well aimed gun to shoot magpies keeps these pests and birdkillers down in number too. We may not have a predatorproof fence but by keeping birdkiller numbers down (of wild cats, stoats, ferrets, possums and rats) we are lucky enough to enjoy a natural dawn chorus. It’s great to know others remember our feathered friends each winter also.
Lynne Stewart, Clyde
Thank you John Buchanan for having the vision to perform The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace. Congratulations to the Central Otago Regional Choir and Chamber Orchestra for your magnificent interpretation of this complex score. The evocative and powerful images of war left your audience stilled and silent. This moving performance was richly deserving of its prolonged standing ovation.
Marg Hamilton We wanted everyone to know the wonderful service that St John and Dunstan Hospital do for this community. Noel and I would like to extend a very special thank you to the wonderful staff of St John Alexandra and to the staff at Dunstan Hospital. I was so blessed to receive the most wonderful, professional, caring support from my accident when I broke my hip through to my recovery. Thank you from our hearts, without you all my recovery would not have been so speedy and successful. Noel and Mai Timms