Monday, 24 June 2013

The Windmill Farmer

The windmill farmer
One day there was a lonely man that lived on a hill in a ragged and jagged house. He was a windmill farmer. The day started when the man was planting windmills. He was very excited and he really hoped they grew. It was a shiny, glimmering autumn day and that's why he thought it would be a good season to plant his windmills. He was very tired, puffed and bored at the same time but he knew he needed to plant them. By the time it was afternoon he had planted them all. He went inside and sat by the fire in his chair and ate his supper, after that he went to bed.

The next day he got up all hopeful to see that the windmills grew! He was so joyful and very glad. He was also amazed how quickly they grew. Suddenly a bold rush of cold drafty wind stuck him. Katssssss! lightning stuck as fast as an electric blot. He was petrified as well as nervous. He begged as his windmills ripped of and blew away. He was so upset and disappointed. He stood there heart broken in the cold wet rain. He went inside feeling very down and weeped his way of to sleep.  

The day after he woke up feeling hopeless, he was thinking he would give up windmill farming for good. He still had a little bit of hope though. He walked out his door. He saw. . . . . Thousands of windmills going round and round! He almost had a heart attack. Everything was happening so fast. He was so happy.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

My favorite thing at camp Kiatawa - Onepoto caves

My favorite thing at camp Kaitawa was the Onepoto caves. It was so fun! Because I had never experienced that!

The track starts of with a gentle 10 minute climb, through a number of rocky outcrops and overhangs. There is a lookout point along the ridge that has a clear view of the stratified layers of rock comprising the “intact block” of rock that's slide down from the Ngamoko range.
Distance: 2km
Time: 2hr return
Simply put, caves are made by water. But, water alone could never make the incredible formations found in caves. It’s actually a chemical reaction. As a plant and animal matter decays in the top level of soil, it releases carbon dioxide gas. Water seeping through reacts with this gas to form weak carbonic acid. As carbonic acid dissolves the solid limestone; a chemical reaction causes it to dissolve even more limestone. about 25 times more than it would dissolve in water alone. The limestone-water drips through the cavern, the carbon dioxide evaporates and the calcium carbonate that is left forms stalactites and stalagmites we see in caves.

What, when, where, who, why
I really liked because I have never been in a cave before and I was amazed by the terrain and how big the holes and big drops were.

Next time
Next time I would like to go on more bigger caves and ones that go deeper and then go out. I also wish next time we could go on ones that have more types of insects and things like bats and rats.

Conclusion - summary

I had so much fun and really enjoyed experiencing these opportunities. I went  out of my comfort zone a little bit and I would love to go again!