We stayed with friends on their small-holding, where they grow kiwi-fruit and avocados. The news is grim here, too, with the advent of a bacterial infection known as PSA. This week its presence was reported for the first time in this area and there is little doubt it will mean financial disaster for the local growers. Our friends are hoping that they will be able to crop at least once more, before having to destroy their vines.
The Bay has always been a blessed place, as its name implies and it is hard to see the people who live and work there under-going such bad times now.