The weather has not been too amazing over the last couple of weeks. Jolan got two baby chicks for AgDay and a few days later got a little duckling dropped off too, a rescue from a cat. So now the 3 birds are sharing the warm box in the living room. Other than that, life goes on as per usual, the paddocks are wet so Tatjana set up a geofence around the house to keep to automowers out. Now the automowers are busy mowing the grass and the weeds around the house – so satisfying to watch.

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Two black and white goats eating hay

Winter Solstice & Matariki

The weather has turned from somewhat wet and warm to rather wet and cold. The horses have been rugged up just like the goats. The rodent infestation has become noticeable, so we started putting up more traps on top of the traps and bait stations we already had.

Closeup of white mushroom

Happy Earth Day 2022

The warm and humid weather produced lovely field mushrooms to be harvested. Earlier we harvested basil, limes and potatoes.

Redish sunset over the hills turning the landscape red

Drylands – no rain in sight

We have not seen much rain in more than 2 months now but rather hot, sunny weather with wind. Both dries out the land, particularly the hillsides facing the Kaipara where the wind blows from and which the hot afternoon sun hits.

Bunch of little brown ducklings on brick steps outside

Duckies, duckies everywhere

The little ducklings have grown over the last couple of days and become so docile, or should I rather say they’ve sussed out where the food comes from….