The seasons are changing. Summer went and Easter and Autumn came around. The valley is filled with fog those mornings, the geese are flying in flocks – not even sure where from and where to.

View of the valley with fog lingering over the Kaipara river meandering through the valley
Mornings are getting foggy
Geese flying in formation in the sky across the valley
A formation of geese

We have been starting to prepare for winter to come, firewood was brought up from the valley, the stuff we felled several years ago. Finally made it into ringe for splitting and was split by Janus, ready for stacking. It is slowly getting too wet to drive down into the woods and valley.

Little yellow 1.7 ton digger on the farm track with big log in the bucket as wide as the track, just fitting through between fence post my centimeters.
Hard working little digger
Man splitting firewood with splithammer, barefeet, surrounded by pieces of wood
Janus hard at work
Packic wrapped bales with haylage neatly stacked up
Haylage for winter

The haylage for the horses was brought in and stacked, 32 bales should hopefully last until spring. At 30kgs or so per bale, that made almost a ton of feed – no pun intended 😉

We also got the digger back into tidy up the areas around the calf shelter for some exciting new arrivals. Soon we will add some dwarf goats to our collection of animals. Just a few more weeks.

We did our traditional Easter egg hunt in the pine patch with family and friends. This time last year COVID-19 was also raging in NZ and we were in lockdown level 4.

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An orange sky with a few clouds at the horizon over a green valley with low level light across

Muddy days

It’s been a few rather wet days. Some with intermittent sunshine but not enough to dry up the ground yet. The cats use the sunny breaks to go outside but other than that they seem to be in hibernation.

Closeup of brown

Springtime again and lovely weather

It’s so nice to get outside between rain break. The weather has been warming up over the the last days and we are getting 20 deg during the day.

Child cradling a baby goat in her lap

New critters have arrived

Our 2 little baby goats are called Muddy Valley Twi and Muddy Valley La. They love bouncing around in their paddock and up onto the things in their playground.

Cows and alpacas in front of sunset

Quiet but busy during another Covid-19 lockdown

I picked a few pictures to keep you entertained and maybe – once we are out of lockdown – you may want to drop by for a stay and enjoy some time off. We will be opening in level 2.

Flooding – groundhog day

This year was special and I had not yet seen the water that high. Kumeu and Waimauku townships flooded too and other suburbs in West Auckland. For some it was pretty bad and I feel sorry for the affected people – and animals.

Image along a log with a pulley attached to it at the far end in the slightly blurry distance.

Lockdown – here we go again

If not doing office work, we fix fences, move animals around, collect, cut and chop firewood, dig trenches, build goat houses 😉 and fix all sorts of things that break over time.

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