Seasons: Bye Summer, hello Autumn

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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View of the valley with fog lingering over the Kaipara river meandering through the valley

Seasons: Bye Summer, hello Autumn

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piece of paper with some feathers and ink bottle we used.

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Eastern Rosella on the fence line

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Two alpacas in thick green grass

Officially Summer – and how lovely it is

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Spring time – so beautiful

Nothing much really has happened over the last few weeks and hence our updates have been rather sparse.
One thing did happen however: Think it really turned spring.