Category: Covid19NZ

Rainy landscape in misty layers and some sun pushing through thick clouds orange in the background

The animals, the rain and the fire

Who likes the weather when it’s raining and storming outside? No one – well, maybe the odd people that are happy that their grass is growing, like us humans inside. Oh, and the ducks! The ducks love it.

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Ride-on mower parked in front of a green growth covered pond in front of paddocks and alpacas in the distance

Time to head out before the bad weather

Time to head into the valley and do some paddock maintenance. Checking fences and gates, continued to dig a drainage trench, checked up on the alpacas and moos, mowed some swamp grass and sprayed some other areas of swap grass. Chopped some firewood, loaded up the trainer and brought it back up to the house to keep us warm over the next couple of days.

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Closeup picture of white/blue/yellow moss growing on some grey basalt stone

Winter is officially here

Rain and mild temperatures have led winter to the land. The trees have dropped their leaves and the moss started to grow. Browns and greens and the dominating colours, the red and yellows have almost gone.

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White alpaca standing a green grass in front of a strip of pine forest

Quiet times

While we had no guests, have not been out to see any people and had no coffee other than the home made one due to COVID-19 lockdown level 4 and 3, we fixed a few things around the farm, moved animals around the paddocks and got more feed in.

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Sunset

Days of lockdown

I have lost count as to what day we are in but it does not really matter at the end of the day. Life continues not necessarily as normal but almost normal. Feels a little bit like holidays at home with a bit of working in between.
Late breakfasts with more cooked stuff than normal, like GF pancakes, GF waffles, fried breakfast etc.

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Easter Egg Hunt in the forest

The great Pukeatua Easter Egg hunt

Mr bunny was terribly sorry this year, he had an accident and lost all of his eggs on the way through a hole in his bag. So all the lovely easter eggs are now spread across most of the farm, ~10 acres.

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Day 15 of COVID-19 lockdown

Did a stroll down to the alpacas with Jolan, our daughter. The halter we brought did not fit any of the boys or girls so we just fed them and progressed towards building a little bivy out of old branches and tree bark.

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A fluffy tomcat sneaking across the grass towards two phesants.

Day 11 of COVID-19 lockdown

Found some Rosellas and Mr Naughty was over at the neighbour’s and was thinking what to do with the pheasants but decided quickly to let them be and carry on.

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