Category: Land

Taken fron underneath some pines, looking up the hill, a white horse and three black and white calves laying in the grass, blue sky above

Day 1 of NZ COVID-19 lockdown

Day one of not going out to anywhere, not having contact with anybody outside the property in an attempt to flatten the infection curve. National state of emergency.

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Picture from top of driveway looking down on house roof and across into the Kaipara valley with shades of brown and yellow landscape with a few green trees

Drylands

The last few months were pretty dry with no rainfall other than a few drops that pretty much instantly evaporated upon hitting the ground.
I think the last rain was some time before Christmas last year which would make it three months with no rain at all.

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Layers of hills from almost black to yellow grey with the sun shining bright yellow through the clouds of rain

Even rain can be beautiful

Over the last couple of weeks we had quite a mix of weather – typical spring. From lovely warm and sunny days where you easily get sunburned to torrential rain that flooded the valley.

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Paddock with lawn tractor in background and little girl breaking branches in foreground

Tidy up time

Spring has just sprung and it’s getting time for tidy ups – spring time cleaning but outside.

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Picture of the excavator with Janus in it before the sunset in the background, sun shining through the cabin.

Digging for winter :-)

Not that we lost winter in a hole, but the valley got so soggy over the years that we used the still good autumn weather to dig drainage in preparation for the wet winter time.

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View of the flooded valley

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone.
Its been pretty wet all of yesterday and this morning the valley greets us with a bit of ponding water.

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