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.

Since work eased down quite a bit and no guests coming for at least the next four weeks, there’s time to do some work outside.

So here are some pictures of today.

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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.

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.

Little tractor with trailer in forest

More foraging

A few days ago there was finally a window with no rain and a bit of time, so managed to fill 4 feed bags with pine cones. Pine cones are excellent fire starters, full of resin and a rather large surface, thus burn really well, long and hot.

View across gannet colony with a gannet in the foreground and a large rock in the ocean behind.

Muriwai beach walk

A walk on our local backyard beach, Muriwai Beach. Home to a gannet colony and lovely black sand with beautiful sunsets across the ocean.

Fire with a marshmallow stick over it, three marshmallows on it, roasting.

Arctic. What’s better than a fire?

The wind finally eased down a bit but the arctic blast was still on. With chilly temperatures outside, what’s better than a nice fire? A fire with marshmallows!

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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