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. It took all of summer to dry out the paddock enough to carefully get across it with a 4.8 ton digger and to dig up the old drain again that was pretty much completely gone. Our son also dug up the silty stormwater pond, at least around the edges we can see water again.And we found eels! How cool is that. They must have come with one of the floods in spring. Eventually we will be able to do eeling.

Access across the bridge is now clear as well and the drain from the pond has been fixed too. And for good measure we fixed the driveway through the forest. Two days of digging. How it will be fun to clean the digger again before we have to return it.

Duck in the doddock with 15 little duckling behind her in a big bunch

New Fluffballs

One afternoon, there was Wasabi waddling around the paddock and there was a bunch of fluffballs tumbling after her, 15 little duckling.

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.

Look across the Kaipara valley with rainclouds in the background and diffuse light coming through the clouds.

Finally some rain?

It’s been a long time without any rain. Not sure how much this will be but anything is better than nothing.

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