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.

NIWA Quote:

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal. Whenuapai had 7mm of rain, the lowest since 1943 and 9% of normal.
North Shore marked its second lowest rainfall total since 1966 with just 5mm falling over the first month of the year.

https://niwa.co.nz/news/forecast-shows-auckland-region-to-stay-dry
NIWA NZ Draught Index Map, 08 Feb 2020
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.

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.

Big black cow poking her head into the rear window of a car parked in the paddock

A visit to the cow

We did a roundtrip down the hill for pine cone collecting, fence fixing, alpaca seeing and moo encounter.

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