Finally rain!

I have always been joking and saying that summer starts on the the 25th of December. In all seriousness, in most years the weather has been pretty dull and grey up until Christmas. This year, the nice, hot weather started already mid November and by now, we had no rain for 5 weeks and all local water carriers are booked out until end of January.

This is the thing when you are not in a town or big city – you are on tank water. Water rains on the roof and goes through pipes into your tank, and this is what we humans, the garden and the animals have to live from.

The water was pretty low in the tank already by beginning of December, so we had 11 m3 water delivered and you continue o anxiously watch the water levels in the tank.

But yay, three days ago and today we finally had some rain and that filled the tank almost up again so we can enjoy the festive season finally without worrying. The land is wet again, the grass will hopefully be growing again and the cracks in the ground in the front lawn will be closing again.

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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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Late breakfasts with more cooked stuff than normal, like GF pancakes, GF waffles, fried breakfast etc.

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.

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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