Flooding in the valley is a pretty normal thing for us. It happens typically once or twice a year. Even in case we have not prepared for it, we are lucky enough to have space for the animals on higher ground even in case the lowest paddock floods – by design that is.

This year was special and I had not yet seen the water that high. Kumeu and Waimauku townships flooded too and other suburbs in West Auckland. For some it was pretty bad and I feel sorry for the affected people – and animals.

Our neighbours lost two of their steers in the floodwaters, they just swam over the fence but could be recovered a few days later. Lucky them. Some neighbours fences got pushed over by floodwaters and got fixed a week alter.

My thoughts are going out to those that suffered major damage and loss. Kia kaha.

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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.

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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.

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Water everywhere – in the midst of winter

It’s been rather wet, foggy and cold in the last couple of days. The cats spent more time inside and expressing a form of cabin fever when awake but they are mostly asleep.

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