Letterbox to match the building

Drumroll please 🙂 After a long time of thinking, designing and making I’ve finally finished and installed our new Pukeatua letterbox… made from the same macrocarpa cladding that we’ve used to build the Farmstay.

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closeup view of praying mantis on a timber handrail

A common visitor

I love details, hence macro photography is always a cool thing for me.
Here’s a picture of one of our common visitors, a praying mantis. While common, I still find them fascinating little critters.

Paddock with lawn tractor in background and little girl breaking branches in foreground

Tidy up time

Spring has just sprung and it’s getting time for tidy ups – spring time cleaning but outside.

Tatjana and Jolan busy moving branches

Maintenance day

We made use of the long weekend – yes, it’s Auckland Anniversary weekend – and did some farm maintenance.

View up to the house

Spring day out

Spring is in the air. The weather is getting warmer, so I did my walk down into the valley to check the water supply to the troughs, checked all fences and gates.

After the storm: Back online

The storm that hit us last Tuesday evening with wind speeds of more than 200km/h (Manukau Heads) left us without power and internet and only limited cell phone coverage. Power was restored yesterday afternoon, 3 days later.

Random images of farm beauty

A walk down the hill and saying hello to all the animals can be a really healthy exercise and you can discover the odd cool things when you look at details: fence wire knots

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