Within days, the hot summer weather had moved on and made space for moderate temperatures with rain and fog. While it’s great to have some rain and a wee bit of grass growth back, it’s still a bit sad that outdoor BBQs and picnics are on a break. I am sure we will still have some nice days until winter hits.

Plus, Easter comes with its own rewards, like Easter egg hunts that have moved from the front lawn out into the forest some years ago.

The goats have proven to be sniffing goats and helped the kids find some of the chocolate Easter eggs.

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Two black and white goats eating hay

Winter Solstice & Matariki

The weather has turned from somewhat wet and warm to rather wet and cold. The horses have been rugged up just like the goats. The rodent infestation has become noticeable, so we started putting up more traps on top of the traps and bait stations we already had.

Closeup of white mushroom

Happy Earth Day 2022

The warm and humid weather produced lovely field mushrooms to be harvested. Earlier we harvested basil, limes and potatoes.

A long trench in the paddock, disappearing in the distance with

Diggery-do: digging up the farm

It’s the time of the year again. It’s very dry, the soggy paddocks have dried up and it’s the perfect time to dig out all the drains.

Redish sunset over the hills turning the landscape red

Drylands – no rain in sight

We have not seen much rain in more than 2 months now but rather hot, sunny weather with wind. Both dries out the land, particularly the hillsides facing the Kaipara where the wind blows from and which the hot afternoon sun hits.

A grey duck with a bunch aof little grey and yellow ducklings bunched up behind

Erwien’s return

Erwien came back this years with a new bunch of ducklings and proudly presented them, just like last year. She’s such a good mummy.