The rain that’s to end the drought

We had spots of rain every now and then but nothing really and according to reports, the draught has seen the lowest water levels in 25 years. Mind you, 25 years Auckland had a) way less population and b) way less Aucklanders connected to the water system – most were on tank water just like us.

Our water tank has been full over the last couple of weeks however you could tell that the soil was dry. We only had very little grass grow over the months. And even paddocks that had seen no animals grazing for 9 months look pretty much like 9 months ago.

I just hope we won’t go from too dry to too wet. In any case we cleaned up the horse shelter occupation-ready and the calf shelter too. Just in case.

Clean horse shelter

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Closeup picture of white/blue/yellow moss growing on some grey basalt stone

Winter is officially here

Rain and mild temperatures have led winter to the land. The trees have dropped their leaves and the moss started to grow. Browns and greens and the dominating colours, the red and yellows have almost gone.

White alpaca standing a green grass in front of a strip of pine forest

Quiet times

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.

Sunset

Days of lockdown

I have lost count as to what day we are in but it does not really matter at the end of the day. Life continues not necessarily as normal but almost normal. Feels a little bit like holidays at home with a bit of working in between.
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.

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