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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More foraging

A few days ago there was finally a window with no rain and a bit of time, so managed to fill 4 feed bags with pine cones. Pine cones are excellent fire starters, full of resin and a rather large surface, thus burn really well, long and hot.

Pine forest with undergroth each side of a track covered in brown pine needles

Riverhead Forest

Riverhead Forest is an urban forest, much enjoyed by the locals for dog walking, trail running, mountainbiking, motocross and horse

View of the valley with fog lingering over the Kaipara river meandering through the valley

Seasons: Bye Summer, hello Autumn

The seasons are changing. Summer went and Easter and Autumn came around. We have been starting to prepare for winter to come.

View across gannet colony with a gannet in the foreground and a large rock in the ocean behind.

Muriwai beach walk

A walk on our local backyard beach, Muriwai Beach. Home to a gannet colony and lovely black sand with beautiful sunsets across the ocean.

piece of paper with some feathers and ink bottle we used.

Making quills out of duck feathers

We created quills out of some duck feathers. They have the big advantage that the quill is actually pretty long already. Still not long enough to actually handle them properly though. Shaved some of the vane off and it was much better.

Eastern Rosella on the fence line

Life is slowing down

After being rather busy over the last week before Christmas with a film crew on site and the typical “everything needs to be finished by Christmas” work frantic, we are now all truly in holiday mode.

All at Pukeatua Farmstay wishing you a lovely and relaxed time and a Happy New 2021. May it bring prosperity and happiness.

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