The winter storms and the wet weather was not too good for some of our already damaged pine tress along the middle paddock fence line. So we untied the fence wires and chopped the most damaged and dangerous trees down. All trees fell exactly between the fence posts and we simply tied the wires back. A little bit of work but not too bad. Tatjana can do miracles with the fences. Somewhat sad to see them go but in hindsight it was a really good decision. Two of them were so rotten, hardly any solid wood was left in them. Some were rather still solid at the base. This will give us some firewood for the next years.

We left the trunks there and will cut them up some time in summer when we can get vehicle access back. It’s too muddy now.

On the other hand we already planted some new spruces and European firs last years. They will eventually grow into a new shelter belt and some into some very nice Christmas trees.

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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.

Two alpacas in thick green grass

Officially Summer – and how lovely it is

The first days of summer greeted with a mixed bag of weather. The first day was coldish and still wet with quite some wind. But that all eased down on the second day which turned into a nice, dry and hot summer day featuring blue sky and green grass.

Spring time – so beautiful

Nothing much really has happened over the last few weeks and hence our updates have been rather sparse.
One thing did happen however: Think it really turned spring.

A Black Cayuga duck with 12 ducklings waddling behind her in the paddock

Ducks, and more ducks

A few mother ducks did disappear a few weeks ago and we thought that was suspicious. Today Monty revealed her secret and what a cute fluffy surprise that was.

Black cat in a wooden planter box

Plant-a-cat

When we put those planters up, we had best intentions. So had the Ziggy the cat. But her intentions were quite obviously different to ours. Growing cats? Well, it’s worth a try.

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