From the Farm

Mar 7, 2013

7 March 2013


Started the week with the TV cameras for Rural News, think it will be a good one supporting Rarebreeds, Organic, Small family farms. Keep ya posted on showing date.
So Autumn started this week and it is still dry.. very.. I don't think I have ever seen it as dry and nothing on the horizon in the near future. It did rain in New Plymouth Sunday but not a drop out this way nothing. The Damara sheep just love it so I can keep them on the short, the other stock are doing very well on the fallow but this did not stop the Lakenvelder bull jumping the boundary fence and having a very good time with next door cows........ I don't Know " these Dutch males".
Never a dull moment at Avonstour. Its a good job the weather has held as the Massy vet 3rd year student vets, 10 girls/women 20 to 30 came out to do a calender photo shoot using the Rarebreed animals and other farm props. The difference they did it NUDE yes nude. But very tasteful .........I'm told ........as I did offer to be the camera man but got a firm reply ...   NO men allowed ......They did keep me happy with gifts of chocolate and other foods through the day while I kept away ...... I can tell you made me think of the young farming blokes how lucky they are with vets like this  ....stunning. I think I will be helping to sell the Calendars. Its fundraising for Halfway Day and all proceeds go to a working dog charity.
Ila and Jess have been doing firewood, stock work and general handling. Ila has spent time cleaning her breeding fish ponds out ... Bit of stress from me with that as we are so short of water but the well is a good one and is holding.

Wally has been pottering, fencing here and there, that's great as those jobs just seem to be left. But today he has gone up north for a sort out.

I have been fencing around the house truck. The truck sits on an old cow shed site and the cow shed was excavated down to the hard Papa and have you ever tried to dig fence posts in the dry through blue papa in the dry, its as hard as concrete, takes over an hour and a half per hole. I really need to get it done as the stock will just damage the truck and its sitting in a large fallow paddock.

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