From the Farm

Feb 18, 2011

18 February 2011


The week started with hot muggy heavy weather and then bang - thunder, lightning, raindrops as big as a golf ball, even hail setting the natural nitrogen and giving all a good water.  Then gone.  I'm really glad we never cut the hay like lots of farmers around here.  Maybe next week we will cut.
The rain has given the pumpkins a great boost sending runners out and flowers.  We may get a few, I was worried as they were in so late this year.
Well Samuel got his licence don't know if its good or bad but sure beats driving him here and there.  He has quickly found cars cost money to run.  Anyway "mother airbag "
(Samuels name for Ruth as she insisted on air bags) still has use of the car to use for a while for shopping and this and that.   Its cheaper than the utes to run.
O yes THANK YOU those who came to listen me talk at the Tupare Gardens on Food Security and Ethical Diversity farming.  I found it was a hard talk due to the market going on around and the loud speaker, I could not hear myself.  Hope it was alright.  THANKS for the support.
Just got home from the market on Sunday and Rusty Kane called to talk organics.  It was really great as I am sure he understood where we are coming from and what we are trying to achieve.  Im sure you will be hearing more from Rusty over the year.
Jamie came out and spent the day trimming donkey feet with me, none to bad except one who missed a trim as she was in the forest last muster and her feet were well over grown.  Looked terrible, but walked away like a new one.  Jamie brought out some fresh fish and a big piece of conger eel he had smoked.  The fresh fish was in the pan that night fantastic.  The next night we had the conger with Patricia's pickle and salad, a few Maori spuds that pop up around the old gardens, a big bowl of fresh black berries washed down with a bottle from cottage wines I got from the market on Sunday.  No wonder I cant get Ruth to eat out, where would you get good local food like that.
Ila was back to the orthodontist this week and she needs 4 teeth out - rather her than me.  It shows on the x-rays she has 6 wisdom teeth coming through, anyway Betty will get it sorted.
My big bandsaw has run a bearing, and have had Geoff out (Stratford Engineering).   Hard to find someone to fix it as it has white metal bearings and you have to cast them all by hand.  The saw is over 100 years old and I would say came to New Zealand on a sailing ship.  I have known Geoff for many years and we are both into the old ways and skills.
We have finished the sheep yards and are working on the cattle yards.  Made a new 12 foot entry gate 6 foot high.
Shifting stock around to keep the paddocks weed free.  Ruth has been sorting chickens, etc for the market.
Getting ready for the permacuture course coming Saturday.
So See ya Sunday.

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