From the Farm

May 6, 2014

6 May 2014


Here I sit and just can't think... Once I were an artist but I got painters block ..now i'm trying to be a writer but i'v got writers block. Must get back to work chop cut........Butchers block ..
Na really I just can't think... I have that stomach bug Ila had ..Two of the Wwoofers have it as well ..This is the sickest i'v been for 30 odd years must be a new bug i'v never had. I think its the same bug that stopped the Interislander ferry crossing last week .. Now i'm a bit unhappy coz i'm stronger that the Interislander.
Last night I had trouble even walking, every old accident I ever had came back. I got up to day at close to 3 in the afternoon and that's just not me ....I really hope you don't get this. Eat well,  sleep well, have fun, form a shield don't let this in ..............................I let my guard down .....
Here goes got the music playing trying ta sing while I do this ...

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Another busy week at Avonstour, we have 4 Wwoofers on site at the moment. Two German girls Eva (broken bone ) and Leonie. A French guy (Who cooks fantastic crumble ) Vincent and a Irish guy Terry who I keep calling Trevor. But in the morning only Trevor..Urr  sorry Terry will stay and we get two new ones. It's been a great team but all to short.

Went to sing at Karaoke. Fiona and I got there before Aubery I sung a few new songs. And an older guy who is a good singer was singing ..These boots are made for walking  and in walks Aubrey all dressed up to sing With her Gumboots on HA. She just slipped them on and forgot to change them ....No one but Aubrey could pull that off with a smile only HA.

Toastmasters started again this week it was great. Fiona gave a great speech on her family. How they are all spread to the four winds after being forced to leave Zimbabwe.The morning was fantastic and a great start to my week ....Even if I have to get up at 6 to get a Pukekura Park.

The Dorset Horns now have a good spread of lambs and are over the 100 acres along with all the Wiltshire Horns and Damaras and Alpacas. The Dexters and Gotlands and other odds and ends are on the flat as I have it shut up for winter grass real late this year but is showing good growth.

Daily the Wwoofers pull sacks of grass for the shed pigs and along with collecting fallen fijoeas and tree strawberries. So this time of year the pigs do real well.

Thursday  last week the phone rang and I missed it so I checked my e mails ...Hi its the Organic Auditor here
I hope to call on you for an audit. Friday at 1 ..........FRIDAY AT ONE ...Rod is coming for a ram I have other things ta do and I won't be back till bout 2 ..So changing things around got home from Toastmasters  and Ruth was here wanting the Ute to get Fire wood ....Blooming heck umm just have to go with it ,,. The Auditor came and all was good.
But you know its hard to be Cert organic, soil tests, water tests, fat tests, peer reviews. Audits .Book work ..and not a seed in the ground yet. And the fees just keep coming. You really have to be in the Organic mindset or you are lost.

You know daily I get emails & letters from people but two this week both made me happy and sad. The first was a card from Hanks mum thanking us for the stay 4 weeks ago ...Inside was a letter and some photos, two of Hanaoka both in dresses ..WOW no one here recognized her she sure kept that side of her hidden ( mostly )....wow the whole family is good looking !!!!.

The second was an email from an old friend with a  colourful history to say the least. I have known him for many years and if I needed help he would come i'm sure. But this was a bad news email his partner had died ..A terrible chain of events that lead to an accident and now he is alone again. This is the second time in 2 years.
Today is the Funeral and mate i'm thinking about you.

So we are off to Nelson this weekend to the Rarebreeds AGM so I have to be right ........

Sing john Sing
The tax mans taken all my doe
and left me in my stately home
lazing on a sunny afternoon
and i cant sail my yacht
He's taken .......Everything I'v Gooot........ .

O well i'm trying, think i'll go back ta bed, see ya next week

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