Wanderlust Home and Pet Care
New Zealand Farm
July 21: Jan and Duncan had a party to go to in Wellington. They dropped us off at the motel. We thankfully didn’t have to figure out transportation to the motel. The motel is near the airport as we have a 6:40 am flight to Sydney tomorrow which means getting up at 4:15 am - ugh. We’ve had a delightful time in beautiful New Zealand. I will look forward to coming back to see the south island but NOT during the winter.
July 20: Jan and Duncan arrive home after their wonderful vacation to the UK, Spain and France.
July 15: We had Bill, Lynn and Hillary for Brunch today. I don’t think they had ever had a Mimosa.
July 12: Simon invited us to see sheep shearing at his Boss’s farm. They had culled 750 rams about 12 months old for the process. The wood from each ram is weighted and credited with the figure by using a barcode. The farmer will keep very detailed records on each ram using that barcode. It’s all very scientific. After the shearing Simon would inspect about 8 rams at a time for undesirable characteristics i.e. black spots, improper hooves, only one testicle, abnormal growths etc. Those rams that don’t pass the test will be used for food. The cull out about 25% undesirable rams from the young rams. They wanted as perfect a ram as they can produce to promote excellent breeding genes. The price of an undesirable ram will drop from NZ$ 1,500-2,000 to $150-200. This farm is one of the top ram producers in the world. It was a very interesting morning.
July 7: Last night we had the neighbors over for dinner. I forget the energy that a 20 month old has. Wish I could bottle that energy.
This morning was sunny so not to waste the day I contacted Jacqui, owner of the B&B, to see about stopping by for a visit. The home is perfect for a B&B and the garden is amazing.
July 4: Happy Independence Day Our celebration started the night before at 10:36 PM when we were in bed. We had a 6.2 earthquake. Because it was deep in the ocean the effect wasn't severe. It reminded me of being in a sieve, shaken from left to right. I was a little scared. Nothing was broken.
June 25: It was sunny all day so we drove to Martinborough for wine tastings and geocaching.
June 23: We were visited by Jacqui who owns the Whangaimoana Gardens Bed and Breakfast. She brought a lemon cake that I will look forward to having after dinner tonight. Julie Newmar stayed at the B&B. Remember, she was Cat Woman on the Batman TV show? I never missed that show.
June 21: Maggie likes eggs. I placed the only egg gathered from the hens in the plastic container used to collect our leftovers for the hens. I placed the contained on the ground by the back door while I helped Gary load the wheel barrow with wood for the stove. Next thing I know the egg is in Maggie’s mouth. I have learned an important lesson.
June 20: We were invited to dinner at Bill and Lynn Hume’s home/farm. We had a delightful evening. They raise rams to sell and average 300 per year. The family have owned the land since the 1800’s.
June 18: Geocaching day, looked for 4 and found 4.
June 17: Attended a lecture on "Ancient Astronomies - Ancient Worlds" by CLIVE RUGGLES, Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the University of Leicester, UK. I don’t think he was a very good speaker.
June 16: We took a chance that the weather would be better today for a tour of NZ’s Stonehenge Aotearoa. Our guide was very informative. The site is mainly for astronomy and educational purposes but learned about the original Stonehenge in England too and it’s history. The site is home to several Wiccan (witch) organizations for their rituals. I didn’t realize that every 13,000 years winter becomes summer and summer becomes winter due to the rotating axis of the earth. I won’t be around to see it.
June 11: Drove to Martinborough to check out the local butcher. His sage sausages were awesome.
June 10: Gary leaves the nice warm bed to start the fire. One of the twin cats decides to join me in bed and we both watch the sun stream through the bedroom window. Because it is a lovely day, the four of us (that includes the dogs) jump in the car and head to Cape Palliser Light House. We see lots of seals along the rocky coast taking advantage of the warming sun. On the way back we tried several geocaches but the seals refuse to give up their tanning spots. We did eventually find a cache we could get to easily.
June 8: Over the last several days we have performed our chores. It rained all day the 6th and there is standing water everywhere. The cow’s paddock is a mass of mud. I have to be careful when walking in there that my “gum” boot stays on my foot. The cow is still hesitant about eating out of my hand. Her udder is getting larger!! We took a drive to the Pacific Ocean (only a couple of miles away) to Geocache and sightsee. It was a beautiful day. I was amazed to see the Alps on the Southern Island. OMG! They rise right out of the water. The dogs loved running on the beach.
June 2: Tour of the farm. The house is heated by a wood fireplace. Gary will need to remember his Boy Scout days of building fires. We learn about the chickens and the coop will need cleaning. Their poop is good fertilizer for the garden. They typically lay two eggs a day now that it is getting colder. We then see the garden and the vegetables we need to eat. We gather the ripe feijoa fruit (native to Brazil), but the lemon wasn’t ready yet. In the afternoon we separate the pregnant cow from the other cow to make the birthing easier. I will be a mother soon. We will need to keep an eye on Emily the black Angus. The 2 cats pee outside Hooray no cat litter to keep clean. I will have some dog poop to clean up. The 3 gold fish in the house are easy and the two outside we can ignore. The walk to the mail box is 4 miles according to Gary - I think it is only 1/8th of a mile.