It’s been a while since my last post and the Christmas break is giving me a chance to at least acknowledge that. I’ve been working away from home, sleeping in a horse-float and cut-off from internet things during the week, with too many chores and too knackered on the weekends to keep up to date. However I have been having a ball and taking a heap of photos of the work and mountain environment I’ve been in so I intend to catch up in due course.
The landlord (where the horse-float is parked) has an earth oven and is building a straw-bale house so I have some comforts.
Much as I don’t like 5am Monday starts, the drive south in dawn light is quite something.
And the Upper-Rangitata on a nice day is spectacular
Mostly though it’s been blowing a gale
And when the weather changes….
Whatever the weather most days result in wet shorts
And being attacked by upset parents
For now it’s the Christmas / New Year Break: a few days at home catching up on stuff, over to the West Coast to visit my parents who have been compelled to move into residential care, can’t say they’re happy about it, but still a sense of humour, although the humour is a bit dark!
Being away from home every week since mid-September I haven’t had much energy for chores around home, even though it is the busy time. Kirsty insisted we get nets over some of the cherries so the crop is not a total flop.
The weather has been glorious for Christmas, 30C in the Lewis Pass coming home on Sunday. We had to stop on the clearings opposite the Nina Valley just to roll in the grass and sniff the daisies.
Wonder of wonders, the hay got baled yesterday without getting rained on but with the dry spring the yield is down, only 200 bales, but it’s the best quality yet and great to have it out of the way.