Category Archives: Hestebu

Cultural Shift

We must have been having terrible weather lately because I received a couple of emails (even one from Oz) asking how we’d fared with the storms that have hit Canterbury recently. Well thanks for asking We’re fine We had a … Continue reading

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Letting in the light

When the Cook Strait kowhai blooms and the snow-line creeps closer On frosty  mornings

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Gruff?

What does a forested valley have in common with this

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Fernside and Ohoka, Treecroppers May 2015

Away back in May (Sunday 10th) Canterbury Tree Croppers had an interesting visit to a very productive garden in Fernside, where good shelter and hard graft had turned a stony, windswept field into an oasis.  In the afternoon we proceeded … Continue reading

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Buttercup Bad, Mo Taku He

It’s not my intent to post day by day happenings with our animals, however I got taught a sharp lesson a week ago. With the continuing dry we’d put our small sheep flock on the flood plain of the creek … Continue reading

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Predictably Unpredictable and Unseasonable

It has been unseasonably warm, last week there were a couple of sticky days where stripping down to shorts wasn’t enough (I’ll spare you the photo) and we hadn’t had a frost (we usually get a couple in late February),  … Continue reading

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Tree Croppers: Something for Everyone

Tree Croppers have had 2 field days this year, the first was to Hikuika Farm at Little River back on the 14th of February, and then last weekend to a property at Eyrewell ‘Wild about Saffron’. Little River is out … Continue reading

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Fire Season

For the last couple of weeks it seems there are a couple of wild fires being reported every day, some that have made the news are reported here.  They are often triggered by sparks from exhausts and mowers hitting stones.  … Continue reading

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Decadence

I missed doing a Christmas post, too busy getting organised to be with family, and I left my camera on the table. So no photos from the trip over the mountains, up the coast past the Pancake Rocks, paddling on … Continue reading

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Prepping for summer

  A busy few days, it started with cutting the long grass in the orchard (and other places).  I do this with a grass blade on a scrub-cutter, which throws the cut grass to the left.  Working anti-clockwise around trees … Continue reading

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