Category Archives: lifestyle block

Letting in the light

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

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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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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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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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Yellow and gold through the Lewis, Murchison and Tapawera and back again

Away to the north in a small plantation forest there is  an unfinished and untended shed – cabin.  I finally managed to get away to it for a few days.  It wasn’t fun but the travel was OK and a … Continue reading

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Kua mate te Marama

A full moon rose over the forest edge While rose prunings* and brash flared red

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Tree Crops at Hestebu

We hosted the Canterbury Tree Croppers for a stroll around our fruit and forest plantings.  Not bad, 15 people other than committee members.  There’s not a lot to see in early spring but I got to talk about some of … Continue reading

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