Colour

Here are a few pictures I took on the wedding day. The girls dressed in a little cottage on site. We rented this venue for the weekend and all stayed in and around the house. The big house, the cottage and the shearers quarters, all jam packed! The girls shoes and the boys shoes. In …

The Great New Zealand Barbeque

All us expats live with two homes. Lucky us. Unlucky us. We can meet and eat and laugh and drink with some of the most important people in our entire lives at the great New Zealand barbie, set in an urban vegetable garden with wine and laughter and still worry about the ones we love and  have left …

I think I might go to the beach

Look at my sunrise.  Yes. You are right. There is no rising sun.  No sun. No sky. Everything white and frozen. -7F (-21C). We have a hoar of a frost.  The trees are creaking and cracking under this ice. This bitter prairie goodbye. I think I might go to the beach. I am packed weighed …

Too Fat

I am very particular about what my animals eat. Especially if I intend to eat that animal myself. But an animal that I am raising for  the freezer is fed very differently from an animal that I am raising to keep. A pregnant animal eats very healthily but the feed is lean. We do not want their …

Geyser

How often does one get to see a geyser in the kitchen? Fortunately not often at all. Yesterday my walls got a good clean with pulsing hot water.  I had come in to fill a jug of warm water for the pigs, turned on the hot tap as you do and off it came in my …

The camera sees all

I may have discovered the source of Godot’s strange behaviour.  What do you think this is? One leg is black. Here is a close up.  Is that dirt, from when he was stuck under the bush the other day? or something more sinister.  He was fine yesterday. No limping, active. Eating drinking, Flying. Is it dirt? …

I love Snow

I do. Especially getting up in the morning to a clear morning. With the fuzzy moon just setting… And the sun just rising. Everything has paused. Every single ear in the barn tuned to the click of the back door, and the squeak of my boots as the dogs and I slog through the snow with the …

Barn Beds

The kittens are dealing with the cold by lying about in my washing, playing in the fruit bowl, sneaking into the cupboards and their table manners are dreadful. Boo still loves them though. The barn was still yesterday. Still and quiet.   Cold. The birds fluffed up and warm, peering about watching for any loose oats …

Snow on Rain on Ice

The light did a funny thing yesterday afternoon. It was snowing on top of the rain that was on top of the ice. The temperature was going down so fast that everything was freezing where it fell. Freezing AS it fell. I went out without my gloves and found myself jogging to the house to retrieve them ten minutes …

Rain on Ice

An interesting combination at the best of times. Especially when one launches forth in the early, dripping morning. Clown pants on, Gumboots, big, long, old  Dryza Bone Riding Coat and gloves, swinging my bucket, maybe even humming, after all it was warm rain even that early in the morning. Ton raced ahead as he does and suddenly …