I never thought I would say this after feeling rather anti-christmas in the end I had a great christmas day with the family down at my sisters. It was great to be able to take mum down. She hasn't been well for a while. We're doing our best to make sure she is helped out and things are done so she doesn't have to do so much at home. I've really enjoyed the last few weeks. I have so much to write about that it won't all fit in one blog post. There is me (with my gumboots on) enjoying an early evening down at Whakapirau beach a few days before the new year kicked in. I couldn't resist taking my trusty old mad bush farmer gummies and getting a gumboot selfie just for the heck of it.
We had a very wet start to our summer with lots of unseasonal rain and storms along with it. My grass though has bolted. After two consecutive droughts, and a horrible very wet winter the warmth and the rain combined have been very welcomed. Finally after almost three years I have grass again. It's helped I've been slowly but surely fixing all the fences so the animals aren't running all over the farm. I'm a bit sad though that our local dairy farmers have been told they will have a very low end of season payout. That makes it very difficult for many farming families across the country. One thing I love about our community here is that people will help others in need out. Hopefully our farmers will get through this difficult time. One of my Twitter followers Marilyn calls herself an AGvocate,. That's a cool term Me too. Maybe I'm an AGvocate too because I love farming life and fully support our farmers who feed our country.
We sent the old man off the farm for a while because we just didn't have the grass to support him. He's come home for a few days while my neighbour is away. He looks so much better. Little Shadia (photo above) has really improved in her temperament. No more biting or kicking people. She's doing really well. I'll handle her more over summer then break her in so my little great nieces and nephews can ride on her when they visit. I'll leave you with my youngest daughter Michelle at her end of year school concert singing the beautiful song Linden Lea. Sorry about the poor quality my little camera isn't the best for indoor recording