Friday, January 31, 2020

Day 31 of 365

It's been a goose-y sort of an evening :-)

See you tomorrow,

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Day 30 of 2020

This handsome fellow is the Dad of some of *the* gorgeous calves which were born last spring.

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Day 29 of 2020

Random view down near the river :-)

See you tomorrow,

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Day 28 of 2020

Fantails are incredibly hard to photograph as they flit around so much. (See *here*.)
These two youngsters were having a good grooming session in the sun this morning so I managed to get a photo!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Day 27 of 2020

An outing to Kai Iwi Lakes.
Dune lakes, fresh water in the sand dunes.

See you tomorrow,

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Day 26 of 2020

Two dogs waiting for their dinner.
Oscar gets the crumbs from when Gandad cuts the dogroll for Emma.
Then he comes inside for his proper dinner.
Then cleans up the cats' meals too.

See you tomorrow,

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Day 25 of 2020

Referring to yesterday's photo-story, this is what happens when I feed Katie Cat.
The chooks circle the cage trying to find a way in!
She's in there now, eating in peace (sort-of!).

Friday, January 24, 2020

Day 24 of 2020

Poor old Katie Cat is getting a little old and thin. (She's over 16 years old).
To make sure her food doesn't get taken by the chooks or the other cats (Nigel!),
I feed her in this old guinea pig cage and close the door - putting the catch on just a fraction.
When she's eaten her fill, she nudges the door and it opens for her.
The chooks and Nigel then clean up the leftovers.

See you tomorrow,

Day 23 of 2020

 Picture of concentration
See you next time,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Day 22 of 2020

A girl and her dog.
Lunch at YD's today.

See you next time,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Day 21 of 2020

Another day of walking a mob of calves home. Surplus dairy heifers this time.
Another 30 of those that I reared during the spring. 
The best time to walk them the 3kms home on these hot afternoons is about 6pm at night. 
They'll be leaving first thing tomorrow morning.
(PS they're supposed to be going straight across the road to the open gate!)
See you next time,

Monday, January 20, 2020

Day 20 of 2020

Bringing the beefies home to sell.
(48 of the calves I reared  July-Oct)
Also showing some typical Northland hills!

See you next time,

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Day 19 of 2020

Nigel's not normally allowed on the bench, but he thinks it's safe up there.....
See you next time,

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Day 17 of 2020

Well I'm back to the quails again!
This little family is an endless source of fascination and intrigue for me!

"An enemy approaches!! Quick, babies, run to safety."
Mum and Dad were literally herding them to safety. Mum keeping a look out while Dad moved them along. See the little ones running. These were the last two - the other four already herded and 'safe'.

Babies huddled while Mum keeps watch.
Soon after, a car appeared down the drive, and the dog started barking, so they ran under the bushes to safety!

Amazing with the cats and the dogs, this whole family is still complete. Lately they've been joined by another male. Not sure of his history but he was here too keeping an eye out.

Apologies for the essay!
See you next time,

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Day 16 of 2020

I was interested to see what would happen when these two met - a duel for the food?
Nope, the one on the left just crept away to a new leaf!
See you next time,

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Day 15 of 2020

"Of course I'm looking indignant, it's wet outside and you put my feed out there!" 
See you next time,

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Day 14 of 2020

This photo make it look like the rain this afternoon was quite dramatic - it wasn't. 
But it was a welcome bit of drizzle!
See you next time,

Monday, January 13, 2020

Day 13 of 2020

Is that Daddy coming home?
Nice to spend time with these two today.

See you next time,

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Day 12 of 2020

I realised this afternoon that Miss Piggy didn't have any water in her wallow so turned on the hose to fill it.
It was a very hot afternoon and you could say she was most appreciative!
See you next time,

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Day 11 0f 2020

Gumdiggers Park
We had a really interesting time here today seeing how the gumdiggers lived and worked digging for kauri gum in very tough conditions, about 100 years ago.
This kauri log was a tree aged about 1 000 years old when it (and the forest it was in) was toppled (volcanic eruption) about 120 000 years ago. Over the years another forest grew in the same area, above this one, which was also destroyed in another major event (probably a tsunami).
Quite mind boggling really!

See you next time,

Friday, January 10, 2020

Day 10 of 2020

Whoops, I only took one photo today, and this is it. 
Our view at breakfast time.
Taipa, Doubtless Bay, the Far North.
See you next time

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Day 9 of 2020

Taipa Bay Beach, in the Far North.
We like coming up here as there aren't too many crowds. I counted roughly 30 people on the entire beach - in the middle of the summer holidays!
See you next time,

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Day 8 of 2020

A few areas around here have got new signs after Christmas gift giving!

See you next time,

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Day 7 of 2020

I shifted the herd for hubby this afternoon so took the opportunity to get a photo for today.
See you next time,

Monday, January 6, 2020

Day 6 of 2020

Two very old tip trailers that we have had for ever have got to the beyond repair stage in the last year.
Hubby is enjoying having a new trailer and is busy catching up on all sorts of jobs!
See you next time,

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Day 5 of 2020

Another day of smokey haze from Australia for much of New Zealand.
From the sunrise —
—through into the afternoon —
It was like there was an eclipse happening today
— and into the evening. No sunset. The sun completely disappeared about 5.30pm.
Just so hard to fathom what it must be like closer to the fires. 
Keep safe, all who are near.
See you next time,

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Day 4 of 2020

Yum - plum season is starting!
Trying to beat the birds -
-and the possums - managed to spotlight one of them the other night - caught red handed with a plum in its hand!
See you next time,

Day 3 of 2020

A sewing day today.
The end is in sight for this pattern.
See you next time,

Day 2 of 2020

Very sobering and disturbing today to have smoke from Australia's fires appearing in our skies.
A hazy day all day.
See you next time,

Day 1 of 2020

Here I am again. I've decided that 2020 will be a good year to take up the 365 day photo challenge again  (actually, it will be 366, won't it?!).
But I'd forgotten about it until the second of Januuary, so I don't have a 'special' New Year's Day photo; just a random one I took during the day.
Followers of my main blog will know that we have some Quail living near the house and I was delighted recently to see there were chicks.
Here Mama Quail was keeping an eye out while the babies were practising their fence-sitting skills. 
Papa Quail was further along the fence. I couldn't see him behind the apple tree but he and her were continually talking to each other - keeping lookout I guess.
There are six chicks altogether.
See you next time,