Trip Start Oct 12, 2005
47Trip End May 04, 2006
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I'll be boarding a bus later today heading for Dunedin. Sounds like a nice little city ... steep streets, nice train rides .... we'll see. It will be a quick trip I think, work my way around the bottom of the island (the weather will determine if I head right down to the tip or not ... it's getting frigging cold here!!). The plan is to loop around to Greymouth and then take a train through the Mountains (Aurthor's Pass) back to Christchurch and then fly back to Australia.
Well, what has happended on the farm since I last wrote?? Lulu is still doing fine
That was my happy cow news ... but there is also sad cow news. One of the other cows, whose name we won't mention cause it doesn't deserve to be mentioned cause she's a stupid bitch cow ... well she was preggers (by the same bull as Daisy ... slut!). I was really hoping that she would calf before I left and that maybe I would get to watch (Lulu was born in the middle of the night). So the other day Margaret and I look over into the cow paddock and sure enough the heffer is walking all bow legged and her utters look like they're going to pop. Margaret says "looks like she's going to have the calf today", I imediately run and get my camera ready
Went to my first agrocultural fair on the weekend. WAs great, sheep and wool competitions (Margaret and Jim entered 23 sheep and seven fleeces) and sheering competitions. There were also pig races and horse stuff .... and alpacas!! I want an alpaca ..
The next day I went with Andrew (one of Margaret and Jim's sons') and drove through the Rakaia river. Fun stuff!! the river was lower than I had hoped, so it wasn't like we were driving through water that was up to the windshield or anything (he had a snorkel on the car so that would have actually been possible) but it was still fun. WAs a beatiful day, mountains all around ... all snow capped ... sooooo peacful. Andy is a pretty cool guy. Has a mountain hut up in the hills somewhere and he hunts mountain goats. I wanted to go up and see the hut but didn't get a chance ... next time. He's also pretty handy and made me a ring out of stainless steel as a momento. Seriously, these people are soo nice!!
As for my wool accomplishments, I come away from my time here with a sweater I knit using wool I spun myself and a hat to match, a woven bag (I wove myself), a felted merino scarf (I felted myself) and a felted hat (I felted, you guessed it! MYSELF!). Everything I wanted to learn how to do I managed to accomplish in this little nothing of a town on a little farm. Funny how things work out.
Anyways, I'll put up a few pics .. havn't got any of my wool accomplishments I'm affraid ... will put those up later.