Friday we were preparing for shearing.
Anson and Seb’s friend Lyall shore a few sheep in the afternoon to get the numbers knocked back a bit as rain was forecast for Saturday.
I helped Anson draft up the sheep after dinner while Tim put the children to bed.
I really enjoyed doing it too.
It is years since I have had the opportunity to actually get out and help physically.
I am normally inside doing the cooking or accounts etc.
Saturday shearing began at the same time as the rain.
So Gary, Caleb & Anson shore the shed full and Tim had to release the ewes that didn’t fit in the shed back out onto the hill.
Shanni had made enough buns the night before that there were enough left over to fill with tuna and salad She also made ginger gems.
I was very proud of her efforts.She did really well.
After lunch they had shorn all the dry sheep and lambs so they all went out scalloping.
I watched a movie ‘The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.‘
It was really good.
I grew up with the basic knowledge of what happened so it was good to get more of the background.
Sunday we were up early and drove over the hill to Waterfall Bay by 8:30 to watch the rugby game between All Blacks and France at Marseille
Man! Was it an excellent game.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Such a clean fast flowing game.
No ructions until right at the very end.
We won 39-12
We got back home and did a quick change of vehicles, grabbed the dogs and drove up to the airstrip so the guys could muster the sheep back in for another go at shearing.
Mount Taranaki was showing it’s head so vividly across the Cook Strait.
A forecast of approaching stormy weather.
But it is easy to forget that fact in the excitement of seeing it so clearly
Isn’t it beautiful?
I love the Maori legend about it.
I dropped the musterers off and then came home again.
After lunch everyone had a fairly restful time.
It was such a beautiful day.
Alois went off walking.
I helped Anson bring in the ewes again and draft them up.
We managed to get most of the 550 in the shed but had to leave 40-50 outside.
We didn’t get in to dinner until around 8pm.
Tim had cooked up some scallops for dinner and had most of the troops fed which was great.
I could quite get used to this swapping of roles – sometimes
Monday the shearers were back.
The rain was also approaching again.
It came in just a little bit too fast though and didn’t give the guys enough time to shear a few to make room for the ones outside.
There was some very fast juggling in the woolshed pens but a few of the sheep were still rather damp when they were shorn.
They got them all finished by afternoon smoko so had a leisurely cuppa round the kitchen table.
The rain has been coming down steadily most of the day.
Our new wwoofers David & Katie from Colorado USA arrived and got their car stuck not too far from the house.
I was so tired and feeling a bit grumpy today.
After lunch I lay down with the children and watched ‘Phar Lap‘.
It was a great story about an amazing horse.
So tragic though.
Mahalia helped me to make Apple Jam roll for dessert tonight.
I haven’t made it in years.
It was really good.
Must include it in my ‘recipes to make more often’ list!!
We are off to Nelson tomorrow.
It is pouring down still so I am rather apprehensive about the road.
I know there has been heaps other things to tell.
Like Azzan’s dances and songs and teasing of his brothers etc but I can’t recall too much detail right now so I am going to go to bed.