I’d like to go to the circus…

Not much interesting has happened this week people… its started with some days off Janik, Joe and I had been really looking forward to cirque de soleil – Toruk the last flight. We booked a night in Christchurch as we all had the next day off and thought we’d head out for a bit of a party after. Joe was very excited, not about the circus but about the fact that he got his very first uber there. For those of you who don’t know uber is an app where you can order a taxi from someone already going your way. It was all very exciting and we now feel like we have fully arrived in the 21st century. We arrived safe and sound, straight to the bar and then to our seats waiting for the show to begin. Our honest review is that we were quite disappointed, it was visually stunning but a lot of dancing around and not much circus. Having seen them before we left slightly disappointed but determined to still have a good night!

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Christchurch really is not the place to party, but gin was flowing and we watched a band in a lively-ish bar. I fell asleep and we ended up getting kicked out so the boys took me home and continued their adventure. I don’t know the details of the rest of their night but I do know they ended up in a gay club. When they got back to the hostel at the early hours of the morning, Joe decided he didn’t want to sleep on his own and got in bed with some poor unsuspecting girl much to her horror and mine and Janiks amusement. We had a quick breakfast in the morning and a quick swim before heading home to sleep. The good news is we have found a nearby takeaway that is as close as we can get to our British version so we had a chilled evening in with some good food. My week back to work started with the most glorious rainbow I have ever seen the picture below doesn’t  do it justice but also shows in all its glory the lodge where we live incase you guys were interested.

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Work is busy with milking 1200 cows every day now. The team has split into the A shed and B shed… so everyone is working hard and finding their feet within their teams. Its all going great and Joe and I both still really love it! Each days different and although we are well and truely settled in, each day still has its challenges which we love. My main challenge is falling off the motorbike, I nearly gave myself a concussion the other day by whacking my head of a fence post and managed to do a bit of a skid the day after. But its all good and no injuries apart from a few minor bruises.

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The lodge is busy as always and there has been time for a few impromptu parties that usually end up with everyone getting very drunk and being hungover the next morning! Especially Joe who still seems to be the king of the hangover.

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As well as the place for a party I have also been baking this week and managed to make a traditional New Zealand treat called lolly cake… Basically this consists of condensed milk, malt biscuits, marshmallows and a bit of butter! It is also supposed to be dusted in in coconut but Joe wasn’t keen on that so I left it out. The picture doesn’t do it any justice but trust me it is to die for and disappeared quite quickly so I think I’ll make a double portion this week!

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Aside from this we’ve been enjoying the sunshine and our days off and keeping busy but relaxing all at the same time and as always enjoying a takeaway! #livingthedream I hope this gives you a little insight into our lives and please look out for more as we have a few busy days coming up so I’ll try my best to keep you all posted.

Paris X

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15.09.2017 (Week 37 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. The Curse – Margaret McHeyzer
  25. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWELEVE WEEKS BEHIND – I might start reading children books! JK I have 3 weeks off in November and know a lot of reading will be done then so I’m not worried this is going to happen!

 

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Work work work work work!

Hello people!

Just thought I’d write you all a quick update on whats going on in the world of dairy farming at the moment! We are well into calving and so far so good. The 4am starts have started as we’ve got a bigger milking herd now and we are both enjoying getting stuck in! Joe has calved his first cow!

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And I’ve built up some serious muscles lifting all these calves and milking nearly 1000 cows!!

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We are still loving it here and the early starts are worth every sunrise! And the beautiful views of the mountains make every day go a little quicker! I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of everything we’ve been up to and some of the team too!! Thankyou once again for reading we miss you all loads.

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I’ve also been lucky enough to enjoy a few care packages from home because lets be honest…. nothing beats marmite on toast!

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I have better computer access now -thats right I have treated myself to a brand new laptop that will be kept away from all liquids – you’ll all be glad to here I’ve got some progress on my reading challenge… as you can see with all this work I’m not making as quick progress as I used to but I’m still going and hoping I’ll still do a book a week  on average by the end of the year!

Paris X

30.08.2017 (Week 35 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. Lucky Child – Loung Ung
  17. Automated Alice – Jeff Noon
  18. The Girl In the Picture – Denise Chong
  19. Orphan X – Gregg Hurwitz
  20. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  21. A moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Chez Stinky – Susan C. Daffron
  23. The Gift – Margaret McHeyzer
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: ELEVEN WEEKS BEHIND

 

Ski school!

Our two days off started with the usual crate of beer and bottle of gin. It wasn’t as party party as usual but Kadsan, Lukas, Matilde, Joe and I all stayed up late enjoying a drink and putting the world to rights!

So Joe has been trying to convince me that skiing is a fun holiday for the last 3 years and we’d eventually come to a point where we agreed to disagree. Every weekend we’ve been off Mount Hutt has been shut due to too much snow or rain or ice or other unavoidable circumstances. This day off Joe was determined and the weather was beautiful so how could I say no. We invited Matilde along who has the same days off as us and Joe promised that he’d give us a lesson. It took forever to even get up the mountain and rent all the gear etc. We had to stop half way up and have snow chains fitted to the car because the road was apparently slippery! Joe was getting very annoyed and not being very patient!! But eventually we made it and the ski lesson began!

To my complete surprise I actually remembered how to ski and took myself off to teach myself while Joe taught Matilde the basics!!! We stopped for a beautiful/ massive lunch and enjoyed the view! Matilde and I took a bit more time while Joe went to tear up some black runs.

After lunch it was time to try a green run! First of all the master he chair lift… this involved a lot of screaming from me but again to my surprise I managed to get on and off without stacking it! Success! Now it was time for the first green run! Highway 72 or highway 69 as Joe kept calling it for some reason. It started a bit ropey and I quickly lost Joe and Matilde and fell over a helpful ski teacher picked me up and sent me on my way! It went smoothly for a bit and then surprise surprise I got a bit fast and decided I’d better fall over before I break my neck! This time I was rescued by a man who I’m quite sure is the real Santa Claus! I decided now my safest option was to wait for Joe who later appeared! Matilde had decided to walk back up and get the lift back down!!! I followed Joe down the rest of the run and made it to the bottom in one piece! Towards the end joe was going backwards and showing off! We even stopped for a few pictures! I even surprised myself by making it off the training slopes and onto my first ever green run!!

All in all a very successful day! And I stand defeated I loved it and can’t wait to go skiing again!!!

Paris X

A mini adventure…

With work busy we’ve been making the most of our days off and trying to explore a little bit of the local area. These most recent two days off we’ve been to explore Lake Colridge. Joe has been shopping and treated himself to a fishing rod which is apparently going to catch us some dinner one day! We’ve also borrowed Cody’s puppy Simba and decided to take him along with us.

So we piled into the car and headed off to or destination. The best thing was the drive is so beautiful!!! Like every where here it really is a picture and we enjoyed the winding roads as we drove up and down the mountains. Alas we didn’t catch any fish but both had a good day and loads of fun trying! Lake Colridge is beautiful and I think we’ll def be heading back soon to do some more fishing and exploring.

I think by the end of it the pup was pretty tired too.

We came home and Joe cooked us a roast dinner which made for the perfect evening.

Paris X

Let the calving commence.

So we are really settling into this dairy farming thing. And enjoying our time in NZ! At the beginning of calving it is a Robindale tradition that the boys shave at the first born, live replacement…… anyone who knows us or who has followed our stories will know that by now Joe has quite an impressive beard. I fact we’ve both forgotten what he looks like without one. But a tradition is a tradition so off with the beard….

As you can see the end result is quite stunning. Calving is going well and we’re both enjoying being a bit busier! The hardest part for me was having to get up at 5am and navigate my way across a few fields in this tractor to collect the calves.

Then continue to negotiate my way through the calf barn with about 20cm either side of the trailer. Although I did myself proud and completed the challenge!!! We have a few days off now and a few things planned which I’ll give an update on next week. I think now is a good time to introduce our newest arrival….. meet Tilly the Toyota Litace! Our new travel companion….


She’ll be getting a few modifications/ improvements so keep your eyes peeled! At minus 4 it’s a bit cold for a road trip just yet but we have plenty planned for the future that we are pretty excited about! With the increase of the work load we have been eating a lot! This has been greatly helped by the fact that we gained a load of meat from some bulls that were recently killed… this should keep us going for a while!
Life is good and as always Thankyou for reading! Thanks for your likes and subscribes it really means a lot. To everyone reading at home we miss you loads and wish you were all here with us!!!

Paris X

Party 🎉

So once again apologies for not writing much….. a new laptop is on the cards any day now!

We’ve been really busy at work with moving cows around all in preparation for calving which is coming round fast now and I’m quite excited about! The preparation included walking 1231 cows home from a nearby town the other day! This took about 4 hours and was a mammoth task but he team did good! I managed to successfully stay on my motorbike even though I had the treacherous task of going through a full blown forest to extract the last few cows!


with everyone including all the cows home safe and sound we celebrated with a beer and an early night!!! Joe had big plans for skiing the next day (our day off) but unfortunately the mountain is still shut due to too much snow. Bizarre we know! So we rested all day and did a food shop-exciting times.

A lot of new people have moved in this week and we’ve had a few celebrations! One in particular for Codys birthday! Which ended with a vomit covered sofa and one hell of a mess in the kitchen. Which we’re still cleaning up! Other parties included arm wrestling and debates about communism. Wild I know.
The weather is still snowy and raining and in places very very muddy!!! But we’re all good and still loving every second of dairy farming and Newzealand!

Paris x

Let it snow ❄️

They said it would happen and we didn’t believe them, but over the last week we’ve had SNOW!!!!


We were rewarded by a short day at work so we could all have a snowball fight! And we all headed back out in the evening just to check the cows! I think it’s safe to say this is a bit more like the winter we expected from New Zealand! We had plans to go skiing as it was our day off but despite two tries the mountain was closed due to too much snow. Saw to say Joe was not impressed but I guess we’ll try again next week.

Paris X