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

 

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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