I’m Walking & The Chooks Are Fine, Too

It is winter, we had a few cold nights, many beautiful, crisp, sunny mornings and some inclement, windy days. Not much rain, all in all quite comfortable. I’m sleeping well, about nine hours a day, it is quiet and I walk a lot. Well, more than usual any way.


In terms of keeping warm inside – I like it more cosy than warm – I’m busier than what I liked to be, but there is no shortage of dry fire wood. There will be even more for next year and hopefully I’ll have it all stacked and ready-to-go for next winter.

This heap should be enough for this winter. After every session of cutting limbs into manageable sizes, I fell a tree for next winter...
This heap should be enough for this winter. After every session of cutting limbs into manageable sizes, I fell a tree for next winter…

Winter is also a great time for walking. It’s about a 2 km walk from home to the main beaches in Tryphena (Gooseberry Flat & Pa) and about another 300 m to the Old School Building, which is usually the starting point of my employed jobs. I should add that because home is at 190 m elevation and work at 0 m, the return trip takes about an hour.

Rani certainly likes the fact that she doesn’t need to chase in front of the quad, hooning down the drive way, on the contrary, she can now stop and get a good smell of things. I enjoy walking as well, and not only for the beautiful scenery; this is the time where I can zone out, breath in deep and contemplate about all the necessary and unnecessary things I need to work out.

A neighbouring property has a network of paper roads and is being used recently to make manuka honey. Think they've got at least 10 mio bees.
A neighbouring property has a network of paper roads and is being used recently to make manuka honey. Think they’ve got at least 10 mio bees.

Last week was too busy, just like this one will be. Having two part-time jobs that involve youth and – how shall I put it – other beings that are at times irrational, requires a certain amount of finesse to know when things are important and when not.

On Sunday I helped my friend load a truck destined for the mainland and just managed to walk home before the heavy rain started. I welcomed it with a fire under the hot tub and soaked for the remainder of the afternoon.

hot_tub

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to go fishing when conditions were good, and wasn’t able to continue working on the kitchen project. I have, however, made a start and implemented cutting-edge, fundamental nano-science into this project. More about that later though.

So what’s with the chooks, you ask? Well, there are 5 hens and 3 rooster and they are looking top. They hang together now as one gang and I’m looking forward to plenty eggs and chicks this spring and summer. The big, black rooster is gentle but loud. Man he starts off well before dawn, probably has his internal clock set to the astronomical sun rise instead the actual.

One of the roosters is going to get the chop in a few weeks...
One of the young roosters is going to get the chop in a few weeks…

In other news, I’ve asked a local youth to hunt a pig for me, and I’ve been offered to take a domestic pig. So hopefully, there will be meat in the freezer and an addition to the line of animals on beniSland.

In the following, a couple photos. I’ll post more of Pa Beach in a few days on The Great Barrier Island Photography Blog.

A shot of Medland's Beach on the way to school.
A shot of Medland’s Beach on the way to school.
The biggest plane I've seen on the Barrier.
The biggest plane I’ve seen on the Barrier.
Another beautiful day in Tryphena
Another beautiful day in Tryphena

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