The view from the breakfast table
News from Maungakawa Views:
* Guests from San Francisco, Melbourne and several groups from Singapore
* We have harvested our first batch of honey
* A new Visitors' book has begun
* The pet lambs have been shorn and have now weaned themselves, but still enjoy coming up to say hello.
* We have had guests from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, London and Sydney
* The swings and trampoline are getting lots of use
*One more page to go and then we will need to use a new guest book
* We have increased our bee hives to 5
* The helicopter was used to put fertilizer on the paddocks
* The pet lambs are weaned but still enjoy coming for a bottle of water
* This month we have had guests from Auckland, Wellington, Honolulu, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai
* We have a New Zealand flag at the entrance
* The pet lambs are growing fast and only need a bottle of milk 3 x day now
* We have had guests from Australia & Singapore
* We now have a wooden sign named 'Maungakawa Views' at our entrance. The GPS in some cars took them past our driveway
* Alan has been finding time in the evening to play Indoor Bowls
* Shirley has been getting into town to play Bridge at the Club and friends' houses
* Lovely Spring weather although we still have the fires going
* Alan enjoys shearing a sheep for our guests
* Our pet lambs are now named - Lisa, Jess & Charity
* Time to prepare lunch for our guests while they are on the farm with Alan
* We have had guests from China, Singapore & Australia
* There are pet lambs for our guests to feed.
* Flower our pet cow has had a calf.
* Our guests enjoy using the trampoline and swings.
* We are now listed on Trip Advisor.
* We had two hail storms in one day!
* Our guests continue to bring us much joy.
* We are having calves and lambs being born.
* Our last guests were able to watch a calf being born at the neighbours.
* We have had guests from Singapore
* Several days of heavy frosts
* Guests from Hong Kong & England
* Early set of twin lambs one is white and the other black.
* Our guests enjoyed gathering mushrooms and then to eat them with their breakfast.
* We now have beehives and so next Summer we will be able to harvest beautiful honey straight from the farm
* Guests from Singapore
* Guest's from Australia * Tress our female dog has just had a cute puppy * Twin lambs born, usually they come in August, but nice for our guests to enjoy * Days and nights getting colder and shorter, so enjoying the open wood fire in the lounge * The soup pot is on, nothing nicer with scones
* We have had guests from the U.S.A. * Alan & Shirley's 30th Wedding Anniversary, the family came bringing food and the weather was so nice we all ate outside * Our guests enjoy playing Indoor Bowls at our local hall * 3 x chickens have hatched out
* A hen is sitting on 8 eggs which are due to hatch shortly. We always enjoy seeing new chickens
* Mushrooms are in season so have the pleasure of walking through the paddocks and harvesting for breakfast, or any meal actually * Easter time saw us having a family picnic by the creek. Some meat was thrown into the water and a friendly eel, about 3' swam up to the delight of all the children and adults. * Our world map featuring guests has lots of photos - thank you Mark and Maya for your good suggestion
* Very welcome rain at last. "Luzi' has brought gentle rain and no damage
* Alan has finished rebuilding 430 metres of boundary fence.
* The grass is very brown as it's been a while since we have had any rain. We are watering the lawn.
* The maize has been harvested.
* Some of our guests have enjoyed visiting Hobbiton before or after staying with us.
* A new record was set for the bush walk up Maungakawa, we tell our guests it is a 4 hour round trip, but our recent guests completed it in 2 hours!
* Lambing has started.
* Calf rearing is in progress.
* The woolshed looks so good now, Alan has made a lovely job
of painting it.
* Quite a few rainy days and it's good to have layers of clothes
on for warmth.
* The fire is going and the soup pot is on...
* On a beaut sunny day Alan went down to the mid-week Golf Tournament.
* Alan helped the Walton Golf Club with the shearing of their ewes.
* Winter is here. We've been having foggy, overcast mornings but often the sun comes through the clouds, fog lifts and we have a lovely sunny day.
* The deciduous trees have those lovely autumn colours and
the lawn gains a carpet of brown, gold and red leaves.
* Our first official Farmstay guests have arrived
* Alan & Shirley's 29th Wedding Anniversary.
* Alan finishes shearing the ewes
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