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Have you seen “Hanna?”

Sara is leaving tomorrow. 😦 She has been here two weeks and arrived just as we started planting. Before that we were “maintaining” which involved the infamous TLGing and Vaporgaurding and pruning and checking irrigation… endlessly. And we were drilling … Continue reading

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Farewell Marian

Marian’s last day. We finished vapor-guarding (finally) last year’s trees and lay an absurd amount of lateral for this year’s planting. We’ve managed to come into our roles so the digging and laying goes by faster ever day. Sandra shovels … Continue reading

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The Glove Tan (A Day Off)

“So how was your day off, Marian?” “Ah It was good, relaxing, I slept for three hours in the middle of the day. I wrote and got a lot of writing done. And… let’s see… I worked on my glove … Continue reading

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The Truth about Planting and Why Kill the Hares?

(Post needs to be edited) What is a weed? Simply put, it is an unwanted plant. In a garden it is the grass that creeps in from the edges or the thistle that seeds near the tomatoes. These intruders steal … Continue reading

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The Breath of Life and “You guys are geeks”

“We didn’t kill any hares so we had to eat chicken (free range) instead. Possum tomorrow,” Sandra said. “How do we fit this in” asked Marian. There is a rule up this valley. What comes up the Wakatipu does not … Continue reading

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The Legend of Wiley

Marian asked about the history of hare hunting on the Hill. Rob leaned back, pulled back his hat, propped his pointed shit-kickers up on the handlebars of the bike, took a long draft of creek water, and headed straight into … Continue reading

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Bikinis and Gumboots

We started off the morning with what looked like another day off for the WWOOFers. Ominous gray skies, steady, heavy rain and not a break in the clouds in site. A text from Jamie suggested a “shit storm” of bad … Continue reading

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