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9 years 11 months ago #32412 by Paaparore whenua
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Hello everyone. We are living on family land at Paaparore which is a unique little piece of this paradise we call Aotearoa, 20 minutes north of Kaitaia. The north is not winterless - we are wallowing in mud at present due to wave after wave of frontal rain. Where we live, NZ is only 7 kms wide. At the front, we look out over Rangaunu Harbour, part of Doubtless Bay, and 6 kms behind is is 90 Mile Beach. This is the season of scallops, which wash up on the beach, clapping their shells, and rain. The ti tree and gorse is beginning to flower, the hens are laying and we have piglets everywhere!

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9 years 11 months ago #432954 by GrantK
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Welcome to LSB Paaparore Whenua. I can sympathise with your situation regarding the mud. At our place near Russell, all the ground is so squelchy, it makes driving anywhere a real pain, especially up the steep tracks on our quad bike. There is no way our old 2WD tractor will be coming out of the shed until it is much much drier. We are so over all this persistent rain, although it's keeping the temperatures up, and the grass slowly growing. We haven't had any frosts so far this winter -- how about you?

Good to hear from a fellow Northlander. There are several members up your way, around the Kaitaia area.

Live weather data and High/Low records for our farm at: www.keymer.name/weather

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9 years 11 months ago #432955 by Paaparore whenua
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Thanks for the welcome GrantK. Yes, we had about 2 weeks of light frosts recently, the longest run I have known in the 5 years we have lived here. We have been busy lately feeding and soothing weaners which are missing their mums. They don't like the rain and retreat into the gorse and manuka and hunker down.

We have a lot to do here to make the place more livable, including building a proper driveway. We are on sandy soil here, but find that when the rain is continuous, it turns to a kind of thin soup, which is difficult to drive on! I have only missed one day of work so far, having been marooned at home during a long period of rain. We are looking forward to meeting other local forum members.

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