365 days of gratitude

November 16, 2016

Oamaru hosted a minor Argentinean invasion tonight.

We took our three Argentinean visitors out to dinner and were joined by a fourth.

We chose Cucina, which is owned by an Argentinean couple and by coincidence three of their compatriots were sitting at the table beside us.

Tonight I’m grateful for delicious food in delightful company and the serendipitous meeting of so many people from Argentina.


How to Dad fence climbing edition

November 16, 2016

If you haven’t already discovered How to Dad on Facebook and Youtube, here’s a good place to start:

Internet star ‘How To Dad’ has released a hilarious new video, this time teaching his baby daughter how to climb a fence.

Jordan Watson, the man behind the popular Facebook and YouTube series, demonstrates many ways of climbing a fence in the video – from the classic ‘farmer dad’ to the ungraceful ‘city slicker’ and the impressive ‘stunt man’.

He posted it to the NZ Farming Facebook page, which has been providing help and support after this week’s devastating earthquakes.

“Hopefully this gives people a brief smile while all this madness goes on. I’m up the top of the North Island so it’s not affecting me, but I know a lot of people are doing it hard. So hopefully my videos give them 10 seconds of escapism,” says Watson.

His 21-month-old daughter features in the video, watching his antics while remaining completely unimpressed. . .

 


Word of the day

November 16, 2016

Roboreous,  – made of, relating to or resembling oak; robust, sturdy.


Rural round-up

November 16, 2016

Stranded cows surfed to survival – Charlotte Shipman:

 

A geologist says the cows stranded on a quake island likely “surfed” the land as it crumbled around them.

Their image went around the world; two Hereford cows and a calf stranded on a tiny piece of pasture thrust two-and-a-half metres above the ground.

GNS engineering geologist Sally Dellow flew over the cows yesterday with Newshub, and she says they likely surfed the land as it crumbled. . . 

Quake cows won’t be slaughtered – farmer – Simon Wong:

Kaikoura’s three world-famous cows were never destined for the slaughterhouse, says the farmer who owns them.

The two Hereford beef cows and a four-month-old calf made headlines when they were stranded on a small, elevated patch of pasture following Monday’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and Newshub’s footage of them was broadcast around the world.

The animals were rescued from their precarious location on Tuesday morning after owner Derrick Millton and a group of five others dug out a track to get them down.

“Once they got off, they drank the water which was in the pond at the end of the block, they’ve got plenty of feed there, and they just needed to rest because like anyone in the earthquake they had a pretty horrific time.” . . 

Farmer flies in to help quake-trapped family in Kaikoura – Glen Scanlon:

Andrew Bowmar sums it up pretty simply: “It’s just what you do when you need to help.”

When the magnitude 7.5 quake struck yesterday he was at home near Gore with partner Lucy Millton. The problem was Lucy’s mum and family were on their farm in Waipapa, on the southern bank of the Clarence River outside Kaikoura.

View RNZ’s full coverage of the earthquakes

Mr Bowmar, a farmer, said he needed no convincing – the choice was easy. He and Ms Millton got his Cessna 185 out and were in the air by 8am on their way to find out what was happening. . . 

 

This is becoming sabotage – Peter Jackson:

It’s all very well for the likes of SAFE and Farmwatch to lobby for animal rights and the prevention of cruelty, but SAFE went too far with its ‘Drop Dairy’ billboard in Auckland’s Hobson St.

The billboard, showing a bobby calf carcass draped over a map of the North Island, was part of an on-going campaign aimed at raising awareness of the fact that approximately two million unwanted dairy calves are killed at a few days’ old every year. . .

Cycle trail ruling frustrates local council

An Environment Court ruling against the planned Oreti River section of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is a blow for communities in the area, Southland District Council says.

Mayor Gary Tong says he’s deeply disappointed by the court’s decision to uphold an appeal by Fish and Game Southland.

He says areas like Lumsden, Mossburn, Five Rivers, Garston and Athol are reporting significant benefits attributed to increased visitor numbers as a result of the cycle trail development. . . 

Syrian food production at all-time low:

Food production has dropped to an all-time low in Syria where millions of hungry civilians are struggling through their sixth winter in a war zone, UN agencies are warning.

Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring cost of seeds, fertilisers and tractor fuel, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme said on Tuesday.

Wheat output – vital for making flat loaves of bread which are a staple of the Syrian diet – dropped from an average 3.4 million metric tonnes harvested before the war began in 2011 to 1.5 million this year, they said in a joint report. . . 


Clinton let her people down

November 16, 2016

I am appalled by Donald Trump’s misogyny and  narcissism but I think he won the presidential race in spite of those traits rather than because of them.

I don’t think Hillary Clinton lost because she was a woman and I simply don’t believe this:

Recently I met a man whose wife is a pilot for American Airlines. Occasionally, he told me, she flies with a female co-pilot. At those times, in certain parts of America, a male passenger will board the plane, see that the cockpit contains two women, and turn around and get off. He would rather not fly than travel in a plane in female hands. . . 

On all but the smallest of planes it’s difficult if not impossible to see the pilots. Whether or not the door to the cockpit is open, one of the cabin crew stands in front of it as passengers enter.

How could someone get on, see both pilots, be more worried about their gender than getting to his destination, get off past the other passengers getting on and not trigger a full-scale terror alert?

The writer, Jennifer Egan continues:

We’ve watched Hillary bear, with dignity . .her shocking defeat by Donald Trump. She is a consummate leader: wry, forbearing, mature.

On election night she didn’t have the courage and composure to face her supporters.

Those hard-core Democrats, who would have worked very, very hard to help her win, had to make do with campaign manager John Podesta.

Failing to front wasn’t dignity.

It was putting herself before her supporters most of whom were volunteers who would have been just as upset as she was.

Failing to front wasn’t the act of a consummate leader.

It was a total lack of leadership.

It wasn’t wry, forbearing or mature.

It was the opposite.

She let her people down.

We were with Americans the weekend before the election. They said they didn’t like Trump but they didn’t trust Clinton.

Her election night failure to front her supporters gives credence to their doubts of her.

If she couldn’t do the right thing on election night, tough though it would have been, how would she have acted when faced with the even tougher tests a president must face?


GDT price index up 4.5%

November 16, 2016

The GlobalDairyTrade price index increased 4.5% in this morning’s auction.

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Quote of the day

November 16, 2016

Time – whether you are burning it up or falling in love or spreading it out thin in a dentist’s waiting room – is a commodity that cannot be weighed out and measured by clocks. – Joan Lindsay who was born on this day in 1896.


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