365 days of gratitude

People who’ve lived in North Otago far longer than I have say they’ve never seen it looking greener.

We’ve had a very wet spring and pastures we can almost see pastures growing.

It’s a case of quantity rather than quality though and milk production is down.

But too much grass, albeit lacking in nutrient value, is better than too little.

Ands to today we woke to blue sky and sunshine which was welcomed by stock, farmers, and everyone involved with the Victorian Heritage celebrations in North Otago.

Today’ I’m grateful for blue sky and sunshine.

2 Responses to 365 days of gratitude

  1. Paul Scott says:

    All that green stuff, and all those forests. It’s what happens when that poison CO2 floats around.


  2. Will says:

    It is wet and very cold in the Waikato. I’m going to light the fire for the girls before I head out. In November! My lambs are a bit behind through lack of sun, but far better than what I saw down country. I’ve just driven down to Wellington and back, bringing my daughter home. She had a bad time during the shakes. All the buildings around hers have been evacuated. I don’t want her to go back, at least not the CBD. I feel the situation is worse than authorities are letting on. I saw some serious damage.

    It is pretty clear we are worrying about the wrong problem in New Zealand. It is not climate change threatening us, but geology. We’re getting smashed to bits, our people hurt or killed, our economy pounded. I stayed in the ‘Shepherds’ Arms’ in Tinakori Village while I was there. The old wooden buildings were just fine. I think Mr Peters has the right idea about spreading govt. services around the regions, although I am aware that this would cause severe disruption to the lives of the civil servants who work in them. I would go further and suggest we abandon high-rise building. Something like two-storey buildings of lock-wood construction spread around the towns. We have the room and the timber. Maybe our country would take on a somewhat rustic appearance, but so what? Those glass and steel monstrosities are dangerous, dehumanising brutes anyway.

    There is a wind of change blowing, a shift in the zeitgeist. People are are starting to value identity over ideology. I think we need to spend less time and resources trying to ingratiate and accommodate foreign potentates to whom we owe no allegiance. Or imitate other places. Auckland should stop trying to be Sydney. City folk like to lecture farmers about living within the limits nature sets, and they are not wrong. But will they consider such limitations themselves?

    I am not an architect, or a town planner. Just a farmer aghast at the vulnerability of those concrete hives we call cities. But, if they can opine on agriculture, about which they clearly know nothing, then I feel fine making a few observations about how they live.


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