Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
Haere Mai Everyone
Ann had a busy time in the kitchen whilst she was on holiday. She made plum jam, chutney, more scones, caramelised onions for her feta tarts and homemade lemonade with our own lemons.
Ann took Jaz and Maxie down a different road one morning whilst out for their walk. They came across a small paddock with some alpacas in it. Maxie, being the nosey girl she is, put her nose through the fence for a better sniff. Unfortunately she must have got too close to the electric fence and got a jolt. The next time we went down this road Maxie insisted on crossing to the other side of the road rather than go near the alpacas.
The last Monday in January is Auckland Anniversary day - a holiday here in the Waikato as well as in Auckland so we took the dogs to a lake 10 minutes up the road at Ngaroto. There is a path all the way round the lake, mostly through bush with only a few glimpses of the water. We managed to get about one third of the way round and will go the other way next time. The highlight was crossing a paddock filled with cows - fun trying to avoid treading in the cow poo, stop the dogs from eating the cow poo and being followed incredibly closely by a herd of very nosey cows!
The end of the month has been very hot and dry - with temperatures up near 30 degrees. We're walking the dogs early in the morning as it's too hot in the afternoon to do anything.
Ann had an eventful walk one morning. She dropped the Ute off at the local garage for its six monthly service and WoF (MOT) then took the girls down Kane Street which Jaz was very excited about as she’s never been there before (well she has but if she hasn’t been somewhere for a few days then she acts as if it’s somewhere brand new!). Maxie poo’d twice in as many minutes – and Jaz stepped in it - sigh. Then Jaz poo’d, yelped (very large hard poo), frightened herself and stepped in it – double sigh. Then Ann noticed Maxie had a long streak of blood down her cheek. So she sat on the bench outside the village café, Maxie climbed up on the bench next to (the ground obviously wasn’t good enough for her to sit on) and Ann cleaned Maxie’s face, then cleaned the wart on Jaz’s head which was the source of the blood – triple sigh. They finally got home and spent the rest of the day relaxing, with no more poos and no more blood – phew!
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