What fun we have had! What great friends we have made! …We LOVE it here…
We’ve been to A&P (Agricultural & Pastoral) Shows (New Zealand version of county fairs in the states). The horse jumping was our favorite – below, my favorite horse.
The scenery is spectacular – the two photos above are within 1/2 mile of where we’ve been on RED all summer (southern hemisphere). People tease us about not exploring more of New Zealand – they’re just so much to see!
We’ve met the nicest people here in New Zealand. Without exception people have been friendly, open and kind, generous with their knowledge, time and friendship.
Two of our favorite New Zealander’s are Hazel and Neil. We met at the first sheep dog trial we attended in early February and became fast friends. They’ve hosted us to their home, included us in their activities and family – we’re so happy to call them friends.
Hazel & Neil retired from dairy farming a few years ago, to a ‘small’ beef farm (700 acres). They gave us a tour of a neighbor’s dairy farm – what an experience. We had no idea what strange creatures cows are. And so cute when they’re small!
We have been to about 6 sheep dog trials around the Northland. We find it fascinating the interaction between dog and ‘operator’, and, of course, those blasted sheep (they rarely do what they’re ‘suppose’ to do). We’ve met some very lovely people as well as beautiful dogs.
Many operators use a whistle to guide the dogs’. I am now the proud owner of three, yes, three of them. Richard is afraid, very afraid…