The road to Garston from Waimate is a B-E-A-utiful drive. We passed Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, the ever-famous Twizel Salmon farm; all while crossing through wonderful alpine passes with gorgeous vistas.
It feels like home now when we drive up the McMillans’ driveway.
We wanted to finish off our WWOOFing experience in the places where we felt most comfortable. The minute we drove up, a somewhat familiar face greeted us. Tess – she’s huge!
In a testament to our growing friendship over the months, Judi and Ross treated us more like guests than workers this time around. These guys are first-class WWOOFing hosts. That said, we were still able to accomplish a lot in our last week as WWOOFers.
First up: the grapevine and greenhouse! Kait did an excellent job spur trimming the grapevine while Tess did a wonderful job murdering a newly planted tomato plant (the tomato plant I had literally just planted).
Our next big job was actually a continuation of our last visit here, sowing the new lawn with grass seed. Ross pulled out the very old (I’m talkin’ grandpa old) rotary hoe that a previous over zealous WWOOFer named he who shall not be named had broken a couple times and fixed it up for me so I was able to get the entire backyard hoed.
After rotary hoeing, we raked and rolled the yard to prepare for sowing. Once the seed was out we raked and rolled one last time before watering.
For two full days, while I was working on the yard, Kait had the wonderful opportunity to do some tractor work. This isn’t some small tractor either. This is a large piece of machinery and I’ll be the first to say, she is a natural. Basically she was disking to make way for spreading effluent (poo) and seeding. She wants me to mention how she artfully (her words, not mine) dodged a Plover nest in the middle of the paddock and spared a couple baby tweeters (I swear that isn’t me).
One day in the middle of all this we went out to fix up the hoggets electric fences. They were in one large paddock that is divided into six sections that are rotated every 3 days to give the grass time to grow up again. I love the theory and planning behind this concept and can’t get over how well it can work if done correctly.
One final task that Kait and I tried to help with was moving the rather large water tank about 15 meters from the center of the back yard to a designated depression to allow for a better looking lawn. I got some GoPro video, but have yet to edit it, so I’ll have to leave you all with a photo or two.
As usual it’s been an exciting visit. Kait has a post about our vacation away from our vacation coming up soon! I leave you with the obligatory Blackjack picture.