Greeting loyal readers. Now as you all know We live on what is refered to in New Zealand as a life-style block. The house and surrounding land was once part of a much larger farm but over the years the land was sold off and what remains is the main homestead and a bit of land. In our case about 6 acres. The place We live on is called Oeta, which was named by the original owner called Henry Sarjeant, who called it Oeta after the mountain in Greece were Hercules was said to have built his funeral pyre. Henry Sarjeant is best known for founding the Sarjeant Art Gallery in Wanganui. In 1917 the farm was sold to Jimmy Hunter, one of the 1905 original All Blacks. He farmed it with his son Moore, until Moore sold off the farm land in the early 1990’s. Now, We have a wool-shed and stock yards on the property and the neighbours use the yards when they need to shear their sheep or have to do something with their cows. Mummy and daddy don’t mind because they sometimes get tasty treats like venison or smoked fish in return. Above is a photo of the woolshed
Part of our maremma service is that We have to tell mummy, daddy and the entire Mangamahu valley that someone is using the wool-shed yards as happened yesterday when the new neighbours were getting some stock delivered to their place and they had to use the woolshed to inspect the sheep before moving them over to their place. We do this by barking and running up and down the fence line, as you can see from the photos. Mummy managed to take some photos of Us running up and down through her garden barking to let everyone know what is happening. For some reason no-one took any notice of all hard work. Me and Nellie do not think that is fair. Off We go. It is almost time for the mail delivery and We must be down at the gate to let him know We are watching him. Love Nellie and Jasper.