Again being helpful

The woolshed

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.

Me looking through the fence to see what is happening over at the woolshed.

Me looking through the fence to see what is happening over at the woolshed yards.

Typical New Zealand woolshed yards, full of years and years worth of stuff.

Typical New Zealand woolshed yards, full of years and years worth of stuff.



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15 Responses to Again being helpful

  1. Nikitaland says:

    I LOVE seeing what is going on in other parts of the world! We live in the city, so we have quite a small yard, but we would have so much fun running around in your yard with you! We would be great help to your Mommy too!

  2. A maremma’s work is never done. What would your family do without you? I don’t get to run around outside because we have no yard. I make up for it by running back and forth from the door to the couch 500 times when the mailman comes or when a package is delivered.

    Love and licks,

  3. emma says:

    Good guard dogs!

  4. Boomdeeadda says:

    LOL, part of your service….that made me laugh! Good job if you don’t mind all that running, I’d be pooped.

  5. catchatcaren says:

    You are my kind of dogs. I would LOVE to spend an afternoon “working” with you. Barks and licks and love Dakota

  6. An old house is such a treat. Thanks for sharing. Lee and Phod

  7. Kyla says:

    You guys should have gone to the neighbo(u)rs and been free. They couldn’t tell the difference between you and the sheep-knock the glasses off and a human thinks you’re all white animals. You could have had a good time but I bet you’d be back for dinner.

  8. You sure do important work, Jasper and Nellie. Being guard for such an important facility is time-consuming, I’m sure. But it sounds like the rewards are worth it. Maybe you should ask for a raise!

  9. Will and Eko says:

    Cleaning the counters, keeping an eye on the neighborhood – you guys do it all!

  10. You guys are just great, love the photo’s. So pleased you are coming to the ball, its going to be fabulous 🙂 We couldn’t pop over yesterday, compawter troubles. xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  11. It is so interesting to hear about your block! We love to see how and where other people live.

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  12. the maremma service – great!!! I like it ;o).. Big Maremmas are watching you BOL

  13. We think you are fearless leaders! Great job screaming at those people!
    Benny & Lily

  14. You guys are so unappreciated…

  15. tylersat99 says:

    What an interesting place with so much History. It’s very nice that you people let the neighbors use it on occasion. And obviously you and Nellie do a wonderful job of letting everyone know it is being used!

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