Muscovy Ducks On The Farm

“What on earth is that?” exclaimed the tradie when he spotted the Muscovy duck sauntering past our gate last week. 

I laughed. We’re used to reactions like that when visitors first see the oversized birds that live in the paddocks around our farmhouse.

Muscovy ducks aren’t the most common farm birds in Southland, but they’ve become a bit of a hobby for us in the last few years. 

So what are Muscovies and how did they get to the farm just as I’d managed to become pet-free? Here’s how it happened.

Muscovy Ducks swimming on a farm duck pond.
Just a few of our Muscovy ducks swimming on the duck pond.
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4 Easy Recipes For Choco-Banana “Ice-Cream”

choco-banana ice-cream dessert in a glass

DID YOU KNOW that you can make a delicious “ice cream” from frozen bananas?  It’s not dairy-based. It’s not loaded with fat, sugar, cholesterol and sodium either. No, this “choco-banana ice-cream” is an almost guilt-free treat. 

Here’s all you need to know…

NB: If you don’t like (or can’t eat) bananas then sadly, this recipe is not for you.

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Lambing Time: A Family Affair

A ewe nuzzles her tiny black lamb at lambing time

Rewritten and updated for lambing in 2019

Farming is an eight-days-a week job. It’s our livelihood but it’s also our life. So, when our kids were young they helped out on the farm whenever they could. When the lambs arrived we needed them most of all because, in Spring, farming is a family affair.

All Hands On Deck

Each year, when lambing began the kids fought for the chance to drive around the sheep with Dad. It was great fun spotting the new lambs in each paddock. They slid merrily out of the Toyota truck to get the gates and raced to return straying twins to their mothers. 

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Kingston Memories: Mr and Mrs Ek

Mr and Mrs Eck lived in Kingston, on land stretching down the southside of Kent Street. Now it is a subdivision. When it’s covered in houses will anyone remember that this was once a farm?

My family will remember. And, I’ll always regret not taking photos of Mr and Mrs Eck. Because now I’ve only got memories of an extraordinary couple.

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Electric Fencing Ups And Downs

Every day in August – and now in early September, I stride back and forth across the paddocks helping to shift electric fences. Each one takes about half an hour so I have had plenty of time to reflect while I get my daily exercise. 

These days we’re a well-oiled electric fencing team, my farmer and me. But this wasn’t always the case…

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