Rural People & Issues
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13th June 2001
Autumn is a time when I feel like a Smug-Little-Squirrel-Nutkin gathering up the summer and storing it away, but this year, things have gone wrong.
8th August 2001
All you need is one warm day and you leap, cheerful and charged into the chores of spring!
15th August 2001
The laundry at Middelmost is a multi-talented room and, at the moment, it smells like the public bar of the local hotel.
29th August 2001
The blacksmith reckons he hasn’t seen a horse with such big feet as Last Thyme in a very long while.
5th September 2001
Three weeks ago I was one of the last to leave Taihape before it was completely cut off by snow.
26th September 2001
To me, there is nothing more positive than the first whiff of boronia to say the season has definitely changed.
10th October 2001
The local district newspaper said that this September was the driest since records began in 1908 - 7.8mm of rain when 82mm is the average.
24th October 2001
With the warm rainy nights and the hot sunny days earlier this week at Middelmost, everything is growing with gay abandon.
31st October 2001
With the water tank overflowing this week, it has been time to catch up on spring cleaning - all of those jobs I couldn’t do in the September drought.
7th November 2001
September was the driest month, October was the warmest and November is definitely heading to be the wettest!!
21st November 2001
With a brave heart, I faced the girls on Thursday and said, "The ad is in the paper - you are for sale!"
28th November 2001
True to form Bossy Boots waited until the worst weather of the week to start labour and at twelve o’clock Wednesday night
5th December 2001
It is so annoying when something goes horrendously wrong and the only butt you can kick is your own.