Springing forward – Noldy Rust

“Time heals every wound, don’t give up too soon”. These words come to mind from a song I remember singing along to back in the 80s, maybe 90s, as I hooned around in my Datsun 1600 or my Mazda 929. Yes, time has healed the wounds to a certain extent for all of us as […]

Wet, wet, wet – Noldy Rust

August is here, the Olympic Games in Rio open today and the Chiefs bowed out of the race for top honours in the Super rugby competition last weekend. No more Super rugby to watch for a while, but the action coming out of Rio will certainly keep us entertained over the next couple of weeks. […]

Fieldays fun – Noldy Rust

The shortest day is almost here, yip yip yip, we all know what joys are ahead of us after that date!! Summer’s on its way, Christmas is coming, although these are a bit further away compared to some closer joys to embrace such as the countdown to Rio and of course the all-important event in […]

The best job in the world – Noldy Rust

The end of May is nearing and we are looking forward to a new season starting shortly. It’s 6am, still dark outside (except for the glow of the dairy shed lights, where Sam is joyful in his work) and squally showers are hitting the window pane every once in a while. A few nights ago […]

Autumn ruminations – Noldy Rust

As I headed off on my early morning walk around the block this morning I was struck by two things….firstly the chill in the air as we hit single figures on the thermometer for the first time in a long time, and secondly, a scattering of leaves lying on the drive. The weather to date […]

Summer progress – Noldy Rust

Usually I get a gentle reminder one week, followed by a more persuasive reminder, then eventually a pretty blunt email!! What I am referring to is the pains that our esteemed SMASH secretary Louise has to go to in order to extract a monthly blog from me!  It’s so easy to get caught up in […]

Cunning plans – Noldy Rust

Happy New Year to you all! The Christmas/New Year break has been and gone and all is well in our neck of the woods. While some holiday makers were lamenting the fact that the inclement weather was affecting their holiday (and I’m sure it was), we farmers were gratefully checking our rain gauges and texting each […]

Go the ABs! – Noldy Rust

What a joy to sit down to write and share a few thoughts about what is happening on the farm. Last month as I wrote we were preparing for mating, keeping an eye on the spring flush that was about to happen, and preparing for some really early starts as the Rugby World Cup neared its […]

Late spring sonnet – Noldy Rust

Spring is here or is it not, sometimes cold and sometimes hot. Grass is growing, open the round, next bloody minute it’s slowing down! Fickle spring weather here again, a mix of sunshine, wind and rain. Have to monitor what’s going on; eye off the ball and it all goes wrong! Regular farm walks are […]