Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther’s family have arrived and will stay with them until they can all find a house to live in.
The Grandparents show their son, Thomas and his wife, Sarah and their two children, Alice and Simon around the property they are renting at the moment. Getting close to the cows and drinking fresh cow’s milk is a new experience for them all.
The cows are quiet and the family are able to pat them.
The men will share the milking duties each day.
The horse has been watching the family with the cows and allows them to come close. The family hope to be able to ride the horse in the future.
Grandma Esther and Sarah take the children to where the hens are and collect the eggs.
They meet together again and have a picnic lunch by the river. They can see that there are a lot of fish in the river so they will be back again another day to do some fishing.
Serene and Thelma admire the Gallipoli inspired cloak that
has been made for the Defence Force. It will be worn by high achieving military
personnel. The cloak is called Nga Tapuwae and honours battles where New
Zealanders have fought, those who have died and those who have returned home.
2016 marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal New
Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA). Since it was founded, the RSA
has been an integral part of New Zealand’s communities and New Zealand Post pay
tribute to the important role it plays with a special stamp and coin issue.
The people of New Zealand have a unique opportunity to decide the future of our flag. It’s time to consider the two options, choose which flag represents us and in the final referendum which 3-24 March 2016.
Jill, Ethel and Mr Kiwi were born in New Zealand so they have voted which flag they want to represent New Zealand in the future.
They have all voted to keep the old New Zealand flag! We will know later in March which flag wins.
An update on the result of the voting of the New Zealand flag,
(30 March 2016), is that New Zealand will keep the existing New Zealand flag.
This wooden doll has peg legs and arms and is 18 cm in
length. She can sit down and move her arms forward. Her head is a painted wooden
bead, some paint has come off below the left eye and it has red paint
This doll measures 18 cm, her arms and legs move. Her hair
is done in a plait on both sides and they are glued across the back of her head.
The Lundby Family arrived at Kowhai Corner in January 2016. They traveled from
Australia. Their house was also supposed to arrive and be set up near the
Kowhai Tree Farm Property. The house got lost on the journey to Kowhai
Corner so they will stay with the Sunshine Family until they decide what to do
and where to live.
Today they are going for a drive to Wallace Tea Shop in
the 1931 Ford Model A.
Grandpa Jonathan hasn’t driven there before so they are both
looking forward to the trip .
They had been travelling for nearly an hour when the engine
goes putt, putt, putt and the car stops. Grandpa opens the bonnet of the car to check
the engine. He sees that the water container is empty. An old man who has been
fishing walks by.
Grandpa Jonathan tells him he needs some water for the car.
The old man tells him that the Tea Shop is nearby and he will be able to get
some water there for the car.
Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther walk in the direction
they were instructed to and come across the Chinese stone warriors.They
know they are getting closer to the Tea rooms.
They arrive at the Tea Shop and the lady at the window
calls out to them to go to the front entrance.
At the front of the Tea rooms is a friendly man having a cup
of tea. He tells Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther he lives nearby of a sheep
One of his sheep and lamb are nearby and are unafraid of
Grandma Esther when she goes close to pat them. Grandpa
Jonathan tells the man about their house not arriving at Kowhai Corner Farm.
The man tells Grandpa Jonathan that there is a cottage on his farm and they are
welcome to rent it until they get a house.The farmer gives Grandpa Jonathan the instructions how to get to the
empty house and invites them to come when they have had a cup of tea.
The local farmer leaves with his sheep. The Tea room’s lady
brings out a cup of tea and a plate of chocolate chip biscuits. They enjoy
relaxing after the Tea lady also brings out a bottle of water for the car. A
kiwi arrives and plays the bagpipes. The
music is loud but it is enjoyed.
Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther take up the offer to
visit the farmer and have a look at the house to rent.
They notice the chimney so know there is a fire place inside.They
look inside and like the house.
They are delighted with the house and tell the farmer that their married son, wife and two children also need accommodation.. The farmer replies if they would like to live in the house
with them that will be alright, the more the
merrier, the Farmer adds with a big smile. So it is agreed that they can
move in as soon as possible.
Brian and Emma pack up the picnic things and take them to
the zoo office where they can be left and be picked up when you go home.
Together hand in hand they go to the bob cat (also known as
a lynx) enclosure. This animal is a feline mammal of Europe and North America,
with grey-brown mottled fur, tufted ears and a short tail. They are pleased the
bob cat is awake and walking around.
In the next enclosure they look at the Yak, which is an ox of Tibet with long shaggy hair, and the sow and piglet wart hogs. The wart hog is a wild pig from south and east Africa. They
have heavy tusks, wart –like protuberances on their face and a mane of coarse
The zebra and impala watch as the baby giraffe walks over to
Brian and Emma. Brian has a vitamin tablet to give to the baby giraffe. The
mother giraffe is more interested in trying to eat the leaves of the tree.
The baby giraffe can
smell the tablet and comes right to Brian’s hand and takes the tablet.
The next enclosure is the polar bear. Brian is pleased to
see the enclosure has snow and is clean.
The Polar bear raises itself on its hind legs and looks back
at the seals that have come out of the water and are splashing about on the rocks.
Brian and Emma have enjoyed the day at the zoo. Brian takes
Emma home on the back of his motorbike.
Brian is the Vet that checks the animals at Kowhai Tree Farm. Today he is visiting the zoo because he has been asked to
check on some of the animals.
Brian has arranged to meet his girlfriend; Emma at 1 pm at the zoo picnic area. Emma
has arrived earlier so she can see all the animals. Her favourite animals are the elephants so she goes to their enclosure first.The
young male raises his trunk to greetEmma
and the other elephants follow.
Emma goes to the other part of the enclosure to look at the
The rhino is the next animal she sees. It has two horns so it must be an African White rhinoceros.
A cheetah races past Emma to its handler.
The water buffalo is not concerned about the cheetah. He
feels safe by Emma.
is an antelope of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and is
able to move with enormous leaps.
Emma sits down in the tortoise’s enclosure and one ambles
over to see if she has any food. Thinking about food Emma looks at the time and
it is ten minutes to one. Emma gets up and walks to the picnic area at the Zoo
where Brian said he will meet her for lunch.
Meanwhile at the picnic area Brian has laid down the blanket
and is sorting out the food when he hears Emma call out “Hi Brian.”
Brian is pleased Emma has arrived on time and greets her
with a cuddle and kiss.
Brian has brought a pizza, bowl of fruit and a bottle of
lemonade to share with Emma. Emma shares some food with the fantail, rabbit and two
hedgehogs that are waiting for some food.
Joey and Todd are at an Australian Wildlife Park. They both
want to see the Tasmanian devil, which is a small ferocious carnivorous marsupial
They walk to the echidna enclosure and they are allowed in
to have, a hands on encounter if they
want to. An echidna is a spine-covered
monotreme mammal of Australia with a long snout and claws. It can also be
called the spiny anteater.
The Koala bears are next.They
eat eucalyptus leaves. It looks like they have eaten all the leaves in their
enclosure. The zoo helper will change them into another enclosure later today.
The crocodiles are waiting to be fed.
Joey has his arms too far over. The zoo helper will not be
pleased if he sees Joey reaching over so close.
Well one of the Zoo keepers comes has observed Joey reaching
over and asks him to move back. The zoo keeper informs the boys that the crocodiles
are due to be fed. I few minutes later another zoo keeper arrives with a bucket
of fish for the crocodiles. The boys enjoy watching the crocodiles have their
They walk to the wombat’s enclosure next. The wombats are
awake and shuffling around looking for some food. They are due to be fed.
The Kangaroos are upright and jumping around. Joey and Todd would love to enter the enclosure
to be able to pat them.
The next area is where the birds hang out. If you stand still or sit still the Australian native birds will fly down and they can be petted.
The boys are informed before they leave the Australian Wildlife Park that renovations are planned and to come back and visit in a few months’ time.