This has been going on for about the past month, when she first discovered them. It began with just the one, and then one by one she has picked them off. Breaking the long stems in half a million times, carting them all around the house. I have one that is still standing, but she has it in her sights, uh, no, sorry it's gone with the rest of them, as I speak! :O Rubbish day is next Thursday, so I'll have to pile up the whole broken mess and throw them all away, lest she injure herself on them somehow...
I guess it's just as well that I see no interest in them anymore, otherwise it would be kinda sad.
We went along to the Mystery Creek Fieldays on Friday, we seem to go every two years so off we went. Nick happened to be on his one week holiday, so he was there Thursday and Friday and stayed with friends and family. So it was pretty odd, with just the three of us.
I think we left home at about 4:30am (yes we are a weird lot!) and got there before the gates had even opened - a first for us! We must have stood for another 20 odd minutes with a few hundred people waiting for the gates to open, and we crashed (not literally) into a family friend almost instantly. Otherwise throughout the rest of the day, we saw no-one we knew in the crowds of punters. Later, on the way home when we stopped for dinner, Mum read online that the Friday lived up to it's typical standards, bringing in the most people - 38,000 + to be in fact! No wonder it was so jolly busy! We'd usually go on Wednesday or Thursday for that particular reason...
It's crazy to think that with a tough year ahead for farmers, how many were still out and about buying things, we were looking at all the sheds on offer, as we're hoping to sometime soon build a two or three bay on our section for all of our work equipment to go in, however after looking at the prices of them, it'll be a while I imagine before it even goes ahead...the most exciting thing for me was....ummm. Honestly, I didn't really enjoy it this year, possibly because I was so tired and it was so jolly cold.
Get this, on the way down it was 11 - 12 degrees, it doesn't change at all. Mum and Dad comment that it's gotten much colder, but I said, actually, it hasn't because the temperature hasn't changed. But, they say, waikato temperatures are different to Northland temperatures, therefore it is much colder....I'm ashamed to admit I'm related to them, quite seriously!!
Back to the most interesting thing for me, the robotic milking machine, if I can I will post a new post with the video of it - it's so cool! I'd seen plenty of pictures but never actually seen one in action, and then hearing of all the things it does - golly gee, nobody will need to even think anymore with all of this technology they're bringing out.
The police tractor was also there, so I jumped in for a picture - which I would post up here but I'm not too fond of putting my photo on blogspot...Oh! And I tried an American hotdog for the first time ever, like, why have I never had one of them before?! It was super yum.
And the implements that were there, why? I'll post a couple pictures to help you understand, one has me in it, to demonstrate the size of it, if you want to see, I'll email. But they're so jolly huge! I know that the idea is to have big implements and machinery to get the job done faster, but not in New Zealand - this is the sort of thing you'd have in America or Australia - you wouldn't even get it through a typical gateway or race - I honestly don't get it.
Perhaps they're just trying to show off the new technology and equipment in general, but it seems kinda crazy to pay to get it there, and then pay for the site that it needs to sit on...obviously they're not as realistic as myself, but hey, each to their own I suppose.
|Twice the size of a normal seed drill|
|Now this, was kinda interesting, it circles around so you can place a post almost anywhere...|
|A quick snap from the top of the hill, this is only half of it, for those who have never been. And imagine this area being filled with tiny tents, thousands of them. That's what you see at Parachute, or Festival One as they now call it....|
We've had a busy week, and more are to come. Milking this weekend and a friend in YF had his 30th birthday last night. We had dinner at the usual meeting place with his family and friends. Four of us were from the YF club, so I guess it was a privilege to have been invited.
However, on the way there we had a bit of excitement, although not the kind that I want to have to see or be involved in again.
A couple were having a very heated argument outside the local pub when I went into 4 square opposite. It was just, you know, throwing the arms around in the air, him telling her to do this and do that, her refusing to. I saw him grab her and shove her a couple times, then she managed to walk away, so I continued into the shop for a minute or two, grabbed what I needed then came out to discover the argument had turned really nasty.
A few people were sorta hiding behind their cars, watching. I stood there too for a minute, while he continued to yell at her, and then he grabbed her. By this stage, I'd run to my car and told Nick to call the cops - the one time I didn't have my cellphone physically on me.
It wasn't very nice watching him attack her, grabbing her around the throat etc and eventually knocking her down. There were about 15 of us in a bit of a circle on both sides of the street witnessing it, some just standing there with their groceries, frozen, not quite sure what to do. Then a car suddenly pulled in and another couple got out and pulled him away from her - now many others are also getting involved while Nick is on the phone to the dispatcher, saying what's going on. The guy must have noticed him on the phone and took off in his car, quite drunk, but at least we'd gotten the Rego details before he left. Then the female stumbled on up the street. Thankfully the cops had arrived and followed her up there before she disappeared too.
It was flippen freaky, I'm still thinking, did I actually just see that happen? And I'm also thinking, why on earth did it take a random vehicle to stop as soon as they saw what was going on, yet people had been standing watching for a while.
I know I wouldn't have gotten physically involved, it's just too dangerous, and the other people were probably thinking along the same lines, but far out. I guess I expected that it wouldn't have been just us calling 111, but obviously it was. I definitely do not want to ever see that again, and I really hope that if that was her partner, she's not going near him again. But one can only hope.
We're having a sort of mini meeting at my brothers place tonight to go over some finer details of my fundraising dinner for YF, I've sold about half of my tickets, which isn't bad but I kinda wish more would come. I'm hoping that even though I've stated "no door sales" people will still randomly turn up on the night, but hey, 30 people plus the YF who come along to help, you know at least I've sold some tickets!