For ten days, Sam and I are house sitting for two families. The first gig is on the south side of Christchurch, on what is called a "lifestyle block" or "farmlet." We are taking care of Bella, the elderly bird hound, 7 alpacas, 15-20 chickens, and a partridge in a pear tree. Okay, I made up that last one.
I've never given much thought to owning chickens before coming to New Zealand, but now I see it as a must for our future home. Chickens are curious and cute, not to mention productive! Kate & Jason get an average of 15 eggs a day from their free range birds, and they sell the extras to neighbors and friends. And as they live with a family of vegetarians, these chickens have a nice retirement ahead of them when their laying days are over.
|Where Sam goes, the chickens follow.|
The alpacas have been freshly shorn, leaving them looking leggier than usual. I especially like the legwarmers of wool left at their ankles.
In the evenings, we have been visited by the cutest (and only) wild hedgehog I've ever seen.
We have been blessed with some beautiful days, and today we got out in the garden for a while.
Next we will be house sitting for Chris & Paula, who hosted us last week. They're a very cool young family and we had a lot of fun during our week with them. We'll be HelpXing with them for a few more days after house sitting, into the new year, so they'll be our first hosts of 2012.
|Sam added handles & casters to this produce cart for Chris & Paula|
Sam enjoyed doing some handyman jobs for Chris & Paula, while I worked on scraping, sanding & repainting a bedroom in their house. He got to use his new table saw, which he built* using scraps at Bill's workshop in Nelson. He can attach his portable Skilsaw to the underside and it magically becomes a table saw!
*My husband is awesome.