1869. Water tank winter walk

A little while back (in fact last week!) I took the dog and headed for a winter walk to the water tank on the nearby highest hill. The water tank gravity feeds all the troughs on the farm. The farmer had told me that the best view around was from the water tank. He also said to take the tractor. But the dog needed a run so walking it was!

I set out from my house. In the photo you can hardly see the tank on top of the hill.

The path starts almost on the flat. We pass the old, disused woolshed, the corner of which you can see in the picture above. The farm used to be a sheep farm, but now it’s all cattle. Hence the disused shed for shearing sheep.

The last flat bit before the hill!

The upward track begins.

We pass a gladed valley!

There’s a herd of grazing cows, and a pile of baleage. For those who don’t know:
Hay = cut grass dried in the sun and baled.
Silage = cut grass compacted and stored in a silo (like a pit in the ground) without being dried.
Baleage = cut grass of a relatively high moisture content that is baled with a round baler and then sealed in plastic to keep oxygen out.

The native trees stay green all year; the introduced trees are bare – except for the pines.

There are a number of small dams. Someone likes them!

Suddenly a corner is turned and the volcano, Mount Taranaki, comes into full view. My photo simply doesn’t do the scene justice! Let’s hope it won’t erupt! Click on the photo for a full picture.

The climb goes higher. Another volcano, Mount Ruapehu, appears in the distance. (Difficult to see in the photo but the mountain seems much “closer” in real life!)

The climb continues. Almost there!

Arrival! But… I didn’t come to see the tank!

I came to see the view! My house is shown by the arrow! Click on the photo for a full picture without the arrow! Isn’t it amazing how the Vikings must have come here and buried so many of their ships? Hence all the hillocks!

It’s easier going down! (Note the Corona no-haircut lockdown look! The most difficult part of the walk wasn’t having to walk uphill – it was the difficulty of having to maintain social distancing in such a people-riddled environment.)

Thank you for walking with me and the dog. May your day erupt into joy!

(Note: During the coming week I’m going to post two or three “stories” that involve myself. It gives a bit of padding to the blog, and anyway, when you’ve got fame and fortune hanging out your ears, you can do what you like…!)

26 thoughts on “1869. Water tank winter walk

  1. Yvonne

    Thank you for taking us along on your trudge. Your country has cornered the market on beautiful, in my opinion, which is to be accepted, since fame and fortune sits on my shoulders, somewhat like yours.

    Didn’t know that about baleage, and I am off to edit the Wikipedia page on New Zealand to reflect the much ignored fact about the Vikings being the ones duscovered NZ.

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    1. Cloven Ruminant Post author

      Very few realize about the Vikings! (Although there is a Maori tribe that has red hair…)
      The landscape here is very crumpled and it’s not impossible that God got tired of it and simply screwed up his plans and threw them away.

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  2. observationblogger

    That view of the snowy volcano is spectacular. How can one not crave your splendid location there in the Shire? Thank you for sharing this. Do you feel the tremors where you are when NZ gets it’s intercontinental shifts?

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    1. Cloven Ruminant Post author

      Thanks Uma. Re the hay: it’s always wonderful when we come across information that is not only handy but transforms our life, I feel that about hay and am only too delighted it has had such a transforming effect! Thank goodness I’m not heavily into exercise, else I should foist my walks upon the gentle readers more often.

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  3. inese

    The ‘like’ button doesn’t cover what I feel about this glorious account! I am jealous, of course – I don’t have any viking ships buried around like that. At least no ships have been found yet. And these magnificent volcanoes – what a beauty! Thank you for sharing, Bruce, you made my day.

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  4. João-Maria

    Everything is so verd and luminous, which is a huge contrast from Iberia, where everything is washed and bland, at least when it comes to colour.
    I’m growing fond of your dog. May I have one, please?

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