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art [Alpacas]
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 Our first job was to employ Dick our local farmer and guru to fence off the house paddock. We collected all the materials from Jim Rollston on the Kaiaua road and Dick brought up his trusty and very old Same tractor with thumper to bang in the posts. This process started in September 2011 and we are now in April 2012 and is still continuing with new fencing projects, about $4000 spent so far. This does not include the cost of "​extras"​ like gates. To this date we have bought and fitted 14, with an average cost of $190 including the grunions etc.  Our first job was to employ Dick our local farmer and guru to fence off the house paddock. We collected all the materials from Jim Rollston on the Kaiaua road and Dick brought up his trusty and very old Same tractor with thumper to bang in the posts. This process started in September 2011 and we are now in April 2012 and is still continuing with new fencing projects, about $4000 spent so far. This does not include the cost of "​extras"​ like gates. To this date we have bought and fitted 14, with an average cost of $190 including the grunions etc. 
  
-A large shed/barn (6*9 metres) is on order.+
 <​note>​01 July 2012 - after a delay involving having to get resource consent and a bill for $2,800 NZD after a vist from the planning office that lasted all of a quarter of an hour, building of the '​barn'​ is scheduled to start in 2 weeks time.</​note>​ <​note>​01 July 2012 - after a delay involving having to get resource consent and a bill for $2,800 NZD after a vist from the planning office that lasted all of a quarter of an hour, building of the '​barn'​ is scheduled to start in 2 weeks time.</​note>​
    
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 Our swampy area was a barrier between the two halves of our main paddock, even the quad bike could not get through. The solution was Neil Currie and his 20 ton digger. We now have a lake (well big pond), an earth dam, over which I now can travel, plus a track up the far side which was too steep for the quad. I include a photo of one of the tracks, took 1.5 hours to dig. The pond in the photo took about 12 hours, but included gorse removal, building a dam and carving out drainage ditches to the pond. Our swampy area was a barrier between the two halves of our main paddock, even the quad bike could not get through. The solution was Neil Currie and his 20 ton digger. We now have a lake (well big pond), an earth dam, over which I now can travel, plus a track up the far side which was too steep for the quad. I include a photo of one of the tracks, took 1.5 hours to dig. The pond in the photo took about 12 hours, but included gorse removal, building a dam and carving out drainage ditches to the pond.
  
 +**Aug. 2012. Our new 9*6 metre barn/shed has been built.**
  
 [{{ :​living_in_new_zealand:​country_calendar:​slope_and_lake.jpg |Neil Currie excavating a track for my Quad, plus "the Lake"​}}] [{{ :​living_in_new_zealand:​country_calendar:​slope_and_lake.jpg |Neil Currie excavating a track for my Quad, plus "the Lake"​}}]
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