Author: Graham R. Cooper

Footrot Flats

Potentially, yes – and footrot hill country! Sheep and goats particularly susceptible to footrot and its precursor, scald. When the gap between the hooves becomes inflammed and swollen it’s called scald, which makes them...

A Windfall

Yeah, nah. The willow with branches overhanging power lines didn’t come down in a wind: two contractors employed by our electricity lines company, Alpine Energy, took it down. A windfall, nonetheless. No cost to...

The New Log Splitter

Research done, decision made; I eagerly awaited the arrival of my new log splitter. Free transport from Nelson to a freight depot in Timaru, also no charge for the hydraulic fluid and high-spec semi-synthetic...

Doing the splits: part three

… what a marvelously simple tool the axe is, with no dependency on the factory for parts and lasting many lifetimes. It is quiet, easily carried, and doesn’t smoke. There is enormous satisfaction in...

Doing the splits: part two

We’re wood fuel people. I fell trees (mainly the gums and poplars we planted) and cut them into firewood length rings with a chainsaw. Right up until this autumn, I split them, by hand,...

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