Focusing on one day at a time

Windswept trees at Kaihoka
Monika Warszawska

Windswept trees at Kaihoka

OPINION: One of the most useful tools on our farm simply hangs on the wall.

It's value is in being in that prominent place in our kitchen for easy consultation. Having a scenic picture and big blank squares for each number is a bonus. It doesn't rule my life but it sure helps me to organise it.

As I turned another page over today all those notes, squiggles and highlighted dates showed that this past month has been quite full. Board of Trustees and Rural Women meetings, lines showing when someone is away, youth group camp, power cuts for two days, a funeral, Pink Ribbon FUNndraiser lunch at the local hall and a trip to Nelson for a gathering of women shareholders from our meat company.

Interesting to hear market and business updates, enjoy a delicious lamb lunch, and learn about new initiatives and how to sharpen a knife.

Four weeks of good days and the ones when things don't go so well I'm careful not to label "bad" days since a few of those add up to be a week, and soon becomes an attitude of willing time to hasten so the page is turned to put this "bad Month" behind us.

When people ask how we manage our often busy lives I recall an All Black captain being interviewed after a long overseas campaign.

The question was asked how the team copes with all those weeks of travel, practices and games. His reply was valuable advice I try to follow, "We focus on one day at a time". Our useful item now has a new June photo and squares with things already written in. A two-day shearing course for school students, scanning booked in, BoT meetings, training and bull sales.

Each day is truly a gift and I am glad to have every one. Our insurance company produces lovely calendars featuring clients in varying occupations. Beekeepers, winemakers, sheep and dairy farmers. We are privileged to be selected, so one entry on our May calendar was for a photographer to visit the usually camera shy Kaihoka team.

Unsettled weather with grey drizzly days doesn't make for great photos and pictures interesting and beautiful enough to be hanging for 30 days on walls of homes and businesses. Jock, the cameraman and the fancy equipment headed off in pre-breakfast darkness and fortunately it turned into one of those lovely dawns with morning light on the hills, misty valleys and enough cloud to be picturesque.

That made one happy photographer and now we look forward seeing his work and how he sees our place. So next year on our wall will be one month featuring a familiar and much loved landscape, and maybe in the picture a familiar and much loved man and his dogs.

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Jock may be Mr May and that will make good month.

 - Stuff

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