Rural

Itchy pets

Itchy skin is one of most common presentations we see at Wellsford Vets during the summer months. Higher levels of humidity, coupled with an increase in the numbers of pollens and fleas, increases the likelihood of your dog starting to itch. Self-trauma...... Read More

My cup runneth over!

Every summer I struggle with an overabundance of fruit and veggies. Not a big problem you might think, after all too much is better than too little. However, when you’ve got eight crates of plums to get through, not to mention a glut of tomatoes,...... Read More

Harvesting honey

January and February are usually the months when beekeepers look forward with trepidation to harvesting their bees’ hard work. It is also when backs groan, knees ache, sweat pours and muscles pack in. A full box (super) of honey can weigh from 18...... Read More

Legendary men

Hi honeys, I’m home! Ha ha ha. Yes, back from the wildest adventure that incorporated severe impoverishment, humility and humanity at its best – along with some of the best coral reef gardens I have seen anywhere in the world. Culminating,...... Read More

Mean beans

Looks like my broad bean dip is off the Christmas menu. Apparently, I am the nastiest mum in the world. These pointed allegations have been formulated by my family after I undertook the simple act of harvesting my broad beans. Of course, I was well aware...... Read More

Skin lumps and bumps

Many cats and dogs develop changes in or under the skin that result in alterations to the skin appearance or texture. There are many reasons for skin changes, and it is a good idea to get these changes checked out by your local veterinary professional....... Read More

Hedgehogs: Friend or foe?

Our Department of Conservation (DOC) classifies hedgehogs as introduced pests with voracious appetites that eat native invertebrates such as skinks and wetas and the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds. The file of hard evidence against them is growing....... Read More

Swarm season

If you are truly lucky you might come across prancing beekeepers at this time of the year – perhaps not dressed up in a red suit, nor astride a reindeer, but listen closely and they will definitely be humming that anticipated tune ’Tis the...... Read More

The indispensable jacket

So, what’s up with farmers and jackets anyway? And why was it that a simple walk on the farm with a featherless farm puffer jacket created the “great jacket debate” and added to the list of countless unsolved mysteries in my life? Observing...... Read More

Fury over fuel

Folks, she’s a pretty sad day when my shopping list-making skills start to surpass my creative writing skills. The price of fuel has forced me to adorn my fridge with lists and sends me into a panic attack if I leave home without them. Myself, and...... Read More