|Off to Ashburton and the Canterbury Plains which are famous for being very flat but rich agricultural land with an abundance of sheep and dairy cattle. We were off to meet some of the Sheate family, we eventually found their farm and were greeted by Michael, James, Rebecca and little Hamish as we pulled into their drive. We then went on a little walk around the farm area and were introduce to all the childrens horses, chickens, cats and dogs before heading in to the house. Later in the day we met Joanne and that evening we enjoyed a fabulous home grown roast lamb dinner followed by fruit cocktail, chocolate brownies and yummy New Zealand ice cream! It was great to be back in a family home with all the kids running around laughing and playing. Stuffed and well fed we then spent the evening chatting.
The next day we headed off to have a look around the local farms owned by the Sheate family before taking a drive up a hill next to the Surrey Hills with fantastic views out and over the Canterbury Plains. Even though the land is rather flat in this area it is still very beautiful in its own right. We then headed off to Rakaia Gorge to see the jet boats roaring off up the river before enjoying a lovely lunch on the banks of the river just playing around, watching people jump off the bridge and the kids playing in the water.
It was now time to bid farewell to Michael, Jo and their family, to drive back to Ashburton to meet Peter and Judith (Michael's parents), and also Peters brother and two sisters - all Sheate's! It was great chatting to them all!
Special thanks to Michael and Joanne for putting us up and for making us so very welcome in your home and showing us around the Cantebury Plains.