Patchwork projects have been put on the backburner once more as we are off again in our caravan for the next two weeks. Starting with a visit to Hunterville, a small community on SH1, to spend time checking out the annual shemozzle. This is a fun day that the whole community gets behind, and kids and adults alike enter races, doing crazy things, and having fun. The town festival and market held on the first Saturday after Labour Day has a "Shepherds Shemozzle" – the premier race of the day with shepherds and their dogs travelling from all over New Zealand to compete for the top prize. We secured a good seat to watch the fun unfold.
Waiting for the fun to start
I purchased some Shemozzle merchandise too, a handy jute shopping bag and tea towel, both featuring images of the iconic Huntaway dog. These sheep dogs have great intelligence, agility and stamina needed for days of working on steep, rough country over large distances, driving very large mobs of sheep. Their bark is deep and repeating, usually with a short pause between barks, which allows the barking to be sustained for very long periods
Mementoes of the shemozzle
We are now slowly heading northwards to attend a Leisureline Owners Rally in Auckland next weekend. Yes, I know, we are hardly ever home. We had booked into Awastone Riverside Haven for the first night of this trip with our travelling companions, a great little camp beside the Rangitikei River.
Awastone Camp, beside the Rangitikei River
And yes, I’ve packed my stitching bag, although I haven’t actually done any stitching so far on this trip. But I’m sure to get stitching shortly – I hope!