Does anyone else read her column? I'm really enjoying reading them - I think she is honest about the realities of farming and tries to find humour wherever possible.
On that note, the drought in Northland (and Hawkes Bay as well) sounds absolutely awful and I truly hope things start looking up for them.
I also think she writes really well!
I grew up in HB and it's not uncommon to be very dry in the Bay at this time of the year - but this year seems to be particularly bad from the photos I have seen. Though my parents did get some decent rain this week, which was good to hear. Droughts are so challenging as you don't know when it will end - I think getting off farm, talking with mates and making time for hobbies/other activities is really important. You are never alone in the drought situation either.