A big thanks to the mothers that let their other halves out to lend a hand at Nicols on Sunday (Mrs Adrian, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Pete).
First up we had a crack at helping the Andersons bring the sheep in. Despite everyone's best efforts they made a break for it into the gorse, lead by a couple of very woolly rouge ones. Their time will come eventually...
About 9am we started on the worst bit of the fence line which leads up from the second clearing. Packed gorse on one side and fairly thick native on the other.
Jamie pushed up into the worst section of gorse just above the corner around the lone macrocarpa tree, with Pete doing the clean out work. Jamie's a mountain biker from way back and used to build trails on the family farm, so he's pretty rapt having some trails next door.
After 3 solid hours we made it up to the gate just below the big macrocarpas - they certainly didn't skimp on strainer posts back in the day. A little more work on the council side and that was it for the day. Kath then put on a bit of a feed which was much appreciated.
That's the worst bit the fence cleared - about 150m through old man gorse. A couple of hours trimming above here and the new fence can start going in. Once the bush is stock proof we can start looking at getting on top of the possums and other pests (pigs maybe!).