Poppy and Jezebel love summer, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure there are nice hot sunny days, lots of new sweet grass and long balmy nights but there is something else that they think is even better - Guests. Yes, every night lots of potential new friends come to stay at the hotel and the goats believe that it is their duty to greet them all.
Poppy is the bolder, more friendly goat and she takes this job very seriously. She is not shy about walking into a camper van or tent if I don't keep a sharp eye on her. Her efforts often result in people finding a crust of bread, cracker biscuits or a potato chip (Poppy's very favourite food) so by the end of the summer my goats are very friendly indeed! Jezebel is a little more polite and waits for Poppy to get lured (or chased) out before adding her greeting.
Sometimes you don't need to be in a campervan for the goats to be interested. Simply opening a car door can be invitation enough for Poppy to jump in. This is possibly my fault because when I come home from town Poppy often jumps into the car to check out the bags of groceries. It started as a game to teach the goats to jump in the car but Jezebel isn't so easily bribed, so now rummaging in the groceries is Poppy's weekly treat.
There is another reception committee often found in Hari Hari, one that is not so cute or friendly. This reception committee is also a bit more official - they wear a uniform and drive cars with flashing lights; it is the traffic police. The main street of Hari Hari is long and straight and very wide, and because of this people often speed through our town, so police target the area very heavily.
If you are caught speeding you may get a fine, but if you are going very fast you are likely to have your car impounded. This summer several people have found this out the hard way as they lose their rental car and are faced with the challenge of replanning their holiday in a place with very limited transport options. If this happens to you you will find that we are not all that sympathetic to your fate. You see children ride their bikes on this road, cars and trucks turn on and off it, I walk my goats down it. We all have an expectation that the traffic will be travelling at the speed limit. There has already been one death on the main road caused by a speeding driver, we really don't want another one.
So if you are travelling through Hari Hari please slow down, look around you and enjoy the rest of your holiday, without an interruption from our "official" reception committee.
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.