In the old family photograph albums I found these snaps, mostly from the 1930's, of rural Kiwi life at that time on a small farm. Not surprisingly horses, dogs, sheep, cows, hens and assorted creatures feature prominently.
I love how in all these old photos my mother looks like a little ragamuffin, a wild child! I think her childhood was mostly a free and happy one where her greatest fun was roughing it with her brothers and sisters and the many animals around which their life revolved. I know she enjoyed milking the cows and even years later would recall with glee the times she managed to squirt milk directly from a cow's teat all over an unwary brother or sister!
Below : Uncle George, my mother's brother, with his dogs and the sheep
Below : The dairy cows
Below : Mum as a child with a dog
Below : Mum on a horse
Below : Mum with another dog (gee, I wonder where I got my love of horses and dogs from!)
Below : The hens
one of the family cows