We applied for work on smaller farms which had not been affected by the
floods – but we did not care for the contracts or the conditions. Craig and Lia
were ‘contracted’ to be sole-charge Managers/ employers, on three farms in
Masterton-Carterton area.They asked David if he would go with them, David
came home to ask me, knowing that I despised the Wairarapa – but I had said
Sonya & Malcolm were going to be married in the next year,
it would only be for a year,
and Masterton is closer to Wellington than Bulls is.
So we moved to Masterton in the Wairarapa with Craig & Leah, which is about
two hours or so north-east of Wellington – by way of the Rimutaka gorge.
(If you want to give yourself a fright for 20 minutes, drive through that gorge
when there’s a Wellington gale blowing and where the road winds up and over
the Rimutaka mountain range!) It is so scarey!!
Dylan crossed that gorge in his boy-racer car, in 11 minutes. I timed him as I
was in the car too. I know! I’m an awful mother, encouraging a young man to
speed so, but really, it didn’t take much encouragement;
Anyway – these cars perform best at speed!! We had done Wellington in just over
an hour and 15 minutes.
Our first month in Masterton, the Ruamahanga River burst it’s banks twice, and
my home was surrounded by water, both times. Thankfully, it didnt get into the
house, but I still haven’t worked out, why not??!! Water all around the house,
water which came half-way up the bike tires – house built on a low level concrete
slab, floors the same level as the carport which was covered in water – How did
it not get into my house??
I was on the telephone to my mum one morning – and went to pull the drapes
back – and there it all was! River water all the way to the hills. I got such a fright
I dropped the phone. We arrived there in the middle of the rainy season June
2004.(Still my 50th birthday, year!)
(After Bulls, we felt that we could face anything!!)
We had only been in Masterton for 3 months when we realised that David was
unwell. We traced the beginning for his unwellness back to Bulls – and figured that
he must have caught an infection while working amongst all those flood waters.
He was also suffering from exhaustion, however life doesn’t give you time to rest
after throwing thunderbolts at you, unfortunately
Also, during this time in Masterton, we had to let our oldest cat, Trina – go! It really
broke our hearts because her eyes were bright and she was so full of fight!… but the
condition was a creeping paralysis, which grew worse and worse, so on the second day,
when her eyes were filled with pain, we had to allow the vet to give her an injection.
David and I held her and sobbed as she was put to sleep. It hurt so badly.
We missed her for months & months. We had her cremated and have her ashes under
one of my rose bushes in a gigantic pot, and I still miss her badly!