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I think I may have made a brief mention in my last posting about applying for a shepherd position. I am pretty obsessive about checking the local paper every Wednesday and Saturday for jobs. One week, I came across a posting for a head shepherd. In my mind, this was a legitimate prospect. After all, I did some time on a farm when I first arrived in New Zealand. I figured a week would be enough to qualify me. So later on that day, I told Juan I was going to apply for the job.

Juan: let me guess, when they ask you about your qualifications, you’re going to tell them you spent one week on a farm?
Me: Of course! That counts. And I’m really keen.
Juan: I actually want you to apply because I want to see if they laugh at you.

After that, I rethought the idea and decided to hold off. Well, sure enough, the next week, there was a posting for an assistant shepherd position. This must be a sign. Okay, I’m going for this one.

Me: (called the farmer) Hi, I’m calling about the assistant shepherd position.
Farmer’s wife: Oh, well my husband is still out on the farm. I can have him call you when he gets in. Uh, do you have any experience?
Me: Well, depends how you define experience exactly… But I’m really keen!
Farmer’s wife: Okay, well we’ll call you.

Sure enough, no call. Well, I’m here to tell those farmers, you lost out on the best little shepherd. And I have video to prove it! Yes, yesterday on the day of my birth, I helped birth not one, but TWO lambs. It was by far the best birthday present I’ve ever had and not one I will soon forget. And! I learned how to drive a John Deere. There’s no stopping me now. Seriously, I think these things could be the wave of the future. Americans love big cars don’t they?

All in all it was a pretty great day. I got breakfast in bed, worked on my veggie garden (have now planted strawberries, rhubarb, spring onions, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and herbs), went fishing, had a picnic, did my farming detail and then enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Juan’s family. Of course I missed celebrating with my own family, but I think everyone is still making payments on Caitlin’s past birthday extravaganzas so it probably works out for the best (haha, just kidding you auntie caity.) And thanks to those of you who sent me birthday wishes. They were very much appreciated and glad to know even though I’m on the other side of the world, I’m not completely forgotten!

Posted by keoco1 20:18 Archived in New Zealand

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happy belated birthday. forgot the birthday, but never you! xo jenny

by jennifer

PS, love the video.

by jennifer

You have officially set the bar for birthdays, girl! That was amazing, thanks for sharing the video! I'm so excited for you and your continued adventures. I hope I get to see you if you come home for the holidays!

by Lauren

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