A correspondent forwards us tbe ollowing notes about Piraki: —
The weather around Piraki district for the past few months has been very dry, and still looks like it Tbe ground from the sea level to a tbous ' and feet high has a very parched appearance The feed above tbis level is holding out very well, and has got a very green covering in several of the paddocks Tbe cocks foot orops in tbis bay look fairly good, and should we get a few showers of rain between now and New Year tbe yields chould be very satisfactory. Shearing operations around this district are all finished, tbe farmers having a splendid run through. SHEARING. Mr H W. Piper, of Piraki, started his annual machine shearing on Mon day, November 29th. Some excellent work was done by the musterers, and they kept the sheep up to tbe shears, the shed being filled up over night. The machines were in charge of a
cipubie expi rt from Christchurch, wbo his trnchinery going well. Tbe were well shorn by four inaohinH RbxirerH, and a? soon aa tbe wool was off Ihe phefp's back* it was flung on to a large table for the classer, after which ir. was put into a small binn and ready for the pressor. The wool was put into a large press by the pressor, and was then quite ready for tbe buyers. Excellent re freshraents were served out every day in the shed, and much enjoyed by all hands During the days while shear ihg was on the musterers were busily engaged in dipping tbe lambs Tbey are in splendid condition, and ought to bring a reasonable price. The wool this season is of a very fine quality, and it is expected that the owner will get a very high price Tbe wool is now shipped away to Lyttel ton in a small steamer, where it is sent on to Christoburob and put into a large wool store and opened up for the buyers' inspection. A LARGE SHARK. On Sunday, December stb, in tbe afternoon, two young men were walkmg round the eastern, side of Piraki Bay when one glancrd into the water and saw a monster shark coming in towards them. They picked up stones and amused themselves by pelting tbe monster until he disap peared. He was never seen in tbe bay again. WHALING TRYPOT. In tbe centre of the Piraki beach, there is a large whaling pot, which was in use many years ago 9nd is now idle upon tbe shore. The pot was part of tbe property owned by Paddy Woods, wbo was manager of tbe orew, and was used for tryiDg down the blubber of the whale,
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PIRAKI NOTES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3508, 29 December 1915
PIRAKI NOTES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3508, 29 December 1915
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