The North Canterbury region, and specifically Oxford, can be very beautiful even in Winter. Usually, there’s overnight frost and so the grass is covered with little bits of ice in the early morning. Then the sun slowly climbs its way up the horizon. It starts off low, with golden sun rays bursting through the branches of the macrocarpa hedges. The day is bright and sunny, with a gorgeous duck egg blue sky.

Alas, sometimes there are days of rain and mud. But usually, when I go out to the paddocks to greet the horses, this is the sight I see in the early morning.