December 2nd, 2012


The trials and tribulations of an urban shearer

You'd think that with the way farmers in New Zealand took to the internet, and the isolation of your average rural holding, farm supply shops would have a really good online presence. It just seems.. sensible. I mean, even 40kg bags of Tux can be delivered with a weekly order or whatever.

But nope. They all expect you to go to them and buy your stuff then cart it home. They are open standard business hours and usually only Saturday morning on weekends.

This is a problem for those of us who live in Central Wellington where there aren't any farm supply shops, work full time during the week and spend most Saturdays working a second job, and need farm supplies.

Turns out I will be passing the Rural Trading Post in Pauatahanui next Saturday morning, so I'll try my luck there. Otherwise I'm about to find out if shearers have been getting ripped off for decades by being sold latex carpet glue in special little bottles for their grinder papers. If it turns out they haven't, I may never get the papers off again.

I don't know what kind of world problem to call this one.