It can be hard enough deciding who you are, what you love, what to do, who to be, BEFORE having kids and to be fair, before kids I had NO IDEA. I could never settle for the 9-5 or accept the idea of working for other people all of my life. I have never been great at following rules or accepting the status quo. I want more. To do more, be more, help more.Read More
Dave got home from 9 days away on Wednesday. Lets just say for the first 2 days I was ready to throttle him and by Saturday he'd finally come back down to earth while retaining much enthusiasm and many ideas. (Not a second too late)Read More
Upcycling and meetings, new people and greetings. Blackcurrants and cookbooks, yoga decks and notebooks. Cleaning and tidying, kids love to be fighting... *mic drop*Read More
The plans have changed. The future is bright. The possibilities are endless.Read More
"BE THE CALM, CENTERED VERSION OF YOURSELF. THIS IS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE AND INSPIRING VERSION"
My 'theme' for my year was going to be 'The year of self-care'. As of right now though, I feel like it may become 'The year of taking big risks'Read More
So this was never meant to be a 'Dear Diary' type blog.
We all know that social media is typically just someones highlights reel. All the things you want people to see and none of the negative. I also don't like to be opinionated or controversial - I dislike conflict (Dave would disagree with that statement). I also like a degree of privacy.Read More
I popped down to Viberi on Monday to pick up some more blackcurrants - meaning I get so have some experimenting fun again!
I felt like something quite decadent today so made some nut and ginger bases with a rich blackcurrant top. I did consider doing a jelly type top but I fizzled out and didn't quite get that far.....Read More
Oxalis... My foe... It cannot be beaten.
We moved to this house in October 2014. I had spent a month or so before we moved, starting on the veggie garden, pulling weeds and trying to tidy it up. (at 8 months pregnant) I planted a load of potatoes, some broccoli, carrots, spring onions and I can't even remember what elseRead More
I was lucky enough to be shown a real gem last week that I previously knew nothing about, in the form of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary just north of Dunedin.
Orokonui is a 307Ha, predator free, native filled, ecosanctuary based near coastal Dunedin and contains a large majority of New Zealands protected birds and plants and more.Read More
I have used this recipe for 3 years now using local apples from near unused orchards where we have been lucky enough to live. I tend to use tart cooking apples to help combat the sugar needed for the alcohol fermentationRead More
Nearing the end of the reno, my drive and excitement had started to wane and everything started to go a bit sloooower. The end product makes it all worth it and it was quite an achievement by everyone involved. It's hard to believe it only finished 4 months ago - feels like I have accomplished something for 2015!Read More
The bathroom was a major bargaining tool in this house purchase. It didn't look like this when we first took a look but it was still pretty horrendous. The walls were primed as you can see here above the missing gib and there was a cast iron bath along the back wall with an awkward basin sitting at the end of it to the right.Read More
Earlier this year we decided that, seeing as investing in stock and farm land wasn't on our radar and after getting much advice in favour - we purchased our first investment property.
The property we ended up purchasing was just 20km from the farm and was a great price - keeping in mind that it is 105 years old! The old girl certainly needed some work but I had 'time', towing 2 kids along with me day in and day out for 2 months!Read More
This Ciabatta is a winner - I promise!
It's so versatile too. Think buns for burgers or open steak sandwiches. Think garlic bread Oozing with garlic butter and rock salt. Think an easy Pizza base or dress it up Focaccia style with finger holes and olives. The options are only limited by your imagination!Read More
Save the bush, it's the soul of the land. - P.H. Johnson
This quote is on the plaque that welcomes you to Pioneer Park where In 1940, 242 acres of bushland was gifted to the Mackenzie District council, now in the hands of the Department of Conservation, by the owners of Raincliff Station at the time.Read More
Lewis Road Creamery, Oaty Ginger Slice, Lavosh Crackers and Roast Lamb...
THIS is why I run...Read More
After speaking to a friend on Wednesday about cheesecake flavours (as you do) I decided to mix a tried and true slice base with a tried and true cheesecake mix and topping that my husband usually makes. (Yes, you read that right - a farmer who excels in cheesecake making)Read More
This is what I had to work with at the beginning of winter!
So we moved to the station back in June 2014 and to the house we are in now in October 2014. At that stage I was 8.5 months pregnant - I TRIED to get a vegetable garden up and running as I had done at our previous house but at that stage I was done. I gave it a good shot but by the time the wee dude made his entrance - I'd had enough and things sort of died away and failed terribly.Read More