//Eleventh of February//Who am I?//

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.

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Blackcurrant Cheesecakes

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.....

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin

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.

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House Reno Part 1/3 - Purchase and start of work

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!

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Pioneer Park Adventure

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.

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My FREE Garden 2015-16

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.

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