From Hero to Zero

When I was growing up, Greenpeace were my hero. The name Rainbow Warrior puffed out my chest with pride - they stood up to those big nasty nuclear nations and paid an awful price. It was David vs Goliath. Greenpeace stood up for the planet, and by proxy, a young, enchanted me. But somewhere along... Continue Reading →

Congratulations Jacinda!

Well, here we are, five days into the news that SHOCK HORROR, Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, a working NZ woman, is going to have a baby. Is anyone actually, apart from the media, got their knickers in a twist? Didn't think so. Jacinda, I may not have voted for you, but when I heard your... Continue Reading →

I’m like, totally bugging!

Dear Alicia, I’d like to start by saying that you are an icon of my generation. I could almost quote your performance in Clueless word for word. However, I’d just like to point out that your recent endorsement of PETA in the ‘rather go naked than wear wool’ campaign is, in fact, reminiscent of the... Continue Reading →

Alternative Facts?

It is always great catching up with friends and having friends stay on the farm.  My daughter Keelin loves showing visitors the dogs (her dogs), the sheep and cattle and her prized guinea pigs!  This autumn my husband and I hosted a long time friend from Canada and his Chinese partner.  We were also treated... Continue Reading →

Connecting to understand

When I was five I met my Grandmother for the first time. She was a strong, straight up and no nonsense woman and  I didn't think she was like other grandmothers from what I had heard. One day,  my parents were out and I was slightly nervous that I was in the house with her... Continue Reading →


What's the best thing about this warm rain?  Pasture growth! What's the next best thing?  Water in our household water tank, so a slightly longer shower! And what's the next best thing?  Mushrooms!!! After several months with almost no rain here in Auckland, the last couple of days have brought big smiles to our faces.... Continue Reading →

An observation

Late last year we moved our vegetable garden to create some more space for the kids, and allowed the old one to grass over and become part of our lawn.  Have a look at these photos:                   I have never applied fertiliser to our lawn (who'd want to... Continue Reading →

January on the farm

Where can I shift them to next?! Man it’s dry out there.  One of the interesting, challenging, and scary things about farming is that there is just so much stuff we have no control over.  One of the biggest variables we deal with here in the North is the amount of rain in any given... Continue Reading →

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