Monday, 29 September 2014

I refused to travel yesterday

 Hazardous conditions. Use extreme caution was the Buoy Weather conditions for yesterday.
So this land lubber stayed put on firm dry land.

Today it looks a beautiful day to go for a ferry ride so My bags are packed.
That is the route I'm going across the Cook Strait
Here I come  Picton, Blenheim and Nelson.

Ginger tea is made to take in my flask - ingredients fresh ginger root (ginger is wonderful at settling tummies for us land lubbers), Glazed ginger, lemon peel and peppercorns.

I've made up a motion sickness aromatherapy blend. to dab on my wrist and massage into stomach if needed.

 Flower remedy which of course includes mimulus.

"Mimulus can know no fear"
- Dr Edward Bach, 1934

I sure hope I get to see some dolphins.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

WOW - World of Wearable Art

Selfie time at WOW. Both of us were terribly excited to be at WOW.

I'm wearing of course Jean Jones - which is made in New Zealand. Tights are from Max soo warm as fleece lined. Boots oh my years old.

We were not only looking forward to being at WOW but also to see my friend's son perform. He was one of the students performing from New Zealand School of Dance. One of my other friends nieces were also performing but I couldn't work out which ones they were but I do know they were one of the dancers in silver.

The results are out of who won - and I have to agree with the results.

The tea post was one of my favourites and the little girl modeling it was wonderful.

WOW was an experience - so much was going on stage at every area of the stage and then up in the air too. It was hard to see everything and also stop and look at the dancers. To everyone involved in WOW what a fantastic job - I loved it.

Shaolin Monks which are in WOW have been performing in Civic Square

Wellington retailers have been decorating their windows red in support of WOW. 
I placed my people's vote for of course Jean Jones.

Farm Stay Guests....

Friday, 26 September 2014


Bow Wow Box is a new company and offered a free trial. As Abbey had signed up her Poodle we signed up the Mastiff to also get a Bow Wow box

We didn't know if Mack would be still here for his box but oh my the box has given him a new lease of life.

The donut didn't last long in the powerful jaws

 Stella's Bow Wow Box

What was inside Mack's Bow Wow Box

Bow Wow has got their marketing spot on! The box is perfect for a mastiff to hold in jaws, the treats are all tissue wrapped and the treats are what we would buy for our pets -natural, cereal free. Both dogs can hardly wait for their order next month.
Well done Bow Wow You have new clients.
I wonder if they will do a Meow box soon too.

Farm Stay Guests..

Welcome Pancho Villa. Pancho is a ragdoll and oh my he arrived impeccably groomed. I'll try and get a photo of his stunning tail today

Pancho arrived with his favourite food - fancy feast.

As I had no fancy feast, I gave some of Pancho's tins to the other cats too. So everyone got the same dinner - beef mince and fancy feast. I was right to do so as all the cats glanced over to see what each other was eating. I know my cats would not be pleased if others got fancy food and they didn't if they were on holiday. I'll admit - it the fun part of having pets is seeing them enjoy their treats and dinner.

Beau tucked into his dinner, Sienna missed the photo shoot.  I do wonder if they eat piggy at their house - I'd only just swept their floor before Pancho arrived and in the photos you can see cat nut crumbs from where Beau (yes it is Beau as I saw him) takes the cat nuts out of the bowl and crunches them up on the floor leaving crumbs.

Sienna and Beau saying hello to Pancho

I snapped this shot of Ollie earlier in the day of Ollie sunbathing.

He wasn't pleased that I'd woken him up.
Ollie is camping in the middle of the runs and didn't mind being moved at all. He checked out Pancho and happily went and ate his dinner. The energy was all quite relaxed when I tucked them up for the night.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Yarn Along


I'm slowly finishing the Monet scarf. I didn't want to leave just loose yarn as tassels so twisting two yarns at a time then joining two twists together with a knot,


Talk Like Ted I'm enjoying especially since I haven't watched many of the Ted Talks the book speaks about which made me want to go and google some. 

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with  Ginny 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Spring lunches

Guess what is for lunch today? There is just no other way to eat globe artichokes than at home getting mucky and messy. They are best enjoyed eating un ladylike. I wish I had grown them when our son was younger as, as a young lad he would of LOVED being allowed to eat these outside shirtless making a real mess. If I ever get grandkids I would let them pick the artichokes, let them help cook and prepare and then set them up outside in the spring sun topless to enjoy.
I steam mine and serve with melted butter and garlic. Then dip, suck and pull with your bottom teeth the leaves having the heart as the last most yummiest part.

 Yesterday Abbey and I had salmon, asparagus and salad. Once a week Abbey and I have salmon as a treat. A treat is all how you see treats. The salmon was $8.15 for two - so just over $4.00 each and soo much more yummier than a typical treat the media portrays eg sweets, cakes, coffee etc.

Happy Birthday

Rambo is 7 years old today - I can still see our son at age 11 going and choosing his parrot. The breeder said it was a girl so James named her Roxy. Indian ringneck parrots are dimorphic which means their gender is determined by the colour and markings.  Roxy grew the facial markings of a male - the  black beard which means Roxy was in fact a boy not a girl after all. So got renamed to Rambo. Rambo wolf whistles and only says "no thank you". If the cats go near his cage he has a siren sound that makes us a come a running.

When James was younger he used to put his parrot on his handle bars and take Rambo for bike rides around the section.. I'll have to try and dig out some photos.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

My one weakness

Today is the Spring Equinox.

 Spring is officially HERE in the Southern Hemisphere (and Autumn in the Northern hemisphere). Not that it feels like spring - it is freezing both fires are going and we are all a tad sleepy after the 5.5. earthquake that woke us around  2,45am,

Now that spring has arrived it means pigging out on asparagus - oooh la la. I could eat it every day, all day but I save it for my lunches.

I just wash and snap off wooden ends. Pop in a pot of boiling water and boil till not too tender.

Some people like to drink the asparagus water which would be very good for you but I prefer to pour it on my vege garden - my garlic patch got this lot of asparagus water. It is an absolute crime to pour the asparagus water down the drain.
Serve with butter salt n pepper.
Fry an egg and a bit of bacon and you have a quick tasty lunch all under 10 minutes.
Cost under $4.00 per serve.

To think this time next year I will be able to start harvesting my very own asparagus out of my own garden. It is taking every inch of restraint to not pick any but let this years asparagus give energy to the roots. Next year they are all mine to harvest.

Asparagus is one of the most nutritional rich vegetables ever. It is packed with folate acid making it one of the best foods if you are wanting to get pregnant or pregnant,

Rich in vitamin A, vitamin K. vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, iron, fiber, calcium, potassium and antioxidants

How do you like to eat your asparagus?

Monday, 22 September 2014

All Back to Normal

Kate has found a new home - man we all missed her. Felt really weird not having her in our bathroom. She has gone to a lovely family who ave 10 acres to romp about on and is going to be a pet lamb for the children,

Isn't she just pure cuuuute

Kate was taken down by the cattery for toilet training. Ollie was fascinated with her

Beau got right down to say hello but Sienna stayed up on top of the house


Bottle feeding makes anyone the new mother and I'm telling you it is so adorable having a little lamb follow you every where.

Here's the video of her birthing day - I think this is Kate doing all the baaaaing. Poor old mumma still had another lamb to birth (she had triplets). Abbey is feeding her some sheep nuts which we laced with rescue remedy

The barn is all fixed. The builder sure was dedicated he even worked in hail and rain.

Brent and I talked about using the same business to build me my woman cave. Brent and James out the fences and gates all back in place again.

The boys have been putting everything back in place

The old truck is pleased to be back inside out of the elements.

Plus they are making room for the new toy to arrive.

This old pickup truck is currently in a container in the middle of the ocean coming by boat to New Zealand all the way from California USA.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

So much to look forward to

I sure am pleased today's weather is looking promising for Tulip Sunday. It is held every year at the Wellington Botanic Gardens. A day to celebrate spring and Dutch culture. In fact the Wellington City Council has some really neat events planned this week. I love seeing the tulip gardens every year.

I'm a head in my studies. My gifts I have been sewing are all finished. Lambing has ended for the year (another lamb was born yesterday),

I do have to get a few chores done before I head off on my trip next Sunday. Do you know my friend has given me firm instructions I'm not allowed to bring Kate the bottle fed lamb with me. That there is NO way she will have Kate the lamb in her bathroom.

As I don't travel I've booked myself my very own cabin with an en suit so if I need to be sick I can do it away from everyone else. I'm being terribly brave going all by myself. It's my friends 50th Birthday and I've only visited her place once in nearly 15 years since she moved to the South Island.

As I'm all a head with things I needed to do I do so hope to get into Wellington to some of this coming weeks events. I'd especially like to attend Flowers close-up with NZ photographer Simon Woolf and the murder and mayhem twilight walk through the cemetery and of course the talk on plants that poison, strangle and snare.


A friend is taking me to WOW - World of Wearable Art. I'm very excited about this and seeing her son dance in the show

So many wonderful things to look forward to this coming week.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The baby

Good morning! This was the little face I was greeted with in our bathroom. I must admit it is hard having a baby lamb in your bathroom, She is in a pen, But our old 1900 villa only has one toilet which is in the bathroom. So we all tend to hold as we  don't want to wake the baby up.

I have her milk all made up and it just has to be measured out and warmed in hot water.
While it is warming I was able to SNEAK to the loo. But the baby heard me and started baaaaaaing. Not for long thankfully so as not to wake the family as I had her bottle ready.
 It's all about timing,


Am I one of the luckiest gals in the world or what? I put her on Trade Me yesterday but I'm already getting attached to her. I've given her a name and secretly call her it but haven't told the family. Shhhh
My hope is for her to go to another lifestyle block where she will make wonderful memories for some children of bottle feeding her and to be their pet. Bottle fed lambs make the best pets

 Abbey has been doing the day time feeds,

 The baby just wants more and more so starts nuzzling your jeans.

 nuzzle nuzzle

We don't follow the instructions on the milk packet of three 250mls feeds per day. Instead we feed six times a day - little and often as a mother would. Sure prevents any scouring - lessons we learned along the way of having sheep for 14 years.

When the kids were little they got set feeding times of the lambs so there was no fights. I always got the middle of the night and early morning feeds. Brent always got the evening feeds to do

We all still so much enjoy bottle feeding a lamb

Look at those legs spread out. We make the lambs work for their dinner just as a mumma ewe does. Holding the bottle low about where a mumma sheeps udders are and pulling on the bottle. We stop in the middle of feed so lambs can burb or get their breath as man they can just greedily gobble down their milk super fast.

She has a touch of ginger on her legs... but ginger is not the name I've been secretly calling her.

What name would you pick for her?

One hundred and twenty one years a go.

Yesterday I went and placed my vote. As a female I took a moment to thank Kate Sheppard, who led the campaign for women's suffrage.Yesterday was 121 years since women in New Zealand became the first in the world to win the right to vote in national elections. New Zealand woman led the way for other woman of the world. I am a proud Kiwi!

This election has been a bit of a circus. I found I nodded along with a Face Book Share. 

I am angry, really angry. This is our election, an election for all New Zealanders to make up their minds after listening to party policy announcements and the candidates, whom they would vote for. I am angry because it has been sabotaged by a bunch of foreigners who care nothing for this great country of ours. Take last night's circus at the Auckland Town Hall. Who were the major players? First of all, we have Kim Dotcom, who has bought his way into NZ and is fighting tooth and nail to ward off the FBI who are after him because of his illegal activities. Then we have Edward Snowden, an American citizen,who is holed up in Russia of all places so as to avoid extradition to the US to face treason charges. Then we have Glenn Greenwald, Snowdens' mouthpiece, also an American citizen, but who lives in Brazil. Finally he have Julian Assange, an Aussie, who has been cowering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for two years in order to avoid extradition to Sweden to face s** charges. God almighty, what a bunch of no hopers and here they are holding the media in their thrall and distracting ordinary New Zealanders from their political rights. Bugger off, all of you and leave us in peace, we New Zealanders are quite capable of making our own minds up 

I hope who I voted for gets in. It's the first time all of our family can vote - my babies are all grown up.