Friday, 31 October 2014

Spring Tea


A memory booster tea.


Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis being a perennial herb has once again sprung back to life now that we are in spring. It is a really easy herb to grow and it seems to spread. I find it self sowen in the geese yard where it thrives - possibly due to the manure they leave about.

The leaves are slightly rough and hairy to touch and give off a lemon scent when you rub the leaves together





 Pineapple sage  Salvia elegans - I thought mine had died but nope it is coming away again, The leaves and flowers have a sweet pineapple flavour and I pop them in fresh fruit salads. Bees love the flowers too.

Both of these herbs are perfect to have in the garden for children - children (and Big kids) get quite a buzz out of touching, smelling and even tasting these herbs.

To make the herb tea pick fresh leaves I pick a small palm full. Fill the jug with fresh water (spring water) and bring to just before boiling point. Pour some of the hot water into teapot to warm it and swish is around, tip water out. Place leaves in teapot and pour hot water over, Leave to brew for at least three minutes. Pour tea using a tea strainer, pop a slice of lemon in your cup if you wish and enjoy.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lily of the Valley

The nodding bells of Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis

Oh my! What have I done - old folklore of West of England (phew I'm safe as live in New Zealand) say to plant a bed of lily of the valley is a bad omen, in fact an invitation to an early death.

Water distilled from the flowers was called golden water and so precious that it was stored in gold or silver vessels 

The flower is a symbolism of many legends - eg the Virgin Mary and is known as Our Lady's-tears. Lily of the valley appears in many paintings of her. Medieval monks named the flower ladder-to-heaven due to its even step like arrangement of the flowers along the stalk. The flower is also dedicated to Ostara

In the language of flowers Lily of the valley signifies return to happiness, purity and sweetness,

My garden is full of blooming beautiful scents what with Lily of the valley and lilacs oh my swoon wish there was such a thing as smell a blog so I could share with you all.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Thyme



Thymus vulgaris is now flowering in my garden
Being allergic to bees I will weed the patch after flowering,
It's on my bucket list to visit the wild flowering thyme growing in Central Otago. especially the Alexander Thyme Festival. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Weekend of working on the trucks.

Brents mate Marty painted the cab for him in 2K gloss black. When you stand next to it, you can clearly see yourself..... Stunning.





Brent's friend has done an amazing job of painting the old pick up truck


The truck the boys imported from California USA... They finished painted this in the weekend,


The sun burnt and rusty roof and bonnet have been cleaned back to bare clean steel with phosphoric acid (They put this stuff in Cocoa Cola)



And repainted in a close mix to the original colours. Its been done in a reproduction Patina / Distressed look to match the rest of the truck.


Lots got done over the long weekend in the shed - progress is starting to take shape on the old trucks.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Birthday Craft Baskets.

I can now share the craft baskets I made for a couple of my friends that turned 50


 Such fun tape measure houses. Pattern available from here, 


Flower pincushions which I thought wouldn't take me long to whip up were actually fiddly little things (for me). Pattern available from here


A friend showed me how to make the scissor keeper. I filled the basket up with new pins, scissors and some wool as both are knitters too.


 The girls now have new craft baskets - the basket was from my favourite New Zealand basket maker at The Willow Place in Otaki. Directions here - well worth popping into.


Of course I gave each of them one of Annabelle's cards. You can find  Annabelle's work here 
- "Reaching a certain age" card caused much fun.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Very Handsome Fellow


Mack is going really well of late... At ten years plus he has well and truly beaten the odds.
Most Mastiffs reach seven years or just over.


He is one handsome fellow, even with most of his black muzzle now being grey


We took him down to the river for a stroll - He is still very alert and Brent has to watch him closely...  With Mack mischief is never far away.  Perhaps not a breed for most.
He is Brent's dog and can do no wrong in Brent's eyes. 


I'm a Mastiff too you know.


Mack is very tolerant of Stella... She adores him and they get on well together.


Stella says yay... I like mud. Do you like mud Mack?


These days the ole boy gets a bit ploddy on the way home... We have to be careful not to go too far.


However... There's always energy to flush out a Pukeko. Mack can sniff out a bird, rabbit, possum even a mouse and is lighting fast once he zeros on it.

Can you spy Stella in the photo? She likes to tag along too

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A day out


  A trip to Petone to get our water

 I finally learnt the "card" trick - a man showed me how to do it. Last time I tried I broke the corner off one of my plastic cards,
The trick is to push in the button and then wedge a plastic card bottom left as in photo. (I tried top right but no the trick the man said is the bottom left). It's a very fun social hang out for like  minded folk I always end up chatting to someone,


 Easy peasy just stand and let the water flow.

 We stopped in at another must shop to visit in Petone - The Spice Rack. Oh my it is like heaven, our mouths were watering just with the aroma of all the spices,

 Their fresh turmeric is a lot cheaper than the organic shop. Plus I brought okra. Never ever cooked it I think is what you, Joyce grow??? I'll pop over to your blog to get some Okara recipes.



Thank you, Thank You, Thank you! Oh wow I'm humbled by how many of you lovely blog readers are supporting me in my Naturopathy studies. I've just sent out another round of emails to all who paid yesterday. I'll leave registration to the Wellness Plan Workshop open until Sunday
The Pay Pal account is looking sooo wonderful and I'll be buying books next week that are on my wish list for my studies. Plus I'm saving to do another course with Isla Burgess she is currently writing a PostGrad 6 month unit on ‘Women’s Health’.
   The folks that paid by Internet banking I've whipped that money over to my Bonus Bonds account where I save (and hope to win!) my study fees. Actually do you know if I were actually making the rules for student loans in New Zealand I'd scrap this daft rule -

Student loans

If the deceased person had a student loan, it is written off after we have sighted the death certificate.


REALLY??? How can our country afford such a silly rule. Surely student loans should come out of the deceased estate. 

I do hope you all enjoy the course. I've poured a lot of work into it - PLUS it is a fantastic way to review my study. I'm using the same concepts as I did when I homeschooled our children - which is if you can retell what you have learnt to someone else basically you have learnt it. Sure hope I remember it all for the exams - exams are SCARY

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Yarn Along


I want to share a warm (((HUG))) of gratitude to all the readers of the blog. I'm overwhelmed from the response of the next Wellness Course (which starts tomorrow). Thank you, thank you! I'm really touched and inspired from the response. I'll close off registration on Sunday 


Didn't take me long to spend some of the funds - I've been wanting the Maori Healing and Herbal by Murdoch Riley for a long time. (books are my one weakness)



I've no knitting to show for Yarn Along - I could take photos of my mistakes but I'll save that sorry tale for when I have photos. Or I might not share as I feel terribly foolish. The sheep all got sheared yesterday and the shearer said the wool is about $2.60 per kilo


The sheep must feel better with all the wool off them.


The lambs tails are slowly falling off.

 This little girl is one of our favourties 


I enjoyed this light chick book easy listening 4/5
I only chose it for the title Spring Fever just because it is spring here,

Farm Stay Guest.

 It's the last time you will all see Pancho as tomorrow he goes home.

 Pancho is rather fond of the catnip I pick for him. He has a little play

Then he eats it all up.

Linking up to Yarn Along

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wellness Plan Workshop starts on the next New Moon

Due to your emails I'm opening registration today for the second Wellness Plan Workshop.

Begins on the next New Moon
24th October 2014
The new moon is the perfect time to manifest what you wish to have in your life.
It is a wonderful time to introduce new beginnings, projects and desires.

The Wellness Plan is a workshop that has 8 weekly PDF'S that will be emailed to you
This workshop focuses on you, all about you  Each week the workshop will cover a topic. Often the topics build on each other which will be delivered by email. The Wellness Plan workshop is an eclectic therapeutic approach with a naturopathy flavor. I am a naturopath in training, currently in the second year of a three year degree. (All workshop fees go towards my naturopath study fees and books)
The goal of the workshop is to encourage positive emotions, thoughts and actions to help you kick start and maintain a state of wellness with the focus of losing weight.
 The workshop topics are:
Tissue salts which may assist weight loss and food cravings
Flower remedies helping you choose which ones you may find helpful including your keynote remedy
Kick start your digestion system
Hydration
Nourishing food which is not about counting calories
Honour your true self learn your element type
Exercise
Sleep, Rest and Gratitude including aromatherapy blends.

Principals of the workshop

                      Naturopathy treats the whole person; mind, body and soul
I believe in preventative medicine which is the building and maintenance of health rather than fighting the disease.
My role for this workshop is as a teacher. I will share my knowledge from my naturopathy studies, offer advice, guidance and support you, in you, taking self-responsibility of your health.
Throughout the workshop, fell free to email me with your questions.I will  reply to all comments every morning.
One thing I ask from you Please take action. Don’t just read the weeks email, instead take action. You will notice that this is all I am asking from you and I will repeat this over and over. 

Sometimes we need a little kick start to get back on the path to wellness and this is what this workshop intends to do. It is not a diet. It is a Wellness Plan. It will give you a plan so if you ever fall off the "wagon" just go back to the Wellness Plan and start again or pick up where you fell off. I understand life does get in the way and we are all thrown curve balls where the last thing we all want to do is often think wellness let alone practice it
I often find when something new is being undertaken life throws road blocks at us. We need to stop and cope with whatever as best as we can. This often means we go back to old habits, which are comfortable for us, possibly not the best for us but comfortable.
But with the tools I will be sharing with you, you can just go back to the Wellness Plan and carry on focusing on your health when you are ready
 Necessary details:
Cost is $55.00 payable via paypal or internet banking 
Additional costs – optional but I am sure you may wish to purchase flower remedies, tissue salts and essential oils mentioned in the workshop to try.
A journal to record your progress.

Begins 24th October 2014.

 8 Weekly  PDF'S that will be emailed to you



Come spend two months of wellness with me!

If you have any questions feel free to email me,   cottagetails@xtra.co.nz

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Nine Weeks ago


I ran my very first workshop - talk about scary.

 But isn't it always scary going outside your comfort zone?
  

I've had some really lovely feedback from the workshop and one of the ladies has given her permission to share her email  on the blog, as I thought you may all like to have a read too. Sure gave me a buzz.

 Thank you Leanne.
 I'm really going to miss my Tuesday morning motivation reads. It was always with great excitement that I checked my e-mails even before I was dressed for the day. I have learnt that it all takes steps to improve health & it's up to me to make them. I feel more patient & clear headed. I have decided to cut as much processed food out of my family life as possible & now that I've got more energy I can easily whip up a batch of muffins for tomorrows school lunch while preparing tea. Everything seems to be flowing better (hard to put into words, but that what it feels like)
I have lost 4kgs. I know that it could have easily been more but with my birthday & my two children's falling in the 8 weeks & going away in the holidays, life was more of enjoying the moments & food lol. I spent about two years on the same weight & no matter what I tried it wouldn't budge. Now I know that it will come off & more importantly feel good & healthy as well..
Most importantly for my health I have cut back on my nightly wine. I don't need it to relax anymore & don't miss it. I still have the odd wine on the weekend with my husband. V

I will be running this workshop again soon email me  of your interest. However it will not be in a blogging format. Instead it will be via PDF emailed to you each week. I've realised many of you who follow the blog don't actually blog so in PDF format is going to be much easier for you.

I'm currently writing a weight loss workshop targeting body shapes (apple, pear, hourglass, rectangle)

I'm using characters out of Downton Abbey which is hugely fun! I'm currently writing the Mrs Patmore body type from all my naturopathy learning. This workshop will be a follow on from the Wellness plan (which is a Pre-requisite to get full benefit out of the body shape one) anyway I'll share more when I've finished writing it

I just love how Lesley Nicol plays Mrs Patmore (my fav character) It's great to see Downton Abbey back on NZ TV

Farm Stay Guests...

Pancho and I have our routine, He goes into this corner of the cattery and gets his brushing which he adores. Then he gets his dinner of fancy feast, Cats do so like routine don't they

The head bunting of the brush is all part of the routine.