Sunday, 30 August 2015

New Plymouth

We are back home. The week was full on with full days at the workshop. Each night my head felt it would explode with too much information. Lots of very valuable learning. I particularly enjoyed the sessions on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

We only got to see the mountain 3 days as it was hidden by cloud for the majority of the time.

Our view from the bach's deck was stunning.

 On the way home we didn't quite time seeing one of the four scheduled Romeo & Juliet enactments from the Stratford Glockenspiel 

Daily at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm the windows open

and a little musical play happens with Romeo and Juliet reaffirming their vows of love.
I do hope to time it better next time.

 The next stop on the way home was to King Edward Park, Hawera to see the Wendy statue.

The bronze statue is of Wendy Darling from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. We especially loved all the critters on the base of the statue.

The park is delightful, a must stop to have a wonder around for big and small kids. Stella had us laughing as even tho she was on a lead she saw the steps and charged up them possibly thinking they were an agility course. (thankfully we were the only ones at the park at the time)

Back home was more progress on the truck. Brent painted the doors on his truck - they are shiny enough to use as a mirror. Next on his list is to paint the guards.

Lovely to see the new lambs that were born while I was away - and maybe more were born last night as one ewe looked ready. I'm about to put my gumboots on and walk the paddocks to see.

My first iris of the season is out

and clumps and clumps of daffodils are out all along the drive home.
Spring is nearly here.

It is nice to be home.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dress Ups

Gosh it is fun getting dressed up each day to go to the naturopath workshop. I'm not one for selfies but Abbey has been taking photos of my outfits I'm wearing - all from my capsule project 333 wardrobe. 

Sunday it was wet and cold so we stayed at the bach - I actually slept most of the day as was getting over the flu. Now I am left with laryngitis and still at the dirty old lady sounding stage - hopefully tomorrow my voice will be at least starting to have the husky sexy sound. SMILE.

Monday - day 1 at workshop the schedule was changed as tutors were away with the flu - so it was straight into physical exams. Eeek I had worn a dress. I just had to not think about the fact my stomach was exposed and being examined. I was soo not looking forward to this. Nothing like just jumping off the ledge is there. The lung examination was fun for the student as she had my wheezy lungs to listen to. Anyway I am pleased these are over with and I think I passed and did learn a lot.

Tuesday - day 2 we learnt about fats and fermentation with a tutor sharing recipes. In the afternoon we watched a tutor take a case study of a fellow student and then as a class, we made up a treatment plan. Again lots of beneficial learning.

Tomorrow we pair up with a fellow student and swap being the practitioner and client.

Meanwhile back at home.

A derby car has turned up at our place.........

The cats are not missing the poodle.

And two sets of twin lambs have been born,

Sunday, 23 August 2015

We have arrived.

 We had a lovely sunny day to drive up to New Plymouth. Made it in record time with the TomTom deciding the quickest route taking us through back roads, some which were one lane roads and bridges. I tell you it was total trust where TomTom was taking us.

We are staying at the same cottage as we did last time so that we can be rural.

 It's raining and cold today - we had planned to walk around the New Plymouth gardens. But I have more than enough prep study to do before the workshop.

Us girls are snuggly and warm with the pretend fire.

A pot of soup is bubbling away on the stove top for our lunch

Abbey has her sewing machine up. As you can see we have made ourselves quite at home.

The cottage is fully fenced so even Stella the poodle could come.

Right I better hit the books, the first exam is on Tuesday...

Friday, 21 August 2015


 I haven't left for New Plymouth yet, but I am already homesick
Terribly homesick if you must know.

I suppose I have a life that I don't feel I need a vacation from.

 Like really who would want to leave home in the middle of lambing season?

 It is the first year ever I have not been here for the girls. Brent will be here and is quite capable of helping the ewes if need be. But he has never done the night feeds of a new lamb. So fingers and toes are crossed that the girls who are still to lamb will wait until I get home.

 Then there is the garden which is changing rapidly daily - blossoms on the almond tree

The plum tree is promising another bounty crop

 First asparagus spear is up

chickweed to harvest (it makes the best eczema cream)

 Any day now the grapefruit will be ready for the picking

 The secret to good grapefruit is putting sheep dags around the circumference.
Do you do that too?

 Any day now the Kowhai tree will burst into bloom.
I'm going to miss such a lot of changes in one week.
My girlfriends know me well and will tease me something shocking.

 Farm Stay guests...

Beau and Sienna have arrived - they are used to Brent and their owners laughed when Brent informed them that they (owners) would not be missed.

Bella and Molly are here too and being girls they also lap up the attention from Brent. I always warned owners that the cats especially the girl cats seemed to like males more...

Brent will be busy on his stay at home holiday looking after all the animals and I am sure the boys will enjoy being bachelors.

Right I suppose I better pack my bags...