Saturday, 30 April 2016


 Our new bloke to join the family. A little Red and Tan Doberrman he is 5/12 weeks old,
Any name suggestions? We are still trying to decide on one.

 It sent us down memory lane remembering our previous dogs before we had a family.

This was 26 years ago with Brent's dad giving our dogs a few tit bits.
We bred the two black n tans and the reds are some of their offspring.
No I don't want to breed again.

Abbey about 2 years old having a tea party with Briar. She was the best dog ever,
Abbey sharing the cuppa tea.
Which probably had some dog treats in it. 
Our kids have had no choice but be brought up around lots of animals.

Farm Stay Guests,

Beau and Sienna are back. It is really lovely how they give me big greetings. I'm pretty sure they enjoy our place. Beau was funny yesterday I was giving him a cuddle and no way was he letting me put him down. In the end I had to put him down gently on his side so I could give Sienna her turn. She was climbing up my side for attention. It's rather wonderful to be so in vogue.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Date Night

Brent took me for a date to Shoreline Movie Cinema to see Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Of course he had to have a drop of some local brew from Tuatara Brewery

What fun and very clever to match a brew for the movie.

I probably should tell them they don't have to go bush to get some hops,
 I'm growing some only a few streets away from the brewery.

NOTE to Pam & Bruce (who are kiwis living in aussie) and Austen (a kiwi living in Scotland) I haven't told yea both yet but you will all be home about the same time how about a tasting session at the Tuatara Brewery - I'll be the sober driver.

The movie was excellent we both really enjoyed it.
A must see for every kiwi!

I've been to the movies two nights in a row. The previous night I went and saw The Lady in the Van again. It was a friends 50th birthday and for a surprize a whole movie cinema was hired out. My friend turned up to have a birthday treat to the whole cinema bursting with all her friends singing Happy Birthday as she walked in. It was really special.

Farm Stay Guests,
An old photo of Beau from a previous visit as you see I got a text saying

  "Sorry Leanne. Can't find Beau just now. Hope he turns up very soon. Will text when we start out!"

That is the beauty of the Farm Stay for cats being a hobby - we can wait for the guests to wonder home in their own time. Makes it a tad stressful for the owners especially trying to make flights. But ahh they are onto Beau and booked him and his sister Sienna in the Farm Stay for the afternoon before they leave for holiday.

 Brent and I went off to the movies, Beau wandered home at man cat time, got bundled into his carry cage and arrived to be settled in by Abbey for me.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Autumn time.

Gosh this month's Full Moon's energy has been intense. Was thrilled of course to have no cloud last night to really enjoy seeing her.

 The garden is showing her autumn colours. I've still yet to plant my spring bulbs and winter vegetable garden, The season and garden will not wait for me so I've gotta get cracking.

With the cooler mornings Stella and I are going a bit later for our morning walks. I'm rather lucky that  I can fiddle my daily schedule around like this. Then it's back home to study. I'm on homeopathy papers at the moment and man I'm wishing I knew this stuff when our kids were little.

 It's rather cozy here in the evenings. The fire is on. Lordy and Maji claim Brent to snuggle up on. Maji always insists to sit closest to his face and worms her way in to be at the top.

Hope you are all having a good week.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

I'm Home.

 Last photo of the mount as I left Taranaki - can you spot the hawk in the photo?

 I am going to miss the stunning sunsets each night that is for sure.
 I took time each night to just sit and be.

 It was two weeks of full on non stop lectures and workshops. My brain is in overload and will take me a day or two refile all the knowledge. It is a good feeling to think it is the last workshop of my studies. I might go back in October for my theory exam, but if I can find a local justice of the peace that doesn't mind supervising a three hour exam I can do the exam local. Please let me know if you know of a local JP.

Otherwise next year before 23rd June I have to return to the college once more for the final practical exam and the hard work will be over. It is a good feeling knowing the end is insight. But still an awful lot of work to do before then.

 The last day was a fun hands on workshop all about detox. A fellow student chose to have a clay foot bath

 We learnt how to make castor oil detox packs and apply.

 Clay packing
I chose packing some fingers as didn't feel like getting to messy. It can be really beneficial for people with arthritis. Click here to learn more about Purely Earth Clay for arthritis.

It sure is good to be home.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Hello from New Plymouth

 This morning I was greeted with a rainbow

 Tonight an amazing sunset
 my little friend who I finally captured on camera. (pretty chuffed at such a great photo)

 My neighbours.

 So far Sunday has been the only time I have had to get out and see anything of New Plymouth. I closed the books and walked around gardens and some historic places. Came back to bach and caught up on some sleep.

My days have been full of lectures and workshops. I've Loved every minute of it but very intense. Every moment is crammed with brain overload information.
The nights are for reviewing notes, writing up case study and homework.

Must admit I'm missing  my family, pets, home, garden and my bed.