About us and contact


Hi I'm Leanne. keeper of the blog,  wife, mother, and naturopath in training. The Cottage Tails blog is an eclectic journal of a maybe not so typical family living in New Zealand, and also the cats staying at Cottage Tails Farm Stay.  You will find me blogging about living off our 3 acres, gardening, quilting, playing house, snippets from a student naturopath and being the maid of Cottage Tails Farm Stay for cats

 I started blogging like most bloggers do - so friends that lived overseas could see what we had been up to and it has morphed into all different kinds of things.

 I used to breed Burmese and Mandalay cats for a hobby and now I have them all back as boarders. I added to the daily blog photos of the cats that were staying due to the feedback from owners of their absolute pleasure seeing their cats featured on the blog. However the owners are a tad horrified when I blog about the cats who also destroy the place.

Often I'm asked by readers if their cat can come and stay. The answer depends... firstly this is a hobby, not a business and we only have a few runs. But if your cat is cherished, pampered and well loved and you have been a reader of the blog then make contact with Leanne. Not just ANY cat can stay here.

We don't blog about everything that happens, it's more a blog of looking through rose tinted windows, recording our families days living simply and embracing a minimalist lifestyle as a one income family in a two income world. 

Our family is totally engaged with the rhythms of nature. We stay in tune with the seasons, the phases of the Moon and we celebrate The Wheel of the Year. We eat to the seasons from our land as much as possible. Follow organic gardening and gardening by the moon principals for our large organic vegetable and herb gardens. We strive to live off our land by growing our own food, harvesting our firewood and raising sheep, chickens, and geese. 

Brent and I have been married for over 30 years. Brent co blog's sometimes and brings home the bacon for the family. We have two children (20 and 23) who we homeschooled for 16 years. And we all live in an old 1900 villa on 3 acres with many animals.

Now that I've finished homeschooling our children and they are both living their own lives I've returned to study as a student naturopath so the flavour of the blog is once again changing...


I am so glad you're here and hope that you enjoy the blog. Leave a comment and let me know you stopped by! I'd love to meet you!

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I'm also newly on Instagram and Ravelry 
And LOVE playing at Pinterest 

You can contact Leanne 


Cell Phone 027 2888 992