A Pond is Born

We’ve got a little dip near a new track we’ve put in. It looked like it might collect water but this is the first time I’ve seen it wet. The lie of the land makes me think it’s an important collection point for run-off from about half the front bowl so we might have to [...]

Stables Fit-Out Finished

Here are the finished stables. The only thing left to do is fill the bottom of the stalls with sawdust so we can install the old ponies. The rails are 200x40mm old man pine milled by Stu at Salvage Timbers. They did a great job for a fantastic price so if you need any untreated [...]


This was the view outside this morning. The snow on our lawn had mostly melted overnight but the hills were a reminder that yes, we do live in a place where it snows sometimes…time to get more firewood I think.

When life gives you lemons (and snow)…

…you make a Gin and Tonic slushie! It was snowing this afternoon so Karen grabbed some snow and improvised. Clever girl. I think she needed a drink once she realised we now live in a place where it snows sometimes.

A Cook’s Best Friend

I got my first Global knives about 8 years ago and have always said they were the most important part of the kitchen. This one is the latest addition to the set and it’s an absolute joy to use. I thought I kept my knives fairly sharp until I tried out a new one. I’d [...]

A Forest of Celery

At the time it seemed like a good idea to plant all 12 celery seedlings at the once. I’d picked them up from the farmer’s market and was full of enthusiasm. Now we have a wee forest of celery to cope with. Luckily it’s delicious to eat straight from the garden and we’re using lots [...]

There’s Always One Showoff

New Paddock Day

Today the horses got their weekly dose of new grass. Just minutes before this photo was taken they were yeeha-ing madly around the paddock. You can see Masterton in the background on this beautiful Winter day.

New Coffee Machine

We cashed in some FlyBuys points and got a new Sunbeam coffee machine. It’s not the flashest beastie in the coffee world but it makes a reasonable cup of coffee in my amateur hands (well, compared to instant anyway). My morning ritual of coffee and date loaf keeps me sane and is a throw back [...]

Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Sweetcorn

Karen has a BBC recipe book called Delia’s Vegetarian Collection. We have so many cookbooks that I’ve only just discovered this one. The first recipe I tried is an absolute winner for those cold Winter nights. The creamy pumpkin soup and nutty toasted corn combo is great. Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Sweetcorn 700g pumpkin peeled, [...]