Category Archives: Our family and animals

Simple pleasures

When you both work from home and whole weeks go by without either of you leaving the property, the concept of ‘entertainment’ can get pretty simple. At certain times of year we play ‘First person to spot a stick insect … Continue reading

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Plum Cat says mraaow!

Our cat Plum is very talkative. He has something to say about almost everything! He’ll tell you off if he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he’ll thank you for opening the door (because it’s much more civilised than going through … Continue reading

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New additions to our flock

We’ve had one of our hens, Frex, sitting on 10 multi-coloured eggs for the past three weeks and yesterday nine of them hatched into the cutest mixed-bag of chicks! I have to keep going out every half-hour to have another … Continue reading

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Goodbye dear uncle

My wonderful uncle Alan died last week and it’s his funeral today on the other side of the world. Although we can’t be there in person, we’re very much there in spirit. This is for you, my dear uncle, and … Continue reading

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Pink Ribbon giveaway at Crafternoon Tea

This Saturday I’ll have my regularly stall at Crafternoon Tea Craft Market in Kingsland. The market is supporting the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, and I am contributing a pink-themed prize for a giveaway that … Continue reading

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Kumara harvest time again

Over the weekend Mum and I harvested our kumara crop (Maori sweet potatoes). Unlike previous years, this year we only grew one variety. With a deep fuchsia skin, poporo kumara go the most amazingly deep purple when baked and they taste … Continue reading

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Old photos: my grandparents in the 50s

I just came across some old photos of my grandparents in the 1950s. I love seeing them as young people and imagining what their world felt like. Isn’t this a great photo! I think the story behind it is that … Continue reading

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Easter egg hunt

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We’ve had a long weekend of perfect, golden Autumn weather. We don’t have any kids in our household, so my partner and I were surprised (and delighted!) when we got up on … Continue reading

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2010: My year in blogging

I started this blog back in April. Over the past months there have been many times when I haven’t managed to blog as often as I wanted (or, let’s face it, at all!), but looking back over all the posts … Continue reading

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New things

A couple of new things around here today… The first is a freshly hatched chick! So adorable. One of our hens, Blax, has been sitting on eggs for the past three weeks, and yesterday the first one hatched. More may … Continue reading

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