Monday, 14 August 2017


 Lambing has begun, we have a set of twins so far who are doing extremely well. They have plenty of pine trees to shelter under to keep out of the heavy rain we have been having ALL winter. - I'm so ready for spring!

I love lambing time and watching the lambs little tails wag while they feed, then comes the fun stage of frolicking lambs when they play. No doubt this week will bring them some new lambs to play with.

 It is our first time since we have lived here that we are having to get in feed for the sheep due to the wet winter we have. The top paddock is closed off as just a mud paddock.

We have never had this much water in our paddocks - The middle paddock has  two ponds caused by the rain, and are nearly meeting. The wet ground is dealing to the animals hooves too. We hate seeing them with sore feet.

 The girls are not too sure of their new tucker... but we also do not want them to eat too much until after they have birthed. Very thankful our wood shed is topped full of hay - being all ready for when the lambs arrive and when the mums will need the extra feed


 A job that has been on the must do list for a while was completed this weekend. A gate and fence just off the cattery. This is probably going to be our new area where we feed the sheep.

Louie was a great help checking the hole depth for the fence posts.

As for me, I stayed inside nice and warm and dry. I finally got around to making some alphabet templates. It's been 6 months into my gap year and I'm feeling well rested and ready for creating...Adrenal fatigue  has not been fun, nor was influenza B!

I've begun unpicking a crochet blanket I started - it seems to be a bit of a stop start year...I love the pattern but honestly the thought of sewing in all threads had put me off this project.

I started a baby blanket with the wool... But have unpicked this too as the cast on was far too tight.I was in denial... so did quite a bit of progress before I frogged it.

Much happier with this blanket. Went up to a size seven crochet hook to cast on and casted on a lot looser. (I'm using a size 4.5 for body of blanket). Also changed the colour pattern as I worked out I was going to run out of coloured yarn. So three rows of white and one row of colour. I can pick up more white at local yarn shop.... but it is nearly twice the price to buying local compared to on line. $8.54 on line and $15.00 in local shop.

The blanket is based on Granny Stripes by Lucy at Attic24

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PS the Cattery will be closed from 23rd August until 28th August.

Monday, 24 July 2017


James didn't want a fuss for his 21st. But we decided a little something was required.

We successfully planned a surprise luncheon at our place for 30 people.

However James came down with the flu - (this winter there has been a lot of nasty bugs going around). Sunday morning I asked how he was feeling and if he was up to some visitors. I then had to let the cat out of the bag and say 30 people were turning up at 11.30am.

He just was not up to it and we got busy cancelling the party.

Brent delivered cake and food to his friends, some of his friends called in and helped take food off my hands. We have cold meat (I had cooked lamb, chicken and corned beef) for days. We don't eat corned beef so I'll drop that off today.

The grog in the fridge will keep and he will need a hand drinking it so something will have to be planned when he is feeling better .... somehow I do not think I can pull off another surprise.

Brent asked James if he had any idea/hint of the party. He had none at all. and commented he thought my deep cleaning of the house was just a phase. LOL.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017


 Two fires roaring to heat the old villa, coats hanging over railing to dry - it is winter here in New Zealand

 Snow on the Tararuas  today

Kingston Tunic 

Gosh it was May since I last blogged and 5 months into my gap year.... I can't honestly say what I've been up to.... Looking after family (and I'm thrilled to say some fab progress has been happening!), decluttering and selling my homeschooling books and study books... still more to sort through.

Oh I got a new car - which is called Kenny G or Kimmie but in reality is called the dober van as it carries Louie the Doberman around.

Louie has been quite a problem. First off I am a cat person not a dog person. But Louie is sooo needy. He barks if left alone. And frankly I've been really struggling with such a velcro dog. We had a dog behaviourist out and she helped. A few new things have been put in place and I am coping a little better with him. Louie and I are trying to bond  - ok I am trying to bond better with Louie, Louie just wants to be with me ALL the time. Something I am not used to from a dog. I'm even now training Louie for competitions.... Bit of a laugh as I have never done anything like it before in my life, I'm pleased to say - Louie and I were not the worst at the seminar we went to. But we are the bottom of the class that we attend each week. We are working hard to get into a higher level of  a training group.

Abbey has got me organised on a  Facebook Group where I now upload videos daily of the cats staying at Cottage Tails Farm Stay for Cats  instead of blogging. It is so much easier - and my videoing is getting better. Feel free to join the group if you would like to follow the cats that stay. Feel free to share with your friends if they are looking for a cattery. (many thanks to the lovely people who have been telling their friends about us)

Not much gardening has been done... but come spring time that will change. There are little hints of spring daily in the garden which bring me great joy.

I've been enjoying knitting, listening to audio books, going to movies and watching some fab shows on TV - rather decadent lifestyle aye,

I'm hooked on the TV show Good behavior - it has Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and she is soo good! I find I can't knit and watch it - as there are so many surprises. It's a little shocking (I get shocked easily) but terribly good. We get it in New Zealand on Neon. Have you seen it?

I enjoyed Wonder on audio and very much looking forward to it coming out at the movies - they have the characters perfect. A wonderful book for children to read!

I'm currently listening to Bear Town (same author as A Man called Ove). It is touching on some tough topics, but so far tastefully written. I've not finished it yet, but so far I would have made it a book that was to be read and studied in homeschooling (senior years)

I'll try and get back into blogging...

I've been pretty good at putting a photo a day up on Instagram - which is a bit of a sneek peek into my days.