Saving Bean seeds from my garden

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Vlog 3. Saving Bean seeds from my garden




Beans I have saved are:
White Scotch - also known as Takamatua White - a runner bean.
Takamatua Black Seeded - a runner bean.
Painted Lady - a runner bean.
Scarlet Runner
Broadbean Scottish

These can be purchased from Koanga Gardens and I've linked above to each bean so it's easy for you to purchase some too.

It's one of my many hobbies growing heritage vegetables and most of my seeds for my garden have come from the great work of Kay Baxter in saving our nutrient dense New Zealand heritage seeds.



Thanks for name ideas for the ewe - she is Betsy. So we have Faith, Sweetpea, Felicity and Betsy. More names will be required after 10th September when lambing begins.

Name the Ewe

Monday, July 8, 2019
Vlog 2. - All about sheep and looking for a name for a ewe.



Vlog Notes:

Homeschool Curriculum - Five in A Row - volume 3.

Warm as Wool - picture book by Scott Russell Sanders.

Breed of sheep - Texel and Suffolk

Town in New Zealand - Reikorangi  - Reikorangi translated into English means ‘the gate’ or ‘gateway to heaven’

I'm looking forward to all the sheep names you come up with for the girl.

As a recap - the names of our other sheep are Sweet Pea, and the two suffolk girls are Faith & Felicity. 

Love Leanne

Not the Hedgewitch Shawl

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Vlog 1. - I've made a wee vlog (video blog) of the shawl I finished.

The pattern is  The Hedgewitch Shawl  which I started in December last year. It was a KAL (knit a long) that two Podcasters I enjoy were hosting. The Fiber Trek Podcast and The Gentle Knitter Podcast.

Initially I went great guns and had done A LOT. But then I kept not sticking to the pattern. To be fair, December was an awful month for me. The summer came and the yarn was too hot to knit with. I put it away and tried again. STILL I kept making mistakes, not due to the pattern but more me. I was tired after studying all day and just could not seem to keep to the pattern. AGAIN, it is all ME - not the pattern. 

So I just decided to sort of use the pattern stitch count and do garter stitch. My final stitch count was 483 stitches, so a bit different from the pattern. Anyway I share about that in the vlog.

The yarn is Black Hills 100% natural undyed New Zealand yarn. 10 ply cinnamon and spice.

Do let me know if you enjoyed my first Vlog. - SUCH a lot to learn - including looking at the (camera) DOT on the Ipad.

Love Leanne 


Blogger - yea right

Sunday, May 26, 2019





I tried to blog last week, these are the photos from that attempt.

Now it is a week later and I still have not posted.

Quick catch up....

It has been an AMAZING autumn sooo mild. I love it. WISH  I was not studying so I could be outside ALL the time. My constant wording is NEXT YEAR I will.... BUT I am loving the study and thrilled I am passing the assignments and getting fab knowledge. Brent is a wonderful hubby and oh I can hardly wait to share what we have decided to do............ once I have graduated ............MAN I am EXCITED!!

We lost one of our new chickens SUCKY!! SOB. She is under a new feijoa tree, wow we are going to have soo many feijoas in years to come.

No hens are laying, STILL! Like free food, free board, BEST ever retirement home.

I miss seeing my sheep they are over in back paddock grazing and they want to come home. BUT I have to be strong and they need to graze that paddock.

I finally accepted I can not read my knitting and started again the HedgeWitch Shawl  BUT I am doing it back to front in all manner. Such a good decision.

Will TRY and blog THIS week




Weekend.

Sunday, May 12, 2019



Where do I start?? I had a wonderful weekend. A weekend off the computer, no study, no clients, no chores (well I still did washing as I like washing, feed and clean animals because that is a joy not a chore). I have been overdoing it (as is my personality) and took the weekend off life.

I hope you too had a good weekend.


Saturday began with a FREE trip to the dentist. I was one of their Facebook winners. Beach Side Dental Clinic run it every year and give away 30 appointments I think it was. It was one way to get me to the dentist LOL! I had recently been (months ago but recent enough for me).So I chose a clean with the hygenist. I am sure readers of the blog know that dentists are my absolute FEAR I turn into someone I am not - it's all rather queer really of who I become - a mess really. I can highly recommend this clinic to put you at ease.

 In the afternoon I sat down with the plans to rip back all of my Hedgewitch shawl. You see I had made a mistake quite a few rows back and happily knitted my own pattern... I cannot read knitting. Give me sewing and I can but not knitting. Abbey kindly said she would fix my mistake and saved me ripping it all back. Isn't she wonderful! So my goal is to try and get this shawl finished for Winter Solstice.



I spent a lovely few hours knitting and watching  the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin.
What a fabulous movie. Terribly sad - warning tissues are needed. 5/5 well worth seeing.


Sunday - Mother's Day. I woke up for the very first year in a long long time not sad on Mother's Day. I told Brent and he congratulated me on all the hard work I have been doing. Lots and lots of inner self healing. I'm still not ready to share my health journey or healing I am doing. Only because I do not want anyone else's opinion/s or comments. Nor do I want what I have chosen for ME be what someone else follows. Healing has to be your own journey and your own choices. I have made my own educated choice for ME.

I will share that when I got my medical diagnoses I searched the metaphysical meanings. One book I use as a naturopath and often put in the report back to clients is what their illness means metaphysical.





Abbey cooked breakfast, lunch and tea. It was delicious!! Young mums who read the blog I encourage you to teach your children to cook as look at the rewards!! Abbey is a really really good cook and much better than me with adapting recipes for gluten free and dairy free. Plus she loves cooking. Aren't I a lucky mum!! She NEEDS to write a cookbook!!



The family know I enjoy going to the movies and we all went to see The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. Oh it was excellent - a fun light humours movie - well worth seeing 5/5 as we all enjoyed it.

On the left: Meghan with her mom and grandma. On the right: Archie with his mom and grandma!

Aren't these lovely photos !!


I tried to get a nice photo of my family on Mother's Day, Abbey refused (I wonder where she gets not liking her photo taken from) and this is what Brent & James let me have. - Both sucking limes!

I really had the best Mother's Day ever and I hope you did too. I know it can be a really hard day for many.




P R A Y E R. 
For all Mother’s. The Mommas to be. The Mother’s who are trying. For the Mother’s on the journey exploring new ways. For the Mother’s that never feel like they are enough.
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For the Mother’s of a sick or disabled child. For the Mother’s who lost a child. Gave up their child. Chose not to have a child. For the Mother’s who are sick. The Mother’s who are healing. For those who lost their Mother. Watched their Mother die. For those grieving their Mother. For the children taking care of their Mother. 💛
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For the ones that never knew their Mother. 
For the Mother’s who silently struggle. The Mother’s who are raising their children alone. For the Mother’s homeless or in poverty doing their very best. For the Mothers that feel isolated. scared. and alone. For the Mother’s battling addiction and mental illness. For the Mother’s of children who are battling addiction and mental illness. 💛
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For the Mother’s and children victim of domestic abuse. For the Mother’s breaking the cycle. For those estranged from their Mother. For those healing and finding peace with their Mother. 💛
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For the Mother’s of all of our ancestors and their Mothers| Mother’s. For many moons and many lifetimes. For the Mother’s that have passed on. 💛
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For the Mother’s that don’t know their strength. Their power. Their beauty. For all Mother’s everywhere. You are loved. Your are Sacred. You are strong. You are the Sun, the Moon, and the Universe of all that is good. May this be felt deep within your heart and soul. May all beings be happy. May all beings be protected. May all beings be free.

Quilt Show.

Sunday, May 5, 2019
 I took some time off study yesterday to visit the quilt show at Kapiti Quilters.
Here are a few quilts that took my eye.


 I've a granny garden quilt all hand pieced - sitting to be quilted. This has inspired me to get mine finished... next year! (everything is next year with studying again)




 I loved the colours of this quilt and have not seen a quilt that has no binding on before.
Lovely quilting.

 The wording on the tag really made me chuckle. "It took three attempts over a period of 10 years to complete" Bravo I say!



Oh drool!! And William Morris fabric. Won a lot of ribbons - well deserved. 



 Happy Houses caught my eye and made me smile.




The last three were all made by friends in my quilting circle. We all did a class with Wendy - I started a cot quilt and then got very cross appliqueing circles. So it is put away until I hear news a baby is on the way - I'm sure I am safe until next year. It was wonderful seeing all the different fabrics. I especially loved Ros's use of the black. Well done Anne, Belinda and Ros for getting the quilts completed for the show. I had to make the decision to pull out of the quilting circle for this year. I'm having to be really sensible with my time.

It was a lovely show thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done Kapiti Quilters!

Bit n bobs from my week.

Saturday, May 4, 2019




 Brent took me on a date. He had had 11 days off and worked on the house. A cuppa at Ruth Pretty's and a gluten free cake, then for a drive and wow the banana passionfruit was ready. We had not come prepared to forage. Thank goodness I never wear heels and I could climb the muddy bank. So what is a gal to do but use her dress as a net as Brent is up high on the bank tossing the fruit down to me. My handbag became the carry bag. It's a nice dress I brought this summer from Verge. I'm sure not the type of activity they would like seeing their dress design be used for.


 I passed another mammoth assignment for my medical herbalist study. It is HUGE but I am loving it. I've learnt 100 herbs so far 51 to go. And still heaps of assignments to go. It is consuming. I'm still working with my naturopath clients so being kept rather busy. Weeding and crafting, dusting, window washing are on the back burners to achieve it all.

 It's been a wonderful warm autumn. I'm enjoying the change of season. Samhain has been or is here depends on what/who you follow. Hopefully today if wind stays down we can have our bonfire. WHoop whoop I sure love a burn up.

 A new tree for our orchard - to which Lordy our black cat is under. I've a new area in bottom paddock that we are (well the royal we aka Brent) is planting.
Any spare time I'm looking for a two bedroom granny flat AKA She Shed for the front paddock.
I quite love this layout from HouseMe.



I've preordered the Farm Girl Vintage 2 book of Lori Holt's. Isn't it a darling!!! I'd love to get my hands on some of her Farm Girl Fabric..... it is going to be my reward project once I graduate as a medical herbalist.  I loved watching the video while I cooked the dogs dinners of the showing of all the quilts. SWOON!!

Have a great week and I'll TRY to blogg again next week.

Love Leanne
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