Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Herbs and cats...

 I am beyond thrilled with what is flowering in the garden. The herb galangal is flowering and it is the most delightful flower with an amazing potent smell which is actually quite exquisitely perfumed. The root has a sharp. aromatic taste and is used in cooking.
It's the first time it has flowered. I got quite the buzz seeing it in the garden yesterday. Gardening is a bit like that - lots of changes from one day to the next.

 The leaf of the galanga plants. They are thriving in my garden. I wonder if I can grow turmeric. Might try growing that next
I don't usually take my camera with me in the garden which means I don't usually get many photos of my cats which all hang about while I garden. Lordy has finally stopped going off on his own. He used to wander off and then sit and cry all lost like until one of us found him. He is our retired stud cat so was in a cat run for most of his life. Finally he has worked out if he hangs out with the girl cats he doesn't get lost. (his lost is still on our section and he just sits and meows)
Maji and Cinders on top of the Farm Stay roof. Not what I encourage. Thankfully Beau and Sienna were asleep inside the house part asleep when this happened.

Laura tends to stick the closest to me while I work.
Lordy and Cinders. The photo was taken on my cell phone so a bit blurry. I still haven't worked out how to use it correctly.

Farm Stay Guests.






Beau and Sienna are our current Farm Stay Guests and are a real joy to look after. They are so comfortable with me and slot into my routine. Beau is quite vocal and talks away. Sienna does  the head bunting like most of our black cats do.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Introducing....

 Our new bloke to join the family. A little Red and Tan Doberrman he is 5/12 weeks old,
Any name suggestions? We are still trying to decide on one.


 It sent us down memory lane remembering our previous dogs before we had a family.

This was 26 years ago with Brent's dad giving our dogs a few tit bits.
We bred the two black n tans and the reds are some of their offspring.
No I don't want to breed again.

Abbey about 2 years old having a tea party with Briar. She was the best dog ever,
Abbey sharing the cuppa tea.
Which probably had some dog treats in it. 
Our kids have had no choice but be brought up around lots of animals.

Farm Stay Guests,


Beau and Sienna are back. It is really lovely how they give me big greetings. I'm pretty sure they enjoy our place. Beau was funny yesterday I was giving him a cuddle and no way was he letting me put him down. In the end I had to put him down gently on his side so I could give Sienna her turn. She was climbing up my side for attention. It's rather wonderful to be so in vogue.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Date Night

Brent took me for a date to Shoreline Movie Cinema to see Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Of course he had to have a drop of some local brew from Tuatara Brewery

What fun and very clever to match a brew for the movie.

I probably should tell them they don't have to go bush to get some hops,
 I'm growing some only a few streets away from the brewery.

NOTE to Pam & Bruce (who are kiwis living in aussie) and Austen (a kiwi living in Scotland) I haven't told yea both yet but you will all be home about the same time how about a tasting session at the Tuatara Brewery - I'll be the sober driver.


The movie was excellent we both really enjoyed it.
A must see for every kiwi!

I've been to the movies two nights in a row. The previous night I went and saw The Lady in the Van again. It was a friends 50th birthday and for a surprize a whole movie cinema was hired out. My friend turned up to have a birthday treat to the whole cinema bursting with all her friends singing Happy Birthday as she walked in. It was really special.

Farm Stay Guests,
An old photo of Beau from a previous visit as you see I got a text saying

  "Sorry Leanne. Can't find Beau just now. Hope he turns up very soon. Will text when we start out!"

That is the beauty of the Farm Stay for cats being a hobby - we can wait for the guests to wonder home in their own time. Makes it a tad stressful for the owners especially trying to make flights. But ahh they are onto Beau and booked him and his sister Sienna in the Farm Stay for the afternoon before they leave for holiday.

 Brent and I went off to the movies, Beau wandered home at man cat time, got bundled into his carry cage and arrived to be settled in by Abbey for me.