Sunday, 30 November 2014

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Day 27 of  a photo a day project.
I'm thankful for ... 
For 16 years it has been one of our families traditions to celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving. 
It all began when we begun homeschooling 16 years ago with Five In A Row. curriculum.
The turkey's from Thanksgiving and Christmas were brought by exchanging flybuy points into New World dollars,  Thanks New World and Flybuys. We are doing really well with Countdown and AA rewards too, we are all in the habit of swiping the loyalty cards.

We have a vegan guest this year so if you have any special recipes I'd sure appreciate them. We celebrate on Saturday.

I'm also thankful that the photo a day project has nearly finished, I've kept up the challenge and it's been fun but I'm ready for a blogging break

Thursday, 27 November 2014

On the Wall

Day 26 of  a photo a day project.

I'm on a wall in Wellington. CRACKS me up - to think me on a billboard. Thanks Mark Gee for another amazing life time opportunity. 
The photo is from NZ Exposed Photography , Chris is on the far left in the photo. I've yet to get into Wellington to see the billboard. Do yell if you see it.
Previous blog posts are here of the amazing opportunity we all had with Mark Gee.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Day 25 of  a photo a day project.

It is nearly time for my white poppy to open up. I must admit I'm a bit worried of how it has gone with the wild wind over night. I'm sure it will be fine as Brent staked it up after it was blown over in the last wind gusts. I'm rather excited to see this poppy flower

You can just see Laura sitting on the scratching pole and Lordy sitting on the cubby box. Our cats are spending some time in the cattery while we do some maintenance on their run. The cattery is closed for a few weeks while we do these jobs.

It's time to show another book I've brought thanks to the Wellness Plan Workshop attendees. 

I'm thrilled with it - a very comprehensive book. Plus it was on sale at Fishpond  so perfect time to purchase. Thanks again to all of you who have been supporting me in my naturopathy studies I like to show you what I spend the funds on, 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


Day 24 of  a photo a day project.

 Inspired by a photo off pinterest (sorry can't find original source to give credit) to paint stones with herb names. Since I am not an artist I'm conning anyone who has an artistic bone to doodle on my stones. The goal is to have every herb in my garden have a stone which will help when the herbs go dormant in winter and stop them getting pulled out in error.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Postage Stamp Quilt

Day 23 of  a photo a day project.
I MADE THIS...  The Postage stamp quilt is now quilted (just quilted in the ditch)- today I hope to finish putting on the binding

I'll get some better photos when binding is on.

I had thought I'd do the binding today but my final books for my naturopathy course (year two) have arrived this morning so me thinks it will be back to the books. Another Herbal unit (my passion), Iridology unit (I'm asking for an iridology camera for my birthday) and a big unit on detoxification.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A favourite thing

 Day 22 of  a photo a day project.
A favourite thing...  My Susan Branch 2015 calendar has arrived.
I've a blogging friend Kris, who I have never met. She is my internet pen pal and we have been friends since gosh it must be 2000. I met Kris on a home schooling support internet group and she opened me to the world of blogging. Kris helped me learn html coding and pulled me into the online world of technology. 
We have kept in touch and followed the different stages  our children went through, as well as our own changes, including what we both are doing  after homeschooling our kids. 
Kris has sent me a Susan Branch calender every year for years. This year I bet her to it and found I could buy one from Books Depository
Books Depository is wicked! Wicked that there is no postage charges to New Zealand - very very awesome. But it also means it is terribly tempting to those who LOVE books.
Do pop over to Susan Branch's blog - every post is a breath of inspiration.

Saturday, 22 November 2014


 Day 21 of  a photo a day project.
Shoes...  mmm a weta in my shoe....


Friday, 21 November 2014

Pretty Woman moment

 Day 20 of  a photo a day project.
Bright...  lots of bright hats to choose from....

If you've been following the blog for awhile you probably know I am not a fan of shopping so knowing this we have begun now looking for something to wear to The Garden Party.

First shop was a high end department store in Wellington to look for hats....

Not one sales assistant came over to help me. 
CRAZY as I had money to burn folks....
So since no one was taking any notice of me
 I decided to try on CRAZY hats and take photos (I've always wanted to do such a thing in a POSH shop) I seem to be getting naughtier the older I get...

We spent a nice sum of money at Annah.Stretton

The service and attention was FANTASTIC!!! Abbey came out with a wonderful dress to wear to the Garden Party.  The store manager Marlena listened to what Abbey wanted and she spent dedicated time showing us different styles and wonderful suggestions. You could tell she loved her job and really knows what looks good on women.
Marlena was awesome!!! We will be back to Annah Stretton Wellington store!

The day of shopping really felt like I wanted to do a Pretty Woman moment to some of the other stores we had walked into and say "big mistake"  Giggle.

Next is shoe shopping.....

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A photo a day...

 Day 19 of  a photo a day project.
Whole... Lot of supplies. Brents friend Austen arrives from Scotland in a day or two.
Tradition has it that it is rude not to offer Highland Hospitality... This lot should keep them going for a day or two

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My name was picked

 Day 18 of  a photo a day project.
I LOVE THIS.... I told no one, not a sole that I entered and I WON!!!

My name was one of the 875 New Zealander's whose name was in a ballot for an invitation to the Waitangi Day Bledisole reception at Government House Wellington

Next Waitangi Day marks 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. I always remember meeting Diana Waring an American Homeschool speaker, who said how awesome it is that New Zealand has such a Treaty. Yes it is not perfect, but we are one of the few countries in the world that have anything like it. 

 It is extremely rare for members of the public to attend a Government House event.

 Can you imagine the planning that has to go into such an event?  

Like look at all the strawberries for such an occasion.

Can you believe my name was picked out of all the entries??? 

When entering you had to say who your guest would be - I put down our daughters name and didn't even tell her I'd entered. So us two girls are off to a garden party! Girls like that sort of thing.

Oh how I've always wanted to attend a garden party - I blame Katherine Mansfield for such ideas.

I sure hope I get to meet Boots - he is the Mateparae family cat that lives at Government House..I'll feed him some tit bits if I get to see him

I hope I'm allowed to take my camera so I can share the event with you all.
All photos in today's post are from the Governor General's facebook Page.

Now to plan what to wear. We apparently get a dress code with our official invitation

Do tell what you think we should wear - open toe shoes, closed toe shoes? Hats?  oh such fun! 

Catch up - photo a day.

 Day 14 of  a photo a day project.
For Me.... Well I'm claiming it is for me but in fact it was Brent's birthday gift some Ratmats for his pickup truck which keeps the road noise down.

Day 15 of  a photo a day project.
Hot and cold.... That has been our weather of late. PS BIG buzz to see so many Black Boy peaches on the the tree this year.
Day 16 of  a photo a day project.
AFTER....  a Globe Artichoke flower if not picked - I leave some every year to flower cos I think they look pretty amazing,

Day 17 of  a photo a day project.
Cooking... Can you tell which eggs are the ones from our chooks and which are from the shops?
Right back to study - I've been on a huge binge getting assignments done, meaning I've done very little except get up early, study, cook meals, do laundry, cattery and study. It works for me. The reward is a new assignment on herbs - my one love!
Farm Stay Guests....

Pancho is back for a stay - it was pretty awesome to see him again and that he was happy to be back. He just cruised on in and fell straight back into our routine. Not that he let me get photos - he was way too frisky wanting to play. At least I got a good photo of his tail which is pretty impressive.

Friday, 14 November 2014


Day 13 of  a photo a day project.

Letters slot in our door.
See you tomorrow for something for me....

Thursday, 13 November 2014


Day 12 of  a photo a day project.

NORMAL... it is normal for us to eat weeds. Well actually dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are herbs and young spring leaves give a bitter flavour. Bitter foods are awesome for the digestion system.

Other herbs I pick to add to salads are: mint, parsley, borage flowers which have a cucumber taste, calendula flowers, nasturtium flowers which have a sweetness and nasturtium leaves have a peppery zing.

 A whatever colourful cabbage salad.

I often cook with whatever come in my organic vegetable box or is growing in the garden, so use whatever you have too. Yesterday this was in our salad.
red cabbage finely shredded
1 tomato finely diced
2 green onions using white and green part finely chopped
cucumber finely diced
celery finely diced
red capsicum finely diced
New spring dandelion leaves finely chopped.
herbs and edible flowers from the garden

Lemony Mint Salad Dressing

Cloves of garlic - we like garlic so are usually prettyheavy handed - use how much you want. I'm now using the small garlic left from last year so I used about 2 of these small bulbs.
Juice of 1 lemon (sometimes I add the rind too if organic)
about 1/4 cup good olive oil
small handful of mint leaves chopped really fine.

Place in a jar and whisk up with a fork. Dressing is ready for each person to pour over their salad.

Lunch yesterday, colourful salad, left over chicken from night before and half an avocado.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Day 11 of  a photo a day project.

A SET of stairs to help climb the fence.

For the blokes that read the blog - a set of sand blasted and painted wheels, with  new tyres on the  pick up truck

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Day 10 of  a photo a day project.
  Papaver somniferum

I do this every day - Take photos of my garden - I always find it relaxing and rather exciting to see what is flowering, My poppies have taken over my so called vegetable garden just a tad.
Farm Stay Guest.

I try and take photos every day of the cats staying too. Indigo goes home today

Monday, 10 November 2014

Heck Yes!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To all who have signed up to my Wellness Plan Workshops.
I spent some of the funds from my workshop attending a seminar on Female Hormonal Disorders.

Beautiful venue at Rydges. LOVED how the hotel offers valet car parking, I could soo get used to that service!
So this is my Heck Yes photo as I had a fab time and came home with my brain buzzing with knowledge. It was truly wonderful meeting so many holistic health practitioners that are also passionate about women's health, As many blog readers know one of the reasons I'm studying naturopathy is searching for missing puzzle pieces re Endometriosis. It was absolutely distressing reading on the Endometriosis New Zealand Facebook page how many New Zealand women SUFFER from this illness. Stats taken from a post stated that:-

23% Felt better following surgery  (but most were also taking medications + - Mirena and practicing nutrition and lifestyle changes.
68% Did not feel better following surgery or surgeries.

I'm hoping by the end of my diploma I will have  more answers for women who suffer with Endo, PCOS, PMS, miscarriages (also very dear to my heart) and infertility.

Another Heck Yes story....

My girlfriend and I were up and away at 7am this morning into the Wellington Botanical gardens to collect tulip bulbs. The gardeners dig up the bulbs and we can take home as many as we want. It's a lovely thing to be part of - bit like a little community gathering of like  minded folks.

The beds they were digging up and that we got some were:



Princess Irene
- Tulip photos from The Tulip Gallery Page,

Plus we got orange poppies.

PLUS some myosotis rosylva - forget me nots.

We came away with six big shopping bags of plants for our gardens - a real Heck Yea morning!