Friday, 14 September 2018

I'm Back in Blog World

With nearly six months off blogging I'm back.

So much has happened .... I've opened my naturopathy business and loving it!
The website is live Leanne Morris Naturopath
I have a newsletter that goes out once a month totally relevant to naturopathy - you can sign up HERE

Yes I am still running the Farm Stay for Cats - my we hobby. You can keep up with the guests on their own Facebook Group Page

Spring is a coming - I cope with the tail end of winter which has been FREEZING by not even allowing myself to think spring begins on the 1st of September - but more look forward to the Spring Equinox which is about 3 weeks later.

Anyway I'm restarting the blog for selfish reasons. I want to keep an easy record of what is happening in my garden.

AND I've been bitten by the Dahlia bug..... I've brought soo many tubers and here I'll record just what I have brought.

A garden bed has been cleared ready to mass plant.

Stolze of Berlin - Pom Pom (4 tubers)
 Flowering up to 80 cm















Pink Silk (4 tubers)
Flowering 90 cm











Bristol Stripe (1 tuber)- Dinner Plate 80-120cm




Edinburgh (1 tuber) Decorative 80-120cm
















Nenekazi (1 tuber) cactus - 80- 100 cm


















Colour Spectacle - (2 tubers) - Cactus 80- 100cm


















Mango Madness (1 tuber) Decorative - 90-100cm














Alfred Grille (1 tuber) - Cactus - 80- 100 cm











Snowflake (2 tubers) Pom Pom 70-90cm


















Fleurel (1 tuber) Decorative 80-120cm


















Do share what are your favourite to grow as I believe there still is time for me to buy some.

Monday, 9 April 2018

New Chapter.

 Minnie is now 13 weeks - we have had her for 5 weeks. And honestly the last 4 weeks have been AWFUL! I ended up with a very sick puppy from top to bottom. She would not sleep, she would urinate every 30 minutes. The vet bills have been huge.. But with a fab vet and Brent that said just spend the money on her as his opinion is our track record for vet bills is low so it evens out.... Isn't he fabulous, how lucky am I to have such a kind hubby? AND then the vet who has a heart for animals encouraged me to keep her and not send her back to the breeder.... she knows we would care for Minnie. I'd rather not discuss it all on the blog if you don't mind.....
Anyway after having to put her on antibiotics which  both I as a naturopath and Jo our vet didn't want to do but she NEEDED them. And there IS a time and a place for antibiotics. There really is!
I can say now we have turned a corner and she is much better. She is sleeping through the night and now we begin toilet training as you would if you had a healthy puppy from the beginning.
I'm using homeobotanicals on her and working at building up her immune system.
 Minnie is rather bossy to the other dogs, Louie the doberman is so gentle with her - even when she sticks her whole head in his jaws....GASP

I'm keeping an Instagram account of Minne - more of a place I can keep videos and photos of her growing. https://www.instagram.com/silverminnieminx/ If you want to watch her grow too.. I am really looking forward to seeing her change colour from black to silver.

 A family selfie... we all went out for dinner to celebrate James completing his apprenticeship.

 Harvest of kumera from my garden has been fab!
 last of the tomatoes, starting to save the bean seeds and harvesting chillies.
 James climbed on chicken coop for me which pumpkins had self sown and grew up there. But the chicken wire was eating into them. Ones that had not been chicken wired too harshly James put wood underneath for me. We are in for a bumper crop of pumpkins!
 nothing says autumn like crocuses

 Knitting has not been happening with a new puppy in the house, but I sneaked some time to watch Jooles - Sew Sweet Violet podcast, had a cuppa and knitted. BLISS.

I've been spending way too much time on the computer typing away designing a website. MAN it is techno hard for me but I am learning and thankfully I have Abbey to help.
Facebook followers of Cottage Tails would have see I tried to change my name to Leanne Morris Naturopath but that was against Facebook rules.... Sorry for all the mucking around - Honest I am so green at this Social Media lark. I will learn! So bear with me.

So yes a New Chapter is happening and this will be my very last Blog post. The blog started off many years ago as a place to share with friends living overseas what we were doing and it sort of grew into all sorts of things that I did in my daily life.

Thank you to all who have followed me over the years. I've loved getting to know many of you from around the world.

The NEW CHAPTER is opening up my own business as a naturopath.

I will be writing a newsletter each month instead of blogging.

Every New Moon a newsletter will be sent to people who subscribe and they will focus on:
  • Seasonal tips from the Southern Hemisphere relating to health and well-being
  • A meal or recipe to inspire you on your wellness journey
  • Introduce you to a herb of the month
  • A peek into what is growing in my orchard, vegetable and herb gardens for that month
  • and for that all important balance in life, I'll share books and craft work I've enjoyed 
Plus I will be keeping you in the know of workshops, retreats and when I have an opening to work one on one with clients.

Click here to subscribe  if you would love to stay in touch and get my newsletter. 

YES I will still be running the Farm Stay for Cats. You can keep in touch via the Farm Stay for Cats Facebook page. where I only post if there is guests. Pancho is staying at the moment. Don't you just love his Lion Groom for the summer months. it is starting to grow out now - but DIG that tail.

Again, thank you for reading over the years. And I do hope you keep in contact and enjoy my monthly newsletter into your email box.

I'm ready and excited for the next chapter in my life.

Lots of love to you all Leanne xxx

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Two weeks of Minnie.






The first two weeks of Minnie being home have not been easy. She has been unwell and we have been back and forth to vets.
Due to her being unwell we have had broken night and LOTS of accidents inside. Thank goodness for wooden floors. Never have we had a puppy like this.
She has no social skills and it's all a bit sad really. She hangs off Louie doberman's ears and he is ever so gentle with her while we watch her around him 100% and teach her not to do this. She challenges Stella and is already wanting to be top dog. Stella just wants to move out and live in a Tiny House with Abbey.
I have been in contact with breeder and she has offered to take Minnie back.
BUT Minnie has fans! - a loyal Camp Minnie following.
My vet is very much for Camp Minnie! And believes we will get her well and she has found often pups that have such a start turn out to be the best dogs ever.

Lots of time, energy and patients is going into Minnie. In her 9th week she learnt to sit, drop and stand and a very good watcher of my eye. So she is showing promise for obedience work.

In the last two weeks I've not really done very much - poor garden has been neglected. No knitting as Minne just does not understand why she can not have yarn balls. Balls in general are her love.

It's fabulous working from home all via my dining room table helping clients in my naturopath business. Website is still under construction. I've a fab editor just helping polish what I am wanting to have written on it. I'll let you know when the website is up and running so you can see what I offer. But I'm terribly thrilled with my clients so far. They are ready to do the HARD work to get well.
I just love this quote by Chris Kresser. "The conventional medical paradigm has trained patients to be passive recipients of medication, rather than active participants in their own care”.


We have begun watching The Good Doctor which we are enjoying.



Loving the Orphan X series on audible. Have you read or listened to it too? Highly recommend and it's not a genre I typically go for - but terribly good.

Autumn is knocking on the door - I'm still wearing shorts. We nearly have all our firewood in the shed for winter. It's been a fab long hot summer which I've LOVED!! 
I've planted brussel sprouts -trying again to grow them. I've never had success before.
And it will not be long before I harvest pumpkins and kumera. One pumpkin self harvested, fell off and rolled down the bank. I've a bumper crop - very awesome as they have been a crazy price in the shops.
To think on Wednesday it is Autumn Equinox or maybe for you in the Northern Hemisphere Spring Equinox - I'm loving seeing all the spring bulbs in my Instagram feed - I will be planting out more bulbs at Easter.  
Hope you all have a good week. Xx