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Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms Do farmers get a bad press in New Zealand? Depending on what you read or hear, and who wrote it or said it, the answer is either yes or no. Unfortunately, views on both sides have become increasingly polarised. What, for the most part, has driven this [...]

By | 2019-09-19T23:33:15+00:00 September 19th, 2019|Agriculture, Articles, Blog, Lodge, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

That Time of Year

The wild weather of early Spring is truly here. When the sun is out, and the wind tends to the north, the days are warm. When the sun is not out, and the wind tends to the south, temperatures plunge. The ground quickly becomes sodden, but also quickly dries, as we experience [...]

The Family and New Blood in the Business of River Valley

What was in many ways a fairly momentous change for the future of River Valley recently occurred at the local Taihape Solicitors office. This change felt a long time coming. It had been worked on and talked about for three years, if not longer. The change that took place is that Nicola [...]

The “Joy” of Camping

For many people, hearing the simple statement, “I’m going camping”, can elicit a look of discomfort at best and horror at worst. Why is this the case? Why do so many adults react with horror to the thought of going camping? I have my theories about this, but I think that much [...]

By | 2019-09-05T01:45:11+00:00 September 1st, 2019|Articles, Blog, Lodge, Permaculture|0 Comments

Almost Seed Sowing Time

Almost Seed Sowing Time Why is it that when you are young, you think you can change the world? When I first came to Pukeokahu, Taihape, I was certainly full of thoughts around what could be achieved in making a better world. If not for everyone else, at least for myself and [...]

By | 2019-08-23T03:03:40+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Lodge, Permaculture|0 Comments

When Did I Become a Consumer?

When Did I Become a Consumer? I am like almost everybody else in the western world, and probably also in many developing nations. Every day I come in contact with thousands of advertising messages that seek to influence me to make a purchase. As you may know, we do not live in [...]

By | 2019-08-16T01:48:58+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Articles, Blog, social change, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

The County Roadman

The County Roadman The 1970s in rural New Zealand marked the final passing of an era. The era that passed was the end of the long tradition of the County Roadman. Who Were the Roadmen? The roadmen were exactly as their name implies, men or groups of men who worked on both [...]

By | 2019-08-08T03:59:14+00:00 August 8th, 2019|Articles, Blog, social change, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

Scary, or is the Scent of a Multi-Day trip in the Air?

Scary, or is the Scent of a Multi-Day trip in the Air? We are just seeing the last of the sunshine of what has been ten incredible days of July weather. A little bit of snow in the forecast now, and certainly cooler temperatures for the next few days, but nothing too [...]

Somewhere Far Away – a beguiling place where everything is available all the time

Somewhere Far Away – a beguiling place where everything is available all the time Have you ever heard of this place? That “Somewhere Far Away” place. You know, the place where tomatoes and cucumbers come from in the middle of winter. The place where pineapples and exotic off-season fruits come from [...]

Thoughts from Visiting Portugal

Thoughts from Visiting Portugal Recently I was fortunate enough to visit Portugal. Nicola was taking part in an 8-day horse trek, and I was along for the duration and as part of the “support” crew. I must admit I did not know what to expect. Having always been a bit of a [...]

By | 2019-07-19T00:51:51+00:00 July 18th, 2019|Adventure Travel, Articles, Blog, Environment & Food|0 Comments