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Wellness

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the [...]

How Do We Grow Our Vegetables?

How Do We Grow Our Vegetables? It would be fair to say that when we started to grow more of our own vegetables, both for ourselves and our guests at the Lodge, we did not know a lot. This post is about what we have learned, but also, about what we have [...]

By | 2019-11-22T03:05:11+00:00 November 21st, 2019|Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, Lodge, Permaculture|0 Comments

It Has Been an Epic Week

It Has Been An Epic Week What a difference a few days can make. Early last week I was wearing long trousers, a fleece pullover and a woollen t-shirt. Temperatures – degrees Celsius - were in the mid-teens at best. With day after day of cool temperatures, showers or rain, local farmers were battling [...]

A Bunch of Questions, A Few Statements But Even Fewer Answers

In this time of climatic change and uncertainty, I have come across a few questions and statements that for whatever reason resonated with me – whether that resonation was to acknowledge they were true, or false, or bore further thought. Here is my take on a few of them. [...]

By | 2019-10-12T22:26:29+00:00 October 4th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Climate Change, Conservation, Environment & Food, Nature|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 [...]

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

Winter, and the Flow of Months at River Valley

Winter, and the Flow of Months at River Valley April is the month towards the end of our busy season, where we first really notice the flow of customers slowing down. Going into May, the weather starts turning bringing with it cooler temperatures and often more rain, (not this year though, where May was [...]

Food From a Micro Farm

Food From a Micro Farm Last weekend I attended a workshop about market gardening on a micro scale. As you may be aware, we grow as much of the fresh vegetable produce as we can that is used in the Lodge kitchen. I attended because I was interested in how we could grow more [...]