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An Unexpected Bonus

An Unexpected Bonus Many farms in our district also incorporate areas of production forests, mostly smaller blocks of Radiate Pine trees. When these trees are harvested, generally at around to 25 to 30 years of age, there can be quite a lot of disruption to farming operations – and also in some cases, adventure [...]

Imminent Doom

Living in Interesting Times We live in interesting times, of that there can be no doubt. How many other generations also believed they lived in interesting times? Most no doubt. However, the enormity of what is happening in our times is unparalleled. Yet, on a personal level, I struggle to balance what I have [...]

River Valley Happenings of 2019

River Valley Happenings of 2019 So much of our lives, we are constantly looking forward. Planning this, building that, New Year's resolutions, this year is going to be much better than the previous year. And so on. However, how often do we spend time looking back? Treasuring the highlights, remembering the low points, and [...]

What a Load of Bollocks, Food Police and Raw Milk

What a Load of Bollocks, Food Police and Raw Milk How much personal responsibility should I be allowed to decide what sorts of food I eat or drink? A few days ago, I read an article that got me thinking about this on news website Stuff. The article covered a series of raids by [...]

By | 2020-01-05T21:58:07+00:00 December 29th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, social change|0 Comments

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 [...]