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Another look at another life —

Flicking through my emails this morning, I came across one alerting me to a comment on my last post from my fellow blogger Ian McKenzie saying: ‘You have definitely come a long way from that flat, “a mere drunken banker’s stagger from Canary Wharf.” It looks great.’ The words struck a chord and, searching back, I was […]

And on the seventh day… —

… he rose from his sick bed and felt somewhat human again. I had such great plans. Booking 5 days’ leave sandwiched between two weekends meant nine consecutive days away from work and busy getting stuff done around the smallholding. Or not, as it has turned out. Sadly, out of the last 10 days, I have […]

(A) Moving house —

The  headquarters for a well-known house moving company is in area where we live.  By that I mean a company that moves house rather than the stuff inside houses.  Occasionally, as happened this morning, my dawn commute is temporarily halted by a late finishing house move (as they tend to do such things at night when […]

Happy 21st Birthday Ariella —

Ariella turned 21 today.  My thoughts are a mess – I’m trying to comprehend where those years have gone but also celebrating Ariella’s life journey so far, from tiny infant to independent young woman.  I’ll share no more – except in the form of a few pictures from a meal Wendy and I just shared […]

Update Four: Life on the smallholding —

I haven’t written much here lately so what follows is a rough visual timeline (one picture for every 2½ days) of some of the things we have been up to. 1. Standing outside the garage wondering about which little patch of chaos to tackle next. 2. Joining the dog on the couch in the garage […]

Update Three: The House —

We have flicked through the property papers and attended a good many realtor open homes over the last year or two and I was pretty much over the idea of ever finding a house and smallholding that would suit us as a family and that we could afford. We looked at a place in a […]

Update Two: The Animals —

One of the attractions of moving to a smallholding is being able to keep animals. While we have no desire – and are far too lazy – to be self-sufficient, we are keen to build up our husbandry skills, get involved in the local farming community and know a bit more about the provenance of […]

Update One: The Move —

After a five and a half month hiatus, here’s the first in a number of update posts that will hopefully go someway to explaining why blogging took a back seat for a while. The short story is this: we moved.   The longer story is that, after 6 years, we have shifted from our first Kiwi […]