August 26, 2009

Wwoof, Wwoof

No we haven’t gotten a dog (yet), I’ve got something better – free labour! This winter, Bruce and I came to the realization that we cannot maintain the Wainui property alone.  There’s plenty of grunt day-to-day maintenance chores to do and often times not enough time for the fun creative […]
August 17, 2009

Building a House: Creating a Plan

It’s time for the house renovation/building writing to have its own section on the blog.   Things are finally moving along, although certainly slowly, but we’re moving from the dream state to the actual physical doing something state.    Today our building consent application (permit) was granted for the Total Span double […]
August 5, 2009

Destination: Golden Bay, South Island, July 27 – August 1, 2009

I’d hit my wall a few weeks ago.  It’s been a very dismal winter – lots of rain and cold, cold nights.   And I’d had enough.   It was time for a mid-winter getaway.    I needed to go somewhere sunny and relatively inexpensive. I remembered that our friend Purple was minding […]
July 22, 2009

Cattle, Stop! Part I

Ever since the bovine intrusion last year, which wreaked havoc on our well-coifed lawns, Bruce & I have had opposing views about our front gate.    I like to keep the gate open when we’re on the property – it’s welcoming, it’s easy for vehicles to go in/out, it makes me […]