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Weekly tales from the Outpost

Serendipity

Serendipity

I know we all joke we’re two-degrees of separation from anyone else in New Zealand. But Richard and I have closer links to the land we live on than we could have imagined.

Coffee fruit!

Coffee fruit!

The coffee trees have started fruiting!

Finding the ‘family stuff’

Finding the ‘family stuff’

A sudden whim leads to an impressive collection of family history – and some new leads on the Smith sisters.

Resetting the worm farm

Resetting the worm farm

The worm farm is full and ready for a re-set! This week I emptied our worm farm all out, then filled it back up again.

Harvesting and storing potatoes

Harvesting and storing potatoes

We eat a lot of potatoes, so we grow a lot of potatoes. Here’s how we harvest and store them to feed us through winter.

The death of Sarah Elizabeth Smith

The death of Sarah Elizabeth Smith

After locating the graves of my spinster great-great grand aunts, I ordered the first death record to see what I can learn about their lives.

Finding the flower bed

Finding the flower bed

My gardening mojo is coming back after the scorching summer and I rediscovered my flowerbed.

Autumn in the vege garden

Autumn in the vege garden

I haven’t been very attentive to my garden lately, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be eating out of it in the coming months.

The spinster Smiths

The spinster Smiths

Lately I’ve been working on my family history. This week I found my long-lost spinster aunts buried in Karori.

The hill I’ll die upon

The hill I’ll die upon

Richard managed to snag the free use of a digger for an hour, and we did something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS.

Fencing folly

Fencing folly

Simultaneously the most boring, difficult, and utterly necessary bit of owning a farm.

Samurai’s stitches

Samurai’s stitches

Our big cat Sam had a whoopsie, leaving us to make a trip to the vet this week.

Garlic and rosemary salt

Garlic and rosemary salt

I’m always looking for ways to use and store my garlic. Garlic salt is one of my favourites. The addition of rosemary really makes it pop!