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Weekly tales from the Outpost

The berry house

The berry house

We’ve finally planted our collection of cane berries into the ground!

Gran Shirley’s Sally Lunn

Gran Shirley’s Sally Lunn

We’ve got too many potatoes so I’m looking for new ways to use them. Turns out, a Sally Lunn is a pretty excellent way to use them.

Let’s go fly a kite

Let’s go fly a kite

It’s taken nearly 3 years but I realised that all our space and wind make a fantastic combination for kite flying, so I bought a kite.

Some faults on the fenceline

Some faults on the fenceline

The storms last weekend brought down a couple of nīkau palms near our fence line. How did we sort this one out?

Max chicken

Max chicken

We’ve had a bit of a poultry shuffle. The ducks have found a better home, and we’ve gone max chicken!

The succulent garden

The succulent garden

It’s been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while, but last week I finally created my succulent garden.

Growing past my biggest failure

Growing past my biggest failure

Last year, my garlic crop failed big and hard. This year, I’m nervous and more subdued about planting again.

Spraying gorses

Spraying gorses

Gorse is an unfortunate reality of owning farmland in New Zealand. This week I got out and sprayed some.

Citrus meringue pie

Citrus meringue pie

A light and deceptively simple dessert that can be made in a range of flavour combinations depending on what’s available and what sounds yum!

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

A guide to, and explanation of, the names we have given to places around our property.

Citrus update

Citrus update

A round-up of how our little collection of citrus is growing.

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.