Lifeboat Farm

A Pond is Born
June 29, 2008, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Environment, Water

We’ve got a little dip near a new track we’ve put in. It looked like it might collect water but this is the first time I’ve seen it wet. The lie of the land makes me think it’s an important collection point for run-off from about half the front bowl so we might have to fence it off (and the wee crease leading to it) and do some wetland planting. My initial thoughts of just filling it in to make more paddock were probably not the best idea – the water will have to go somewhere if not here.


Stables Fit-Out Finished
June 29, 2008, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Building, Menagerie

Here are the finished stables. The only thing left to do is fill the bottom of the stalls with sawdust so we can install the old ponies.

The rails are 200x40mm old man pine milled by Stu at Salvage Timbers. They did a great job for a fantastic price so if you need any untreated (or native) timber in the Wairarapa, look them up.

Hard to belive it looked like this a month ago…more pics are here.

June 25, 2008, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Weather

This was the view outside this morning. The snow on our lawn had mostly melted overnight but the hills were a reminder that yes, we do live in a place where it snows sometimes…time to get more firewood I think.

When life gives you lemons (and snow)…
June 24, 2008, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Food, The House, Weather

…you make a Gin and Tonic slushie! It was snowing this afternoon so Karen grabbed some snow and improvised. Clever girl.

I think she needed a drink once she realised we now live in a place where it snows sometimes.

A Cook’s Best Friend
June 16, 2008, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Food, The House

I got my first Global knives about 8 years ago and have always said they were the most important part of the kitchen. This one is the latest addition to the set and it’s an absolute joy to use. I thought I kept my knives fairly sharp until I tried out a new one. I’d forgotten you can literally shave with them straight out of the box.

While it looks like a bit like a cleaver, it’s a vege knife and makes short work of the heavier prep work. The great thing about saving lots of money with homegrown food is that you can occasionally splash out with the kitchen budget. Even so, I’d better go make something extra special for dinner for the financial controller tonight.

In response to Ben’s question, this is the sharpener recommended by Global (mouse over for link). While the knives come from the factory with a literally razor sharp edge (I’ve shaved hairs with one) these sharpeners will get a Global knife ALMOST back to that but not quite. They have two ceramic wheels of different grades and the guide keeps the knife at the right angle to get the right set on the blade. If you were serious, a fine diamond hone would probably get your knife back to factory sharp (if you had the skill and technique as well). One last thing, you won’t be able to use the sharpener with any other knives due to the unique set angle of the Global blades.

A Forest of Celery
June 15, 2008, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Food, Garden

At the time it seemed like a good idea to plant all 12 celery seedlings at the once. I’d picked them up from the farmer’s market and was full of enthusiasm. Now we have a wee forest of celery to cope with. Luckily it’s delicious to eat straight from the garden and we’re using lots of it in cooking.

Later plantings have been in more sensible numbers and spaced out to give us a continuous supply for the next couple of months at least.

There’s Always One Showoff
June 15, 2008, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Menagerie