Lifeboat Farm

It’s Snowing!
June 16, 2009, 3:46 pm
Filed under: Weather

We had blazing sunshine this morning, now it’s snowing this afternoon. While living in a winter wonderland is lovely, it’s quite cold right now. These pics are taken from inside – if you want exterior shots feel free to come over and grab them yourself 🙂

The lawn and surrounding paddocks.


The car in the process of disappearing.


The back garden…snow peas anyone?



Pony sleep-in
June 9, 2009, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Menagerie

You can tell it’s winter on the farm because the old and precious ponies get pampered in the stables at night. This is early on a sunny morning as I come to take them out to their paddock for the day. Daemar and Simone have it pretty easy if you ask me.


Here’s the pile of sawdust we’ll get through this winter. The reward for my shovelling sawdust in and poop out is a huge pile of compost for the gardens. They’re not really pooing in my clean stables, they are producing a valuable resource. That’s what I tell myself as I’m mucking out in the morning 🙂


New calves have arrived
June 4, 2009, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Food, Menagerie

These ten beauties are our new beef calves. They are Angus Charolais cross and should prove to be both chunky and delicious in another 12 months or so.


Local Frittata
June 3, 2009, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Food

I was hunting through the recipe books for potato recipes as we seem to be eating them for every other meal to get through the glut (it’s a tough job eating seasonally and local, but someone’s got to do it). Frittata caught my eye and as I worked my way throught it I realised we had every ingredient grown right here. Potatoes, sprouting broccoli, eggs, spring onion, parsley and even feta all from the farm. Here it is just before going into the oven. We’ve started measuring these meals in food metres, not miles.


First snow of the Winter
June 2, 2009, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Environment, Weather

It was quite cold last night – we had a fair bit of snow. To our Auckland friends, complaining about the frost all I can say is “harden up!” 🙂


Morning gave us a beautiful view of snow on the Tararua Ranges.