Sad news for our beautiful mountain cottage

{ Posted on May 26 2014 by Renée }
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In the early hours of Sunday morning our wee mountain cottage caught fire and was badly damaged. Thankfully our housesitters got out before the fire had taken hold but they were very upset to have to witness our place be ...Read More »

Battle for our Birds – DOC’s response to a Beech Mast 2014

{ Posted on May 07 2014 by Renée }
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DOC have set up a good online resource to help with understanding what a beech mast is and what can be done to help protect our native species. What is a forest or beech 'mast'? Mast events are prolific flowering bursts among ...Read More »

Recipes for Plum sauce, Tomato relish and Beetroot chutney

{ Posted on Mar 26 2014 by Renée }
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We’ve had several guests asking about some of our condiment recipes so I thought I’d publish them on our website for everyone to use. Our Tomato Relish and Plum Sauce are from the Edmond’s Cookbook with the a few differences mostly ...Read More »

Rosehips from the Waimakariri valley, Arthur’s Pass

{ Posted on Aug 12 2013 by Renée }
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We're experimenting with drying rosehips picked from the briar roses in the Waimakariri valley. It's very late in the season to be drying them but we'll see how it goes. We have made Rosehip syrup before which has been very ...Read More »

Weedbusting in Arthur’s Pass

{ Posted on Dec 09 2012 by Renée }
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We've hosted a couple of hale and hearty young chaps who spent a day removing weeds in the Bealey River in Arthur's Pass National Park.  We sent Dan and Kyle out for the day with local Weedbuster coordinator,  Graeme. The weather ...Read More »