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Our Own Farmstead
Central Otago, New Zealand
We are living our dream on Our Own little New Zealand farmstead, making goat milk delicacies, growing our veggies and fruits, looking after our chickens, ducks and pigs and loving life. Follow us in our journey.
Interests: Farmstead, goats, gardening, self sufficiency, home renovation, folk art, music, mountains
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Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Our Own Farmstead
We made it. The property is now our own. We are over the moon that we finally made it! Now, the big work is starting. It was quite a job to get the property but between the business start-up, renovating the cottage, living in the yurt to add to our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
This isn't just the title of a classic album from Prodigy... as I've discovered recently by watching all the episodes of "River Cottage". Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is now one of my newly found heros... A great inspiration... If you haven't seen this program I highly recommend it. And it's available on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Each day with our new pup is a new adventure! He's making so much progress since his first day. We are very proud of him. And he's quite the cuty and loves the attention. However, he's still a little youngster and he has a little mischief coming out... so here... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Yesterday was a huge day for us as we picked up our rescue pup in Dunedin from his foster home. Sailor is a 9months old cross Staffy X Collie X Terrier and probaly much more, and he's a real cutie. He had quite a sad start in life. He was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Yesterday, we met the people who will be in charge of managing our irrigation system and our bore. Having your own source of potable water is amazing but will require that we look after it and make sure we don't over pump. Luckily, the bore is at the bottom of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Our Own Farmstead is now following A Beautiful Mess
Oct 30, 2013
Our Own Farmstead is now following "miss" james
Oct 30, 2013
The classic spring in Queenstown goes that way: snow, heat, blue bird, rain, rain, rain, rain, down to town snow, lake Wakatipu flood aaaaand summer. This years had a little twist with frequent thunderstorms. But now, we're done. Summer should be there any time now. It's gorgeous out. And that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
After my Food Safety whinge from a few days ago, I needed to refocalise on things that bring peace to me. I like to create in that case. I keep my hands and my head busy and I come out of it with positive vibes. So I made some homemade... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Last week, just before we submitted our offer to purchase the property, we gave a call to the NZFSA (New Zealand Food Safety Agency, a part of the Ministry of Primary Industry) just to make sure the land was appropriate for the building of a creamery. In France, building a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
It's 20°C outside. We are having a beautiful inversion on the lake. Radishes are thriving. Tomatoes and peppers are finally sprouting after 4 weeks. We got a new car which is clean and economical. We are a week away from submitting our sales & purchase agreement. The world is changing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
I was reading blogs and spending time (hours...) on Pinterest and was reminded that summer is finished for all these people. Time for Fall. Blogs and Pins are full of pumpkins, warm plaids, spicy tea and woodburners. It also means that it's Spring for us. After 3 years chasing winters,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
We've had a very pleasant meeting with our banker. He invited us for lunch and we had a good 2 hours chat about the future of our project. He, himself was getting really excited about the advancement made. Well, let's face it, financially, of course. Now, he's really seeing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
We have found the money we needed to start our dream project. It's not without any risks though. I will lose everything if we fail. No angel investors, no venture capital, no extra loan to a bank... Our Own LLC is a family business and it's the family who gave... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
It seems like I'm in a baking frenesy at the moment! I made a batch of Cinnabuns a few days ago for my workmates... Delicious... But very very rich. It's only when you bake your own goods that you realise the ingredients that go in them. I've used 3 different... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
I had a quite exciting couple of weeks. I went horse riding with my friend Anaïs who was visiting for a few days. My horse, Toby, was exactly like I love... a little ball of energy with personnality. We had a great 3 hour trekking in Paradise Valley, amongst the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
And I'm not saying that beacuse of Game of Thrones... But since we're talking about, WHAAAAAAT!!! The Red Wedding just blew my mind... I didn't read the books so it was a total surprise. I just really wasn't expecting that!! After choping Ned Stark's head off, this episode makes me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
We made it! Finally back to New Zealand after a short 27 hours journey to Auckland, and just a couple more down to Queenstown, our home for this winter. Winter is quicking in, slowly... After spending a French winter in the Alps, you need to lower your standards when you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Hey everyone! How's your week been? I've stared to pack... and pack... and pack some more... Karl and I are moving back to New Zealand in 3 weeks! Time flies. Winter is completely over, here, in the Alps. We had our first BBQ last night. What a delight. We are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Our Own Farmstead is now following Leigh-Ann
Mar 18, 2013
Our Own Farmstead is now following Heather Bullard
Mar 18, 2013
Our Own Farmstead is now following Linda Dessau
Mar 18, 2013
We are getting closer and closer to getting our dream property. Every day, we have to work a bit more on our business plan, on how to renovate the place, on how are we going to organise our lives, and on all these ideas that just pop in our heads,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Our Own Farmstead
Our Own Farmstead is now following FineandFeathered
Feb 9, 2013