The Vicarage, Canterbury

The Vicarage Geraldine offers un-hosted boutique accommodation in the centre of Geraldine.The new Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery is right next door overlooking the Waihi river walkway. This large concept store & eatery is a showcase for all the lovely products that Barker’s make and it has rapidly become the biggest visitor attraction.


Ewa to Stewart Island

I just had an absolutely fantastic long weekend – Thursday to Sunday – in the deep South.

Namely Stewart Island, Invercargill and Bluff.

The drive from Dunedin in full sunshine was uneventful but the flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island made up for it. Firstly the aeroplane was full, 8 passengers and a pilot. Secondly during the flight time of 20 mins we had fantastic views of the coast and surrounding islands.


Holly Homestead-Achievements

During Covid-19 Lockdown many people took to the kitchen and embarked on delicious recipes and this was an achievement. I was quite happy to have time off from baking. Instead, I escaped to the mountains carefully led by Freda Du Faur.


Stewart Island Kiwi Alarm Clock

Kiwi Alarm Clock   One of the good things about this time of year is that we can sleep in. But this morning around 0500 I was rudely awakened by a female Kiwi screaming outside our bedroom window. I woke Iris ….. not a popular move … thought about it and climbed out of bed,…


Villa Walton cottage

Villa Walton, Matamata Waikato

Villa Walton is set in the quiet historic village of Walton in Matamata, part of the beautiful Waikato. The villa has been an integral part of the village since 1904 when a family who farmed on the property built it.

The original homestead was known in the area for the beautiful cottage gardens and specimen trees. There are some beautiful examples of a hundred plus year old Kauri, Copper beech and magnificent magnolia trees which the tui love to visit.


Sails Ashore Garden

Sails Ashore Garden Tidy Up, and Season Musing This is the season when Iris attacks her gardens … she has 4 she looks after. ….. Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane, My late mothers home and the local Anglican Church. My Mother was a very keen gardener, and I remember her neighbour Denny (Cuthbert) Smith observing somewhat…


Fyffe Country Lodge and Covid Lockdown

Fyffe Country Lodge and Covid Lockdown   Covid 19 Lockdown was for us a time of reflection, rest and catch up on some of the garden cut backs and some building maintenance.  In essence it was quite special as in our lifetime we have never experienced life at a stand still with no traffic on…