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12 years 7 months ago #21024 by kate
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We came to NZ from the UK (via Australia) in 1991. We lived next to a horse, Zinger, and fell in love with him. We bought Zinger, then a four acre block to keep him on. We very quickly realised that we had no idea how to manage weeds, pasture, pests, fencing etc...so I set up this website with a friend [8D][8D][8D]

We ran out of room on our four acres and bought the ten acre block next door [8D][8D][8D] We got cattle and a few goats. Zinger went to better things (life as a polo pony) and we got Jane (the best horse ever) and Jock. When Jane had to be pts (breaking my heart) we got Robbie to keep Jock company. Then there are the cats. Mickey and Max we took over when we took over a rental property. Mickey died aged 21 and Max went blind and then got hepatic lipidosis......he went walkabout a couple of times and broke my heart again...then the first kittens arrived. They were feral and were on the back deck one day. We tamed them and loved them and found them homes when we went overseas for a few months. Max is now with TheKatsPlace and being spoiled as he deserves. Then, when we returned from overseas we got another three kittens who had been born under Cambridge Town Hall :)

Now we've sold our block and are trying to sell the ten acres. We're buying a block which is nearly 220 acres. We will take our two pet goats, including Yoda our 3-legged goat, our four bovine girls, lead by Jo, and our two gorgeous horses. We will gets lots of angora goats [8D][8D][8D]

That's me....

Kate

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12 years 7 months ago #307091 by sarah lou
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Ooh how exciting! Which part of the country are you going to?

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12 years 7 months ago #307092 by kate
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Helena Bay, 30 mins north of Whangarei :) :)

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12 years 7 months ago #307120 by witheze
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My best memories of Helena Bay are of the lovely big Crayfish.......but that was years ago .....probably plundered by now.[V] And of course the homekill guy right on your doorstep....Kevin Lomax.

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12 years 7 months ago #307121 by kate
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Thanks for that witheze :D I love crayfish.... :D :D

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12 years 7 months ago #307214 by celt
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Kate, strange coincidence I went up to far north for a couple of days last week. Glorious weather, we stayed at Coopers Beach and we went back via the Old Russell Road. We stopped at that cafe and gallery overlooking the bush and the sea, cannot remember the name, at Helena Bay. I had never heard of Helena Bay before that. Looked lovely.

1 kiwi husband, 14 year old boy girl twins. Gave up my beautiful 16 acres north of auckland for 1000m2 in central christchurch! Yikes. Plan to get as much produce out of that 1000m2 as possible.

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12 years 7 months ago #307216 by kate
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The place we're buying is about 5 minutes from that cafe :D :D

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12 years 7 months ago #307345 by jerry leadbetter
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Lomax do good homekill, we have one of their butchered cows in the freezer - great sausages!

2.5 acres in the winterless north. 4 suffolk ewes, 1 wether tenant, one enormous Chocolate Lab and a nutty cat.

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12 years 7 months ago #307420 by kate
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We've never done homekill before (we've never had a freezer!) but will be taking the plunge next year....so thanks for the recommendations :D

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Kate

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12 years 7 months ago #307444 by celt
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Kate;291379 wrote: The place we're buying is about 5 minutes from that cafe :D :D

lucky girl.

1 kiwi husband, 14 year old boy girl twins. Gave up my beautiful 16 acres north of auckland for 1000m2 in central christchurch! Yikes. Plan to get as much produce out of that 1000m2 as possible.

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12 years 7 months ago #307452 by kate
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:) :)

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12 years 7 months ago #307480 by jerry leadbetter
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Out of interest - are you buying through an Agent at First National - John Robison? If you are, I think I know the block you're getting.

2.5 acres in the winterless north. 4 suffolk ewes, 1 wether tenant, one enormous Chocolate Lab and a nutty cat.

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12 years 7 months ago #307487 by spoook
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Jerry ....yes. [;)] Awesome piece of paradise isn't it?

There are no bad questions only those that are not asked.
"You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"

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12 years 7 months ago #307492 by jerry leadbetter
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Certainly looks good from when we've had it in the property mag we publish! very exciting building site!

2.5 acres in the winterless north. 4 suffolk ewes, 1 wether tenant, one enormous Chocolate Lab and a nutty cat.

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12 years 7 months ago #307554 by kate
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That's the one :D :D

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