Just a quick introduction to our little lifestyle block. We are a month away from settling in our little patch of land, 9ha to be precise, in the heart of Central Otago, just by Alexandra. We have been searching for the perfect place for over 2 years now and we consider ourselves very lucky to have come by such a sweet place.
For the moment, it's all just paddocks where a couple of heifers, a little flock of sheep and goats graze along. There's an old orchard with apple trees, cherry trees, apricot trees, plums and Nashi pear. A few hazelnuts, elderflower, chestnuts, oaks, willow trees, and huge Ponderosa pine trees, amongst many more I don't know the name for yetâ€¦
The "cottage" (more like a shed now!) will need some serious renovation from flooring to roof to wiring and plumbingâ€¦ So, in the meantime, we'll be living in a very unusual house, a yurt.
The plan is to make this property a smallholding that provides us with most of what we need with an organic garden, laying hens, chickens, ducks, and dairy goats. The family might grow as we go with sheep and maybe a Jersey cow (because I loooove cream, butter and cheese).
It's going to be a great little adventure for us and, if you like, you can follow it on our blog: http://www.ourown.typepad.com
I have been using the lsb forum to help me with a few things concerning small scale farming in NZ. As a french farmer (I managed a small holding in the parisian area for over 5 years), I need to adapt to the NZ way of doing things, and I will rely a lot on this communities knowledge and experiences, so, thank you so much in advance! I'm looking forward to share my lifestyle block experiences as well with everyone, if I can be of any help.
25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.
ourouwnfarmstead;477253 wrote: There's an old orchard with apple trees, cherry trees, apricot trees, plums and Nashi pear. A few hazelnuts, elderflower, chestnuts, oaks, willow trees, and huge Ponderosa pine trees, amongst many more I don't know the name for yetâ€¦
despite the hundreds of fruit trees we've planted over the past 12 years, I still envy everyone who manages to get their hands on a property that contains an existing orchard:o
ourownfarmstead - perhaps you could try to identify the varieties you now own, and let us know? "Some" [}]people might be keen on getting scionwood off you [8D]
treading lightly on mother earth
Are you still at the Mole Green? I hope you've been well. I will make a point to come visit you when I travel the North Island. Zora got in touch with me recently as well and I'd love to visit her as well.
Please keep in touch! Love, Laure.
PS: Charline is about to have her first baby, a little boy, Alistair, any days now. She went to live back in France, close to her family, but I'm sure she will come visit again.
With all that fruit, you had better start studying up on wine and cider making! Oh, the joy........
5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine.
Learning a little bit every day. Loving life. 
manymules: Thank you very much for your encouragement! We do need it… it's going to be a massive project… I have been told the yurt should be there anytime soon… Finally!! As for Zavier, he's traveling from Auckland with Morley Transport (they do 1 transport around the country every month) end of March, early April. We haven't seen any pictures but we have his results in the show competitions and he's a little champion! Watch out the blog space as things start moving!