Wednesday, November 16, 2016


I saw these cows on a shelf at my friend’s house. I thought they were wood but when I took them off the shelf to take a photo I discovered they were china with no makes identification.

Pat and Edna enjoy the visit to see the cows.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther's Family

Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther’s family have  arrived and will stay with them until they can all find a house to live in.

The Grandparents show their son, Thomas and his wife, Sarah and their two children, Alice and Simon around the property they are renting at the moment. Getting close to the cows and drinking fresh cow’s milk is a new experience for them all.

The cows are quiet and the family are able to pat them.

The men will share the milking duties each day.

The horse has been watching the family with the cows and allows them to come close. The family hope to be able to ride the horse in the future.

Grandma Esther and Sarah take the children to where the hens are and collect the eggs.

They meet together again and have a picnic lunch by the river. They can see that there are a lot of fish in the river so they will be back again another day to do some fishing.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

ANZAC 2016

Serene and Thelma admire the Gallipoli inspired cloak that has been made for the Defence Force. It will be worn by high achieving military personnel. The cloak is called Nga Tapuwae and honours battles where New Zealanders have fought, those who have died and those who have returned home.

2016 marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA). Since it was founded, the RSA has been an integral part of New Zealand’s communities and New Zealand Post pay tribute to the important role it plays with a special stamp and coin issue.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Vote for the old or a new NZ Flag

The people of New Zealand have a unique opportunity to decide the future of our flag. It’s time to consider the two options, choose which flag represents us and in the final referendum which 3-24 March 2016.

Jill, Ethel and Mr Kiwi were born in New Zealand so they have voted which flag they want to represent New Zealand in the future.

They have all voted to keep the old New Zealand flag!  We will know later in March which flag wins.

An update on the result of the voting of the New Zealand flag, (30 March 2016), is that New Zealand will keep the existing New Zealand flag.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Activities 2016


Alana and Serene are making friends with the baby camel.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Peg Doll

This wooden doll has peg legs and arms and is 18 cm in length. She can sit down and move her arms forward. Her head is a painted wooden bead, some paint has come off below the left eye and it has red paint underneath.

This doll measures 18 cm, her arms and legs move. Her hair is done in a plait on both sides and they are glued across the back of her head. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther Visit Wallace Tea Shop

The Lundby Family arrived at Kowhai Corner in January 2016. They traveled  from Australia. Their house was also supposed to arrive and be set up near the Kowhai Tree Farm Property. The house  got lost on the journey to Kowhai Corner so they will stay with the Sunshine Family until they decide what to do and where to live.

Today they are going for a drive to Wallace Tea Shop in the 1931 Ford Model A.

Grandpa Jonathan hasn’t driven there before so they are both looking forward to the trip

They had been travelling for nearly an hour when the engine goes putt, putt, putt and the car stops. Grandpa opens the bonnet of the car to check the engine. He sees that the water container is empty. An old man who has been fishing walks by.

Grandpa Jonathan tells him he needs some water for the car. The old man tells him that the Tea Shop is nearby and he will be able to get some water there for the car.

Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther walk in the direction they were instructed to and come across the Chinese stone warriors.They know they are getting closer to the Tea rooms.

They arrive at the Tea Shop and the lady at the window calls out to them to go to the front entrance.

At the front of the Tea rooms is a friendly man having a cup of tea. He tells Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther he lives nearby of a sheep farm.

One of his sheep and lamb are nearby and are unafraid of Grandma Esther when she goes close to pat them. Grandpa Jonathan tells the man about their house not arriving at Kowhai Corner Farm. The man tells Grandpa Jonathan that there is a cottage on his farm and they are welcome to rent it until they get a house.  The farmer gives Grandpa Jonathan the instructions how to get to the empty house and invites them to come when they have had a cup of tea.

The local farmer leaves with his sheep. The Tea room’s lady brings out a cup of tea and a plate of chocolate chip biscuits. They enjoy relaxing after the Tea lady also brings out a bottle of water for the car.  A kiwi arrives and plays the bagpipes.  The music is loud but it is enjoyed.

Grandpa Jonathan and Grandma Esther take up the offer to visit the farmer and have a look at the house to rent.

They notice the chimney so know there is a fire place inside.They look inside and like the house.

They are delighted with the house and tell the farmer that their married son, wife and two children also need accommodation.. The farmer replies if they would like to live in the house with them that will be alright, the more the merrier, the Farmer adds with a big smile. So it is agreed that they can move in as soon as possible.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Brian and Emma at the Zoo - Part 2

Brian and Emma pack up the picnic things and take them to the zoo office where they can be left and be picked up when you go home.

 Together hand in hand they go to the bob cat (also known as a lynx) enclosure. This animal is a feline mammal of Europe and North America, with grey-brown mottled fur, tufted ears and a short tail. They are pleased the bob cat is awake and walking around.

In the next enclosure they look at the Yak, which is an ox of Tibet with long shaggy hair, and the sow and piglet wart hogs. The wart hog is a wild pig from south and east Africa. They have heavy tusks, wart –like protuberances on their face and a mane of coarse hair.

The zebra and impala watch as the baby giraffe walks over to Brian and Emma. Brian has a vitamin tablet to give to the baby giraffe. The mother giraffe is more interested in trying to eat the leaves of the tree.

 The baby giraffe can smell the tablet and comes right to Brian’s hand and takes the tablet.

The next enclosure is the polar bear. Brian is pleased to see the enclosure has snow and is clean.

The Polar bear raises itself on its hind legs and looks back at the seals that have come out of the water and are splashing about on the rocks.

Brian and Emma have enjoyed the day at the zoo. Brian takes Emma home on the back of his motorbike.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Brian and Emma at the Zoo

Brian is the Vet that checks the animals at Kowhai Tree Farm. Today he is  visiting the zoo  because he has been asked to check on some of the animals.

Brian has arranged to meet his girlfriend; Emma at 1 pm at the zoo picnic area. Emma has arrived earlier so she can see all the animals. Her favourite animals are the elephants so she goes to their enclosure first.The young male raises his trunk to greet  Emma and the other elephants follow.

Emma goes to the other part of the enclosure to look at the other elephant.

The rhino is the next animal she sees. It has two  horns so it must be an African White rhinoceros.

A cheetah races past Emma to its handler.

The water buffalo is not concerned about the cheetah. He feels safe by Emma.

The impala is an antelope of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and is able to move with enormous leaps.

Emma sits down in the tortoise’s enclosure and one ambles over to see if she has any food. Thinking about food Emma looks at the time and it is ten minutes to one. Emma gets up and walks to the picnic area at the Zoo where Brian said he will meet her for lunch.

Meanwhile at the picnic area Brian has laid down the blanket and is sorting out the food when he hears Emma call out “Hi Brian.”

Brian is pleased Emma has arrived on time and greets her with a cuddle and kiss.

Brian has brought a pizza, bowl of fruit and a bottle of lemonade to share with Emma. Emma shares some food with the fantail, rabbit and two hedgehogs that are waiting for some food.

There will be part two to this story.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Joey and Todd Visit an Australian Wildlife Park

Joey and Todd are at an Australian Wildlife Park. They both want to see the Tasmanian devil, which is a small ferocious carnivorous marsupial from Tasmania.

They walk to the echidna enclosure and they are allowed in to have, a hands on encounter if they want to.  An echidna is a spine-covered monotreme mammal of Australia with a long snout and claws. It can also be called the spiny anteater.

The Koala bears are next.They eat eucalyptus leaves. It looks like they have eaten all the leaves in their enclosure. The zoo helper will change them into another enclosure later today.


The crocodiles are waiting to be fed.

Joey has his arms too far over. The zoo helper will not be pleased if he sees Joey reaching over so close.

Well one of the Zoo keepers comes has observed Joey reaching over and asks him to move back. The zoo keeper informs the boys that the crocodiles are due to be fed. I few minutes later another zoo keeper arrives with a bucket of fish for the crocodiles. The boys enjoy watching the crocodiles have their meal.

They walk to the wombat’s enclosure next. The wombats are awake and shuffling around looking for some food. They are due to be fed.

The Kangaroos are upright and jumping around.  Joey and Todd would love to enter the enclosure to be able to pat them.

The next area is where the birds hang out. If you stand still or sit still the Australian native birds will fly down and they can be petted.

The boys are informed before they leave the Australian Wildlife Park that renovations are planned and to come back and visit in a few months’ time.