NZ Lifestyle Block - - HAVE YOUR SAY -


Well, we did it Nadene! A lovely sunny week­end and a de­sire for our own fresh eggs mo­ti­vated us to build a chicken coop (pic­tured above).

The builder was able to re­cy­cle scrap and left-over ma­te­ri­als so the to­tal cost of this lit­tle Taj Ma­hal was $55!

He was silly enough to leave me to do the paint­ing while he spent the day at the Kumeu Car Show. I love bright colours!

Now we just need to get the hens and other as­so­ci­ated para­pher­na­lia.

Our lit­tle vege gar­den is thriv­ing and we are eating our own corn, kale, sugar peas, toma­toes, and a soli­tary pump­kin that grew from kitchen scraps.

Teresa Kenyon, Te Aroha


As we have re­cently moved from our farm to a re­tire­ment vil­lage, our farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are now only a dim­ming mem­ory. Un­less you in­tend to run a se­ries of ar­ti­cles on how to op­er­ate a raised vege gar­den, 3m by 1/2m, our sub­scrip­tion has be­come su­per­flu­ous.

We have found (the mag­a­zine) an en­joy­able read and an in­valu­able source of tips and as­sis­tance. Any owner of a small block or farm who fails to have a sub­scrip­tion is miss­ing out on a valu­able re­source.

David Drans­field, Hawkes Bay (abridged)


Is your cor­re­spon­dent Marcus (Let­ters, Fe­bru­ary 2016) per­son­ally of­fended by the names of some peaches and limes, or is he ex­press­ing out­rage for oth­ers?

If the lat­ter he should re­alise that 40 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are very proud to be black and around half of them ac­cept the term ‘boy’ as sim­ply a gen­der de­scrip­tion.

The term kaf­fir is cer­tainly used in a derog­a­tive way by a small pop­u­la­tion in South Africa but the word de­rives from Ara­bic to de­scribe any­one other than Mus­lim.

Per­son­ally, I love my Black Boy peaches, al­most as much as my Golden Queens and my G &T is en­hanced by any lime.

Mur­ray Reid, Tuakau

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