Do You Know a Woman Who’s Breastfeeding?

Becky had no problem with effectively latching our sons Owen and Reed during breastfeeding. Baby Niamh, however, did a bit of nipple chomping early on. Becky managed to get Niamh’s latch sorted out, but Becky’s nipples were still sore. She discussed the soreness with our midwife and she gave Becky a container of Lansinoh Lanolin.

Ahhhhhh. That stuff has been fantastic.

If you happen to know anyone who is nursing a baby, do her a favor and give her some Lansinoh Lanolin.


New Addition to Our Farmlet Family: Baby Girl

Update: Niamh

Her name is Niamh Katherine Flaherty. Niamh is an Irish name and, depending on who you ask, it’s pronounced Neev or Ne-uv. We say Neev.

Niamh was our first choice all along, but we didn’t like the anglicised spellings of it, and we were wondering how difficult it would be for her to have a name like Niamh outside of Ireland.

We will be homeschooling her so she will be spared teachers calling out, “Ny-am” at roll call, etc.

If she winds up thinking Niamh is too weird of a name, I can console her by telling her that I thought Saoirse (sear-sha) and Arwen were pretty cool too. ;)

Our daughter was born yesterday afternoon at home. I helped to deliver her because Becky’s labour was very fast! Our midwife was only about a half hour away, but by the time she got here, our baby had been born.

Niamh Katherine Flaherty

Niamh Katherine Flaherty

Mum and baby are doing great. *phew*

We would like to tell you her name, but we haven’t decided on one yet.


Shark Knives – Hand Made in New Zealand

Our friend, Peter Griffiths, makes a range of knives at his workshop and gallery out in Takahue: shark-knives.com.

I have the Big Chef and it’s awesome. Don’t miss the Parang.

Pete doesn’t use the computer much, but if you email or call, his wife, Sabrina, would be able to help you.

If you’re in the Far North of New Zealand, you can also drop in and check out the Long Flat Bottom Workshop and Gallery, where Pete makes the knives.

Wood Craft, Permaculture Gardens, Knife Sharpening, WWOOF Hosts.


274 Takahue Road
09-408-3685 (Please call during daytime NZ hours)


Ginger Beer Bug

Just a quick note to let you guys know that Becky is selling a 100% wild ginger beer bug.

Ginger Beer Bug

Ginger Beer Bug


Pure Saanen Buck Kid Free to Good Home

Update: We Have Found a Home for Him

We found a home for him AND he gets to keep his balls!

We’re taking backup offers in case the initial one falls through.

—End Update—

On 22 November 2011, Daphne had a strong, healthy buck kid. He’s pure Saanen and very friendly with people. He comes over to us and expects petting and adoration like a cat. Becky has been milking Daphne every day, and she goes with our son, Owen, who, I’m afraid, has become quite fond of this goat.

Saanen buck kid, about 12 hours old

Saanen buck kid, about 12 hours old

If you’re looking for a Saanen breeding buck, contact Becky to make arrangements.

Note: You have to pickup the goat yourself. We’re in RD Kaitaia.