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Wood pigeons arrive in our garden at Kaimai Country Lodge

Published about 3 months ago by Margie in Lodge

Two Kereru (NZ Wood Pidgeon) feeding in our Kowhai tree.

There is never a dull day in our garden and always something new to look at especially with Spring approaching.  While Greg has been busy pruning the fig trees,  I have been trying to take photos of 2 gorgeous fat wood pigeons (kereru) sitting in one of our gum trees.  They really are the most magnificient birds, the size of a large chicken and and with stunning colouring.  For the past 7 years one of our main objectives in planting native trees in our garden is to attract lots of native birds.  Every year brings a new species to our garden and although in the past we have had an occassional Kereru visit this year they are coming in pairs and staying longer in the garden.  We are very excited, they are such beautiful, large birds.  They have been in the garden for at least an  hour, first having a snooze in the gum tree and then moving over to the Kowhai for a feed.  While in the kowhai a couple of Australian parrots flew over, and the pigeons sat up and although so much bigger than the parrots they looked alert and moved together making taking a photo easier.  Although they have white fronts and sides and beautiful turquoise green, blue and pink plumage they somehow manage to merge into the trees and are quite hard to photograph especially on my old point and click camera.  We are also pleased to have lots of Piwakawaka (NZ fantail) now as perminent residents in the garden.  They also took years to feel at home here but now are always near by and very friendly. They flit around us in the garden almost flying into us and squeaking a happy chirp as they dance around.  If you love natvie birds and trees you will really enjoy staying here and wandering through our garden.  In our orchard we have about 15 orange trees which are now producing a daily abundance of oranges.  After squeezing some fresh for breakfast and using them in cooking and fruit salads we also use the skins for making candied peel which will be a new product for us to sell this Christmas at our local farmers market through our stall called "The Red Hen Pantry".  Many of our guests have been enjoying our jams and preserves for breakfast and often buy some to take home as gifts for their friends and family back home.

 A Piwakwaka (NZ Fantail) resident in our garden

Red Hen Pantry - a new business are combining with our lodge

Published about 8 months ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I have created a large range of jams, marmalades, chutneys and relishes.  We also sell clotted cream fudge made from our own clotted cream (Cornish Style) , we have named it "Wicked Fudge" as it is pure evil but really delicious.  We have them in small boxes for sale, ideal to...
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Poppies along our entrance driveway

Published almost 2 years ago by Greg in Lodge

                          Above is a picture that I took today looking down our entrance driveway across a host of bright red poppies. It was such a glorious sight that I had to share it with everyone. 
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Spring is here and so is the asparagus

Published about 2 years ago by Greg in Lodge

You can't beat fresh from the garden, just picked, asparagus with soft poached eggs with a little parmesan cheese, Yum !! It has been a wet start to spring here which is good for the plants but not for the gardener! It has been too wet to get out and do some work, just grabbing some time...
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Feijoa Wine Maker extraordinaire

Published almost 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Although our feijoa trees are still quite small and very young we had a great harvest from them last summer.  We made feijoa cake, feijoa chutney, feijoa jam, feijoa ice cream, feijoa crumble and feijoa paste.  Going online to find more recipes to use for this very versitile fruit Greg came up with...
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NEW Cocktail Menu

Published almost 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

  On your evening of arrival you are invited to join your hosts Margie and Greg for a complimentary drink of your choice either wine, beer or jucie or you might like to sample a cocktail from the new cocktail menu they have just introduced to the lodge.  In summer relax on the large deck with...
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Back from America

Published about 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I took the opportunity take 5 weeks off before we get really busy over the summer season.  We got back yesterday from a wonderful holiday in the US.  We stayed in New York for a week and then spent 4 weeks driving around New England.  many of our guests come from the USA so it was...
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Kaimai Country Lodge an ornithologists delight!

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

The summer season is over and our guests are on their way home.  Much as we delight in our guests company and we thorough enjoy the "busy season" we also enjoy the down time over the winter, when we can relax and do all the little jobs that get neglected over the summer when we are flat...
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The welcome swallow family has fledged

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

2 years ago a swallow family moved into a house they built under the eaves of the lodge.  A few days ago there was a lot of coming and going of the parents  from the nest and when we took a peep up at it there were 4 little faces peeping back at us.  The following day the babies had left the nest...
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Summer has arrived!

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

It is a while since I made a blog entry as we have been busy with Christmas and grandchildren and guests. It is our busiest time of year with lots of guests from all over the world as well as New Zealand.  In the past week we have had guests from Auckland, Spain and our first ever guests from...
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