Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Poems and Old Fashioned Ballads from the Heart of the Country.

 Anyone who knows us or reads our blog will know by now, we are both passionate about life in the country. Greg is especially gifted in his ability to transfer this passion into beautiful poems that share with a reader the wonder and beauty that is so much a part of our everyday lives.

Greg's Book " Touch This Land " is  an exquisite heartfelt collection of poetry and prose that as the title suggests, puts one in touch with the land.

Written from the true everyday experiences of a  working high country shepherd from the hills of Marlborough New Zealand, this book is easy and enjoyable to read yet loses none of the depth of good poetry in its depictions of a life lived close to the land.

Share with Greg what it means to choose a life in the country working on the land in the face of growing materialism in the poem " Black Cow's Bum" . Or the slowly dwindling sense of kinship in small towns as the urban sprawl invades  in. "Last Dance ". The struggle of a small calf as it fights to survive against the odds in the poem" Irish".

One of my favourites is " Jake" Greg's love and passion for his working dog that was both friend and companion and whose loss he still keenly feels.

Read by firelight with a few good friends 'Touch This Land' will transport you to that warm place in your heart where animals, mountains and close communities provide the base for living an imaginative life in all its fullness

Its layout with prose descriptions and photographs make for an ease of reading seldom found in a book of poetry. It has been highly recomended.

What some readers have said:

" I loved the way you described each poem in prose first.It in no way detracted from the sensitivity of your verse"

"Such beautiful, sensitive writing! We love these poems - and wish we could be there in New Zealand to experience it all in person - but these sweet poems are the next best thing - thank you!"

If you have fond memories of visiting New Zealand or have always felt in your heart a longing to visit- this beautiful land- this book will provide an armchair escape to its more remote landscapes.

This book come with free shipping and is available from Etsy for US$15.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My Daily Walk with The Animals

Like most of you reading I need to shed a few pounds...lose some love handles etc so awhile back I joined a team of unusual fitness buddies. These are a dedicated lot who do not let me slack off  for even a day.....everyday after lunch they come together and gather to wait for me to get ready for our walk. Amelia our pet sheep now pregnant with twins, Gwennie the Kune Kune pig  in denial about her weight , Abby the goat ( skipping fanatic ) and Pepper the Blue Heeler. ( seriously needs to chill ) These are my walking daily dose of fitness on the farm. I have been told we make an amusing view ...all in tow....strolling down the farm. I have been congratulated on keeping order with everyone...but little do they know...I am being kept in line and moving!! Enjoy the pictures..

View from the front porch on a lovely day
Does this angle make my butt look big?
Resisting the urge to play in the mud!
Getting our five servings a day!
Nom ...Nom...Nom....I'll be right there
Stopping at the Juice Bar!
Oh oh oh...are we there yet?
I'll burn it all up!
Abby and Pepper  the only ones without the need to shed pounds!
Nibbles to keep the strength up!
A stop at the local cafe after the workout!