Spring is on its way and I can’t wait to spend long evenings outside, feel the sun on
my face, see the grass and flowers grow, bringing more colour into our lives while enjoying our little piece of paradise.
August has been a rainy, but enjoyable month, with many different guests coming to savour everything that Blossom Cottage has to offer. We have had families who have enjoyed meeting our charismatic donkeys, cute bunnies and inquisitive hens. We also had a lovely couple from Hamilton who stayed here for part of their honeymoon and enjoyed the hot tub at night, while gazing up at the night sky and even witnessing some lightning in the far distance. Magical! Another family from the USA, came to enjoy the peace, quiet and sulphur-free air on our property. They even spent the day at one of our marvellous Maori shows, and were in awe of the Pohutu Geyser and the fascinating basket weaving demonstrations.
All of our past guests have inspired us in some way and one of these families was on the trip of a lifetime. The family from Canada with mum, daughter and four, yes four, children, travelled for two months, staying in Fiji, Australia and, of course, beautiful NZ on their travels. They were a wonderful family and the children thoroughly enjoyed Blossom Cottage, the trampoline, animals and plenty of open space to run around in. Kallista and Nando joined in with all the fun and they all became great buddies, watching movies at the cottage and playing until it got too dark to see.
Our cat, Teddy, our bunnies and the hens have been on their best behaviour lately, but our donkeys, Poppy, Bindi and Max, have been up to their usual mischief. They were put into a new paddock on our property to nibble on some fresh, green grass, when my neighbour from The Farmhouse Horse Riding rang me up in a panic! Rene, bless him, had left two gates open and the donkeys had gone on an adventure, flirting with the local sheep, taking in the scenery, having a nibble here and a nibble there, making their way to our neighbour’s farm. Their stallion was not happy to have these unwanted visitors on HIS property and was snorting and stamping on the grass and getting quite agitated. Luckily, a bucket of delicious goodies was enough to lure these rascals back home without too much fuss. Never a dull moment at Blossom Cottage!
Before I go, here is a delicious recipe that is tasty, easy to make and perfect for an outside lunch:
Asian Beef Salad
Marinate the meat for a couple of hours and let it cool off.
Arrange the meat on a platter, add some crisp salad leaves, fresh mint, coriander and cashews. If you like, add some cold cooked noodles.
Drizzle the marinade over the salad and eat immediately.
*You can add more or less of the marinade ingredients to your own taste.
Well, that’s all from me. I am off to Holland on 7 September to celebrate my Aunt’s 90th birthday and I will be back with more news in October. Rene will be here to welcome our guests and make them feel at home at Blossom Cottage!
All the best, Marianne