A Chitting We Go!!

Mummy's seed potatoes

Mummy’s seed potatoes

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Now as you all know We three live in the sunny Mangamahu valley and now it has stopped raining, the weather has improved, mummy’s thoughts are once more turning to spring gardening.  Her garlic is planted and the asparagus is beginning to grow.  So, over the weekend she went into town and brought 2 kgs of seed potatoes.  Once home she put the potatoes into egg containers to go underneath sister’s bed to chitt.

IMG_6474You can read more about growing potatoes here:

Hopefully, by Christmas family will be feasting on their own home-grown Jersey Bennes.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land

Having an afternoon snooze

Having an afternoon snooze


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The Fairy Egg

See Daddy is not sharing!!

See Daddy is not sharing!!

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know We live with six pesky chickens.  We three are not particularly concerned about them, nor they with Us.  Mummy is for some reason very interested in them.  She likes to collect their eggs, but for some reason she don’t  share them with the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Fairy egg

Fairy egg

Today one of the chickens laid a fairy egg.  Here some information mummy found out about fariy eggs.

“Occasionally a hen will lay a fairy egg when something has disturbed her reproductive cycle. Sometimes a hen will lay a fairy egg or two just as she comes into laying, before her reproductive system has gotten into gear. They do come in all the colors that hens lay: white, brown, green, blue and so on, although they are sometimes lighter or darker than her regular eggs because they may spend more or less time in the “egg painting” area of her system, the shell gland. Fairy eggs are normally nothing to be concerned about. It simply means your hen didn’t release a yolk before her body started producing an egg to enclose it.

Sometimes a hen may lay a small egg that still contains a yolk, too… even if she normally lays larger eggs. Again, this typically happens with a new layer as her body is getting into the rhythm of laying, but it can also happen with older birds if there has been a disturbance that upsets their usual cycle.” http://www.mypetchicken.com/backyard-chickens/chicken-help/My-hen-laid-a-teeny-tiny-egg-and-when-I-cracked-H116.aspx

Those peasky chickens sheltering from the rain.

Those pesky chickens sheltering from the rain.

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Itai sitting in the sunshine

Itai sitting in the sunshine

A sign Spring is coming

A sign Spring is coming


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Hell-o and Welcome to the TUNEFUL FARTING COMPAWTITION I’m well-prepared to judge that event and the Fartlethes are ready to start the big firework. Allowed musical substances are green beans…


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The first blossom on a plum tree


Let Us In!!

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You Know it is Wet When…..

You see two ducks walking across the lawn, as mummy saw when she came back from a walk, sans the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Here are the dukies out in the paddock.

Here are the duckies out in the paddock.

She thinks they may have taken up residence in the puddles in the paddock.  Off Me and Nellie, go.  Mummy says we are going to have guests this weekend.  We love having people to stay.  It is fitting and proper that they give the three bestest maremmas in the land the love and attention, not to mention tasty treats, that We so richly deserve.

Our first daffidol

Our first daffodil


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Me and Nellie on a frosty lawn.


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And the Rain Continues

“For the rain, it raineth every day”.

Act V, Scene I, Taming of the Shrew.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Well it seems to be like this everyday for the next few days.  Rain, rain and more rain.  Now as you all know, rain = muddy dogs, which means muddy dogs are not allowed inside until they are dried off.  Do you think that is fair?  We three do not but as mummy is the final arbitrator upon such decision as who comes inside, we are condemned outside until further notice or until We dry out.  Just to show you how wet and muddy it has become out there, here are some photos mummy took this morning.IMG_6317

IMG_6318IMG_6322IMG_6323IMG_6320Now can you see why we are so muddy.  Not as muddy as Nellie is in this photo taken a few years ago.  We might have been down at Farmer Rae’s orchard indulging in a bit of rabbit hunting. p1040392

 Off We go.  It is almost time for our morning dinner and We must be prepared.

Love the Three bestest maremmas in all the land.  P1040050

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IMG_6314IMG_6316IMG_6308IMG_6313IMG_6307IMG_3146My dainty paw


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Another Bottle Treasure

IMG_6281Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Continuing on from mummy’s find in the garden, the next bottle comes from New York, cos that is what is says on the side of the bottle. It is “Barry’s Tricopherous for the skin and hair”.

From our friend “Dr Google:

The self-declared “Professor,” Alexander C. Barry, was a New York wigmaker who had never actually received any academic degree. Barry’s Tricopherous for The Skin and Hair was nonetheless a popular product. The “Professor” claimed that his father established the Tricopherous formula in 1801, although this too may be another Barry tale. The product was first sold in the United States around 1842.

Advertisements for Barry’s hair preparation included popular trade cards, typically featuring a beautiful woman with luxurious, long-flowing hair. The ads claimed the product was “guaranteed to restore the hair to bald heads and to make it grow thick, long and soft.”

The bottle   contained Barry’s alcohol-based formula combined with some castor oil and other fragrant oils. The product’s most active ingredient, though, was its one-percent tincture of cantharides. Cantharides came from the dried, crushed bodies of the blister beetle or Spanish fly. When threatened, the beetle produces a caustic irritant called cantharidin. The theory was that this substance would stimulate blood supply to the scalp, which in turn would promote hair-follicle growth. Barry claimed that “if the pores of the scalp are clogged, or if the blood and other fluids do not circulate freely . . . the result is scurf, dandruff, shedding of the hair, grayness, dryness and harshness of the ligaments, and entire baldness. . . .”
“Stimulate the skin” he claimed, with Tricopherous, and “the torpid vessels, recovering their activity, will annihilate the disease.” Cantharidin, however, is today recognized as a toxic substance that can cause severe gastrointestinal disturbances if ingested, sometimes leading to convulsions, coma, and possible death. Still, Barry’s formula was sold well into the 20th century.


A chemist advertisement from a local Wanganui paper from 1867 for the hair tonic.

barrybarrys ad wrapperSee you learn lots from your friendly three maremmas.

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