Jim Kayes' blog: Coach dad
Jim Kayes finds himself cast in the role of coach, but can he hold court in the world of school netball?
Jim's blog: Driving me mad
This week Jim Kayes teaches his daughter how to drive, and lives to tell the tale.
Jim Kayes' blog: Good morning sunshine
Jim Kayes has been a journalist for 25 years. He survived growing up with four sisters and is now married with two daughters. Despite this, he thinks he's in charge.
Blog: wet, wet weather and harvest fever
Polly gets wet feet during the storm and discovers she has to reap what she sows.
Blog: No such thing as a stranger
At a time when travel bans and giant walls place severe strain on international relations, Polly reflects on the kind hospitality she received in the Middle East.
Blog: Insolent chickens and wayward eggs
Polly joins 'Team Duck' when her chickens send her on an egg hunt.
Blog: Feature windows and communal beds
Polly laments the communal bed while a new DIY feature window brings some unexpected lessons – and just a little pain.
Blog: a phone full of memories
A Hungarian couch surfer's crazy music brings back memories for Polly Greeks.
Blog: near noodle starvation
A new wwoof-er demonstrates his unfamiliarity with wholefoods and a spiral staircase sends the family’s spirits to heaven.
Blog: A bathroom at last
The demise of a local coincides with the near-death of the family’s bathroom plumbing.
Blog: Online shopping fails
Why all-terrain roller skates are no match for a goat track in the Far North.
Blog: Off-the-grid and online
In the first of her fortnightly blogs, NZ Life & Leisure columnist Polly Greeks shares an update of life in her mudbrick off-the-grid home in the Far North.
When it all feels a bit hard
James and Polly hear the gasp of the Grim Reaper but swiftly shut him up.
An ode to laundry
A gypsy arrives bearing trinkets, spinning yarns and sorely lamenting the fact the kitchen is now indoors.
Polly and James welcome a major upgrade to their culinary arrangements with the arrival of an indoor kitchen and a flock of chooks.
Gone with the wind
House construction becomes frustrating with unsolicited input from a three-year-old and a devil wind.
A beginner’s guide to bush fashion
Polly comes to the conclusion that although bush wardrobes owe nothing to fashion, friendships are more desirable than clothes.
Showers and cling film
With the arrival of hot water and some imaginative use of cling film, the level of luxury in life off the grid moves up a notch
Beware the posse of pillaging pigs
The idea of a gift economy works well in a weekend café but is not so welcome when garden pests help themselves
Welcome to the Lighthouse
Polly and James bask in the (mostly) golden silence of their surroundings and become involved in a community venture run as a gift economy.
A roof at last!
At last there’s a roof over their heads and Polly and James hunt for recycled treasure tales from a rumpty carava
The definition of “rumpty”
Life in the off-grid remoteness of the Northland bush suddenly blossoms with social conviviality and the good cheer of neighbours.
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