Polly Greeks’ Blog: The forest calls for minimalism
Polly and co welcome — with love — a large slab of concrete to their off-grid idyll.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Pedaling forward
Polly needs a few breathers when teaching her daughter to ride a bike.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Contact tracing in the Far North
Polly is left scratching her head when her children catch an unwanted bug during lockdown.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Lockdown in a far north forest
One would expect Polly, lover of gloriously empty days, would embrace a mandatory lockdown. But like a wild animal caught in confinement, she can't stop pacing.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Spiritual intelligence
Polly ponders life and death after bumping into Dave, an electrician and the victim of a nasty shock.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Making lemonade
Polly attempts to look on the bright side after a series of sour events occur at home – and across the Tasman Sea.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Magic in the mundane
A big-city visit causes Polly to question the family's isolated lifestyle - if only for a moment.
Polly Greeks' Blog: A pampered pooch
A posh poodle learns to embrace the wild, carefree outdoors in an extended stay with Polly.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Lost in translation
Polly is deeply touched by the power of people when her mum goes missing in Spain.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Writing retreat
Polly quickly gets distracted while attempting to write her second book at a writer's retreat.
Polly Greeks' Blog: All in a lather
Polly searches for the recipe for success when she gives soap making another shot.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Cold discomforts
In an effort to beat a never-ending cold, Polly embraces an extreme athlete's chilly bathing method.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Swapping clothes
It's clothes-swap time again. As Polly bids farewell to unwanted garments, she reflects on the snowballing effect of modern fashion habits.
Polly Greeks' Blog: The kiss that cost a friendship
Polly's seven-year-old daughter gets a lesson on relationships after she steals an innocent kiss from an exciting new visitor.
Polly Greeks' Blog: When grief recedes
Grief is as much about loss as it is an expression of love, reflects Polly Greeks.
Polly Greeks' Blog: An advert for the off-grid lifestyle
A fish-fuelled weekend has Polly dreaming of how to write the perfect advert for the off-grid lifestyle.
Polly Greeks' Blog: holidays and summer spots
Polly declares that fortune favours those who follow winding dirt roads over sun-scorched hills and people who keep abreast of their moles.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Power versus Peru
The family’s plan for electricity is jeopardized by a dangerous thought.
Polly's Blog: Bird calls and tubular bells
Polly digs deep to make sense of a world that keeps spinning despite the family’s ongoing efforts to slow it.
Polly's Blog: The Unfathomable life kaleidoscope
Polly and James are on nursing duties as the kids battle a nasty bug, but in the backyard Bugs Bunny has been at play.
Polly's Blog: Teaching in Iraq
Training young minds to think creatively is the best schooling possible – and Polly leaves no stone (or leaf) unturned in her mission.
Polly's Blog: kiwi encounters
Polly and the kids delight in things that go whistle and scrape in the night while Pax the dog quivers in the corner.
Polly's Blog: A vegetarian quandary
When a pig ventures close to home, six-year-old Vita discovers country living cuts a short track from food source to the table. *Warning this post contains a graphic photo some readers may find disturbing.*
Polly's Blog: Solo rat-trapping duty
Left in sole charge of the children and the land, Polly connects with the wildness within.
Polly's Blog: Love thy neighbour
Tensions with a neighbour force Polly to learn lessons from the land.
Polly's Blog: A lesson from the children
All it takes is a different point of view to see wild pigs and whole grains from a new perspective.
Polly's blog: Rising rain
This week, storm horizons have Polly pondering about the world her children will grow up in.
Polly's blog: heartbreak in the holiday season
A seaside town is brought to a standstill after a drowning.
Polly's Blog: Away with the fairies
In which Barbie is banished, and the kids are away with the fairies.
Polly's blog: Meeting Far North Boogeyman
Polly comes face-to-face with Brutus, the local boar, and the Far North version of the Boogeyman.
Polly's blog: Please and thanks
This week, Polly finds manners put grease in social cogs while attending a children's birthday party.
Polly's blog: Ducking for cover
The Pekin ducks are ruffling feathers again at Polly's mudbrick homestead.
Polly's Blog: Pig hunting with the Scottish Bear Grylls
James hogs the limelight when he goes on the hunt for a pig and Polly wisely stays at home.
Blog: treasure hunting in the Far North
In which Polly trades in foreign treasure-hunting for a more sedate seeking of materials and finds it just as rewarding.
Blog: the pros and cons of homeschool
The land is proving to be a natural classroom in more ways than one for Polly and her family.
Blog: is it time for the ducks to get the chop?
This week, Polly defends her ducks from a date with the casserole pot.
Blog: no such thing as lazy summer days
Lazy summer days? Huh. For Polly and family the warmer months are too busy spent making hay while the sun shines.
Blog: The case of the disappearing duck
In Polly Greek's blog this week: when a Pekin duck goes missing, James goes on stoat-catching duty.
Blog: The great Christmas debate
Polly debates whether to boycott Christmas and celebrate the Summer Solstice instead.
Blog: You can't get good help these days
As the mudbrick house construction progresses, Polly finds some workers are more help than others.
Blog: The big packing debate
There are two types of suitcase packers in this world, writes Polly Greeks, the Johnny-Go-Lightlies and the Just-In-Case packers.
Blog: Big windfall and the big smoke
The big city beckons for a Kaitaia local, but sometimes the hitting the jackpot comes with a price.
Rainy day ideas for bush babies
What do you do on a rainy day when you live off-the-grid ? Make cider vinegar!
A batch of mud-brick batter
Mud, muck and madness … the family ditch the churn of house building and find peace (and perspective) on an unpeopled Pacific beach.
Sowing a kauri legacy
Kauri, puriri, totara and rimu – these are the leafy sentinals standing guard over the Greeks family. And, in return, the family is taking just as much care of them.
Kiwis in the kitchen
When nocturnal noises interrupt Polly and James’ sleep, it could mean unexpected visitors of anything from iconic wildlife to decidedly dubious characters.
Hunting and gathering for our mud-brick home
Polly and James feel there’s a bit of magic involved in their hunt for building materials.
Meeting the neighbours
Although not exactly living next door, James and Polly’s new friends are models of neighbourliness.
Preparing for guests – in an off-grid house
Polly and James welcome visitors to their one-roomed mud-brick house although cooking in their open-air kitchen is still something of a challenge
From Versailles to the mud-brick house
Polly and James’ mud-brick house in the bush begins to take shape with assistance from a Frenchman who helped restore the Palace of Versailles.
A newborn in a caravan
Mason bees, mice and a new baby… there’s no room for them all in an off-the-grid existence