The F Word…….

  Have you ever had the experience when you become aware of something new or different for the first time, it might be a make of car, a fashion item or an idea….and suddenly you start noticing the same thing everywhere? Some people call it ‘synchronicity’, others believe that what you need to take notice of will present itself to you and psychologists have a slightly different explanation involving our perception and attention.  Whatever you attribute the cause to, it’s an interesting experience and one that has happened to me very recently. At my parents house just before Christmas I picked up a copy of North and South magazine and read a really interesting article reviewing the work of Michael …

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Values

We recently completed another small project at The Flying Fox, this time the renovation of an old cast iron bath tub which has been situated on the back deck of Ruru Lodge and hooked up to the solar hot water system. Now you may not see this as any big deal but for me it was the most exciting thing to have happened for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, bush baths are great fun and something everyone should try once in their lives but when you have worked at least 12 hours that day, are tired and sore and just want to relax in warm water – the idea of gathering wood, lighting the fire, waiting for half …

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A dying art

“What are you making Jane?” One of the things visitors often comment on whilst staying at the Flying Fox is the fact that we make things from scratch, be it bread, jam, granola, muffins, lemon honey or dishes like lasagne or a pie. In the last few weeks it’s been plum jam, blackberry and apple ice cream, plum and blackberry wine, marmalade and preserved lemons, Beans have been frozen, and the excess of zucchinis are about to be pickled……. Cooking (particularly baking and preserving) seems to be a dying art and although in some circles it’s becoming trendy again (along with all things ‘vintage’) for me it’s just been what we have always done and I mourn what seems to …

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Walking Barefoot

Having recently had the opportunity for a short break, thanks to The Global Hobos, we headed off to Taupo for two days of R & R. A search of Air BnB turned up a great modern apartment in the quiet suburb of Botanic Heights and we arrived to a warm welcome from host Anita. We had deliberately booked something which looked different to home and we certainly achieved that  – the house was only four years old and the apartment, which was actually the ground floor of the family home, was beautiful in its modernity and minimalist feel. The black and white décor, wall to wall carpeting, flushing toilet and the indoor bath (which didn’t need a fire underneath) all …

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Volunteers and Veggies!

One of the most rewarding things since we have been at the Flying Fox is the experience of having volunteers or WWOOFERS stay with us. In exchange for a few hours help each day hosts provide food and accommodation for volunteers. Started in England 1971, the original WWOOF scheme (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) was designed to be a cultural exchange with volunteers learning about organic productions methods and sustainable lifestyles whilst experiencing living with local families. Now worldwide, WWOOF and a number of other similar schemes are providing opportunities for travellers globally.  We have used WWOOF and also belong to couple of schemes such as HelpX and Workaway which enable volunteers and hosts to get together. These subsequent schemes …

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Kia Ora

Kia Ora Koutou and welcome to the first Flying Fox blog post. I wanted to use this post to introduce ‘The Flying Fox’…who we are and what we do! We are Jane and Kelly, owner/operators for the Flying Fox. We moved to The Flying Fox in December 2015 from Whanganui, taking over from the previous owners who originally developed the site into tourist accommodation. We both needed a change from the careers we had been pursuing and this move has allowed us to follow our dream of living rurally and sustainably away from the commercialism of modern society. Kelly has lived in Taranaki and Whanganui areas all his life and spent much of his time working in the bush for …

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Hello World

Welcome, Hi everyone, we are setting up a new blog for our website www.theflyingfox.co.nz to keep you up to date with all the new changes and events at The Flying Fox. To follow our blog please scroll down and add your details.