The past week, we have been hard at work trying to finish designing a web template and moving the site’s content. There’s still a bit of work to do, even so, we are hoping to launch the improved and expanded site either this week or next. The new site will be easier to navigate, include more reading content, a page to go to see what’s new, an interactive page which will include a virtual tour and downloads. Once launched, we will be adding more photos to the photo gallery and even more content to the site.   We are pretty excited so, stay tuned!

This Tuesday (Feb 14th), look for an article about PTF in the March/April issue ofNatural Home & Garden

Update: no article? Seems there is no article in this issue of NH&G. First, we were told the article would appear in the Nov/Dec ’05 issue but it was then changed to the March/April ’06 issue… and now NO article? Someone there has to get their facts straight. *Sigh* Sorry about the confusion, I will get to the bottom of the matter and try to get some straight answers!

UPDATE: Just got word, the article is going to be in the MAY/JUNE issue. Sorry folks! Hope they are certain this time.

Now, back to working on the new site.


Going through our trunk of old photos, I found more photos of the early homestead in New Zealand (where I was born). The first picture shows, Jules and his first garden and the other, a view of the homestead in the valley and in the shadow of majestic Mt. Cook.

Homesteading 1974

” Convinced that there must be a better society and more humane way of life somewhere, he traveled extensively through Europe as he considered the future course for his life. In 1973 he emigrated to New Zealand, believing that an isolated, egalitarian society could assist him and his family in living a more integrated, meaningful life.

In a “backwards” region on the rural South Island of New Zealand, Jules began homesteading. He became a beekeeper, grew his own food, kept chickens, ducks and goats, collected rain water for his family’s water supply, lived without most modern conveniences and embarked on the path towards self-sufficiency.”
more New Zealand photos

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  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!
    Fantastic news about the new format!I am really excited at the prospect of all your hard work coming to a new fruition.The entire content is a great and positive shot in the arm to go farther,get better and walk the path this year and beyond!

  2. stella says:

    hi. i have the new nh&g and i can’t find the article. can you tell me what page it’s on?

  3. Anais says:

    Hi Stella

    That’s weird! That’s awful, having just told everyone…

    We were told by the editors it was to be in the March/April issue.

    I am writing the editor as I speak and will let you know what she says.

    I hate being jacked around. First we were told the article would appear in the Nov/Dec issue but it was then changed to the March/April issue… and now NO article?


    Sorry about the confusion, I will get to the bottom of the matter and try to get some straight anwers!

  4. claire says:

    love your old pics! I am just wondering why you would move from a greener more outward going country like NZ to the USA, which seems to me just a great big bad consumer?

  5. Anais says:

    Hi Claire

    Thanks for your postive comments. Well, it’s certainly a long story. 😉 My parents move, partially because of my being the only grandkid at the time and my parents felt bad about being so far away from relatives.

    Coming back to the states, we lived in a beautiful part of Florida (green with rolling hills) on 10 acres. My father continued his beekeeping business and we had a pond for fishing and a huge garden. One year, we even had a goat.

    Our 10 acres were surrounding by orange groves and pasture land.

    One day, we would like to return to such an environment, for now, we have brought a bit of country life to the city.

  6. Anais says:

    Just to add tidbit to my last post. No place is perfect, at the time my parents were living in New Zealand, France was preforming nuclear testing….

    Between 1966 and 1974, France exploded 41 atmospheric tests in French Polynesia

    no place is safe from the hands of man

  7. claire says:

    Anais, yes being near family is important, I also think that what you’re doing is informing more people of ‘a better way’ than if you were way out somewhere. and the web site is an important part of my daily reading! thankyou!

  8. Anais says:


    You are welcome. We are blessed that we are able to share our journey with you.


  9. Anais says:

    P.S. I do have dual citizenship. So if ever things get rough… I can high tail it back to NZ! 😉