Welcome to Time of my Life 

Lyn McNamee and baby grandson, Harvey

Follow A Dream

It takes time for a dream to develop, time for courage to come and most of all, a whole lot of effort to make it happen

Now my dream is becoming a reality.  I have time to appreciate and acknowledge the amazing place where I live and those who share it with me. So it’s time to write about those courageous people, living here in the South of New Zealand, who are following their own dreams.

I am privileged to bring you the stories of wonderful people, following their passions and talents.  It’s my joy, too, to share my own story of farming by the river and mountains that make up this special part of the world.

Evening view of the paddocks and mountains of the farm
Evening drapes slowly over the farm.  Photo by Jenny McNamee

What you’ll find on Time Of My Life.

Farm Life:  Here you’ll find out what it’s like to live on a sheep farm in Garston, NZ. If you’re fascinated by stories of farm life past and present, or curious about the seasonal workings of a farm, then this is the place for you.

Dreamers and Doers:  I love to tell stories. In Dreamers you’ll read the stories of ordinary people following their dreams and passions and making them happen. With courage and tenacity they are changing their lives and, at the same time, making the world a better place.

Blog and Categories:  Scroll down or click on the link to find the Blog page. This is where all my posts appear in chronological order. Click on a category on the top menu or in this page to find all the posts related to just that category.


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Party On: Harvest Festival At The Hops

Take 30+ curious beer aficionados and a bumper crop of hops. Throw in a delicious barbeque and a keg of Altitude Brewing’s best thirst-quenching brew. Mix with a dollop of music and you have yourself a recipe for the Garston Hops 2019 Hop-Picking Party. The Big Hops Harvest Problem: 200 hop vines on two farms …

Walnut Trees On The Farm

Planting Our Baby Walnut Trees. The McNamee family had a few walnut trees planted on the roadside near the home farm, so Grandma always had plenty of nuts to spare. Long ago, when we popped our transportable house onto its current site, we created a perfect orchard space just over the fence. But while I …

What To Do With A Walnut

Walnut trees are both a valuable source of food and wood and come in several varieties. Some produce beautiful nuts, perfect for eating. Others are much sought-after for their furniture-grade hardwood. We have both sorts on our farm — but we didn’t realise that when we planted them. Now that I’m older and a little …