Flight of Aghavni

a Topjian family traveling journey

Winter Solstice

Aghavni II waits patiently in her slip for spring.

I took a visit up to the marina this weekend to run the systems, engine, genset, pumps, furlers, winches, thruster, windlass, etc.

It's been about 6 weeks since we left her and...

Good Shepherd

From Wikipedia:

"The Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand is a small Anglican church used by various denominations. Built in 1935 as a memorial church to commemorate early settlers, it is...

Farm Strong

I thought that I was a hard worker. I honestly thought that I could outwork anyone and keep up with the best. Well, a few short weeks on the farm has me eating humble pie.

I must say that it is certainly rewarding work, but relentless.

Counting Sheep

True to its name, Lambrook, the kids watch and learn as farmers ultrasound the sheep to see if the Rams have done their job this fall. Hoping for many lammies running around this spring!

It's literally counting sheep!


Reflecting together by the fireplace after a whirlwind weekend. We are truly blessed indeed.

Boot Scoot Boogie

Found a wonderful line dancing club in the middle of town. It is a great class and the moves are infectious! Don't believe me? Turn up your speakers and play some of this!


Go ahead, I...


Dehydrating some venison jerky today, courtesy of a deer supplied by none other than farming legend Kieran Guiney. First time using a proper dehydrator, rather than using the oven as we did back home. Just need a triangle on the porch to ring and shout,...


Enjoyed tagging along today on a Men's Group trip to visit a classic steam and truck museum in Timaru. The smiles on the faces of the elder gentlemen were bright as they saw machinery that their fathers and forefathers used to tame the rough landscapes of the...

Crazy couple

From Yerevan, through DC, 4 kiddos, Eastern shore, Atlantic, Pacific, and now skating together at Lake Tekapo.

Thank you, Lord, for the many blessings we have shared together.


Celebrating 20th Anniversary of K&L Guiney. Thank you for welcoming us into your hearts and home!

We were gently reminded that the way to an Irishmans heart is with an apple tart!