Goodbye Lenny

This post is dedicated to our beautiful 19 year old British Shorthair Lenny … You are missed so much by us all little buddy. The house just doesn’t seem the same without you.   Lenny taken by our good friend Dallas .. thank you

Winter magic

Yesterday was a beautiful winter’s day in Auckland, one of those that makes you smile and crave to get outdoors in the garden (today’s not too bad either!). Winter magic at our place   Nothing like a walk on the beach in the morning, followed by the morning coffee. It was the perfect day to sling the camera …


It’s that time of year when growth in the garden is slowing down, slugs appetites are speeding up, bananas aren’t ripening (outdoors) and flowers are bursting from trunks and branches of the kohekohe tree – which by the way, is just stunning! This is one of those rather lazy posts where I’m short on words but let …

First day of winter

Well it was yesterday and the good news is, there is only 3 months to go! I’ve decided it’s time for another rooster ..  my girls seem to be suffering from ‘Rooster blues’. They appear to be missing male companionship and are in need of a lad to curtail their ‘hen pecking’ ways. Meet Polly ..  Me, …

Chicken politics

I don’t know about you, but I always love getting home after being away. Of course even a few days away, can often mean that the garden becomes unruly in my absence. Nasturtium and rosemary On my return peering around the hedge I wasn’t disappointed. The fennel had doubled in size (we ate one last night …

A week in Asia …

How bad have I been with my posts lately? Shame on me! In saying that we have just returned from a quick trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong, so I have an excuse. Of course a trip away means hauling the camera everywhere .. funny how ‘heavy’ they become .. LOL Shanghai Tower – which is the …

Who loves the beach?

There is nothing like a walk on the beach with the dog to start the day. Better still when the autumn weather is still balmy. The thought of the coffee at the end of the walk is unbelievable (I adore coffee). Of course there is the added bonus of the seaweed which is littered on the …

The new additions

It is such a gorgeous autumn day .. the sun is shining, mild temps, butterflies flitting about in the garden, but trust me, winter was flexing its muscles last week. So, with this in mind I hauled out the flannelette sheets and scribbled buy dry firewood on the ‘To Do’ list. Waiting for their breakfast – …

Sharing my Garden

It’s April and it’s Garden Share Collective month, a beaut initiative where a group of global bloggers share their veg patches. The trials and tribulations of growing your own. Pop on over to Lizzie’s blog from Strayed from the Table and meet the crew! Mr and Mrs Pray Mantis … What’s happening My pathetic hot compost got …

Who loves lavender?

For all those that enjoy my blog – whoops! I missed another week, sorry .. But you will be pleased to know, I’m back with news and a couple of pics :) We have finally had some much needed rain – yay! The place greens up instantly (ok slight exaggeration). Do you have days where …

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