Snow, sun and vines

Have you ever been to New Zealand? The beauty of this country will never cease to amaze me – true I’m a Kiwi born and bred, so I guess I’m naturally a tad biased. Last week Andrew and I made a quick trip to Central Otago which is in the South Island of NZ. It …

Spring is knocking …

I seem to be learning loads of lessons in my garden lately. Late planting of brassicas means we aren’t enjoying them yet. Truth is, those rotten slugs have had more of a meal from them than we have. What’s even more interesting, is that a raised bed chocka with brassicas doesn’t have anything that remotely resembles a broccoli …

Grab a chair

I believe there is an art to taking pics of food .. something which I’m lacking. What I really like about this pic though, are the colours. The bright yellow of the yolk (home grown egg of course), the purple of the cabbage (not home grown) and the bowl in front which is full of sliced chillies (more home …

Sharing my August

Last night I was tapping away in earnest on the laptop. It’s time for another Garden Share Collective update. What’s happening at Frog Pond Farm? The garlic is growing great guns, as are the leeks. The brassicas are starting to get some size and those broad beans have finally started to flower. The salad garden is …

Things starting with ‘B’

Boards! I know indulge me. I have something about gates, fences and wood in general. I was outside with my camera on the weekend – the light was nice and there was an array of birdlife begging to be photographed. A wild Mallard duck who is thoroughly enjoying the chooks night time tucker Native wood …

Out and about in Melbourne

Winter time in Auckland can be chilly and damp, I won’t mention the wind – LOL. I have just returned from a trip to Melbourne which made me appreciate our relatively temperate climate in Auckland. A phone call home to hubby and it quickly became apparent that he was gloating, “We have had three back-to-back frosts and yes …

Winter share time

It’s time to hook up with the team from Garden Share Collective … a great initiative where a group of international bloggers share their gardens with you. Thanks Lizzy! Now that winter solstice has passed us by, the days are ever so slowly getting longer. The weather is still cold and damp, but the good …

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 …

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