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 …

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 …

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