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 …

Bye bye Bill

It seems like I haven’t blogged in ages when the truth is, it has only been a couple of weeks. We battened down the hatches on Sunday as Cyclone Pam which caused devastation in Vanuatu was headed our way. Thankfully the Auckland area was relatively unscathed despite gusty winds and some heavy rain. The Gisborne …

Hello Autumn!

My fav season has arrived – I just wish some rain would! And it just so happens to be 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 …


Imagine this .. I’m in the veg garden the other day watering my lovely plants (and talking to them as I do). I’m spraying the potatoes and it’s about 5 o’clock. I would much rather water in the morning so the leaves can dry – but sometimes it’s not always possible. So while hosing I …

Time for something new …

I have been following a wonderful blog in the US called The blog has been created by the lovely Celi who is a kiwi girl living in the mid west, a passionate farmer, an amazing photographer and writes prose that is often magical. She has an avid following … I was so surprised when Celi contacted me …


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