Spring clouds

I used to own my own horse years ago and loved riding with a passion.  I can’t say I was a particularly competent rider – dressage wasn’t me, and jumping often meant me flung over the hurdle while the horse had stood disinterested on the other side. Charming. Funnily enough, living in the country & owning land …

Remember me?

I can’t believe it .. I should go and stand in the naughty corner. Did you know that It is nearly 3 weeks since I last posted? How bad is that? Anyone would think that I have been busy .. :D Truth is I have been busy in the garden – spring has finally kicked …

Excuse me?

If someone had said to me years ago when I was working in advertising (tottering around in heels) that I would be hauling a sick chook with a bandaged foot off to the vets in a kitty carrier first up on a Monday morning, I would have laughed in disbelief. More importantly a chicken with …

Meet Tony

Finally, my girls (chooks that is) have got a strapping man in their lives. Just because he is half their size is irrelevant! The fact is, he can crow, is a gentle wee bloke and is totally enamoured with the fact that he has 14 girls all to himself. Oh dear me .. I haven’t …

Gannet love

I was sitting in the office last week, itching to get outdoors. It was a glorious spring day and I had something that I desperately wanted to do. So grabbing my camera and the pooch, I closed the office door and headed off to the beach, Maori Bay actually, which is home to our West …

Birds and blossom

The weather over the weekend was sensational .. blue skies, cloud puffs, warmth, birds, bees and happy chooks. I threw open the gate to the chook paddock and out they marched, disappearing over the hill. Do you have a secret garden? Years ago I went on holiday to Australia and came back to find a …


I haven’t posted in ages and I’m berating myself for this, although we did sneak off to Foiata island which is in Tonga for a week. A truly wonderful place – remote and tropical, somewhere to kick back and relax, soak up those rays (with suntan lotion slathered on of course), snorkel, swim with the whales and enjoy …

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 …

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