July at our place …

I was wandering about my garden yesterday admiring my vegetables as I do, hoisting the odd weed, mounding brassicas and promising those voracious feeders, that I would be back soon with some homemade fertiliser. The veg garden and duck pond Did I return? Yes, I waltzed back camera in hand, parting leaves to gloat at the purple …

A touch of frost …

Hubby is cooking me dinner again tonight – Spaghetti Vongole, my contribution will be a tasty Greek Salad. Spoilt aren’t I? His signature dish … a ‘sort of Paella’ I woke up the other morning rolled over thrust my hand under the bed and let my fingers locate the iPhone. It wasn’t ringing, I just …

The beach

My garden is doing really well thanks, I just don’t have any photos of it though, how bad is that? So much for this being a blog about gardening. The truth is, while I am devoid of pics of our place,  I have loads of pics of our local beach, all taken recently. The question …

Change in the air

It has arrived .. winter that is. The weather has gone from gorgeous balmy autumn days to being bleak, windy, cold and wet. Did I say very wet? We went to the beach the other day – the weather was so bad, we didn’t leave the vehicle, but instead watched the waves as they crashed …

Autumn at our place

I wrote a post the other night and then yesterday without any thought deleted it! What? Oh please Julie … too much. Wish I could say I found it funny … Well if nothing else you will be pleased to know that my garlic has finally been poked in the dirt (I’m very happy). I prepped …

Autumn and olives

We have at last harvested those olive trees .. it was a busy weekend. The Good Our wonderful neighbours and friends came and helped us pick – thank you so much The weather was amazing We packed all of the 270kg olives harvested into hubbies car He drove them to Wellsford (not me😀 ) it’s …

Jelly time …

If you have been following Frog Pond Farm you may know that our property is undulating – ok hilly and that our raised veg beds were cleverly constructed on a north facing hillside built into the land, perfect for drainage, visually appealing and not too far from the house. Truth is my back has been …

Marlborough Harvest

How good are you at packing? I love going away but loathe the packing process with a passion. It seems no matter what, that I will always overpack, take the wrong clothes, or leave something behind. My carry on was stuffed with devices, cords, chargers, camera and lens – it weighed a lot more than …

Short on words

It’s one of those posts where I appear to be stuck for words – most unlike me! And it’s not that we haven’t been busy either. Things that I enjoy in no particular order … Clouds Big wet friendly noses Self seeded turban pumpkins A road that disappears to the beach Beautiful blue skies Homegrown …


We went to the Helensville A&P Show a couple of weeks back and this got hubby thinking. Years ago, we entered our homegrown produce into our local Kumeu A&P Show – including a rather special red onion which weighed in at approx 1.65kg (a lot). It won a First and Judges Choice beating all other entries. …


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