Out and about

We have had the best weather for over a week now .. blue skies, cloud puffs, mild temps. In fact, I think I can see the grass growing .. Fishing was on the agenda last weekend in Pauanui a holiday destination on the east coast of NZ. I’m an avid fishing fan who can bait her own hook, cast …

Blues of winter

I actually don’t really mind winter too much, I just despair when there is rain day after day. I love that winter means wearing layers of clothes, boots and scarves, and dining on soups with crusty warmed bread and lashings of butter. It is also time to open the larder door and peek inside finding jams, …

Winter light

I needed some kaffir lime leaves for an Asian recipe I was cooking for dinner the other night. Whizzing outdoors with torch in hand, it quickly became apparent that the gardener at Frog Pond Farm needs a good talking to. The said tree was sporting yellow leaves, a good sign that it is mineral and TLC …

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 …

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