It’s a blue day

farm garden gate

This is a gate, and when you live in the country with animals you must ‘shut’ gates, especially those that lead into a prized vege garden.
I think my sheep must have thought they had died and gone to heaven when they spotted the gate to my beautiful vege patch wide open.
Of course when I saw them casually nibbling long grass in the gateway, my heart started to pound.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly I can run up a hill, frantically waving my arms – I don’t recall yelling at the time, but I bet I did.
The sheep aren’t silly and without fuss trotted off up the hill with not a care in the world, no doubt dreaming of brassicas enroute.
Banging the gate shut and cursing under my breath I peered over the gateway.
Sorrel gone, directly up the hill behind the sorrel are my broccoli, cabbage and kale … hmm, six of those munched.

sheep destruction brassicas
I could have cried.
Well, it could have been worse I have decided, if they had got to the other brassica bed, I think I would have thrown in the towel.
Oh, incidentally, I didn’t talk to hubby much that night.

muriwai beach in the morning

Most mornings Andrew (the person who left the gate open) and the pooch head to the beach for a morning walk.
Nice way to start the day.
I will never ever tire of taking shots of Muriwai beach ..

muffins from the dairy
I couldn’t resist taking this pic of the muffins in our local dairy on the way home either. And yes they were divine.

Egyptian walking onion sprouting
Those wonderful Egyptian walking onions from the allium family have sprouted already.
Fantastic … I’m so impressed. How good does the soil look?


Quinces ….. lucky me, these wonderful fruit were donated by a good friend.
So what did I do with them? Into the slow cooker for 4 hours on high, then 6 hours on low.
With 7 cups of water and about 4.5 cups sugar.

stewed quince

I just love the way they change colour … so dramatic!


Another toadstool ..

trim those feet

Time for a sheep pedicure!
That’s it for me – happy gardening!

21 thoughts

  1. Hi Julie,
    I absolutely love that beach photo! All your photos are gorgeous but the one of the beach is stunning!
    I’m sorry to hear about your vegies – two days in a row someone left the cow paddock gate open, and although they did no damage it’s kind of annoying having to fly out of the house and round up cows – especially since that paddock is quite close to the channel and a busy road 🙂

    Sarah xx

    PS I received your two comments…I wanted to say thank-you for taking the time to leave them! I always receive your comments and really enjoy getting them 🙂 I often reply too, on my blog, but perhaps you don’t get a notification if you are a no-reply blogger?
    Anyway, I just wanted to thank-you and reassure you that I definitely do get them 😀

  2. At least sheep have small feet so you didn’t have enormous holes in the grass too. My childhood was filled with escaping cattle that invariably ended up on the grass tennis court, which made for some interesting bounces!
    Have you tried eating your quince with lemon ice cream? A very good combination. Love your photos, especially the beach.

  3. We used to have goats and they always managed to open the gates and eat all our roses. So we got sheep instead and life got much easier but these things always happen, especially when you have visitors from the town. Keep your chin up – damage is not too bad! Hmmm, I love quince and hope to have lots of them this year.

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