Winter light

Whilst many of you may be sweltering in a northern hemisphere summer, it’s mid winter in NZ, which means I’m out and about in boots, scarves, warm jackets and yes leg warmers!

Winter is also an excuse to make some hearty soups which taste even better with crusty bread dipped in our very own olive oil, open jars of homemade pickles & chutneys and slather on cheese, and savour hubby’s roast chook (no not one of ours either) with my preserved lemon.

Winter sunset – Muriwai iPhone

Beach walks

As you can imagine given the generous supply of fruit from our orchard over the summer months, there is an array of frozen fruits stacked in our freezer. Plums, peaches, lemons, feijoas, figs and there are bags and bags of them. Oh and we can’t forget the divine bottled stewed peaches, plums and cider pears.

Frankly any excuse to make a fruit dessert with a macadamia and white chocolate crumble sounds good to me!

So while winter may bring on the blues, nothing to do with the rain of course … all is trucking along nicely at Frog Pond Farm. The gravel still gets washed down the drive when we have serious rain, the odd chook still gets out and sneaks into the veg garden.

There are the usual holes in my brassicas, shame on those damn slugs and snails. This means night time trips to the garden with my torch and a bucket of warm soapy water …  and it’s not to give those slimeys a wash either by the way.

Needless to say, the 4 legged vermin are also digging up the pickled bokasi food scraps which I religiously bury in my garden, knowing full well it is just a matter of time before they are dug up, tossed around the garden and savoured.

We are munching on the usual herbs, spring onions, juicing beetroot and admiring the array of lettuce we have growing which strangely enough are devoid of holes! The broad beans are looking good, slightly nibbled but nothing will stop their vigour when they finally hit their straps.

Egg production is up – which is by no means surprising given all the good tucker those girls get fed. The sheep should be on diets but aren’t so nothing much has changed there.

Oh it is nice to be posting again. I hope you enjoy the jumble of pics

bokeh and texture

I’m a texture fan 

Sunday outing – iPhone

Happy gardening

70 thoughts

  1. All fantastic photos, especially the sunset, cliffs, and wind blown blue beach. Vermin digging up compost seems to be a problem no matter which hemisphere you live in. That is definitely a well fed sheep. I miss seeing the black kitty.

    • Hi Tim, thank you! Ah so vermin like digging at your place too 🙂 Mookie is rather round but very woolly too. 🙂 Shots of Eric to come. Always great to see you at Frog Pond Farm

  2. Delightful as usual. Makes my day when i read your blog and see the beautiful photos. Jyst gorgeous! Love to you two. Jenny

    • Hi Jenny lovely to hear from you. Glad the post made your day. Thank you! Lots of love right back at you 😀

  3. So happy to see your new post show up in my reader, Julie. I miss seeing your beautiful photos; I miss reading your farm stories! And you know what? I miss hearing all those home made food even though hearing about them makes me very hungry. 😉
    It sure doesn’t look like winter though…Ha.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • Hi Helen .. such a lovely comment. Thank you so much. Loved your visit to our place. 😀 And a wonderful day to you too

  4. I love this entire post-the words in the photos. When I read your posts, it makes me want to get busy :-). I envy the rhythm of your days even though I know they can sometimes be long. And the way living the way you do brings you into sync with the rhythm of the seasons.

    • Oh I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post .. thank you! Always lovely seeing you at our place 😀

    • Glad you enjoyed the jumble of pics! Ah the beach scene .. I wasn’t sure whether to include it as it was such a bleak day. Thanks for stopping by

  5. Beautiful photos as usual, Julie. I’ve seen so many photos of your farm, it all looks so familiar to me. Roast chook and preserved lemon sounds delicious too. Crusty bread dipped in your own olive oil, open jars of homemade pickles & chutneys and slathered on cheese is putting thoughts of New Zealand into my head. Hmmm.

    Good to hear you’ve been keeping busy, with a bountiful harvest from your farm. You should be due for a holiday soon. It’s freezing in Sydney.

    • Thank you so much Mr Draco! I always enjoy your visits! And as it happens we do have a holiday on the horizon. 🙂 Not Europe mind you .. It’s not freezing here, but oh boy is it raining …

  6. Well Julie once again your photos are just stunning. I think you really should be the tourist ambassador for Next Zealand! Seeing your blogs and photos who could resist visiting! I know I certainly have this year. But who knows sometime soon. My not coming did one thing though it spurred you both on with preserving the Frogpond produce. And by the sound of it you’ve done a good job. Yes we are in the middle of a heatwave. But being by the sea it’s just a little cooler. Dan is looking well. Was that a photo of the creek ? It’s never in full flow when I’m there. Well don’t get too wet. And remember it’s getting lighter with you. And the reverse with us.
    Lots of love and best wishes to you both. Bill.xxxx

    • Dear Julie I forgot to say happy birthday on Sunday. Cards on there way. Love from all in Broadstairs! Xxxxx

    • Hello Mr Bonner! Oh thank you so much. You are so right, your absence certainly had us in that kitchen! I hear you are having a beautiful summer .. fabulous. Today it is absolutely pouring .. I hate to think what is happening to the garden and that gravel 😉 No that is a pic of the creek near the beach. Such a lovely spot. Trust me our creek will be flowing today! Big hugs xx

  7. WOW! These are gorgeous, Julie! I always find there is something very special about winter light. The harsness has gone with the heat, and it lights up the land so magically and beautifully.

    • Oh thank you so much! The light in winter is special .. Although today it is absolutely pouring. So nice to see you here ..

  8. As always I love your posts Julie!! Thank you for labelling the ones taken with your I phone as well as it gives me a little more confidence with using mine to get nice pictures. Xx

    • Hi Cathy .. thank you! It never ceases to amaze me the shots the phone can take .. Looking forward to seeing yours 😀 Super seeing you here. Hugs x

  9. Amazing cliffs!

    As for the bokashi scraps, your rats must have some nose. Because our ground is so hard at the moment, I decided to put most of my last bokashi bin in the compost. So far, so good – I did it with some trepidation but it looks like the rats are elsewhere, maybe where the water is 😊.

    • It’s amazing, in all the years we have lived here I seldom venture to that spot where the cliffs are. They sure are amazing! Yep those four legged critters sure do have a particularly good nose … Fascinates me what they will eat! Thanks so much for stopping by

    • Hello dear Iris .. thank you so much for your lovely comment. Big smiles your way, have a super weekend 😀

  10. Wonderful photos and an envy-inspiring description of self-sufficiency. We swelter in hot humid downpours and think fondly of the cooler days of Winter.

    • Thank you .. I’m thinking with envy about your humid days. Mind you, it is absolutely pouring here today.

  11. So beautiful, dear Julie. When I see you with a new post, believe me it makes me so happy. Photographs are amazing, all fascinated me. We are in hot summer days now and you can’t imagine how made me feel good to watch your mid winter…. Thank you, have a nice day and weekend, Love, much love, nia

    • Hello Nia! I’m so pleased that you enjoy my posts. It is always so lovely hearing from you 😀 Ah hot summer days, how nice! Today it is pouring. Much love to you and enjoy your weekend

    • Hey Anne, so nice to hear from you. Hmm Mookie is rather round, although she is very very woolly 😀 Those cliffs are amazing, although it’s rather slippery getting to them. I’m always worried about taking a tumble and dropping the camera. Imagine!

  12. Gorgeous shots, Julie! 🙂 I only made it halfway through your post before I had to stop and get some breakfast.
    It doesn’t look like winter there, but I surely believe you. I would sooo love to visit your amazing country.
    Talk about landscaping. My, oh my! Looks scrumptious and mightily delicious! Cheerio! UT

    • Thank you so much! Oh it is winter today .. absolutely bucketing down. You would love NZ though, it is so picturesque 🙂 Super to see you at Frog Pond Farm ..

  13. wonderful winter oh I think your winter looks so beautiful and fresh…I love the sheep…and your dog…so nice to see your collection…and read your narrative…sending you joy and creative vibes 💫 happy gardening ☺️❤️

    • Hello Miss .. it is beautiful and fresh and damp .. lol. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your visit Hedy, its great to know that you stopped by 😀

  14. Fabulous to see Frog Pond Farn in winter! Two photos are absolutely outstanding, the bokeh’d tree trunk and the sea cliff. Your description of the fruit is making me drool, and the sheep does look rather plump and legless, is it actually overweight or is it the breed and winter coat?

    • Hi Gilly … I really like the pic with the bokeh too! Yes Mookie (sheep) is rather plump, but she has a super thick fleece, incredibly woolly! Great to see you here 😀

  15. Hi Julie, lovely to hear from you. You’ve got some fab pics of moody skies. I agree with Lucid about the outstanding pics, the tree trunk is bokehlicious indeed. What’s the thing on the cliff wall? Can’t make it out. Glad you’re well and busy as always. We think of you a lot. A year since you were here, isn’t it crazy how time flies?! Very happy to see your dog in good form too. Keep enjoying your garden, harvest, fine food, stunning scenery and each other. Big hug, Annette

    • Hello Miss … I really like the bokeh too, always makes me think of diamonds! LOL Ah, that thing on the cliff is a lifesaving buoy. I should have focussed more on it, but I just loved the shape of the cliff and the blue sky. I think of you too, especially now given it was a year ago that we were over. How time flies! Take care my friend .. Julie

  16. Lovely to have such a beautiful update of life on and near Frog Pond Farm. I particularly like the photo of the cliff face at Muriwai. But I am trying to decide if there is someone lower down trying to scale the cliff. Do people rock climb there?

    • Oh I’m so pleased you enjoyed the update … seems to have taken me ages to get this post together 🙂 I too like the cliff shot but I seldom get over that way to shoot, as it is super slippery and I’m always a tad nervous about my camera. No that is a lifebuoy that you can see .. To the best of my knowledge people don’t climb the face. Lovely to see you at Frog Pond

    • Thanks Nexi … I’ve heard you are having an amazing summer! Rather damp down our way … 🙂

  17. Indeed, a lovely collection of pics to help us see the beauty that surrounds you and to hear about the slugs and other pesky pests too! Those cliffs are amazing and seem so shiny. However, love that dog and the tales you tell. And it helps us feel a bit cooler here as Summer gathers its heat!

  18. Hi Julie, it is great to read about Frog Pond and see the lovely photos. I was worried the correspondent there had gone missing. 🙂 I love the light in winter. From your photos it looks like New Zealand has very special light during the winter months. Dan looks good – I bet he welcomes the cooler weather. Isn’t it nice to enjoy some of the summer harvest that was put away for these days. Bill taught you well. I could go on and on, but will not hog anymore space. Keep up the battle with those slugs. All the best to you and Andrew. Take care. Bob

  19. gorgeous dog and cute sheep. love all the eclectic photos. darn cool here in brisbane too atm. cheers sherry

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