About me …

Enjoying the winter sun at Muriwai beach

Enjoying the winter sun at Muriwai beach


I live on a lifestyle block with my hubby Andrew in Waimauku, West Auckland. We have lived here since 2005 when we decided it was time to escape city life.

Loving my garden, I studied horticulture for 4 years and practice much of what I learnt in our garden including organics.

Working from home is a bonus too, you just can’t beat the view from the office window. Did I say that my favourite boots are my gummies? You bet!

Hope you enjoy my blog rantings … send me a comment I’m very happy to help.

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  1. Hi Julie, I love your blog 🙂 Whist i’m only young (22) I have a huge vegetable garden and try to eat and use only organic products . Far better way of life 🙂 Keep up the wonderful job.

  2. Hi Julie, I really am liking what I am seeing! Love your photos! They look fun and carefree and very much depict your lifestyle. By the way what kind of boots are gummies?

  3. Hi Julie. I was recently posted a copy of “The Ponsonby News” and noticed your article. So great to see you have immersed yourself in “the good life”. I hope things are going well for you and Andrew and look forward to reading more. Take care. Martha-Louise
    P.S. In case you forgot me, I looked after your mom and dad’s funerals.

  4. Great picture of you and yours on an unbelievably black beach. Great move IMHO and hope you are still loving the view. Oh, you get an extra point for the loving dog. Is the name of your place actually “Frog Pond Farm”, as I just think that is fantastic and quirky. Haven’t even seen the rest of your site but getting a good vibe already. Can I also say thanks for all your many comments on my own wee blog, greatly appreciated, as is the follow. MM 🍀

  5. Greetings Julie. Stumbled across your blog via a post of yours somewhere in the Land of Blog (sorry — lost the thread…) Anyway, love the photography and blog layout. Stunning, actually. I’m new to blogging and quite interested in seeing what others are doing. Your blog is quite inspirational! I’m following you now and looking forward to reading more!

  6. Hi Julie, Loved your blog this week, as usual 🙂 I’ve brought my mini greenhouse inside (hubby was unimpressed!) because I was impatient for my seeds to germinate. Yours are looking impressive – I have a bit to catch up! I recall reading a while back in one of your blogs that you have done some horticultural study. I’m interested in doing the same (some of the plant science courses at Lincoln look amazing). Would you mind sharing what you studied?

    • Hi Shay .. Thanks for stopping by! Ha another person who loves their seedlings 🙂 I studied via Northtec, Horticulture levels 2 & 3. Plus Sustained rural development levels 2 & 3. Wonderful courses .. I learnt so much 🙂

  7. Came across your blog through Max And his photos. Intrigued by the different seasons. Am just setting up an organic veg plot and the rest for wild flowers and others. Hopefully a conservation plot and small nature reserve here in Southern Spain. Love your photos but also good info. We have rather old neglected olives, some were pruned back but has caused more under tree growth. We are now ready to harvest the sweet chestnuts in October. Good luck with your project.

  8. Julie,

    Your blog is beautiful, really beautiful. Of course the fact that you are away from the city helps with the perspective. I grew up on a farm in the Panhandle of Texas and have many memories tucked in my brain, but sometimes those get crowded out by city life.

    • Hi Beth … oh that is so nice of you. I’m so pleased that you like my blog. It is a passion of mine as is our garden. I just love living away from the city – I lived in it for years and years – time for a breather. You take care 🙂

  9. Hi, congratulations on nice blog and beeing on the close side to the nature! I am looking forward to reading more and looking at a nice photos of nature!
    All the best,

  10. Hi Julie,
    I wasnt sure where you leave you a message – you have won the duck finger finger puppets on my giveaway! Please contact me with your address and I can rush them over to you!
    Gillian (Africanaussie)

  11. Hello from Türkiye… just wanted to say “thank you” Julie (and Andrew), I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process.

    Hope you have a great day…


    • Hi Spike .. what a great comment. Thanks for all the info. I did have a nosy around the other day 🙂 I saw you on Rajiv’s blog and popped on over. It’s wonderful the way the blogging sphere works! Your fruit farm sounds wonderful

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  13. it doesn’t appear one can comment on any single blog post. I scrolled thru’ “gannet” and like yourself, it was WOW. stunning. i’d say mind-blowing but it’s easy to do that to me nowadaze ~

  14. Hi Julie,

    beautiful blog full of memories of our fav country. We have been in NZ twice. 2007 and 2012. We had 4 weeks time each trip to visit all the awesome places, to meet most friendly people and to enjoy every second of our trips. I am looking forward to search and read through your archives. Greetings from the North of Germany. Smiles. Reinhold

    • Hello .. So good to see you here! 😃 nice to know that NZ is a favourite place for you! I bet you took lots of beautiful photos while you were here. Your photography is stunning .. Best wishes from the West coast of NZ 😃

      • I took some pictures! No, actually around 5000 (both trips). I posted some. If you search for “New Zealand” you will find them. We used the photos primarily for my wife’s book. Alex wrote a book about NZ and bakery products. The German title translates to “Sweet companions through New Zealand – a backpack, 5 weeks, 5 senses, 5 t-shirts”. All about our destinations in both islands and all about muffins and cakes. I am still thinking about a special category “NZ” in my blog. But most important are the pictures in our heads. We still have flashbacks sometimes.

      • I just popped over to your blog and looked at the photos .. Marvellous! Mt Cook, lake Tekapo, Fox glacier .. So many. I bet you have many fond memories. You have been to places I am yet to visit .. Love the picture of the fern 😃

  15. I thought I recognised the Beach. Small world…. I was there only last January. A few months ago. I stayed five mins walk from the Beach. Its divine and I shall be back there in December. What a wonderful place to live and salve the soul

  16. Nice to meet you dear Julie 🙂 How beautiful your blog, you took me there… I loved your dog too… Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia

  17. Hi Julie, We would like to use one of your photos in a textbook for Biology in Holland. For children on highschool aged 15 years. I hope you will grant us permission and that you can supply us with a high resolution version of the image:
    Ik hope hearing from you.
    Best regards, Stans

  18. Hi, Julie. We’ve made it to Franz Josef and will go hiking to look at the glacier this morning.

    Do you have any recommendations for places to visit in this southern part of the country?

    ~ Steve and Eve

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