Winter sunshine

Driving home on Friday I couldn’t believe my eyes when heading up our driveway I spotted my two rather fat sheep standing in my vege garden! OMG, terrorist alert – unwanted ruminants in brassica raised bed. Quick, urgent action required. I honestly don’t think I have moved so fast in years. I had no sooner stopped …

The Garden Share Collective

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited .. because I am. Really excited! Why? Well because this month I am part of The Garden Share Collective, a beaut initiative for bloggers by Lizzie from ‘Strayed from the Table‘. A monthly community of like minded garden enthusiasts who want to share their vege …

Like chilli?

Andrew decided on Sunday to pick the bulk of our chillies. Different varieties, colours and sizes in different degrees of ‘ripeness’. I remember staring at the bag full of chilli and wondering what on earth I was going to do with all of them. Well as it happens, I froze about a quarter of them. …

Seed saving

Wow yesterday was a stunner! A magic autumn day, clear crystal blue skies, no wind and warm. Really warm, ok hot in the car actually because I had my damned boots on but that’s fashion for you! Before I launch into my weekly post, I thought I should mention my chooks. I’m sure most people …

The star is back!

Guess who is back in town? Mr Dallas Nock … and yes I’m over the moon. More gorgeous pics and videos. Brilliant! And it is raining too, first time in about 3 weeks. Yay! The ground is bone dry  mind you – worst I have ever seen it. NZ’s north island was declared drought this …

Veges and fruit

At last, I’m being particularly good and am updating my blog. Blame the summer, Christmas and having lots of friends over to stay for the sparse postings. Oh yes,  and blame Toi Toi wine as well why not! So NIWA said that we would have a long dry summer, and so far they are spot …

A picture tells a thousand words

This gorgeous flower above is a Cleome … an amazing plant which also has thorns up its stem .. not one to handle without gloves. I have it in my garden as it is not only enjoyed by the bees, but it acts as a ‘trap crop’ for the green shield beetle which adores it. …

Summer …

Nasturtium … a must in any vege garden .. Another week has zipped past .. it is Sunday and it has been just divine. Beautiful day .. super sunny and very warm. Sunburn weather! So nice to have some beaut weather as lately it has been terrible. We had torrential rain last week, the likes of …

The naughty corner …

I should go and stand in the ‘naughty corner’ I feel particularly bad that I didn’t post last week. Even though it is spring and everything is growing like mad I hadn’t spent much time in my garden! How divine is this ? Phacelia .. bees love it! Well the good news is I have …

What a week!

Paper wasp enjoying the sun on the leptospermum blossom At last, our weather is starting to behave itself. No more fires, heat pump is off (brilliant) and finally the bees are appearing in the garden. Yay! Very happy about that. And to top the week off, Dallas our good Aussie mate who just happens to …