Who loves the beach?

There is nothing like a walk on the beach with the dog to start the day. Better still when the autumn weather is still balmy. The thought of the coffee at the end of the walk is unbelievable (I adore coffee). Of course there is the added bonus of the seaweed which is littered on the …

They come and they go

Today is another gorgeous day. Perfect to be outdoors in the garden (not in front of the computer Julie!). Summer has been amazing but I’m looking forward to autumn, there is a chill in the air at night and it won’t be long before those trees will be shedding their leaves peppering the ground in hues …

Goodbye 2014 …

My last post for 2014 … Our summer garden is doing nicely as you would expect. The zucchini plants are pumping out long green shafts on a regular basis, we are digging up and eating purple heart spuds daily, the cucumber is doing a brilliant job of climbing over everything in its way (I’m still …

Nature’s Television …

I hope there are survivors from my epic post last week. I’m ever conscious that people are ‘time’ poor and that while some may love gardening tips (when I remember to include them), others I’m sure are yawning and scrolling quickly to the end wondering when my drivel is due to cease .. oh heaven …

“Colin did you crow?”

Was that a crow I heard this morning? Was it? Today is nothing short of a ‘stunner’ of a day. Gorgeous and with a bit of luck, I’m going to close the office early and flee outdoors. My garden is calling! We have had some rain lately as you do, leaving the ground in different parts of the …

It’s a blue day

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 …

Photo time

I thought this week that rather than launch into my usual garden spiel, that instead I would let the photos do the talking. It might be dying, but it is still larger than life I’m hiding .. you can’t see me My one and only turban pumpkin Feijoas are ripening .. feeding the possums too Banana magic …

I love my garden!

The tail end of a South Pacific cyclone called Lusi whipped the north island into shape with rain and wind gusts. All bearable mind you … however at Frog Pond there was a power blackout and thus we had a candlelit evening Saturday night. I have had the best weekend though – I’m gloating a …

Muriwai Beach

Our local beach is called Muriwai .. a surfer’s spot and only about 35 minutes from Auckland. So it ticks a few boxes for the hubby. It is also our border collie, Dan’s favourite spot too … he looks forward to those morning walks. Kite boarding anyone? Go fast? Absolutely … Swim between the flags …