Autumn jumble

It was drizzling on Sunday morning which made me chomp at the bit (I love that expression) to be outdoors messing about in the veg garden .. with gloves on though, I had my nails painted for a do! Autumn is a favourite season … Loddon Lane Vineyard .. Marlborough A few weeks back, we …

Oh the view

I was so pleased with myself the other day. I shut the office door, grabbed my camera and headed off to the coast. I couldn’t resist taking some pics of the amazing views we have not far from where we live. I still have to pinch myself .. I love this place. Oaia Island West …

Winter light

I needed some kaffir lime leaves for an Asian recipe I was cooking for dinner the other night. Whizzing outdoors with torch in hand, it quickly became apparent that the gardener at Frog Pond Farm needs a good talking to. The said tree was sporting yellow leaves, a good sign that it is mineral and TLC …

July at our place …

I was wandering about my garden yesterday admiring my vegetables as I do, hoisting the odd weed, mounding brassicas and promising those voracious feeders, that I would be back soon with some homemade fertiliser. The veg garden and duck pond Did I return? Yes, I waltzed back camera in hand, parting leaves to gloat at the purple …

A touch of frost …

Hubby is cooking me dinner again tonight – Spaghetti Vongole, my contribution will be a tasty Greek Salad. Spoilt aren’t I? His signature dish … a ‘sort of Paella’ I woke up the other morning rolled over thrust my hand under the bed and let my fingers locate the iPhone. It wasn’t ringing, I just …

Change in the air

It has arrived .. winter that is. The weather has gone from gorgeous balmy autumn days to being bleak, windy, cold and wet. Did I say very wet? We went to the beach the other day – the weather was so bad, we didn’t leave the vehicle, but instead watched the waves as they crashed …

Showtime

We went to the Helensville A&P Show a couple of weeks back and this got hubby thinking. Years ago, we entered our homegrown produce into our local Kumeu A&P Show – including a rather special red onion which weighed in at approx 1.65kg (a lot). It won a First and Judges Choice beating all other entries. …

Thank you Mr B

All good things come to an end (don’t they?). The No 1 star in the kitchen has gone home. Bill has returned to the UK. The question is, will I be up to the challenge of preserving, jam and jelly making and freezing copious amounts of fruit which is still in the orchard … hmm …

It’s still hot!

February has been such a busy month, the rain and warm temps have continued. Our garden is falling all over the place! Do you ever surprise yourself by doing something erratic? While standing and staring at a dwarf tomato covered in smelly uninvited green shield beetles the other day, I leant over and ripped out …

Hot and lush

This is one of those l-o-n-g posts boarding on being boring 😀 We have had so much rain over summer Frog Pond Farm is looking lush … very unusual for this time of year. Those thieving possums have been paying nightly visits to the orchard munching on an array of fruit, while the turkeys are gathering …