Summer reflections

I’m not really big on New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I’m undisciplined and they never seem to happen. Hence ‘I must post more regularly in 2017’ is off to a rotten start! How is your garden growing? Our summer is up and down like a yoyo. It started out with gusto and then it seemed as …

Hello Summer

… and to think it is nearly Christmas. New Zealand’s Christmas tree – the Pokutakawa I have a jumble of pics for you – and none of my garden (hard to believe this is a gardening blog don’t you think). But I do some gardening news … here goes The garlic has been removed – the …

An unwanted visitor

You may remember me mentioning that my chickens were devoid of a man in their lives .. and quite frankly, I don’t think it bothers them one bit either. That was until my neighbour’s rooster who is free ranging realised that there were 10 rather attractive chickens over the fence, who needed some male attention! I …

Windy spring and a wedding

Sunday evening I was sitting at the kitchen table, my fingers were flying over the keys which was surprising, as only 10 minutes prior I had been contemplating closing the lid of the laptop in disgust, the words just weren’t coming. Zip! That was before the backyard had suddenly filled with clouds of smoke. It seemed one …

Oh so lucky

Do you ever stop what you are doing and wonder about things? I often find myself standing on the hill above our olive grove, casting my eyes over our land. It usually brings a smile to my face. I can’t believe how lucky I am. It’s about this time that I gulp lungfuls of the …

Pardon?

I clambered out of bed the other morning and was greeted with – “the sheep are in the back yard!” Pardon? You must be kidding I thought peering through the window. Yep, the sheep were indeed in the back yard – there is a first time for everything. The previous night they were safely contained behind …

Holiday Samoa

You know that holiday I mentioned? We arrived back from our sojourn in Samoa, slightly tanned, refreshed and weighing a bit more … That’s one of the downsides of holidaying. For a few days the weather was reminiscent of Auckland and we needed an umbrella to get about.  But on Tuesday we hauled the curtains back to a bright …

Out and about

We have had the best weather for over a week now .. blue skies, cloud puffs, mild temps. In fact, I think I can see the grass growing .. Fishing was on the agenda last weekend in Pauanui a holiday destination on the east coast of NZ. I’m an avid fishing fan who can bait her own hook, cast …

Blues of winter

I actually don’t really mind winter too much, I just despair when there is rain day after day. I love that winter means wearing layers of clothes, boots and scarves, and dining on soups with crusty warmed bread and lashings of butter. It is also time to open the larder door and peek inside finding jams, …

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 …

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