Meet Tony

Finally, my girls (chooks that is) have got a strapping man in their lives. Just because he is half their size is irrelevant! The fact is, he can crow, is a gentle wee bloke and is totally enamoured with the fact that he has 14 girls all to himself. Oh dear me .. I haven’t …

Bye bye Autumn …

and hello winter and ‘The Garden Share Collective’. It’s time for another monthly update where a group of like minded garden bloggers, share their vege patches with all those interested – the trials and tribulations of growing your own! Today is so mild about 18, which given we have had two frosts already this week is amazing! Those …

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 …

Loving summer

Welcome to our summer garden … controlled mayhem or something like that. The garden has gone berserk in the last month – loads of growth, lots to harvest and pests to share it with. I don’t think I have ever known a year with so many flies .. horrible! And while there may be a …

Thanks 2013 …

So how was your Christmas? We got really spoilt. His and hers Christmas cakes from our lovely neighbour Rose. Mine by the way is the one smothered in marzipan. Yummo! Yes, Dan really hated having to wear the hat and the tinsel. Just for the photo though. It’s been raining this afternoon which has put …

My garden has been slimed!

How stunning are these clouds? I took this pic over the weekend … magic! Well my garden didn’t look like magic yesterday morning, believe me. It resembled something out of Ghostbusters. It had been slimed! On viewing my raised chilli garden my jaw dropped there appeared to be some sort of vomit on the ground. …

Preserved lemons? Yes please ..

It has been raining here on and off for the past week, which by the way is fab! The plants are loving the water from above – the grass is green again, trees are standing to attention and my garden is growing like mad! True. As for my toms and zucchini garden, well these two …

Hot dry spring

I just made the best pasta tonight – prawns, smoked salmon, chilli, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Absolutely superb served with Greek salad and loads of fresh chopped oregano, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. The joke was, I thought I would take a pic of the pasta for the blog. Got so …

The Garden Share Collective – November

November already. Does anyone know where the year has gone? The good news is, it is time for another monthly update of The Garden Share Collective. A monthly community of like minded garden enthusiasts who put pen to paper to share their vege patches with all those interested – the trials and tribulations of growing your own! …

A weekend of work

I’m sitting here slurping away on a Radler beer (whoops not Toi Toi – shame on me), cooking dinner and endeavouring to write another post. I have had the ‘best’ weekend in ages and it was a long one too – Labour day! Those spuds that I planted early September are growing like mad. They …