Winter light

Whilst many of you may be sweltering in a northern hemisphere summer, it’s mid winter in NZ, which means I’m out and about in boots, scarves, warm jackets and yes leg warmers! Winter is also an excuse to make some hearty soups which taste even better with crusty bread dipped in our very own olive …

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 …

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 …

The beach

My garden is doing really well thanks, I just don’t have any photos of it though, how bad is that? So much for this being a blog about gardening. The truth is, while I am devoid of pics of our place,  I have loads of pics of our local beach, all taken recently. The question …

Sharing my August

Last night I was tapping away in earnest on the laptop. It’s time for another Garden Share Collective update. What’s happening at Frog Pond Farm? The garlic is growing great guns, as are the leeks. The brassicas are starting to get some size and those broad beans have finally started to flower. The salad garden is …

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 …

March on Autumn – The Garden Share Collective

It’s time for another The Garden Share Collective update.  A monthly community of like minded garden bloggers who put pen to paper to share their vege patches with all those interested – the trials and tribulations of growing your own! Love it. Autumn is here! Goodbye summer what a season you were, so very hot and dry …

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 …

Blogger’s block

I’m sitting in the office, suffering yet again from blogger’s block. I have loads happening outdoors but can’t seem to put it down on paper. Grrrhhh …. So perhaps I’ll cheat yet again and let the pictures tell much of the story. Now that makes it nice and easy. My adorable rooster Russell Crowe, watching …

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 …