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Gardening in the rain
Monday, January 23, 2017      12 comments

Eight hours in the garden today. It was raining to start with but dried out and got very hot for a while there. Planted marigolds, gerbera, , a rose, and replanted many flowering plants I have moved. I still have some clumps to shift tomorrow mo... Read more
Flowers and birds and stuff
Sunday, January 22, 2017      7 comments

Another windy day, horizontal rain, and in some parts of the country, snow! Not usual summer weather. We bought some plants for our garden and soon they will be in the ground. It gas been a most unusual growing season. The wonderful pohutakawa ... Read more
Wind storm
Wednesday, January 18, 2017      9 comments

OH it is windy here with gusts of up to 160 kph, they woke me at 5 am and the house is shaking with it, so more sleep isn't feasible. It is just getting light and we will be able to see the damage shortly. At least our paths will be swept clear ... Read more
Exercising at last
Monday, January 16, 2017      8 comments

I decided that the garden was my number one priority and I have been doing that instead of exercise. Also I have had a slightly bung leg. Don't ask, but basically its because I overdid the star jumps in the water and I paid a big, dreary price.... Read more
Weeding and mulching in the garden, nothing to see here.
Sunday, January 15, 2017      11 comments

It rained yesterday, all morning. We hung our new prints. Then, with the rain lifting I went out in the high cloud. DH was moaning about the weather on the phone to his Mum in the sunny South Island but I could tell it was all over and I wanted ... Read more
Summer holidays ending
Thursday, January 12, 2017      8 comments

Week two at work has nearly finished and things are speeding up. In New Zealand our Christmas break is combined with the summer holiday so a lot of people are still away, but next week it will be business as usual. It's fun to reconnect with peo... Read more
Before I get into the garden...
Monday, January 09, 2017      7 comments

I was a little late starting this round of the Cura but now I'm in the swing of it I'm really enjoying the antidote to a full month of social eating. And awake early and about to start again in the garden. Let me at it!... Read more
Birds of a different feather
Sunday, January 08, 2017      8 comments

I've been gardening with the chickens for company and they are very companionable, although not as hardworking as me. I did another six hour stint and with reasonable weather if I keep it up for the next long weekend I'll be feeling very happy w... Read more
The garden
Saturday, January 07, 2017      11 comments

After being away the garden calls, it is rather unruly at the moment but just a week or so would sort it all out. With luck DH will help and we'll get it all done but he is rather inclined to go off at a tangent. So I got up early and spent si... Read more
Some December pix (including foodstuffs)
Wednesday, January 04, 2017      15 comments

December is my birthday. We went away for a weekend with friends. Here are the hors d'ouvres I made. Olives of course, spiced nuts, stuffed baby peppers, devilled eggs, asparagus wrapped in bacon... and smoked salmon on cucumber. ... Read more
Tuesday, January 03, 2017      12 comments

Happy New Year to my Sparkadees. What a great holiday I had. A true family time, both families, and it went well. I just got back. Flew home while DH drove the car and took the ferry. He's just disembarking now. We went south to spend Xmas ... Read more
Loving my new rice cooker with wierd spelling corrected
Monday, December 12, 2016      18 comments

Sister in Law gave me her rice cooker, a device I have never owned before. My first rice cooked in the cooker was wonderful! I mixed it with cauliflower rice in my vegetable stir fry for tonight's dinner and we were happy chappies. We had abou... Read more
One weekend...with recipe
Sunday, December 04, 2016      11 comments

It was a three day feast, thank goodness it's over. A wonderful still night on Friday, we sat outside in the garden for our housemates' dinner. Later we turned on the outdoor heater but there was not a breath of wind and the night sky was bea... Read more
Monday, November 28, 2016      10 comments

What a relaxing time at the beach. The weather was wildly windy and there were rain storms on the water. The waves rolled in ceaselessly, with breakers far out into the ocean. Seabirds hovered and swooped in the wind. But it was warm, we did not... Read more
The beach
Thursday, November 24, 2016      12 comments

It is the last few days of spring, and we are preparing for a trip to a beach called Raumati, which means summer. Unfortunately rain is forecast, but we are taking our bathers just in case. The place we stay is architect designed, and captures... Read more

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