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Gales and gardening madness
Wednesday, August 16, 2017      3 comments

Woken just now by blasts of wind. It is supposed to get to gusts of 130 kph, which is 80 mph. Windy! I hope that it will settle down but think we are in for a storm. That should tidy the place up. Things are pretty lively in my neck of the woo... Read more
Sring fever
Monday, August 14, 2017      6 comments

It's raining off and on and when it is on it is REALLY raining. Truly, this is spring. Next will be the equinox gales. Here is a little wax eye... Read more
Spring weather
Tuesday, August 08, 2017      7 comments

Warm today but rainy, showers all through the day and if I'd been sufficiently motivated I might have got a little bit more gardening done. Here in New Zealand spring starts in September but really it seems to be all happening now, including the... Read more
Determinedly digging
Monday, August 07, 2017      12 comments

Another session in the garden, a good four hours. I feel I am in a race with the spring weather to prune what needs to be pruned and get the soil in the kind of shape I want before planting. In reality the soil hasn't warmed up so very much yet.... Read more
Saturday, August 05, 2017      10 comments

I saw a fantail flying overhead with a long piece of straw in her beak. If that isn't spring I don't know what is! So I prepared a bunch of nesting material for the birdies, including hair but not dryer lint which apparently is toxic to birds. ... Read more
Tuesday, August 01, 2017      8 comments

Hello Sparkaroos! Golly it's cold today but that doesn't mean that spring is not in the picture, the birds insist. Also there are buds and they are not delayed by cold weather, they progress and open within weeks. I walked, I swam, I had a h... Read more
Tuesday, July 25, 2017      9 comments

What a satisfying day I had yesterday. Put on the laundry and tidied as I prepped a slow cooker meal. It was lamb shanks cooked with vegetables and a good bundle of herbs from the garden. I put it on then went with my neighbour to Spotlight, ... Read more
Going green and frugal
Monday, July 24, 2017      8 comments

Another fine morning and not really that cold. I think I will go to the beach for a walk today. I will take a bag along and be sure to pick up any rubbish I see there.I have been thinking about doing away with single use plastic bags. These... Read more
Critter love
Saturday, July 22, 2017      9 comments

The new neighbours are so happy, and Ali, the chef bought a bag of chicken treats for the girls. They have never had such wonderful delicacies. He is so kind. Dora looked him up and down and was eating out of his hand in no time. Ali told me un... Read more
Another windy weekend
Friday, July 21, 2017      7 comments

There has been another storm, I think it is over for us now but still raging in the bottom of the South Island. Towns have been evacuated as more than a month's rain has fallen in one day, roads are cut off, and it is the end of the school holid... Read more
Sunday, July 16, 2017      6 comments

I was so excited to have the space and the weather to garden I went mad and made both arms really sore. Only temporary, I'm sure. But in the meantime, ouch. House is still something of a shambles. I have to focus now on helping my neighbou... Read more
After the storm
Saturday, July 15, 2017      12 comments

Here is a photo taken from my bathroom window of morning fog the day before the weather turned bad last week. We have had the most tumultuous storm h... Read more
I'm baaack
Thursday, July 06, 2017      10 comments

Where have I been? I dunno. Taking care of business. Not exercising quite as much as I ought. Gardening. Swimming. Working. Really busy at work. Helping my neighbour out with her English. Cooking vegetarian meals. Blobbing out to Netflix... Read more
Kefir, resistant starch, motor racing
Sunday, June 11, 2017      7 comments

I think I have got the hang of kefir now, I make it every day and have some on the go for a second ferment. Every few days I make a smoothie for breakfast, in the weekend it was mango and this morning it was feijoa and apple. Both delicious but ... Read more
Holiday weekend
Saturday, June 03, 2017      10 comments

Yet another domestic day, housework, made scrambled eggs for DH, swam, bit of gardening, then had a glass of wine with our new neighbour who was easily distracted from his chain sawing. It's a long weekend, Queen's birthday is celebrated on M... Read more

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