Category Archives: Gardening

Spring flowers and feet

Cherry blossom in pale and dark pink; fallen petals, daisies and forget-me-nots; gumboots in wet grass; and old sneakers on the way back from the market, pausing to enjoy this Spring moment.

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Signs of Spring

Ok, I know it’s officially still Winter here, but it feels like Spring today and I’m celebrating! I’ve got that sense of relief that I get each year when the sun starts to warm up and the first Spring flowers are … Continue reading

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Tamarillo time

It feels like I’ve been away from my blog for ages! I’ve been stuck in bed with the flu for much of this past week. My whole household has had it. I love that nature provides the perfect foods to … Continue reading

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Kumara harvest time again

Over the weekend Mum and I harvested our kumara crop (Maori sweet potatoes). Unlike previous years, this year we only grew one variety. With a deep fuchsia skin, poporo kumara go the most amazingly deep purple when baked and they taste … Continue reading

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Easter egg hunt

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We’ve had a long weekend of perfect, golden Autumn weather. We don’t have any kids in our household, so my partner and I were surprised (and delighted!) when we got up on … Continue reading

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2010: My year in blogging

I started this blog back in April. Over the past months there have been many times when I haven’t managed to blog as often as I wanted (or, let’s face it, at all!), but looking back over all the posts … Continue reading

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Rainbow eggs and a basket of flowers

If you haven’t already entered the giveaway, don’t miss out! I’m picking the winner on Tuesday (New Zealand time). I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying reading all your comments for the giveaway! Most of you are in the Northern … Continue reading

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Garden meditation

Here are some photos from our garden this week, focussing on some of the kinds of little magical details that are always there waiting for us to find if we look carefully enough.  Autumn leaves fall round Buddha’s head. The … Continue reading

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Bush bath bliss

Sunday we spent the day doing a big Autumn clear-up in the garden. Lots of mowing, weeding, pruning and mulching, clearing out the car port, tidying up chicken houses and making Alice the Pig’s Winter straw bed. By the end … Continue reading

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Kumara harvest

One of the things we harvested this week was our crop of kumara (Ipomoea batatas – Maori sweet potatoes). We get our tupu (young plants) from the Koanga Institute. The institute holds a very special collection of ancient kumara, many of which … Continue reading

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