Monday, November 30, 2009

Gardens and potmitts

There IS a certain wildness to my homemade gifts AND my garden. This was going to be a table runner, but it didn't work out, so I made the padded flowers into pot mitts instead. If I apply my favourite word 'quirky' to them, they are okay.
. . . and down below is the back porch scrubbed down, but needing some more I think, to rid it of the slippery surface inevitable in any house in Auckland.
Meanwhile, by the back wall, my garden is blooming. Those are the tomatoes, and the spinach plants.
and the lettuces and baby carrots, with a hint of radish in front.
And nearer the weed end, are the yellow beans and silverbeet. Grow garden, grow.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas a month away

You can tell it's nearing Christmas - strawberries with muesli/flakes for breakfast.
A frantic bout of sewing last Thursday, cutting out without a pattern and experimenting, resulting in these little makeup bags that only Dr Seuss could have made.
I had fun, and I'm hoping they won't be too disappointing if I put some useful items inside them!

My vegie garden now. . .

Something seems to be eating the yellow beans, but haven't found what yet. . .
everything else coming along nicely. I think the lettuces should be ready for Christmas Day lunch.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Yes, I can't believe it myself, but I was sitting with my two oldest nieces last night between 9:30pm and 2:30am enjoying opening night of New Moon, and a double feature including the first film Twilight. I think some of the excitement has rubbed off in these photos.
Four theatres in this cinema complex booked out.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sweat, zoodoo, plants and a few days later

Ah, the windowsill in Springtime. Those were buds taken from the rose bushes I fearlessly pruned (belatedly) in preparing the back garden for vegies. Still, quite lovely to see them unfold in from of my nose as I prepare my breakfast.
These pots have now to be dug out and replenished with fresh potting mix and flowers (see below).
But at least amongst all the newly acquired plants, there were vegetables, and now the vegies are in the ground, through a succession of steps that take very little time to type about but took a bit to actually DO.
1) Clearing
2) Zoodoo arrived today, lovely compost of exotic animal droppings.
Spread over garden and then planted.
What a splendid difference to a week ago - and how we live in hope that the snails and slugs can't find the garden now, or confuse it for the zoo.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Well beyond time to get into the garden. . .

Look at it - NOVEMBER already and I've only just taken time out from cycling and reading and baking and sewing (the list goes on) to approach the small jungle outside. My newly moved in neighbour has put me to shame with her potted plants and shrubs, so I rolled up the sleeves, donned the gloves and pulled and pulled on Saturday. It's not much of a garden, but it could be so much MORE.
I've ordered ZOODOO to top up the soil, and then the exotic thought that my vegetables have a little bit of giraffe or elephant in them might just add that essential je ne sais quois to my salads.
Hopefully, in a few weeks time, my 'after' photos will be impressive.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Planning the Rail Trail

This may not look like it, but this is planning the Rail Trail Part Two. John and Naomi having just returned from Otago, and checking out accommodation on the Trail and transport to and from. So just as soon as we finished this meal, we opened up maps, and got out passports (purchased already by Naomi) that will get stamped at all the spots around the Trail, and found pens and paper and stuck in to getting in some more detail and confirmations. Well on the way now.