Wednesday, October 29, 2008


The roses in the garden are blooming! Lots and lots of the most beautiful blooms.
These are the notice boards I have been working on to sell at the Holly Trail next week - just a few more to do and maybe a few kiddie ones as well.
As the next week is going to be very busy for me with lots of last minute things to get ready for my stall I will take a wee break but get back soon after next Nov. 9th with photos from the event.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lavender and Lilac

Looking through the lavender to the rose garden and beyond.

The heavy downpour of rain last Friday left a casualty - a big section of the lilac tree came away from the trunk right down to the ground. For the meantime it is staying where it fell as I can't bear to dispose of all those beautiful flowers just yet. Though I did pick a lovely bunch for inside the house.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Green Things

The broad beans are growing well in our newly filled vegetable boxes but not ready for eating yet as the beans are only just forming and very small. They were planted out for about 6 weeks in the other house before we moved so have had a bit of an interruption in their growing life. I thought they may not survive the move but they seem happy enough. The lettuces are growing at such a rapid rate that we can hardly keep up. Freshly picked lettuce is a world away in taste from the days old lettuce from the supermarket. If we don't have a salad for lunch we have it for dinner most days. Any leftovers go to the grateful worms in our worm composter. We have had the worm farm set up for about 2 months now - no smell, great compost to come and the bonus of worm juice from the tap at the bottom. All very easy. Maybe the secret to our healthy plants is the worm juice! I would have popped outside to get a photo of my worm babies - you have to have special red worms and they are tiny, to put on this blog but it has just started to pour with rain. Cats came flying in as the heavens opened. I want to run outside and protect my little plants from the beating they are getting.

Salad leaves, chives and rocket from the garden, feta from a local cheese maker, asparagus (very cheap here in NZ) from the Farmers Market = yum.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Roses are Red

Last April my friend Nic gave me a gorgeous piece of fabric as a birthday present which I thought was a great idea. What could be more perfect than a piece of fabric for someone who loves it so. The weekend just passed, I used that piece of fabric to cover this pinboard in my play room and I am very pleased with the result. I will be selling my pinboards (different fabric!) along with my lavender hearts from my stall at the Holly Trail which is coming up soon.

There was a small piece of the fabric left so that got made up into a few lavender hearts to add to my stash that I am building up for my stall. One went to Nic of course.

The first rose to flower in our rose garden. I counted over 50 bushes in the three rose borders.

It is going to be a wonderful sight when they are all in bloom. Below is the rose garden two days ago with the single rose on the far left side. Just imagine...