Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Oh so lovely

During my visit to Lower Hutt New Zealand, I spent an hour walking some of the streets around the area where I was staying. This particular home and stunning garden begged to be photographed.

What a riot of lovely color and beautiful flowers. I was rather hoping the gardener would come outside, so I could have a wee chat with them.

Thursday, November 26, 2009



For my freedom bought with sacrifice by others.
For the man who loves me, and is my best friend.
For all the love and laughter in my life.
For my family.
For good friends
For a job I actually like.
For the sunshine today, after days of fog.
For the beauty on this earth.
Looking out the window, I can see two rabbits, snuggled up against each other at the base of a tree, trying to keep warm. I am thankful for all the wonderful creatures we have on this earth.
For all my blogger friends.
For all the other things too numerous to mention.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and blessings on your day.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I will not be able to blog until I get back home. I have been busy with family and have not taken any garden pictures yet.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane..........

This morning at 11am, I am beginning my journey to New Zealand so blogging will be light for a while. As I am staying in a city I have never visited before I don't know what I will encounter. I hope to take pictures of some of the Kiwi gardens. Kiwis, well many of them, are very garden proud and like to have the gardens leading up to their homes looking nice.
I can't promise I will post a lot of pictures when I am down there, but will catch up when I return home.
I had better go and get myself dressed to go and get a swine flu vaccination. Not exactly what I had in mind to start my vacation, but being in a plane, that is three different planes before arriving at my destination, and with re circulating air in them, you never know what germs are floating around you. Better to be safe than sorry.
see you all when I get back.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


I am getting the hang of using this tiny keyboard on the notebook, and having to sit very close so I can see what is on the seven and a half inch screen.

I wonder how large the Rubine Brussels Sprouts will be when I return from New Zealand. I want to cook them with shallots and pancetta.

There are still a few tomatoes on a couple of plants, but they are pretty much tasteless now. Perhaps there will be a day without rain before I leave on vacation, so I can pull the plants out and clean up the bed.
Just six days before jetting out of here.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Testing, testing

Next Wednesday I am leaving for a vacation in New Zealand and I plan on taking this little notebook with me. I am having to learn a slightly different way of dealing with any photos I want to post. With the help of my very PC knowledgeable sweetheart, I will have it all committed to memory in no time flat.

The garden is looking rather shabby right now, but the mushrooms are somewhat interesting. I have noticed about three different kind of mushrooms ranging in color and size from a brightish gold color to dark brown, and from two inches across to about eight inches across.
Well I managed to get the first post done using this teeny tiny notebook PC with some help, the next one I will attempt on my own.