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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi, it's Monday afternoon and I'm about to head out to the farm shed to do some major seedling pricking out! I also realised I didn't sow any vegetable seeds last week, eeeeeeeeeeek! Oh yesterday was SUCH a wonderful day. It started very early - we both woke up at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi today is my 53rd birthday and I think John has plans afoot! I know we are going out for dinner tonight but I have a feeling something else is happening during the day! I will post later on, must fly and eat breakfast! I adore birthdays!! Smiles.. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on the most beautiful Saturday! It was raining when we woke up and we've spent most of the morning in Nelson. Now we are home and the day is warm and sunny with that scrumptious Autumnal light! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! We also returned home with another trailer load of fish compost... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Friday afternoon and today has been another really busy day so far. Crikey I hope next week will be a little more quiet! I'm feeling a bit tense today - one of our beautiful!! large poplar trees that is in the paddock on the boundary with our neighbour... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, crikey I'm having a busy day today. Time seems to be flying for some daft reason. I went next door just after 9am to do an hour's gardening and somehow got home at 10.45am!! Aaagghhh put be behind the eight ball from the start. I've been mulching weeded areas... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a beautiful autumn morning with just a slight hint of frost in the air! When I went through the kitchen garden I could see slight frost on the red clover mulch.. oooooh! So far my stand of corn is looking okay but we are meant to get another... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this magnificently chilly Tuesday morning. The cold front that swept up the country yesterday is still biting - the sun is out but the breeze is pretty cold. Further down the south island it is only 2 degrees C in some places at 11am but with wind chill... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi on a rather chilly Monday morning, and I'm loving it! There is a short, sharp wintery blast working its way up the country. We will only get the very edge of it because we tend to miss out on these gorgeous weather events but the temperatures are set to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on our Sunday morning. It's a lovely day, slightly cool but fine and we are doing lots of jobs that we have on a list. I've been harvesting/throwing out grape bunches because we are being inundated with nasty bad tempered wasps! Crikey I can't stand these little creatures and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on Saturday afternoon. We went to Blenheim yesterday pm to visit john's son and daughter-in-law. We got there in time to go to a cafe for dinner, then David went to bed early because he is an assistant winemaker and they are working on the vintage (harvest). He got... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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...I can now upload photos, yay!! I changed browsers and it worked thank heavens. I've been using Internet Explorer for years and lately it has been really playing up, a good reason for them to be ditching it! The browser I am now using is SO SO much faster, it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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I'm trying to insert a photo using a different web browser! Squeee it worked.. Here are my quince, the first harvest of many! Smiles.. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
..... did I post yesterday??? I have no idea! I'll be back in a second, will just check! Yikes and the answer is NO! I have to laugh, I see I mentioned it was raining at last! Hmmm what a load of piffle. We have had the grand total of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, squueeeeeeeeeeee it's FINALLY raining.. it's only drizzle but I'm loving it anyway! Please, please, please let it last the rest of the day! Yikes I've also just realised I forgot to post yesterday, oh dear! Yesterday we had a lovely visitor - one of my cousins, Graham Lamb. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a beautiful Easter Sunday. HAPPY EASTER everyone!! I've spent the morning in the kitchen garden spreading fish compost on the large bed I finished weeding yesterday and mulching it to within an inch of it's life (about 30cm thick - 12'') with beautiful red clover mulch. I've only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, I hope you're having a lovely Easter so far. I am having a fairly satisfying one - I'm getting some things done that have been on my agenda for a few weeks. Yesterday I managed to get most of the big bed in the kitchen garden that is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Good Friday and it's ANOTHER beautiful day! I say it with some frustration because I so desperately want it to rain! Ooops what am I saying? Easter is traditionally the time to work hard in the garden and get vegetable crops planted for winter harvest. I have lots... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's another beautiful (soon to be too warm, grrrr) Autumn morning. The rural seasonal outlook is for warmer temps than normal throughout April but the good news is we are expected to get more rainfall than normal, starting next week, oh I HOPE SO!! Yesterday pm John dropped me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yay it's April which is one of my favourite months of the year. I think it's partly because it's autumn and also because it's my birthday month. The word ''April'' has a lovely sound to it in my book! Yesterday I managed to do some more weeding in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday and I just realised I didn't post yesterday. I shot out straight away to go next door to do an hour's gardening at 7.40am and the day just raced away from me after that! Not helped by a couple of bird dilemmas, thanks Monty! He killed and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a lovely cloudy early Sunday afternoon. This morning was a bit cloudy but when the sun was out it was HOT HOT HOT.. ugh ugh ugh!!!! I was trying to work in the kitchen garden but I just couldn't bear it! Add to that I'm feeling slightly worse... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, giggle, yes I've been dusting and vacuuming the living room/dining area because we have friends coming for dinner tonight. I have to say I've decided it's worth leaving the dusting for a few weeks because when you do it BOY do you notice the difference! Major giggle.. that's my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, yes, gasp.. I'm cooking not gardening! We are having friends here for dinner tomorrow night and I am doing a simple ''tuscan'' fish casserole... ermmm in inverted commas because it's a recipe from my head! I've just made tomato passata which is the most divinely simple recipe that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a lovely! cloudy Thursday morning. There is the slight threat of rain in the air and oh I hope it comes! I've just been planting a few things in the now open area of the woodland garden and I'm hoping to get a few more things in this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yikes yes this is a late post! I spent a lovely day with a friend, giving her gardening advice and then we went and had a delicious lunch and checked out a couple of lovely shops. I was away from 11.15am until around 4pm!! Crikey - so lovely and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake