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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi on a rather misty Wednesday morning - wow it's Wednesday already, where is the week going?! I feel really naughty because I haven't been for a walk since Saturday. I've been doing lots of walking around the property but it isn't the same as a good lengthy, steady walk.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
....it's drizzling! It felt really strange this morning waking up to a cloudy sky because we've had blue skies for about a week (except for the odd cloud here and there). It started drizzling about 10 minutes ago and I think it's going to turn into proper rain. I'm feeling... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on this gorgeous but rather cold Monday morning. It's going to be a stunning day but oh boy it's cold this morning. The frost didn't seem as bad but the temp coming off the ground is freezing! It's 9.45am and it is just starting to warm up. I'm a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this rather chilly Sunday morning. It was frosty and now some cloud has come over so it is not warming up much! Ooooh yesterday we got our 10 grapes planted in the paddock. We are going to grow them as bush vines rather than training them onto wires... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, just a quick post today because we have been out all morning - went for a walk, then went to hardware store to swap my gumboots (wellington boots) over because they had split after just 6 weeks!! Crikey! I also bought some seeds and John bought a small... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's early Friday afternoon and I'm just back from getting our weekly vegetables and also from picking up 10 gorgeous Betula Nigra (river birches) from Appletons Tree Nursery. This is the nursery I worked at one winter about 6-7 years ago, grading trees to be sent all around the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a beautiful Thursday morning. It's lovely to have the sun back - yesterday started off fine and then clouded over. We had a good frost again this morning too. Yesterday I spent some time stacking wood against the house and also managed to do a bit of weeding... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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... garden ones that is! Here are a couple of photos of the two larger beds we have developed in the kitchen garden. These is two separate beds in two different spots that we've joined together to make larger areas for my rotational vege crops. Yesterday I managed to get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Morning on this beautiful but very cold Tuesday morning. There is a freezing cold SW breeze blowing which gets right into your bones. Perfect for gardening in though (she said again!). A lot of NZ is experiencing a nasty wintry blast with snow to fairly low levels - not us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, ermmm I have a feeling I didn't post yesterday?! We had such a busy day and somehow I just didn't get here. It was a strange day weather-wise yesterday - the day started with no frost and cloud and about 3 degrees C, then it looked as though... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's a beautiful!! Saturday morning after a very hard frost. We woke to -1.6 degrees C and very white ground. It's 10.30am and parts of my perennial garden are still as white as white. It's so beautiful. I finished my gardening column yesterday afternoon and emailed it off with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
... and I've forgotten the rest of the White Rabbit's saying!! Crikey it's 4pm and I haven't done this yet, what it the world coming to! This morning I had to rush around to be out the door at about 9.30am so I could go and get our vegetables at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning, oh my what a magnificent white frost we had this morning. It's 10.15am and it's only just got to 3 degrees C.. Wow and crikey! Parts of the paddock and main garden are still white. I just love that crunch underfoot on frosty grass. I decided not to go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, squueeeeeeeeeeeee it's another beautiful morning with a slight frost. Parts of the country are getting very cold showers today but we have sunshine predicted for the next 9 days or so with much cooler temps and frosts. I love it and so will my garden!! Yesterday I got a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on a tremendously fine Tuesday morning. We woke to about 3.8 degrees C, just lovely! It was only a slight frost but the temps are set to drop further during the day and at night over the next week or so, here's hoping we get enough frost to freeze... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's lunchtime on Monday and it is a truly gorgeous day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue with just a few wispy clouds and the birds are singing like crazy! Yesterday afternoon went pretty well, except we didn't realise there was no food until the evening so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and yay the sun is out again after two days of murk and rain off and on. It is quite warm too but that is set to change by tonight I think. We are set for a few frosts and gorgeous chilly sunny days this week, yippeeeee. The ground... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's 10.30am on Saturday morning and it's raining and windy! Yesterday it drizzled most of the day with the odd slightly heavier shower but no wind. I had a lovely time having coffee with Brie and we had a lot laughs. In the afternoon John and I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a rather wet but slightly warmer Friday morning. Yay it's raining on my freshly manured raspberry patch. I decided not to plant the raspberries back in their patch because it would be better if the manure was dug in and the moisture spread some of that goodness further... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this cloudy almost mid-July morning! I woke up this morning and immediately started thinking eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek it's almost mid-July, which means it's almost August, which means it's almost September and Spring! Oh my goodness my brain suddenly went into overdrive with they huge myriad of things I need to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi and ouch, ouch, ouch poor Benjamin bunny's bottom! A good way to start my post I know but eeeeek I went to pick him up from the vet yesterday pm and was told he has a very inflamed, raw bottom area. Crikey we simply had no idea and I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning, after a rather torrid start to my day, crikey! I am just back from taking Monty and Benjamin bunny to the vet. I had a hard time getting Monty into his cat cage and have the jag marks in my arm to prove it! Got to the vet only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Morning on this frosty Monday morning. I've just hung the washing out and oh boy my fingertips were frozen! Here are some photographs of the studio garden that I have finished weeding and composting. It doesn't look that exciting at the moment but I promise it will be full of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a chilly but lovely Sunday morning. We had a good frost this morning - how I love crunching across the white paddock. It wasn't as hard as it could have been but still very pretty! I feel a bit better today about Benjamin thank goodness. I really was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a rather horrible Saturday! The weather is okay but the day isn't great.. it started with me cutting the tip off our little Netherlands dwarf rabbit's tail!! I realised yesterday he had a big clod of dirt and other things attached to his tail. He's very low to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake