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New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi, its Monday pm and it's a holiday Monday here today - Labour Weekend. I'm so happy - I've managed to spend some quality time either in the kitchen garden or perennial garden each day this weekend. I also managed to plant up the garden in front of the totara... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's a GORGEOUS Spring Saturday afternoon and I've been able to spend most of the day in the garden! Yeehah and yippeeeeeeeeeee! I spent all of yesterday pm pricking out seedlings and then I sowed some seed until about 5pm, just so I could NOT work for the next... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
...soon... I totally ran out of time to upload them today! This morning I shot out the door at 9am with my carload of tomato plants to get them to Bay L. I have to say after I'd put them on the stand I stood back and honestly thought ''Philippa,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, well here I am in the midst of one of the busiest weeks in my gardening year, seedling-wise! The madness will continue for about another 4 weeks and then hopefully things will quieten down a little. I know I need to ''make hay while the sun shines'' but crikey... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Tuesday evening and I'm about to close my computer down for the night. It's been SUCH busy day, starting with ballet practise at 9.45am instead of 2pm which meant I had to rush around to get my animal tasks etc done so I could leave home just... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, oh boy it was such a busy weekend. On Saturday I took some more tomato plants to Mapua Country Store and then we headed to the new bakery in Mapua Village for a coffee which was a treat. We really must take just a bit of time out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
...when I hit publish it dropped out of the website!! Aaagghhh.. I don't have time to re-write it because pricking out is calling me in the farm shed. I'll write more tomorrow! Smiles.. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Thursday and I'm about to spend an hour pricking out before I head into Nelson for the afternoon. I am getting my hair trimmed and then I have the first ballet class of the term at 4pm. The girls are learning RAD Grade 6 so, so am... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, as I'm typing this the dark clouds are building to the west/northwest and we are in for more rain tomorrow, possibly heavy too! Just when things were starting to dry out a little. Ah well, that's Spring for you! Today I have been busy labeling plants for Mapua... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Monday pm and I'm madly pricking out flower seedlings. I have a bit of a conundrum.. my tunnel house is JAM PACKED with tomato and other seedlings so there is no room in the inn for my flower seedlings. The areas on either side of the tunnel house... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, well today I went to Mapua Country Store to check on my seedlings because of the hail storm yesterday. Oh my word, 11 of my punnets were totally obliterated!! Apparently they were totally under hail stones by the time they took the trolley inside. I brought them home... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, I was so busy yesterday I didn't get a chance to post! I made two trips down to Bay Landscapes in the morning, taking fresh plants down and by the time I got back from my second trip it was almost lunchtime. I spent all afternoon pricking out seedlings... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Wednesday lunchtime and I'm snatching a chance to type this while my lunch is settling before I launch myself into the farm shed to do heaps more pricking out of seedlings. This time it's brassicas and lettuces! I have no idea where they are going to go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, I have just spent most of today pricking out 14 punnets of tomato seedlings. We are now in the middle of transporting around 16 trays of these darlings to the tunnel house and in order to fit them in we've had to do a lot of moving plant... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there it's Sunday evening and I've had a busy day. This morning I looked around the house and realised I hadn't managed to do any dusting for a few weeks. Today was the day, plus I needed to vacuum the floors too. My sister is coming for dinner on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, I have a happy smile on my face because despite my hand and the predicted weather, I have planted 15 Heather seed potatoes... and 21 Pink Fir Apple seed potatoes!! John rotary hoed one part of one of the main rotational vegie beds in the kitchen garden because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, oh my goodness I've just realised I haven't blogged for 2 days! Crikey, that's a sure sign things have gone mad around here, including me!! Wednesday was really busy - I spent most of the morning writing plant labels and then sowing seeds. I skyped with Mum later... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, it's Tuesday evening and I need to go and get my dinner started but before that I need to take some tomato seedlings I pricked out late this pm to the tunnel house - not that there's any room for them!! Aaaaggghhhhh! I've had a good day, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Monday and somehow Sunday got away from me. David and Kirstin left around 11am and I spent the rest of the day unpacking a couple of boxes from Mum's house and sorting some space in the kitchen. We now have a box of kitchen things we haven't used... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Saturday early pm and John is in the process of getting us lunch. I am really irked with myself today. Last evening I managed to really hurt the top of my right hand and I fear I have a cracked bone in the top of it, sort... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Friday evening and this will be short because I'm in the middle of cooking dinner. I've had a really busy day and a bit of an odd one to be honest! It started with John coming out of the bathroom this morning quoting ''Houston we have a problem''.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Thursday pm and in 15 minutes I will be shooting down the drive to go to ballet class - the last class for this term! We've had a break of two weeks from the Thursday Tecnhique and Repertoire class because all of the girls were in Peta's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, I've just spent most of the afternoon writing plant labels and labeling plants to take to Bay Landscapes - 106 items!! Crikey Spring madness is here! This morning I had to make an unexpected trip to the doctor, darn it. On Monday morning I was moving the duck pen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday morning and I'm enjoying a cup of tea, taking a break from pricking out petunia seedlings - fiddly little darlings that they are! This season I'm specialising in mainly double varieties because the big hardware store garden centres have all the others and there is no point... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, after another very busy day, culminating in John arriving back with a car full of precious family treasures. I am SO happy to have them here as each tiny piece of them reminds me of my childhood in our the gorgeous house I grew up in! Blissful sigh!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake