Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bright Quilt.

Yesterday was Patchwork and Quilting day for me with the Tauranga group. In order to get ladies to finish some put aside projects we have a thing we call " Top  5 ". Any one who wants to enters their name in a notebook with a description of the project ( quilt ) they would like to get finished but for whatever reason procrastinate over. We have  a draw of the names every now and then with a small prize. Valerie came with this huge bright quilt which she started over 10 years ago. She had finally finished it. It was magnificent and bigger than King size.  ( the photo shows it lying on a bench but gives an idea of the bright colours.
 On the sunny day during the week I weeded this area around one of the cherry trees. Today I planted some ice land poppies and some snapdragons.. I have covered them with net to try and deter the digging rabbits.
 This morning I added 6 asparagus plants to the little patch here. I also planted an early cucumber and a sweet 100 tomato in the plastic house hoping they will come ready before our main outside plantings.
This lovely cauli I picked and gave to the nice neighbours. There is an even bigger one for us to pick for dinner.
The bees are loving the many lavender bushes.
 Its been a beautiful Spring Day in BOP.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Having a short Break.

We recently had a flight to Wellington.
 The Captain wanted some good photos of the mountains in the middle of the North Island so we also got some good close shots.
This is Mt Ngaruhoe ( the pointy one ) and Mt Tongariro.

 This is Mt Ruapehu - the crater lake is just visible.

  We visited Te papa - this was a colourful display for kids.

 We visited the War memorial Exhibition and went down in the Trenches. Very realistic very smelly. ( Peter Jackson Creations.) No cameras or phones or bags allowed so no photos.

 Staying at our Hotel were  the All Blacks. ( just back from Nelson )  Gosh they are tall when you stand next to them in a lift! 

 We only bought meals and Books! quite a few books.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

I've Had My Gumboots on Most of Today.

 I've been strenuously working in the garden then decided to take a break down at the Jetty. The tide was coming in fast.
This trailer was delivered this morning, so having it's first photo shoot.
This is the boundary fence between us and nice neighbours.
From their side the sun makes a swaggy shadow.
 Do notice the sky in these two photos.When R offered me a quick ride back up the guessed it....I had the first ride in the trailer!
 Glad I did cause it bucketed down.

 First thing this morning this was in the sky.( it has a 2nd very pale one to the right ) 
But then the sun stayed out. I got washing dry...then suddenly navy blue sky.
Earlier we both had been pulling out half dead box hedge. R wants to plant his potatoes behind here.
 He has a heavy grey strap around the trunk of the plant. The Hustler does the work.

 Elsewhere I was carefully digging my ones out.

 The  first lovely cherries are now finished and have new feathery red leaves.  4 more are yet to flower - different  ones.

Friday, August 31, 2018

What's Happening in the New Garden?

Bulbs that came with me in pots are flowering. The rain knocked these freesias with very long stems to the ground. There are other orange plants beginning to flower under the cherry trees. Clivias  like the shade.
 Yesterday I went out during a spell in the rain and planted a new rose called Golden Jubilee. My sister had it in a bucket since the end of last year and bought it up when they came to visit late Monday. It didn't seem the worse for too long in a container so I hope it likes its new place in my new garden.
 The dying box hedge to the right of it is on the list of things to pull out so then it will have more space.

R has had seed potatoes out sprouting ( chitting ) . He is clearing a patch of garden at the end of the vege garden of irises and renga renga lilies. They host slugs and snails and along with agapanthus are not great things to have planted beside edible plants - just asking for trouble. ( we will remove them all given time ) 


 Down the steepish  bank where all the fruit trees are growing the first few pink buds are appearing on I think a peach tree and this plum is covered with blossom.
 Right at the bottom of the property near the estuary it can be very wet - especially when the tide is in. This Swamp Cypress is an ideal tree for the conditions. I noticed it is just showing new green leaves . Here from a distance it still looks bare.
(The pear tree is to the right behind it ) 

 In the vege garden that was already here we have lots of side shoots on broccoli and cabbages coming ready. Cauliflowers are showing promise too. We have grapefruit and lemons in abundance.
 Everything I have planted new is doing okay.  ( my snow peas and broad beans are climbing!  )  Rabbits visit the garden daily and so far R has only been able to eliminate one ! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


I have finished knitting a jersey for elder Grandson and a beanie as well.

 Its about the 4th time I have knitted this 4 ply  Jersey pattern and think its a good one by Debbie Bliss.
 Its a really wet day here in BOP so its all inside activities.
 I am now working on an embroidered felt ball for new Grandson.
 I wonder what motifs I will decide to put on it?

Friday, August 17, 2018

A New Family Member.

Finally rid of our nasty bugs we got to visit the Big Smoke yesterday and meet first hand our new Grandson.  He was born last week. A tiny wee brother for Grandson who you have recently seen here on this blog when he was flying a kite.
 This is my favourite photo I took. Son was holding him and  big Grandson was talking to him so he was listening and looking where the voice was coming from. We  are very pleased to have 2 lovely grandsons. 

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Many Different Views.

Today it is overcast and misty giving us quite different views from the house.
 This is from the lounge door. 
 On a finer day this pic looks up the valley from the top steps.

The clumps of daffodils are a bright splash of colour 

This lot Molly with the avocado tree behind them.
See it is quite large.  As we know what to do with avos we will prune it into a vase shape to let more light in and reduce the overall height.
I picked some of the first blossom from the flowering Cherry ( Pink Cloud  - 3 of those ). It came out quickly inside in the vase.The trees have a real red tinge and will shortly burst forth.

 You know I like taking photos of mailboxes well this is ours...the one with the red flag up.
( no scruffy boxes allowed obviously ) 
 These of course equate to how many homes are in out small subdivision.

 I got my knitting out yesterday. Hurrah!!. Feels really good to be knitting again. I made rapid progress. Just the sleeves to do now.
 I think my cold is on the way out -seems better today. Having to stay in in the warm so here's hoping.