Friday, March 25, 2016

This is what happens when you roll in something bad !

Our lovely wee girl Sam is great, but sometimes she lets herself down, by rolling in something totally disgusting and very smelly.
So it was bath time and she was not happy, funny !

Oh the indignity of having a bath !!!

Getting rinsed (warm water)

Action shot, freedom and now to roll around on the grass !

A bountiful season

This season has been fantastic in the garden, lots and lots of great crops and the last would have to be the pumpkins, not as many as in previous years, but bigger. So they are tucked away to dry out and improve over the next month or so, and then they will be ready to eat and give away to family and friends, too many for us!

Bee versus spider

While I was sitting outside, having coffee I saw a drama unfold, a bee had landed on a pipe and was ensnared in a spider web, then before you could blink the spider had him !

A bit of a struggle

Going, going


Friday, February 5, 2016


The wee girl does not like having her photo taken, no idea why, but I managed to get this one of her, in her favourite spot under the table in the courtyard, lots of shade and a nice breeze.

Not impressed !

Around the garden

It's a nice day today, our Summer is well and truly here, so it was time for a few photo's around the garden.

Totara stump, with lichen in front of Renga's

Hydrangea paniculata 
The second show of Celine Forestier.

Amazing colours of Celine Forestier (Noisette, France 1842) and bug.

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis).

Chatham Island Forget Me Not (Myosotidium hortensia), yet to flower, can't wait !

Oops, I don't know the name of this grass, but it is amazing and huge!

Closeup of the Pineapple Lily

Old fashioned pink rose (a mystery), has an amazing perfume.

Tiger Lily, watch out for the pollen it will never wash out if you get it on your clothes !

Espaliered apples, possibly Cox's Orange Pippin

Monday, January 25, 2016

Clouds and Mountains

This morning on my way in to town I just had to stop and take a couple of photo's of the magnificent
Mt Bradley  (855m) and the amazing clouds coming over the top. The cloud does this quite a bit, but I don't always have my camera with me, so I'm glad I did.

The cloud looks like it is literally pouring over the mountain

A wee bit closer
 And then there was this on the drive, the flax flowers behind the Red Hot Pokers, and both a favourite with the Bellbirds, full of nectar.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Red Carpet

Hi there,
We are very fortunate to have a beautiful Pohutukawa tree (Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa) in our garden and although they are endemic to the North Island of New Zealand, they go grow quite happily here in the South Island. Sometimes referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree, because they flower around that time of the year. Well, ours is a wee bit slower, so it is normally a few weeks after, but what a show ! The flowers are actually a mass of stamens and they tree is literally buzzing with all the bees and birds, particularly the native Bellbird and their glorious song.
And then the flowers start to fall and the ground is a red carpet.

The tree full height

The red carpet is thick on the boardwalk

The tree is covered in flowers
Our steps to nowhere

Such a pretty colour

It's everywhere !