Thursday, December 18, 2014


Our wee house was formally WW2 army huts and was moved to this site in crates and then reassembled, the crates were then used as the floor boards. So although it is beautiful native timber Rimu, they are not T&G, but that will be another adventure some other time.
For now it is all about the roof and while I am sitting here there is a lot of work going on and a lot of noise, all progress.
First came the scaffolding and then lots of work to remove the old boards and roofing iron.

End of the house, vege garden amazing !

As long as I don't have to go up there !

We have been really lucky this week to have had some fine weather and not too hot or windy.
All sorts of goodies under the roof, mouse skull.
And today the old iron has been coming off and the are preparing the roof to put on the new long run colour steel.

A view from the street.

A rats nest.
For such an old house it is remarkably sound, all nice and dry, no wonder the rats and mice like it so much.

And for something completely different. A new macrocarpa post ( a piece left over from the vegetable garden) and street number we added a few weeks ago and also the clematis that decided to die on me, has returned from the dead and doing well, so now I am busy training it on the screen I made.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The vegetable garden and a new area of grasses

It has taken a couple of weeks, but the new macrocarpa sleepers are all in place for the large vegetable garden and looking great. Once the potatoes and other vegetable are over, we will fill with some more soil and compost.

Lots of potatoes and rhubarb.

The onions are doing really well. 
The broad beans have gone nuts, triffids !
The long term plan is to get rid of as much of the lawn as we can and save hours of mowing, so I expanded the garden out the front on the road reserve. A quick spray to kill the grass and then a thick layer of wood chippings and brick edging.
New grasses garden.
I have several large pieces of Totara and have wanted to use them as garden art, these are maybe 800+ years old, just beautiful. It is a bit hard to see, as the grasses blend in to the wood chippings, but I have filled the whole area with native grasses, sedges and another Kowhai tree. In a few months it will look lovely.
The path.
This path was originally covered with the wood chippings, but that got moved to the new garden. So I ripped some boards and made pegs for the edging and hopefully this week the stone chip will be delivered (Teddington stone is a lovely orange colour). The road cones, well I kind of like them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The garden and a visit to the Iris Garden in Motukara

Iris Garden lily pond 
very cool

The summer house

Although I have been working on the lower garden for the last few months there is always time for the vegetable garden and our latest project has been to use macrocarpa sleepers for the large vegetable garden, so last weekend we dug out all the old concrete edging and put in the sleepers two high on the downwards side and along the ends and next will be the other side, but only one high.

I loved this one with the bark still attached.

Decorating with Quotes

I was asked to curate a board on after showing a post of a frame I had used to show some quotes I had printed. And it was fun ! Looking at so many amazing ideas my fellow hometalkers come up with, very inspirational and lots of things I would like to try (soon, very soon).

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Potting Bench

Yesterday we took 15 big rubbish bags of that most awful noxious weed "wandering willy" to the dump, impossible to compost or spray, the only way to get rid of it is to rack it up and then bag it up and take it to the dump. I did read an article that suggested chooks love it, but don't have any at the moment (it's in the plan to get some again).
It has taken many hours to clear it out and no doubt I will have to do it again, but for now it is gone. 
Anyway, after the dump and morning tea we went to one of my favourite spots to score some free pallets, alas only one and an odd assortment of wood.
Well, I couldn't get most of the nails and bolts out, so had to improvise, a lot. But the result isn't too bad at all, slightly wonky and definitely not my best work, it will do just fine.

The back legs

Ready for work.

The Garden

Just some photo's of the garden this month and what has started to bloom.

The oh so beautiful New Zealand native Clematis, will be getting some more, hopefully it is easy to strike .
Clematis Paniculata
Already covered in flowers
This is where I had planted a white hybrid Clematis, that got sick, so I cut it down to the ground and planted this one, but it seems the first one is recovering, so may have to move paniculata.
And the planter box and obelisk are all planted up and looking good, although perhaps not in the right spot yet?
Purple and white pansies 
The Sweet Peas just breaking through.
And some more from around the garden.
Bright green/yellow Euphorbia 
Green Rose

Rhododendron President Roosevelt

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's Spring

And it is time to get out into the garden, weeding, trimming and best of all planting. This season my main project is getting the garden back from all the scrub and weeds, a very big job, luckily I have found a really great gardener to give me a hand and do some of the heavy stuff.
The new raised garden beds were already to go, so in went some of our homemade compost and after a trip to Mitre 10 for vegetable plants and some carrot seed tape (the only way to plant now, so easy), I planted out.

The broad beans looking pretty good
I have never grown broad beans, so thought it would be worth a try and they are going well, these are from seedlings, not seed.
Lettuce and beetroot
Just as well I used the wire cloches, as the sparrows have eaten all the leaves on the peas !
They looked fine from a distance, but
Not a leaf left, at least they don't eat the tomatoes in side the obelisk.