My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

My Garden – dry weather and a hedgehog

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There’s been no rain for several days now. The wind is having a drying effect on the pasture. Am glad I mulched the garden plants – the soil below feels moist and cool. A hedgehog nestled in a sheltered spot near our woodshed. It appeared late one afternoon obviously thirsty or hungry or both. Next day at the same time , it reappeared with three babies in tow (are they called hoglets?). The mother left them huddled in a sunny spot and went search of food. A couple of days later, we were upset to find her lying in the grass with her hind leg bitten off and the stump infected – we can only think there may have been an unfortunate encounter with a stoat or weasel – we have no traps or dogs.  We placed cat food and water near the babies and their mother – we did not really know what else to do. Sadly they did not survive.

Hedgehogs in my garden

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

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