My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden


Don’t know what I did but I managed delete a post and the comments re the benefits of Roses and ecological diversity in the garden. I tried Ctrl + Z but no luck.

It was cooler after a spate of hot humid days. I was wandering round the garden – glass of wine in hand – enjoying the scents and colours of some of my summer blooms.

buff-beauty.JPG  Graham Thomas Rose  Westfalen Park Rose

Buff Beauty        Graham Thomas        Westfalen Park

Author: Jenny

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 put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

5 thoughts on “My Garden

  1. I hope you will re-post the recipe for Pavlova. I was just telling someone about it and was going to print it out for her to make.

  2. This is a recipe my sister and I and others we know tend to use. Do use a clean, dry non-metallic mixing bowl. We use an electric mixer.
    Beat 4 large egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks can be formed when the beater is lifted from the mixture. Add 3 tablespoons of cold water and beat again. Add 1 cup castor sugar – gradually, 1 tablespoonful at a time while still beating and beat until very thick and glossy. Beat in 1 teaspoon vinegar and 11/2 teaspoons cornflour. Pile onto greased paper in a circle on a greased tray and bake at 120C degrees for one hour. Turn oven off and leave in for another hour. (Basically the pavlova is dried out). The result should be crisp outside and a marshmallowy texture inside.
    When cooled, peel off baking paper. Spread with whipped cream. Decorate with fruits ie. passionfruit, sliced kiwifruit, tamarillo, strawberries or other berry fruits, grapes – your choice. Shaved chocolate sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts tastes great.
    You could flavour the cream with liqueur. I like to blend Cointreau with passionfruit and/or strawberries.
    Another option: 1 cup of lightly toasted ground hazelnuts can be folded gently into the pavlova mixture after it is beaten and before it is baked.

  3. Thank you very much for re-visiting this for me. I have a printed copy now! Sorry to hear about all the rain!

  4. Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m
    planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
    unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  5. Hey there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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