My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden ~ Peapicking grandson turns two


Life’s been busy since he came to live here last year. The garden’s full of discoveries – hedgehogs, water, animals and all sorts of things to pick and eat.

Negotiating the puddles  Driveway puddles are a natural hazard when you’re short-stuff.

Feeding the neighbour’s pigs Neighbour’s pigs love my rejected cooked dinners. I take the pig bucket with my food scraps every day.

Feeding hay to the calves in the winter Grandad just wouldn’t cope without my help. The electric fence is scary though.

Cooking makes a boy hungry Cooking makes a boy hungry. I let Nana help me make banana cake and date scones.

Wheelbarrow time There’s gardening to do and peas to pick. Daddy really needs my help with his new raised garden.

Sweetcorn is the new peas Sweetcorn is the new peas (Nana’s note: what he doesn’t know is that more peas are busy sprouting in secret places he doesn’t know about yet).

Black grapes is good I’ve moved on from strawberry tasting. The grapevine is a good place to hang out this month. I’ll get Nana to pick bunches of pink, white and black grapes for my friends at my party.

Story day with my friends at Playcentre My friends at Playcentre are coming to my birthday party.

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.

2 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Peapicking grandson turns two

  1. Wow, multi-generational gardening, there is hope for the human race!

    Good for you to be able to share your passion with your grandson!

  2. Dear Mrs. Litchfield,

    Please contact me by e-mail. I would like permission to use the second picture in this post on my website.

    Thank you,

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