My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden ~ Severe Weather


The garden is now well and truly watered. The temperatures are still quite warm so the plants are happy – as were the pukeko. About 230 mm rain fell at our place in the last 24 hours. Easterly winds caused some tree damage. The animals were moved to higher ground. Himself said that as he took down the electric fencing from the stream boundary the water was rising rapidly from behind. Local roads were cut off – I wondered if I’d make it home tonight because of the extent of the flooding. We escaped very lightly in comparison to elsewhere in the region which had heavier falls of up to 400 mm causing serious washouts and slips on roads.

Rising Floodwaters Flooding  Flooding

There’s quite a bit of debris to clear away later when things dry out.

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.

3 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Severe Weather

  1. Yes…as you said your garden is watered! That kind of flooding can be a little scary. I appreciated the pictures you included and will be praying that you didn’t have too much damage.

  2. Been there (my part of NC had a huge flood 2 years ago due in large part to poor land mgt/overdevelopment) and understand the utter havoc water can do.

    I hope you don’t end up losing significant amounts of land as a result.

    I am sorry for your loss of trees, that is tough to take after watching them grow.

    However, this is one of mother nature’s ways of teaching us what should be planted where, don’t you think?

  3. People in the rest of the region suffered far worse flood damage to their homes and businesses so we and our neighbours must count our blessings. Thanks for your prayers morninghasbroken. The streambank is where erosion happened. I was encouraged to note one area where I’d planted a small stand poplars (not photographed) has remianed stable and standing. So I agree with you in21 about learning from mother nature.

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