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 ~ 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

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.

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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