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 ~ the ‘no ordinary storm’ has moved on and the power’s back on


The ‘no ordinary storm’ has wreaked its havoc across our part of the country. After a whole day without power we were switched back on about three hours ago. Things haven’t been too bad here. We’re somewhat sheltered by hills from the full brunt of the easterlies that are continuing to sweep down the east coast of the country. We kept the fire going and like others, heeded the advice to stay indoors and sat it out. I did venture out with the camera at the height of the deluge and got soaked for my effort.

Things seemed to quieten in our neighbourhood about mid-afternoon so Himself chose to inspect the fencelines rather than play Scrabble! Just because he doesn’t like playing against someone who uses more than  four letters to make words! So I got the camera out again. This time, it was our fences that took a real battering.  

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.

2 thoughts on “My Garden ~ the ‘no ordinary storm’ has moved on and the power’s back on

  1. Wow….That really was no ordinary storm. That’s a LOT of water!

    I’m glad you’re okay. Not toooo much damage I hope?

    What happened about your grandson’s party? Did it get postponed? What a shame to have nasty weather like that…

  2. Grandson’s party with friends and family was postponed. We tried to vsit on Tuesday night – his actual birthday but couldn’t get through because more flooding happened as a result of a second storm. We phoned and he was full of details about his new Benten (not sure of the spelling) toy from Mum and Dad. He has quite a collection so birthday life did have its upside. A third party event is planned for this Saturday. Extra LOL and a BIG prezzie from Nana and Poppa for patient birthday boy is still in order, don’t you think.

    NZ is being pummeled by a second severe storm event since the ‘no ordinary’ storm last weekend. This one hit our region first on monday night and it has since moved across the whole country causing serious damage. We consider we got off very lightly in both weather events. People elswhere are suffering the trauma of losing heir homes because of coastal surges, slips, high winds and so it goes – communities were cut off. South Island is in for the stormy battering today.

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