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A New Year, a fresh start to blogging … and of new trees

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Retirement I’ve discovered is just a word. Life got busier in the two years since we returned to New Zealand in 2011.

In this time Himself and I have    pulled out the old swimming pool, planted 100 gum trees for coppicing firewood, felled and cleared a shelter-belt trees,  demolished the polyhouse  that was storm-damaged during our absence, redecorated our lounge (still more rooms to do), daily care for three grandsons, attacked weeds,  tended animals and so it the list goes on, In our tired moments we dream to be our physical 30-year old selves again. Then we wake up. 

In 2014 autumn, I want to develop the area we filled in after removing the pool. So far I’ve cleared old plants. It’s quite a large rectangular,  sheltered, sunny space bordered by the house and a shed leading to the driveway. I’m dreaming of and researching ways to freshen this area and yet  keep it simple. For the first time I’m developing a gardening plan. Much of my approach to gardening over the years has been casual  and has evolved to suit whims, soil and available materials. I’ve made lots of mistakes. One thing I know – think first about soil and environment.

And thinking about soil and environment, we planted 100 eucalypts for five reasons. We need shade and shelter for animals, Swamp gums should improve the drainage of the boggy paddock. Provide a carbon soak. Food source for bees and birds. Sustainable firewood. In May, I bought and planted two-year root stocks. Months later these trees are all healthy and shooting up fast.  

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 “A New Year, a fresh start to blogging … and of new trees

  1. Welcome back to the blogging world and the garden Jenny. You’ve been missed. I don’t blog anymore myself, but I have always enjoyed reading your posts. Good luck with all the projects you are taking on, it seems a monumental set of tasks.

    • Welcome back to the blogging world and the garden Jenny. You’ve been missed. I don’t blog anymore myself, but I have always enjoyed reading your posts. Good luck with all the projects you are taking on, it seems a monumental set of tasks.

  2. Yes please write more about life in NZ!

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