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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

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 “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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