Getting paint and glue on my fingers …

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some more art journal pages. A group I belong to online (Colour Me Positive) do a weekly challenge around various quotes. It has been good to get creative again. I have also been getting busy in the garden , tidying it up and getting ready for winter. it is another form of creativity I feel with a practical edge of course. This week I have planted out lots of brassicas- broccoli,cabbage,kale ,spinach and silver beet. They will give me the energy and vitamins to get through winter. her’s my art contributions, bye till next time.

Taranaki Garden Festival 2015

It is spring time in Taranaki and the annual garden festivals are on. There are two which run concurrently. The Powerco Garden Spectacular and The Fringe Garden Festival. I have two friends staying with me from the Waikato who have come to see the gardens. They  took in 6 gardens on their way to me on Monday.  Then yesterday we visited another 6 gardens on a day which offered us typical spring weather, sunshine, cloud, sunshine and a bit of drizzle. It was a lovely day. This morning we woke up to winter again, heavy rain all day and a real drop in the temperature as the wind and rain swung around to the south. Brrr. after a quick trip up town to get supplies and visit our local art Gallery we headed home. Today we all decided was blob out day so on went the heater and extra layers for us all. Oh dear fingers crossed we will get out to more gardens tomorrow. In the meantime here are some of my photos from yesterday.

Sustainable living

it is so rewarding to be able to pick fruit and vegetables fresh from my garden I feel a real sense of satisfaction. My garden is not large as a whole but I have several raised garden beds for my Veges one is right out side my kitchen window

Kitchen garden
Kitchen garden

this spring I have also had a lovely display of bulbs at my door they are in a container I picked up for free when looking for pallets

Spring welcome at front door
Spring welcome at front door

Yesterday I decided to make bread for the first time in about 35 years. From scratch as it were I don’t have a bread machine. So I used an old recipe for an easy whole meal loaf which does not require kneeding I had got the ingredients during my last grocery shop so was all prepared. How great it was to experience again the smell of yeast rising, of the bread baking and of course that first mouthful of fresh out of the oven. The anticipation rose as I waited through each process. Wow yum 🙂

Fresh homemade bread
Fresh homemade bread

Of course I still have to get the ingredients for baking and seeds for the garden etc from shops but I am enjoying my new relaxed plenty of time life style. This is my first retirement Spring so I have been watching all the birds building nests and tweeting away all the day. I spend a little time everyday in my garden and those jobs I have been putting off while I wait for warmer weather are coming closer. So must away now to my next project whatever that may be…….. Lynne

The days are zooming by

Gosh I have been so busy pottering around in my garden, visiting friends and relaxing I forgot to keep adding to my blog. So back last year in October I was lucky enough to win a garden sculpture at a school  craft fair. It was very exciting and I had to meet up with the sculpturer so that he could personalise it for me . This has taken awhile due to unforeseen events on both sides but I finally  got  it yesterday and it is now installed in my garden. The piece is based on a stylised Maori fish hook but he has added a mountain shape to represent Mt Taranaki ( my maunga ) and a heart to both represent the love I have for my family and friends plus the heart issues I have had that have been resolved through modern medicines miracles . I see it every day as it sits by my deck and the entry to my back garden .

Sharing the fruits of one’s labour

Today was a lovely summer’s day and I spent it in the garden tidying up plants that had done their dash and nurturing the beans tomatoes and broccoli that will be on my plates in the days or weeks to come. In true broccoli fashion four of them are relay at once so I offered one to my neighbour who was happy to accept it and in exchange Gave  me some freshly dug potatoes how cool was that. That’s the sort of thing my folks all used to do when we were growing up and it is good to see that the spirit  of sharing is still alive and well.

My vege garden