Spring has…exploded!


Yesterday, little Mr. and I headed to great grandmas for some gardening.  There was a weedy patch that I cracked into for a while.  At the end we gathered some insanely colourful flowers for a bouquet and I thought they were beautiful enough for a photo…and then it struck me that something else might make them even more beautiful… haha.


The colours erupting from the trees and earth this spring have been pretty spectacular.

Our little herb patch has nearly tripled in volume in the warmer weather, and I can only guess how many lbs of parsley I’ve had over the past few months.  It’s cranking out produce.  We are so thankful for the bounty this little space has already provided us, and hopefully when the flowers turn to seed shortly, I’ll be able to save a few and plant even more.  Fingers crossed the large garden beds are up and ready soon so we can also enjoy some home grown veggies.

Do you keep a veggie patch/herb garden?  Which types are your favourite to grow?

We’ve had a few spring visitors which include all the local dogs (thank god Tess is fixed!) and some hungry sheep with their wee lamb in tow.  Many of the paddocks around Palmerston are full to the brim of fat little lamb and calves.

The orchard facing our house was a mass of white and pink flowers a few weeks back – and looked absolutely stunning particularly in the later hours of the day when the soft sunlight shone from behind lighting everything in a really nice golden hue.

Anyway that’s me rambling on about how gorgeous it is here in New Zealand right now!

Till next time…



A Rainy Sunday


Last night the rain came crashing down.  It sounded like bowling balls falling down, hitting heavy enough to cave in the roof.  In the early morning we woke to a bit of a pond drowning our lawn.  We’re loving the little boost to our rainwater tank and hopefully we’ll be sweet for most of summer.

Naturally it’s a bit wet and cloudy outside today – so we’re keeping ourselves entertained indoors. Wesley has been loving story time, and is just learning the enjoy the peek-a-boo game.  He now has two teeth.

We’d intended to begin building some garden boxes from scavenged/reclaimed wood this weekend but may need to get that project started in a few days time.  The past few weeks Mike and I have been planting and growing a variety of veggie seedlings, and will be ready to put those into deeper soil soon.

At this rate it’s looking to be a bit of a movie day.

Is there anything you’ve seen recently you would watch again?  

We have Netflix as well…

We’d love to be exposed to some new films or tv programs.  What’s on your radar?

I thought I’d share some music we’ve been listening to lately…  The first three tracks are by kiwi artists.

Thomston – Collarbones

Kings – Don’t Worry Bout’ It (another Kiwi artist)


The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down ft. Daya (Hipst3r Edit)

Wentworth – You Don’t Know Me


Grandma Izzy


This past weekend we dropped in on Mike’s grandma in Fielding.  She is a keen knitter, baker and gardener and can often be found piecing together small squares into special blankets whilst watching sports.  Wes was gifted a one of these blankets before he was born, and it now proudly lay on his crib.  During this particular visit she asked if Mike might like to help her put together some colours for her next blanket.

And so they began the process (it’s complicated) of sorting out what the design should be.

Wes played with his Uncle Glen, and I cruised around taking photos of everyone and admired the plants.

Just about each time we have been over for a visit we have been gifted these incredible bouquets of flowers from her gardens.  I don’t think you could find nicer ones in the stores… I was handed a massive armful of flowers and have placed them in water and now we are admiring them in our kitchen.

Slow Cooked Vegetarian Chilli


This slow cooked vegetarian chilli will put a little fire in your belly.  It was inspired by a food blogging friend Elaine who writes Foodbod.  She posts really creative vegetarian food often with middle eastern influence of fragrant spices and sauces.

Right, so yesterday I was inspired to make some slow cooked chilli.  This all went into a slow cooker and was left to simmer for basically the entire day.  I scavenged for it in the pantry but you could throw in whatever you wanted for your chilli too.

  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3x capsicum (red orange and yellow)
  • 2x Spring onions
  • 2 table spoons of paprika
  • 2 table spoons of chilli powder
  • However much salt you prefer
  • 5 large pieces of garlic crushed

This all simmered on low heat from 10am to about 4pm.  Then in the last hour I added two heaping spoonfuls of cocoa powder, which took off the acidic edge and gave it a really dark rich look and taste.  I’d never thrown in cocoa before, and saw that Elaine had done so… honestly am never not putting it in again!  It was delicious.

The topping is a mixture of: Colby cheese, cilantro, parsley, raw red onion, lime zest and juice with avocado and finally a few green jalapeños.  I also toasted a few pieces of tortillas in olive oil and butter for yummy dipping vessels.

For the 400 hours that this meal cooked, Wes and I ran amok.  He and I headed to the Manawatu river for our daily walk.  It’s about 6.5km – I puff away and eventually end up misty and sweaty and he sings like a wee little bird or passes out for the 1.25 hours it takes me to get the walk in.

He cut his first tooth yesterday, and I couldn’t help myself and have since been calling it a “Toof”.  I’m sure my ridiculous vocabulary is going to mess him up some as he gets into school.  I count before I pick him up “One, two, free” and can often hear Mike cutely doing the same.

Wes is such a beautiful, happy, content little boy.  He gets the giggles when I change his outfits, because he has ticklish armpits and he laughs at me when he has done a little poop and it surprises me.  He enjoys my interpretive dancing (the more awkward the more giggles I get) and sometimes talks himself to sleep.  We’ve seen him grow and change each day, and I am smiling whilst writing this because he really brightens my day.

The red marks all over my neck and chest in the image above, are from his little fingernails which I promptly trimmed last night as he fell asleep.

In other non baby news…

My younger sister Andrea is marrying her soulmate Kris in Cuba this week, and the family are all in attendance to celebrate for a week of fun in the sun.  We really wished we could have been there, and have been sending loads of love and support to them for their special day.  They will definitely have some really cool new memories together to cherish.  I know Wesley would have loved to watch everyone dancing…

Fern Walk, Pohangina Valley


Yesterday, I spent two and a quarter hours hiking in the Pohangina Valley, on the search for some local native orchids.  While my flower search was fruitless, the hiking was quite stunning and peaceful.  The air was so refreshing, with no one else around it felt like I’d stepped back in time… I found myself imagining what it must have felt like for the original settlers of New Zealand to inhabit and clear this bush for settlement and farm land.

The emerald coloured fern, covered the forest floor and ancient Rimu and Totara trees towered above creating a dark dense walk.  If you’re in the area I highly recommend you check out this wonderful track.