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This is it!!!!!

OK! Third time lucky. This time I am really going to write a Blog and publish it...a year will be too long for a come back, and 2024 is marching on. I will start this blog for February with November's...
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“The Night Comes Down”

I'm pretty sure that's a title of a Queen song...my dear Cousin, who shares my borderline obsession, says they're better than Shakespeare for offering suitable sayings! Oh dear, aren't we sad... In this case, referring to the approach of the...
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Autumn Joy!

Autumn is shaping up to be a lot more acceptable than Summer...we have had a fair amount of Autumn rain but in acceptable quantities now. It's quite funny reading last years diaries for Autumn, so excited to get 20 mils...
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Mysteriouser and Mysteriouser…

Well, it's March now, 2023 marches on, and technically Autumn is upon us. Autumn usually follows Summer, but in this case it appears to be tacked onto the veeeeeery long Spring. I know other parts of the country have experienced...
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December Cheer? or Drear…?

November has passed seamlessly into December, with little change in anything. The rain and wind continues, the rain infinitely more bearable than the wind. This morning it is raining pleasantly and thankfully the hurricane force winds in evidence for the...
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It’s November – All on in the garden!

As promised I'm attempting to get this blog out before the month runs out and the Silly Season descends. I need to give my slightly decrepit body a break between bouts of activity, so I can sit for a bit...
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Rocking October

If you're a Spring or Summer plant in the garden, October is your busiest month. Everyone is rushing around madly, fighting for space and a spot in the sun. What we call weeds join in merrily, despite best efforts of...
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Spring has Sprung!

September is in it's last week now, and I think the Woes of Winter are forgotten. However we are having a very wet Spring! Surprise, surprise! We've managed some lovely days tho, including today. I'm currently wasting a perfect Spring...
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Wettest Winter on record!

Well on my records anyway. I believe Kaiaua officially recorded 347 mil of rain for the month of July, and guess what???August ain't looking a lot better. To be fair we had 2 nice patches of frosty fine weather and...
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Real Winter Weather Woes…

Don't you just love alliteration! W seems to an excellent letter for Winter Woes. I haven't even mentioned wild, windy, wet, watery or worrisome yet! July is here with a vengeance. The Northern hemisphere are having their party party time,...
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Pre-Winter Wild Weather Woes

They call the beginning of June Winter, but that's just to round up the calendar numbers. Actually it starts with the shortest day, which is fast approaching. I say this to make myself feel better about how behind I am...
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By the pricking of my thumbs…

...something wintry this way comes. Yes thumb pricking is the highlight of May as I rush to get cuttings in pots during this prime time. I always put off making the Rugosas and other super thorny specimens if I can...
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The Delights of Autumn

What a magnificent month is that of April! I have a birthday, which usually includes catching up with some family and friends and as of 2023 it will also be the birthday of my 1st grandchild who was born last...
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Blast.

This headline is a serious double entendre, possibly a triple entendre (pretty sure triple is not the French word for triple....looked it up, it's "trois fois", so therefore a "trois fois entendre", doesn't sound quite the same...) Whatever, the Blast...
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Admitting Total Failure…

I'm always so late at getting this missive in the airways, but this time I have gone past late and into total fail...I shall try to remedy the situation by completing January in  the very first week (or die in...
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When it all happens is now!

November is the month of the roses...by the middle of the month, ie now, nearly all the roses are opening their first buds, if not in full flush, if not already finished! Because I had so many new cut back...
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Here we go again…

Late again...don't know how this keeps happening...the months fly by in a haze of gardens and cows with very little computer time! A certain amount of time at this time of year is spent in rapt examination of new faces...
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Better late than seldom…

...A favourite quote from my father! Not sure what happened to August...lost in a blur of gardening and tending my broken husband who foolishly prolapsed a disc and became non-operational...progress is painfully slow, but at least it exists. Back to...
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Jolly July…Just Joking

Possibly the least jolly month is July. On frosty mornings like there was earlier today one can feel happy about the garden and the world in general, but July is the month just to get through I feel. When you...
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Winter sets in this month

June heralds the start of Winter, although in my view it's mostly Autumn really until the 21st and the Winter Solstice and then its really Winter. The recent flooding rains in the South are clearly their, be it slightly behind...
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