Apple season

Apple cheeks, apple weeks, the race against the birds… The inherited tree which has the codlin moth – I know it’s time to strip the tree when the birds begin to peck at the apple tops – this means they are sweet and ready. Cutting around the moth tunnels, making apple sauce which turn into … Continue reading Apple season

Setting the year ablaze

For the last few years, I’ve chosen a word for the year – something to mull over, to set intention, to facilitate ongoing inner growth… For a few years there, the word was ‘No’, as in learning to say no, to be assertive, to DISCERN what was and wasn’t important to me… Last year’s word … Continue reading Setting the year ablaze

top pops to the shop of the op

Op-shopping. I have the habit deep! It’s a hobby that clothes my family, furnishes and decorates my home, fills up my gift-suitcase (I stow interesting items in a suitcase so I always have something on hand when gifts are needed…) and combines simple/thrifty living with re- and upcycling plus the joy of a treasure hunt. I often … Continue reading top pops to the shop of the op

good times in small towns

Old-timey cinemas… and the shop of the ‘OP’ … …where the kind lady who runs it is trying to find the person who didn’t get the full dinner-set… But you are a city-slicker nowadays and where you get the most excited is when a cafe unexpectedly reminds you of Wellington…you suspect the coffee won’t be as … Continue reading good times in small towns

free nature mandala*

*those of you who are ancient like me, might get the bad pun in the title… I love mandala. I often make little ones out of windfalls and flowers, in my backyard or when I’m out and about. I love the idea of art that sits there until the weather scatters it off in all … Continue reading free nature mandala*