Saturday, December 31, 2011


Another year older today.  Last night I photographed most of the hydrangeas we have on the property.  Most were here when we bought but the lovely white oak leafed hydrangea I got from a friend - it is still only small and just one flower but it almost sparkles.

The deeper blue one didn't have quite the depth of colour in the photo as it does in the flesh so to speak.

Unfortunately, hubby has had what I assume are hallucinations while in the Rest Home and is not at all happy - I know it is not really him that is talking.  He also picked up a nasty cough and is on antibiotics and asleep at the moment.

The weather has been atrocious - it is supposed to be summer - it is not cold but has been wet, wet, wet.  Have just stayed indoors for the whole of the holiday period.  Hopefully, the sun will reappear over the coming weekend.

Still it is another year soon.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Every year for about 15 years my lovely cousin in Canada has sent us a pewter ornament by Amos Pewters in Nova Scotia.  This is the one for this year. They are slightly smaller than horse brasses.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


With Christmas being in the summer we don't have holly with it's red berries but I think these alstroemerias, especially the small old fashioned one are a great alternative.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Getting There

It has been a difficult time.  I visited my lovely hubby on Monday to find him not pleased to see me.  I don't know whether it was vivid dreams or hallucinations but I had been doing all sorts of things.  Luckily, he settled down and was quite content when I left telling him I will collect him on Christmas Eve and bring him home.  I am not sure whether he knows where home is though.

I have finished the two lots of double antibiotics I was given and been having lots of rest.  For the first time in my 68 years I didn't really feel like putting up the Christmas decorations but I made the effort and am pleased with the result.  I finally went into town today and did a supermarket shop so we shouldn't starve for a few days at least.  I also bought some lettuce and penstemon plants and got them in the ground this afternoon.

Tomorrow I will bake some bread and a cake and gets lots more rest.  

Sunday, December 18, 2011


My lovely hubby is in a Rest Home for 12 days until Christmas.  This is the seventh day and, so far, I have spent most of the time resting.  I hadn't realised quite how exhausted I was.  We have had a very wet week which was more conducive to resting than working.

Anyway, yesterday I got out in the garden and did some dead heading of the roses and then cutting up some bamboo that has been down for a few weeks.  It will make good kindling in the winter months.

Whenever I have a container - be it bucket or wheelbarrow - Kim will always get in it.  Yesterday she stayed there even though I was putting rose prunings in with her.

In the other photo of Kim (in which her eyes are a bit unusual due to the flash) she is sitting about 10 feet up in a tree looking down at me trimming and cutting up the bamboo.  Meanwhile Kath was sitting on the path.  You can see how long the grass has got with all the rain.  I am assured it will be cut on Tuesday and the forecast is fine for then.

Kim is the only cat I have known to do a Meercat imitation which I have never managed to get on camera.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Season of Goodwill

As with most of the rest of the world New Zealanders are finding things tough this year and most are cutting down on their spending.

On Wednesday evening on one of our current affairs programmes there was a young boy with the most amazing buck teeth.  His orthodontist said they were the worst he had ever seen.  The poor lad even seemed to have trouble talking and was being bullied.  Not only is orthodontist work needed but operations on his jaw as well.

Last night we heard that $99,000.00 had been donated.  This is an amazing amount.  A trust has been set up and a car was bought for the family so that the father can get him to his appointments. We also learnt that his sister needs orthodontist work as well but she wasn't willing to go on national television.

The spirit of goodwill is alive and thriving and this will be life changing for the family.