Monday, June 20, 2022


As anyone who follows this blog knows, we have lots of Monarch butterflies in the garden.  Apart from that the only butterfly we tend to see is the common white which is my enemy when it lays eggs on my brassicas.  Doug was quite surprised a couple of days ago to see a different butterfly.  It was a Yellow Admiral. 

 It was in quite a sorry state with its wings quite tattered.  It was pleased to find the Mexican Marigold and stayed there drinking the nectar for some time.  

Doug has released 375 Monarch butterflies this season and is still releasing them in spite of the drop in temperature.  A very cold 15°C today.

Thursday, June 2, 2022


From our kitchen window we look out at a birdbath.  Doug just noticed this happy blackbird having a bath.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


 These are Doug's photos.  Unfortunately, he had inadvertently changed the setting on his camera and the colours are not quite right.  There were a lot more sculptures than the ones in these two posts.

It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed our walk.  The Gardens Cafe is usually closed on a Monday and Tuesday but was open specially for the Sculptures but, unfortunately, there was a long queue so we went to a nearby cafe.

Monday, May 30, 2022


We cancelled our Parkinson walk this morning because of rain but last Tuesday 4 of us from the group went to the Quarry Gardens to view the Sculpture Exhibition which ran for a week.  All the items were for sale and the majority had already sold when we viewed. The subjects and medium used varied considerably.

These are the photos I took and tomorrow I will post Doug's photos.  

I did like the bird above but, unfortunately, he was in the shade and didn't come out very clearly.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022


 On Monday the Parkinson walking group walked around the Town Basin Loop (4.2 kms. the longest walk we have done for a long time).  We were particularly pleased to see the Rolling Ball Clock that was installed at the beginning of last month.  I tried to get some photos but there was a lot of reflection on the glass.  Below is from the website.

The only photo I managed was of the pedalling man.  He appears to lift some of the balls up although in the time we were there  he wasn't  working.

If you are interested go here   and there is a live stream of the clock and a lot of information.  The clock runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. New Zealand time.

Above is a view of the golden dome of the Hundertwasser building from near the Rolling Ball Clock.

Friday, May 20, 2022


We are continuing to improve although still get tired quickly.  On Tuesday we felt well enough to have  our flu vaccinations.  

We have started going on the Parkinson Walks again and I took this photo when we walked alongside the harbour in Onerahi recently.  

Have been keeping up with the garden.  The first lot of broccoli have been eaten and we have just started on the pak choi.

WE have quite a bit of silver beet (Swiss chard) growing although the caterpillars have taken a liking to it as well.

Recently planted kale and more broccoli.  I also have two punnets of purple sprouting broccoli and ordinary broccoli coming on.  

The lemon tree that got hit by a falling cactus is laden with fruit.

We covered the banana bunches with blue Council rubbish bags and they are looking good.

We managed to cut back some buddleia bushes.  They were three times this height and Doug cut them back while I mulched the smaller branches.  We then cut the larger bits up for firewood.  It was done over a couple of days,.

The Mexican Marigold or Tagetes Lemmonii  is doing well and providing much needed nectar for the Monarch butterflies at this time of year