Sunday, 29 May 2016

Golden Apples

 I've never stored Golden Delicious apples long term before even though the old tree has been here for years.  We've tended to either eat them quite quickly or stew and freeze them.  Golden Delicious apples stewed with a little sugar and cinnamon are heavenly!   This year I stored a box of them wrapped in newspaper and I've discovered they are not especially good keepers.  They're already shrivelling up somewhat and going quite soft so I'm going to stew and freeze these ones too.

What is very noticeable though is the gorgeous golden colour they have turned.  Straight off the tree and kept short term they are a rather pale, insipid green-more-than-gold which did always make me wonder why they called them Golden Delicious.  Now I know why!   Keep them long enough and they really are gloriously gold and delicious!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Tabitha Again

This is a couple of photos of Tabitha that I took today, Tabitha being of course the wild black kitten who mysteriously appeared at our place a few months ago.  She has certainly grown since she adopted us!

And a few weeks back she discovered the best place to sleep at night is with Grandfather in his bed, where she now sleeps every night. This is one kitten who knows how to fall on her feet!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Miniature Roses

These little beauties are so often under-rated but some of these miniature roses I have photographed in our garden from time to time are quite exquisite.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

White Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

This gorgeous white cat shows up here most days and sunbathes on the roof of one of the sheds we have near the old oak tree.  She is dazzling white and so pretty!  She comes over from one of the neighbours.  Our cats never seem to challenge or confront her so she seems to have reached some arrangement with them to use this roof for her own private sunbathing area!

Sunday, 22 May 2016


I bought this lovely patchwork quilt set - shown on my bed - online from a very nice lady in Christchurch some years ago.  I think it's machine made but I still really like it.   I love patchwork and I think this is a very attractive star pattern.  Making a patchwork quilt by hand is on my own "to do" list and one day maybe I'll finally get there! I love the artistry of those who are really good at this craft and can't think of a better family heirloom than a beautiful patchwork quilt.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Front Garden

Below are some photos of the front garden which I have taken in recent years. Ours is not the kind of manicured garden you enter in a "best garden in the street" competition, more a riot of roses, dahlias and weeds! I guess you could say it's rambling......and there's not an annual in sight.

We do however have in it a cabbage tree, a snowball tree, a kowhai tree, a pohutakawa tree, azaleas, rhododendrons, camelias, snowdrops, bluebells, roses, dahlias, ferns, fuchsias, daffodils, flax, firs, hydrangeas, grape hyacinth, agapanthus and more...... quite the eclectic mix!