Author Archives: Clare

Planting at Arnold Acres

Any place that isn’t either easy to mow or part of a view is fair game for filling in with native grasses or trees. This area is a very wet bank on the slope down to the river. The plant … Continue reading

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Saving a Hydrangea

This was the first hydrangea we planted. Subsequently we planted flaxes and some trees sowed themselves nearby. The hydrangea had been swallowed up and had almost disappeared. I was reminded of it every week or so when  I emptied the … Continue reading

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Red Roses for Cliff on our Anniversary

April 24 would have been our 27th anniversary. We decided to get get married the day before Anzac Day so we’d always have a day off the next day. Once we retired every day was a holiday but the date … Continue reading

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Memorial Tree for Cliff

Our good friends Patty and Alex, who live in Italy, wanted to give me a tree to honor Cliff’s memory. Patty spoke to the owner of our local nursery and decided a Japanese maple would be a nice choice. They … Continue reading

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Cliff’s Birthday—March 23

Cliff always loved his birthday. He used to say that March was the best month because it was when he was born. August was the second best month—you can guess why. We both hoped he would have been able to … Continue reading

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New Flag

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The strong New Zealand sun has been fading our flag ever since we erected our flagpole in September of 2015. Last month we sent away to The Flag Shop Ltd for a replacement. In fact, we bought two just to … Continue reading

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Roasted Garlic Cloves

Almost ready to eat

It’s time to plant garlic. Every year we select the biggest garlic cloves from last year’s crop to try to improve our yield. We break up the biggest bulbs and select the fattest cloves. That leaves a lot of cloves … Continue reading

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Fresh Cranberries

West Coast cranberries

Until a few years ago fresh cranberries were almost impossible to buy in New Zealand. That changed when Wild Ruby Cranberries planted their first crop in 2007. Even so, it was a pretty good secret until recently. Harvesting is weather … Continue reading

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Aoraki/Mount Cook

Our lucky day.

May was our rainiest month since living on the West Coast—672mm to be precise. Even the natives were sick of the rain. We gambled on the weather and drove to Mount Cook. On our second day even the mini snow … Continue reading

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Make your own foaming soap refill

Ready to use home made foaming soap

Foaming soap dispensers work by mixing air and a thin liquid soap as the pump is depressed. Refills can be purchased and the manufacturers want us to think the correct brand of refill is essential to the pump dispenser continuing … Continue reading

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