Author Archives: Clare

Remembering Cliff

In this post I want to show Cliff enjoying life. I have so many photos it was hard to decide which ones to use. They will be placed in no particular order. This interesting picture shows us looking out of … Continue reading

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Rainbow July 17 2017

Around 4:30 this afternoon I walked out to the letterbox to see if there was any mail. It had stopped raining this  morning so I was surprised by the big double rainbow I saw on my way back to the … Continue reading

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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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