Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Sign

Brendon (left) and JohnI like it when the ‘Free to Harvest’ sign on the roadside garden brings people to our home. This morning, before we were even out of bed, Yashoda Dulal Das (John Herbison), who is on a year long journey with his brother, Brendon, in a cart pulled by their horse, Sampson, called to ask for water and a charge on his mobile phone. He said anyone who had painted on a roadside sign: ‘They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks’ and was offering free vegetables, could be trusted to give water. So, on this peaceful Papatowai morning, while those of many faiths around the world were busy fighting each other, Hare Krishna met Christian and left with some good vegetables.

Sampson

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MAD, MAD MARIGOLDS

I found this seriously weird marigold in my garden this morning. It’s multi-headed and is growing right out of an old seed head. And , NO, I don’t use Roundup. Anyone got any ideas??IMG_5071

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Blossom-pinchers (but we love them)

Our apple trees are safely netted from these gorgeous but hungry kereru (native pigeons). First they eat the new-season’s leaves, then they devour the blossoms, then they snip off any young fruit that has managed set. It’s rare to see flocks of kereru but here in the Catlins, we regularly have groups of 15-20 birds flying round, hunting out buds and blossoms. Fortunately, the gooseberry flowers seem too small to attract them.

"Say, did you see that apple blossom over there?"

“Say, did you see that apple blossom over there?”

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