Golden summer days

Hello again.

I know it has been far too long since I last posted.  Work has eaten me up and I haven’t had much time to garden or do much else, aside from catching up on housework & laundry on my days off.  I also left our old faithful digital camera outside during a fine, misty rain a few months back and my phone’s camera is not as good as that one.  So my photographs have all been very fuzzy and not post-worthy.

On the garden front, not much is happening because I have no time!  It’s been a tad disappointing to have let my veggie garden get completely overgrown, but one day I’ll have it weed-free again.

Finally caught up on laundry today so I harvested our two tubs of Agria potatoes.  They are so golden.

Picture of this year's Agria potato harvest

The summer is flying by- we’ve been to the beautiful beach a few times and have had very lovely sunny days here.

My succulents on the porch are all very happy and low maintenance, which is awesome.  Finally found the name of my favorite one!  It’s a sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’.   Very happy flowers :)

Secum rupestre 'Angelina' bloom

Also, the first tree in our backyard that flowered this spring is a plum tree.  I’m not sure what kind though, but  the fruit is small and sweet, with red flesh.  Unfortunately it’s up on a ridge so I can’t really get to it.  I’ve only eaten a few windfall plums that the birds & bugs didn’t get to.  The back yard smells like fermenting plum wine at the moment, and I have to clear them in order to get to my clothes line.  YUM!

There are also heaps of blackberries taunting me from up on the ridge.  I wonder if I can talk Ben into climbing up there & picking some.

Hope your gardens are going well if you’re down under!  And if you’re up North, stay warm!  Lots of snow pictures circulating through my Facebook feed at the moment.

How is your season going?

Rainy day surprise

It’s rained all day today, much to my chagrin!

I really wanted to do some weeding today.  There is this awful weed taking over the yard.  Ben’s Dad told me the name of it, and unfortunately I can’t remember it at the moment, but it was a very fitting name for this damn weed.  I will ask him for the name again, and moan about it some more.  I’m sure any kiwis reading will know what it is as soon as I name it and stick a picture on here.

I also wanted to get Mr. Courgette into his spot out front in the raised garden bed.  I think it’s time I bit the bullet and stuck him out there.  Fingers crossed that he has enough leaves to deter someone from digging him up and making off with him!

I spent today making mental lists of things that I need to do (I should really get these down on paper), watching my new favorite channel, SoHo ( I had no idea Mad Men was so good!) and ignoring the laundry that needs doing.

I did get quite a surprise, today though!  Ben must have not read my blog post about us not buying things, because he bought me a new phone today.  It was a bit of an OMG moment when I realized what he’d done.

I’ve been watching these phones on trademe for about six months now, and happened to put one on our watch list, and he bought the darn thing.  It’s a used phone, but the seller took really good care of it, so it’s pretty much brand new and we got it for half of what the new ones go for.  So it’s not new, but it’s new to me!

I feel very spoiled. Very, very spoiled.  Thank you so much, Bennie!  I am a very lucky lady.

He has get out of jail free card until after Christmas, and can consider himself to be very lucky indeed ;)

Also, I’m not expecting any Christmas presents, because it was like Christmas for me when the seller dropped the phone off.

I did tell him that we’re not getting anything else for a while.  Saving now!  And I’m studying for my driver’s license test.  I used to have one in the US, but yeah…it’s a long story and now I have to go through all the learner’s stuff here in NZ to get another one.  A long story. And not as exciting as getting a new phone, I can tell you that!

I’ve been trying to figure out everything about it (yes it did come with a book, but I haven’t read it yet) for the last couple of hours, and it does so much more than my old phone does!

I love this phone.

I did stop to clean the kitchen and get the hoovering done, so I can say I did that today.

Also, there were a few more surprises today  — now & gwen has 25 likes on Facebook!  I was so excited to see that today that I actually squeed out loud.  And, this post is the 50th post here at now & gwen.  Thank you so much for reading this far without telling me to stop.  I appreciate it!

Have you gotten any good surprises lately?

Picture source.

Today’s ponderings

Just a quick post from me today — I know I said I’d do a garden update, but after spending a lot of time outside in the sun today, I just want to snuggle with cats and watch the new SoHo channel on Sky.  They’re playing A Game of Thrones! Expect mucho garden pictures tomorrow, I promise.

Here is what I’ve been pondering today:

Should I keep blogging every day?

Yesterday was the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  I enjoyed the challenge, and completed my 31 posts, but I can’t help but feel that the challenge was aimed at bloggers who run businesses.

Even though my blog isn’t probably what that challenge was created for, I did enjoy blogging every day when I could, so this month, I’ve decided to give NaBloPoMo a try.  National Blog Posting Month was originally in November, but it happens every month, so it’s something I can stick with, I guess?  The community there looks much more varied and I think I’ll like it a lot more, and if you do post every day in November, there are prizes to be won! Awesomesauce.

I guess I don’t have to think about making that decision anymore, since it was settled when I wrote the second paragraph.

Should I put Mr. Courgette in the raised garden bed?

Mr. Courgette is doing well in his pot on the back patio, but a slug got to one of his leaves (or perhaps snail…I’ve seen heaps in the compost bin).  I’m wondering if he’s big enough for me to put in the raised garden bed without fear of him being plantnapped. I think he won’t be vulnerable to slugs & snails in the garden bed, as it’s surrounded by gravel and they apparently don’t like it?

I have compared him with a picture of Ms. Courgette when I put her in the garden bed, and she looks to be a bit bigger than he was, so maybe I’ll wait.  I’m still not sure.  The plantnappers haven’t been back, as far as we can tell.

I shall mull this one over tonight, and decide tomorrow.

Should I move this blog to my own site/server set up?

I would love to hear from more experienced bloggers about this.  Obviously I’ve only just started blogging, so I’m not really planning on moving anywhere just yet, but it would be nice hearing what the pros and cons are from bloggers who have had blogs on wordpress/blogspot/etc. and moved their blogs to their own websites.

I think the main reason I’m considering it is because I’d love to one day be able to have the kind of blog that supports itself somehow.  I guess I’d have to tie myself down to a narrower subject matter for that, but one can dream?

I would also like a bit more freedom when it comes to what’s actually on the sidebars of my blog, and the design, too.

What have you been pondering lately? Care to give me any advice on my ponderings? :)


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