Now and then there’s a rat problem on the zigzag. They ate the pumpkins one year, very sneakily, from beneath, so we didn’t notice anything until we picked up the pumpkins! There are lots of local cats that help keep the rodent population down, joined recently Eric-the-Norwegian-forest-cat in all his fluffy orange-and-white glory and a … More New!

Summer Gifts

So many lovely surprises this summer. I opened the front door one day this week and there on the porch were some lemons in my gardening shoes. The day before, out on the path, I found two bags of manure from organically raised cows. I mixed the compost with mulch from a neighbour’s magic new mulching … More Summer Gifts

Saving St Gerard’s *&* Joe’s Place?

St Gerard’s Monastery, high on the hill above Wellington’s Oriental Bay, is yellow-stickered: the Wellington City Council (WCC) has assessed it as earthquake-prone. Its owners, the ICPE (Institute for World Evangelisation – International Catholic Programme of Evangelisation), have fifteen years to strengthen or demolish it. No-one knows for sure how much it will cost – I’ve … More Saving St Gerard’s *&* Joe’s Place?

Spring Again on the Zigzag!

Everywhere we look there’s blossom. And a few bees. Here’s the Golden Queen peach blossom. In other parts of the zigzag there are freesias, calendula, cornflowers, camellias, hyacinths, lilies, borage, alyssum. The annuals self seed now, all over the place. And there are quintessential spring flowers, too, like these daffodils. Some new baby shrubs, too. Here’s … More Spring Again on the Zigzag!