Autumn planting

Planted celery today, in a deep trench with compost and lime. Took some outside leaves off to help the little seedlings deal with the shock of transplanting. Gave them lots of water. In 8 months’ time there will be crisp, light green stalks all ready to crunch...

Descending into darkness

It happens quite rapidly, once daylight saving has ended and autumn equinox has passed. Suddenly the evenings are dark and the descent time has begun. Even the weather forecaster picks up the undercurrent: the NZ Herald reports this from weatherwatch analyst Phillip...

season of sad thoughts

The season is shifting, bringing melancholy thoughts with it as summer slips away, the golden days recede, and nature resumes its tale of loss. Time to turn within and prepare to hunker down. Think comfort, nurture. Gathered bags of pine cones with a friend last week,...

autumn creatures

A pair of black oyster catchers on the beach; one pulls up a leg, pretending injury. I sit on thick grass overlooking the sea and a black cricket hops on to my hand, waving its fine antennae. A million ants have invaded the bach loft, bringing a million tiny white...

Last glow

Beginning of April (but posted a bit later) This sandwiched warmth, between slices of cool morning and evening. Dry soil, not yet ready for seedlings. Clearing garden debris, making compost piles. Basking in pockets of evening sun. Flaring sunsets. Pumpkins and...