Foraging for the Garden (Pine Needles)

There are some who forage outside of their garden, and there are some who forage for their garden. I fit into both categories. I love frugal living, and I love being able to use the resources freely available to us, to boost our garden. A pine tree-lined avenue. So while driving along a local road…

Nasturtium Pesto

Very healthy Nasturtium and Kawakawa Pesto Yes, you heard right! I make basil pesto in summer, parsley pesto in Autumn, and Nasturtium pesto in Winter. If you’ve ever planted nasturtiums in your garden, you’ll know they are prolific! They will veritably cover vast swathes of your garden seemingly overnight! Orange and yellow Nasturtium and blue…

Beach Road MacMillan Reserve, Katikati

 Sometimes we take the beauty of the area we live in, for granted!  A couple of weeks ago, we were reminded of that beauty, enough to take our breath away.  The nature gifts that are there for us, day in, day out, but we are are too busy with worldly activities, to stop, to open…

Curing your own Olives

My family have always had a love of olives.  With fond memories, I recall my 3 year old counting the olives on our plates, to check she had not been short-changed her portion of olives!  She's now 21 and still loves them.  As teens, our children could devour a bottle between them, a costly business!  So…