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03 September 2018

Maggie has put on a nice show while we try to get through this flu!

Tags:  Garden  
22 January 2018

Stage one of the much talked about “tree” house complete! He girls loved the platform and spent all afternoon up there. Now we got to start on stage two - the actual house!

Tags:  DIY  Garden  
12 November 2017

So after 5 years of attempting to spray and walk away we decided to call in the professionals. It is so great to see the color of the bricks again. Money well spent.

Tags:  Garden  
17 April 2017

Another weekend, another planter built! This one has been on the cards for years to stop the cheeky chickens from kicking stuff onto our path.

Tags:  DIY  Garden  
01 April 2017

What's this? The start of another planter?!?

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
16 January 2017

My cheap $20 'old lady rose arch' wasn't built to last and blowing with the wind and I was at a lost what to do but randomly our Neighbour was getting rid of their super heavy duty one so all solved! I have finally managed to make my top tier garden with hostas around the cherry tree. Job satisfaction, tick.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
04 January 2017

Jungle after two week holiday! Lots of weeding!

Tags:  Garden  
13 November 2016

The hedge numbers are planted! Just need a new letterbox and it's another project done!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
28 September 2016

Maggy the magnolia has finally flowered! I was thinking of chopping it down (not really) after 3 years of no flowering so it must have heard me. 6 flowers and 4 to come. I'm overjoyed!

Tags:  Garden  
23 February 2016

We often forget to check our inca garden, and we finally got around to taking a photo of Olive and her massive kindy sunflower. Tomatoes are amazing! Lots of beans and the carrots are ready.

Olive: 4 years
Tags:  Garden  Olive  
09 February 2016

Olive brought home a sunflower seedling from kindy and look at this bad boy now!

Olive: 3 years and 11 months
Tags:  Olive  Garden  
07 February 2016

The corokia hedge plants are all in! Big hedge, big pressure. A project finished! Not to worry plenty of others to be going on with.

Tags:  Garden  
31 January 2016

And the back fence & planter is finally completed! Tops on the fence and planter are on (unfortunately at the loss of half a peonies due to a wayward saw). Only waiting on the plants to put in the planter now.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
27 January 2016

Wow. We have nearly been in our house 4 years and never cut back the trees. An unwanted guest of the furry ratty type in our roof forced our hand to do something. It was decided the branches was how it was getting into the house so with the big help of Grandad and Tom they cut back heaps in a short time while Nan kept the kids happy in the paddling pool. Thank you nan and grandad! It now has raised another problem of the clay bank which is very visible... Punga trees?... Yet another project!

Tags:  Garden  
20 January 2016

Just needs a top on it and the back fence/planter wall is done! Gini is itching to start planting.

Tags:  DIY  Garden  
17 January 2016

Second year of poppies, so I tried the retaining wall planter this time and wow! About 600mm tall! So didn't work that well with my hedge behind! So will maybe try behind... Worked well up around vege tier, some even self seeded. Sweetpea self seeded too.

Tags:  Garden  
21 November 2015

We have a planter! Unsure if "Olive Mountain" is going to fit back in at this point but crossing fingers. It's all coming together finally.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
11 November 2015

The fence posts go up! Slowly but surely...

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
06 November 2015

This Iris deserves a mention. Tom bought it off trade me when Iris was born. He was a little baffled when it arrived as a bulb stump, but it took a year and it has doubled and now flowering! Worth the wait.

Iris: 1 year, 4 months and 17 days
Tags:  Garden  Iris  
11 October 2015

Pink tulips! They all came out and look great. Now what to do with them next year?

Tags:  Garden  
16 August 2015

The baby iris's are out!

Tags:  Garden  
13 June 2015

And so another project begins while many others are unfinished... In my defense the bush died it was an eye sore! Boring road ahead before I get to plant the hedge and plum trees!

Tags:  Garden  
22 March 2015

What have we just done!? Start of the almighty back retaining wall / fence project. Temp fence up and ripped out the old hedge/fence.

Tags:  Garden  
18 March 2015

The Life of the Monarchs - Rosie, Freddie and Sam. A compilation of the footage we took of our little while friends, Rosie, Freddie and Sam (as named by Olive).

Tags:  Movie  Garden  
11 March 2015

And all of a sudden, Rosie Butterfly emerges! Incredible!

Tags:  Garden  
10 March 2015

Rosie Chrysalis has been making some serious color changing today!

Tags:  Garden  
05 March 2015

We play the waiting game. It's incredible how identical the chrysalis' are - right down to the gold dots.

Tags:  Garden  
01 March 2015

4 fingered carrot!

Tags:  Garden  
01 March 2015

The freakiest thing watching Freddie transform into a chrysalis.

Tags:  Garden  
28 February 2015

Sammie going walkabout while Freddie hangs in his J formation.

Tags:  Garden  
25 February 2015

This morning we visited our swan plant to check on Freddie, Theodore, Leo, Frankie (all my baby boy names) but it was Rosie (Olive's choice) who was just hanging there ready to turn into a Chrysalis, so for science we brought Rosie inside so we could watch. Wow. We didn't check for an hour or so and she was mostly covered up! This is Olive's drawing of Rosie the caterpillar.

Olive: 3 years
Tags:  Garden  Olive  
01 February 2015

We have Monarch caterpillars! Yay! They are tiny but there are lots of them. Mummy is more excited than Olive at this stage. Olive did enjoy watching videos on the process to butterflies, should be interesting. Hope our swan plant can cope.

Tags:  Garden  
13 January 2015

Olive LOVES the carrots straight from the garden. They do taste sweeter.

Olive: 2 years and 10 months
Tags:  Olive  Garden  
11 January 2015

The poppies have started to come out! Most things in the Vege tier are doing well, tomato's look a little small but flowering, didn't string up the sugar snap peas fast enough but they are still producing. Courgette is still alive!

Tags:  Garden  
10 January 2015

Patio in a day. A warm sunny day hanging in the garden. Iris had her first swing and Olive enjoyed pushing her. Olive enjoyed helping with the sand collection and watching daddy working from the swing chair.

Tags:  Garden  
08 January 2015

I've got the garden bug again! Twiglands had some great plants which sparked ideas for the steps, the fuschia standard which took a battering (lost its top) has been given a new home (also had another battering getting there) and has transformed into a baby standard.

Tags:  Garden  
16 December 2014

A few of these should be ready to eat in a day or so! Surprised that the birds haven't got to them yet - perhaps it's because Lyon scared them off.

Tags:  Garden  
11 December 2014

A perfect spot for the new swinging chair. Just need to finish the bricking!

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13 November 2014

The Vege garden is in full swing again. Potatoes, tomatoes, chilis, beans, snow peas, carrots, beetroot, herbs. The apple tree is looking great and the raspberries are forming. Hoping for a good yield this year!

Tags:  Garden  
11 October 2014

A beautiful day spent in the garden. So much weeding and clearing to be done. Olive helped by covering a freshly groomed Lyon in dirt.

Tags:  Garden  
04 August 2014

Even though I was late with planting the tulips, they are still good! All growing well! We popped outside while the sun was shining and olive said to me 'mummy why you wearing your jammie's? That's a bit strange' (I was in fact wearing trackpants), getting fashion advice from a two year old, it is sad day.

Tags:  Garden  
23 July 2014

A bit slow off the mark with my bulbs again this year! They had started shooting in a container under the house! Should be more on to it with the Lilly's. Hydrangeas are all trimmed now!

Tags:  Garden  
18 May 2014

My little garden helper. Olive was always up for helping with the gardening. Loved spotting potatoes too.

Olive: 2 years and 3 months
Tags:  Movie  Olive  Garden  
25 April 2014

We pulled out a few more potatoes and thinned the carrots out a little! Also cleared out all the old plants ready to start again.

Tags:  Garden  
01 April 2014

We decided to dig up some potatoes and carrots - finally ready!

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15 March 2014

Not a bad vege garden haul. Olive went straight for the lone raspberry. First taste of our apples - they were yum.

Tags:  Garden  
26 February 2014

We finally have some juicy edible tomatoes! So sweet.

Olive: 2 years
Tags:  Olive  Garden  
20 February 2014

BIG mamma daddy cucumber - ripe for the picking.

Tags:  Garden  
18 February 2014

The tomatoes are finally changing colour! Soon we will be inundated by juicy morsels. Baby chillies and beans have arrived too!

Tags:  Garden  
02 February 2014

The pavers are mostly down on our little vege garden hideaway.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
28 January 2014

Enjoying our pebble vege paradise. Sugar snap peas are doing really well, radishes are too. Potatoes & corn have got so high it's a jungle in there for olive! Olive has taken to helping herself to the peas, as the raspberries are all but exhausted.

Tags:  Garden  
25 January 2014

Trying to decide what material to have on the steps leading up to the vege garden and surrounding the vege garden.

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13 January 2014

Trying out the nearly completed top tier seat. Room for the whole family!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
12 January 2014

Tom was in need of some RnR building style after two weeks away from the backyard. Third planter nearly complete with a seat to boot!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
11 January 2014

We have a purple Cauliflower! Geeze it takes a long time for them to heart up. The rest haven't yet so hopefully they will one at a time.

Tags:  Garden  
04 January 2014

Inspecting the vege garden after a week away. Everything growing nicely! Snow peas have appeared. Potatoes have sprouted.

Tags:  Garden  
21 December 2013

The early vegetables of our labour. 3 week old radishes.

Tags:  Garden  
15 December 2013

Another speed purchase at mitre 10 with mama's Christmas present! Picked up a baby olive at a bargin price too.

Tags:  Garden  

We picked about 12 raspberries today with Olive eating about six straight off the plant, they were all gone within minutes very yum, more plants needed next year for a large crop!

12 December 2013

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07 December 2013

Geeze the nights have been hot! 22 degrees in Olives room most evenings. So naturally you start thinking things should be growing in the garden. My first raspberry! So proud take that $6 punnets at the supermarket. Apples are plentiful too, might need to clip off a few!

Tags:  Garden  
03 December 2013

The seedlings have sprouted. Radishes and Carrots, Basil and Coriander. Exciting!

Tags:  Garden  
29 November 2013

Broc broc! It has finally got heads! Baby broc as Olive explained to me.

Olive: 1 year, 9 months and 14 days
Tags:  Garden  Olive  
17 November 2013

We have vegetables! And a semi working sprinkler system. Sweet corn, tomatoes, rhubarb, eggplant, courgette, cucumber, chillis, sugar snap peas so far. A bit of an experiment this year.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
16 November 2013

Our top tier vege box is finally nearing completion. Just need some more soil and it's planting time!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
12 November 2013

My dark purple iris has finally come through, 4 more to come hopefully! The light purple and white ones have finished.

Tags:  Garden  
09 November 2013

Olive helps as the vege box takes shape.

Olive: 1 year, 8 months and 25 days
Tags:  Garden  Olive  
08 November 2013

I checked out our grafted apple tree and she had plenty of flowers -yay! We have had her nearly a year, must feed her for fruit! As for my raspberry, I thought they lived in 2 year cycles so she surprised me with lots of new growth.

Tags:  Garden  
08 November 2013

This deserves a mention. A year ago I planted some grannies bonnets as they like semi shade. No flowers when spring & summer passed but a year on and they have grown up to 70cm and flowering! Finally! Lucky I kept them.

Tags:  Garden  
10 October 2013

Olive helps to measure up where the vege boxes are to be built on the top tier.

Olive: 1 year, 7 months and 25 days
Tags:  Garden  Olive  
26 September 2013

One pot of tulips flowering, the other two a wee way off!

Tags:  Garden  
11 September 2013

Day 9 and we have tomatoes popping through. Radish was first followed by beet root and then cucumber.

Tags:  Garden  
05 September 2013

My beautiful magnolia!

Tags:  Garden  
02 September 2013

Finally my gorgeous magnolia flower has arrived!

Tags:  Garden  
02 September 2013

Planting our heritage seeds, not sure which seeds went into which box though!

Olive: 1 year, 6 months and 18 days
Tags:  Olive  Garden  
20 January 2013

The gummies are getting a new home with our new planter!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
04 January 2013

Just enjoying another blue and sunny day on our grass. sigh.

Tags:  Garden  
17 December 2012

The sand goes into the sand pit!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
29 November 2012

The top lawn grass, 18 days old. Really getting some height now - but rather patchy.

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21 November 2012

The new babies - day 10.

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19 November 2012

8 days after chucking the grass seed down on our backyard, these tiny suckers have appeared! (Not to mention the odd weed ..). Much relief in the Tang household.

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09 November 2012

After three trailer loads of topsoil, the grass is ready to sow! We think. Or is it?

Tags:  Garden  
26 September 2012

The completed deck, in all it's glory!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
25 September 2012

The deck builders extraordinaire. A job well done.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
22 September 2012

We prep the 90% completed deck ready for the day's visitors.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
20 September 2012

Dave works out the angles on version three of the steps! Sorry Dave!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
19 September 2012

The decking almost all down! Looks amazing! Seat and steps construction begins.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
17 September 2012

Dave creates us a landing strip as the deck takes shape.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
17 September 2012

Bearers and joists all laid down for the deck foundations.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
12 September 2012

The piles all concreted in and ready to go on the deck.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
10 September 2012

Work fully underway on the deck with the pile holes being dug with the help of a pile hole borer!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
26 August 2012

So instead of one of the million things we had to do around the house, we decided to relocate a tree. Will it survive the move? Who knows!

Tags:  Garden  
11 August 2012

Backyard Pano #1. Retaining wall number 1 is complete, a muddy mess remains. A deck at this stage feels a long way off.

Tags:  Garden  
09 August 2012

The drain proves it's worth - as it diverts the torrent of water away from under the house. Quite chuffed we are feeling today after a torrential downpour puts it to the test. Here's hoping the office stays dry!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
05 August 2012

A great turn out for digging our drain to stop leaking water into the office and the start of the deck prep work!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
22 July 2012

The stage is set as we get underway on the first task for the back yard - the second tier retaining wall. The posts are now in place!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
27 June 2012

The wood fits in the new wood shed! That's a relief. Just have to re-do the roof (not enough over-hang) and we're done!

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
24 June 2012

The office and the woodshed take shape on a DIY extreme weekend.

Tags:  Garden  DIY  
24 June 2012

Lyon helps daddy with the framing!

Lyon: 1 year, 1 month and 28 days
Tags:  Lyon  Garden  DIY