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European Green Finches in the garden

Published over 3 years ago by Margie

We have taken to leaving the binoculars out on the kitchen window sill  so we can quickly access them to identify the birds that are flitting aroundthe lodge garden.  Being Spring there are many birds coming to explore our plants.  This morning we were excited to see European Green Finches jumping around in the vegetable garden.  One of them seemed particularly interested in a borage plant or maybe it was the insects on the ground underneath.

We are looking out for Tuis at the moment.  We have hundreds of flax bushes in the garden and they are all about to burst into flower.  In previous years the Tuis have loved the flax flowers and we hope they will be back in the garden soon.  Unfortunately they are having to compete for nectar with the Indian Minar birds. We also have lots of Welcome Swallows darting around and there is a little nest in the corner of the house under the eves.  Every now and then you see the heads of little baby birds popping up wondering when their Mum is going to return with their breakfast.  

The apple and pear trees are starting to blossum and there are lots of baby plums on a tree in the orchard. After our trip to South America when the garden was neglected for several weeks, Greg is now busily getting everything ship shape again.  He has been sowing wild flower seeds and planting sunflower seeds and I have put in an order for more veges.  Our guests often comment on the wonderful fresh salads that we produce from the garden.  Hopefully this year there will be lots of fruit as well.  We haven't got any strawberries appearing yet but we buy our strawberries from an excellent market garden near by.  The strawberries have always just been picked that morning and are large, luscious and juicy.  There are lots of pretty flowers starting to appear in the garden too.  There is lavender out so I will be making a batch of our very popular lavender short bread, I have given my neighbour lots of lemons to make into lemon honey (lemon curd) and there are also some beautiful irises in the garden.  Oh what an abundent time of year spring is!

The green, green hills of home!

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I have just arrived home from nearly 6 weeks in South America.  We went on a landscape gardening tour of Chile, Argentina and Brazil preceeded by about 10 days in Peru.  We had a good time, saw some spectacular private and public gardens by some world famous landscape architects such as...
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Tauranga Art and Garden Festival

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge and Activities

Every 2 years Tauranga holds a wonderful Art and Garden Festival which covers over 100 gardens from Te Puke in the south, to Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Katikati and all towns and suberbs in between.  It runs this year from November 17 until Sun 23 November. We only allowed ourselves a day last time...
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Spring is sprung

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Well it is only August and I have just put my first bowl of daffadills on the dresser.  It has been a very short winter here in Katikati and already there are little calves skipping around the fields that surround our lodge.  Greg has been busy this week planting yet more fruit trees.  We both...
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Piwakawaka in the garden

Published over 3 years ago by Margie in Lodge

The Maori name for fantail is piwakawaka and at the moment our garden at Kaimai Country Lodge is full of them.  We saw some when we first moved up here 2 years ago but then they disappeared for many months.  We are so pleased that recently they have come back to our garden in large numbers.  While...
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Horse Trekking at Tuapiro Point

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Activities

We have had visitors this month from Boston USA, England, Noosa, Sydney, and Southport in Australia and France. The weather has been gorgeous most days and our guests have enjoyed all kinds of activities.   Our guests from the UK were a family from the South of England.  They were keen to go for a...
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A week of firsts

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Guests

We are nearing the end of another busy week at Kaimai Country Lodge.  This week we have had lots of fun with guests from Sweden, England, Argentina and Norway.  We have had a lot of people from England before but this it is the first time we have had guests from Sweden, Argentina or Norway.   We...
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Never a dull moment at Kaimai Country Lodge

Published almost 4 years ago by Margie in Guests

On Friday we were expecting a family of 7 adults from Hangzhou in China.  When they arrived there were 6 adults and 4 children which was quite a surprise.  Only one of the party spoke any English but that did not seem to hinder communication.  They were a very happy family and the children were...
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Another glorious day in paradise!

Published about 4 years ago by Margie

Well after yesterdays blog we didn't get to the Avocado Wine and Food Festival as we had some returning guests come for an impromptu stay.  They are an Australian couple who loved it here so much when they stayed last October, this time they bought their daughter and parents.  So we had a full...
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Katikati Avocado Wine and Food Festival Today

Published about 4 years ago by Margie

Well after several days of blustery gale force winds today has dawned sunny and warm and still.  A perfect day for the Katikati Wine and Food Festival.    We didn't get there last year as we had a full house of guests but today Greg is going to stay with the guests and I am going to check out...
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