Thursday, November 16, 2017

Here & Now

It's time for our November Here & Now post as part of the monthly link-up hosted by Sarah of Say! Little Hen.  You can find all of this month's participants and their links in the November Here & Now at Say! Little Hen to explore what's happening in everyone's Here & Now - please join us if you wish!  I'm a little slow getting my Here & Now posted this month, so if you're joining us hop in quickly as the link-up closes on the 17th.  I am currently:

Loving // Warm spring sunshine, when we're lucky enough to have it.  The days are growing longer and a hint of summer is in the air.
Eating // Same same and same it feels sometimes. I need a change. Any  suggestions for vegetarian-friendly summer BBQ recipes?
Drinking //  Blackcurrant and blueberry juice with elderflower. Not homemade, but still rather delicious. 
Feeling // Excited. Earthworks are in progress for our new house (at last) in preparation for construction.
Making // Pretty little plant markers for spring/summer plantings and my new indoor mini herb garden.
Thinking // I've been saying it for months now, but I really is time for me to tackle that Christmas shopping!  Eeek! 
Dreaming // Of a new house and what might be done with a brand new garden.  So many choices, so much to do.

Since we last caught up in the October Here & Now, our senior dog Oli has been recovering from his cataract surgery since last update, and it's all going pretty well. I have to say that it has been a lot slower that I and our family/friends had expected based upon human surgery, but dogs are very different.  His recovery and ongoing adjustment to vision are all in line with the ophthalmologist's expectations, his check-up earlier this week was good, and we're still optimistic for a full recovery. Separate runs/walkies every day with each dog is definitely consuming a lot of my time, but it's what the boys need right now to keep Humphrey well-exercised and Oli out-and-about at a slow and steady pace. Great for my fitness perhaps, but not so great for getting things done in my day.  I've also developed mad skills at doggy eye drop application....gentle but merciless! Hehe.

All of those lovely leaves from last month's Here & Now photos have been pressing away in my wooden flower press.  They've just come out this week for crafting and the press itself has finally been finished after using it raw for a few months.  I wanted to put it through its paces before making a final decision on finishing method and style, but that's probably a whole separate post of it's own to share sometime soon.   The garden is fully awake and growing like crazy in our New Zealand spring weather, with plenty of rain and occasional bursts of sunshine to rev things up.  I can barely keep up with things - especially the weeds. If only everything grew so well!

I've seen from Sarah's November post that there may or may not be a December link-up depending on scheduling and moving chaos (good luck, Sarah!), so in case this is the final Here & Now of 2017, it has been a pleasure sharing with you and reading your Here & Now posts this year.  If we don't connect again next month, I wish you all a very happy holidays and hope to see you again in 2018!

Curious to see more?  Let's stay in touch! You can follow along here at Green in Real Life (links on the sidebar) for my urban garden adventures with a sprinkle of everyday greener living, drop by Creativity Unmasked for my creative and crafty side, or head to the dogs at Dalmatian DIY for homemade treats, toys, and other pet posts.  


  1. I need an indoor herb garden! Especially some... omg why can't I think of words anymore... that stuff you put in guacamole uh uh CILANTRO?!!! smh it sucks gettin old.

    1. Cilantro/coriander is one of my absolute favourites! A few fresh snippets make just about anything taste better. Yum!

  2. Thank you so much for joining in Laura, although I am shamefully late to getting here to read your lovely post :-) Those pretty leaves make me think of autumn rather than summer, such gorgeous colours!
    I'm feeling a bit stuck with food at the moment too, isn't it annoying? Hopefully we both find some inspiration soon!

    Sarah xx

    1. It's such a brain twister that some plants have gorgeous red-toned new growth that fades to mature green, isn't it? And those year-round reds? Always messing with me. Nature is full of quirks. :)

  3. I love elderflower, Laura. Isn't it just a divine flavour! You must be looking forward to your new home, a "blank slate" to begin a garden in is most exciting! Hope all goes well with your new house and Oli's eyes until we catch up again for the next Here&Now. Meg:)

    1. It is exciting! We are (confession...) going to work with a landscape designer for the structure as we need to comply with some very stringent boundary covenants on fencing, hedging, etc. but will still be doing the "fun stuff" ourselves. We did a landscape consult for our current house for similar reasons, and he was brilliant at working with me on a concept for replacing the old (rotten) back deck/stairs. The new deck and stairs make all the difference ion connecting the house/garden. Sometimes, you just need an expert, and I'm a-ok with a little help. Should be very interesting indeed.


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