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Monday, February 12, 2018

Here & Now

It's time for our February 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 February Here & Now to explore what's happening in everyone's Here & Now - please join us if you wish!  I am currently:

Loving// Watching the wee baby watermelons growing on our vine. Fingers crossed the summer weather holds long enough to develop.
Eating // Passionfruit fresh from the garden. In desperate need of recipes, please help!
Drinking //  Rhubarb with raspberry and rosehip fruit syrup (Barkers, not homemade) with soda water.
Feeling // Excited. Our new house is framed and roofing is in progress!
Making // My own typography for digital font files. Nerdily exciting. :) 
Thinking // I'd better type quickly, the dogs are getting restless for afternoon exercise/training time and (of course!) dinner.
Dreaming // Of ideas for in the new house and new garden. 

It has been quite a while since we last caught up in the November Here &Now before the chaos of Christmas and a pause for our link-up hostess-with-the-mostess Sarah's big move.  Happy new year to you all!  I'm a little late trying to get a Here & Now post up this afternoon, and it is time for me to do my doggy duties and start thinking about making some dinner so I look forward to catching up on everyone else's Here & Now news later this week!  For now, I'll leave you with my contribution to Here & Hungry - soooo much passionfruit  dropping at the moment that I've stocked up the neighbours and still have had to start freezing the excess. The waiting-to-wrinkle fruits are taking over my countertop. Eeek! It has been hard on the vines this year with drought followed by fungus-favourite damp sticky humid weather, but they're hanging in there (literally). Garden life is good indeed! :) 

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 can just see you sitting there typing away in a hurry, as I know all too well the feeling of trying to get a job finished as the dogs start to get demanding. I wonder which breed is bossier - Border Collies or Dalmatians? :-D
    So much summer abundance in your Here & Now Laura! I love passionfruit. I once filled a wheelbarrow full of them from just one vine in our garden. They are a very prolific fruit. I made cordial out of them once and it was delicious, sadly I can't remember where the recipe came from, but maybe you could google for one?
    There's also this slice:

    Thanks so much for joining in again!
    Sarah x

    1. Dalmatians are probably bossier (at least my devils), but I imagine that the border collies are much more clever about it! :)

      That slice sounds delicious and not too terribly naughty. There are so many tempting desserts that my healthy crop of passionfruit is threatening to leave me rather errr, well-rounded as opposed to healthier. Eek!

  2. Our Labrador gets bossy too ... whenever dinner time is even one minute late he huffs and puffs and nosebumps our elbows! How lovely to have an abundance of passionfruit ... I have none on my vine:( Perhaps, passionfruit curd or a tart of some delicious kind would be in order. Meg:)

    1. Dalmatians are very Lab like in personality, just more active in their younger years and a little less eager to please in the obedience department. Huffs, puffs, whizzles, nudges, paw taps, oh my. Their built in clock is amazing, isn't it? And don't get me started on the alarm clock cat! Hehe.

  3. We have one watermelon, about the size of a softball at present, its about the only thing that is liking the warm rain .
    Passionfuit and coconut fudge slice -
    Passionfruit and coconut cake - an easy one to google. Enjoy.

    1. Oooh that fudge sounds downright decadent, Julie!

      My poor watermelon plant and it's wee watermelon babies have been suffering hardcore, and the wind damage from Gita has only made it worse. I'm not sure if they'll survive much longer let along to full rip size. Hubby will be devastated as he is so keen to finally get a home grown melon. Someday...maybe!


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