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Hi, I'm Toni from Auckland, NZ

I'm figuring out how to provide me and my (furry and feathered) family with all the things we need from a tiny suburban back garden.

I'm growing my own vegetables and fruit, trying not to get stung by my bees and discovering ways to preserve my crops (Grandma would be proud!)


I'm managing my stress (without alcohol or drugs) by practicing daily gratitude and drinking lots of herbal teas!

Did I mention that I love all things herbal? That's how I found myself on this fascinating journey.

Come join me in my garden.

Love Toni x

September 9, 2019

 I say it over and over again and I will continue to say it until I draw my last breath...

There is magic in putting pen to paper.

Something about the connection of brain, to hand, to flow of words on paper, activates some kind of magical transformation.

Moving words, ide...

September 5, 2019

Feeding the earth feels very much to me like feeding the soul.

Without growing my soil, there is nothing for the beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables to grow from. This is one of the beautiful nasturtium's that I grow as ground cover in my garden.

When I want to plan...

September 4, 2019

It's fair to say when you grow up with a Vox amp and a double bass in your bedroom there's always going to be something musical in your life.

Fast forward to marrying a bass player (how the hell did that happen!?) building a new house with its own recording studio--bedr...

September 2, 2019

There's not a day goes by that I don't find myself scribbling something down in my Passion Pulse.

It's my private journal and it's also my personal assistant. It helps to arrange my day, prevent overwhelm, engineer my amazing life and it reminds me to practice gratitude...

August 30, 2019

 As I write this, there is only a couple of days of the New Zealand winter left, before spring is upon us.

The produce in the photograph has just been picked and has grown, out in the open and through the cool of the winter in my back garden. We are blessed to live...

August 28, 2019

There's nothing I love more than falling into a good book.

I was one of those kids who read everything I could get my hands on...nothing's really changed. If it's got words on it, you'll usually find me reading it.

My dearly beloved cleared out the mail box tonight of th...

August 25, 2019

Life has been a little up and down for me lately.

Not enough hours in the day.

Too many things to do in too short a time.

Too many demands and a head that refuses to 'shut down' the busier life becomes.

If you can relate--read on.

This photograph reminded me of the many fac...

August 23, 2019

August is the final month of winter down here in New Zealand. It's also a time when we have a ridiculous amount of rain and it's cold and dreary--at least that's how it seems to me at the moment.

It's a time of year when I'm aching for the warmth of spring to begin to s...

August 21, 2019

Mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in mid-April and we've been on a roller coaster ride ever since.

I'm pleased to report that she seems to be over the worst of the operation to remove the tumour and now we're looking at stage 2 of her recovery and whatever that entails...

May 3, 2019

I remember a time many years ago, when I was struggling with early sobriety.

I was on my way home from a shopping trip with my two young sons in the car. It was February, school had just gone back and in New Zealand it’s mid summer in February. Auckland has hot, muggy s...

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