Author Archives: Ngaire Wallen

About Ngaire Wallen

Landscape designer, thinker, partner, mother, reader, wanna-be writer keen to inflict my thoughts on the world.

Empty sky

Peace in the neighbourhood has been shattered this past couple of weeks by the constant clanging and banging of bulldozers, ripping the heart out of a house two doors down. Gloria, the previous owner, was the original owner of the … Continue reading

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The unexpected can be good or bad…

This week has seen the completion of a spot of interior decorating that had it’s genesis in some friends buying a new house a couple of years ago.  We went over to celebrate when they moved in, and immediately on … Continue reading

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Health & Safety – it is all about YOU…

With much fanfare, new laws a few years ago ushered in a new era of health and safety awareness in NZ.  Ads on TV pleaded to allow all workers to return home safely after their day’s work.  There were dire … Continue reading

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On cleaning up and making space to be creative

It is not called Spring cleaning for nothing.  Truly, it is the season of new growth – weeds and all – and tidying up. I am trying to reduce the amount of stuff in our house.  He is doing heroic … Continue reading

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More on peas

I relented the other day and spent about $20 on some seeds and a plastic tray to grow micro greens. Those delicate little shoots are one of the ‘super foods’ jam packed full of the nutrients they think they will … Continue reading

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Flowers are making a come back

It is Spring and so, I must acknowledge, flowering time.  Blossom everywhere, roses already in warmer places.  Even my broccoli plants have burst into flower. In garden design world, flowers have become the poor relation.  Flowers are not, generally, the … Continue reading

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Dear Julia (Louis-Dreyfus)

Dear Julia One year ago today I was walking in the boots that you are currently wearing. What can I say to you, and all the other women diagnosed with breast cancer today, as I look back on the past … Continue reading

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