Author Archives: Ngaire Wallen

About Ngaire Wallen

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

The Unintentional Time Capsule

In August 25 years ago, we packed up our little house and family and moved to a bigger house, to await the arrival of our second child later in the year. In August this year, we are hopeful of selling … Continue reading

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Changes

How things can change so quickly. It is the end of February now, feeling quite autumnal, although still hot and sticky. What has changed for me is a local reoccurrence of breast cancer.  I think actually I found the lump … Continue reading

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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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