Hello and welcome to my little corner of New Zealand. I moved here from England in 2009 with my husband, daughter and son and we soon acquired a chocolate Labrador and some chickens. We were in search of The Good Life and we found it.

My blog is primarily about the things I’ve learned since moving here, the places I’ve visited and what I have grown to love about the Kiwi Lifestyle. You’ll find me pottering in my vege garden, pampering my chickens, baking, creating, and enjoying the simple things that constitute, for us, The Good Life.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I hope you enjoy my blog.


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  1. They’ve just added a New Zealand section to our local Botanical Garden at the University of Washington here in Seattle and I’m looking forward to learning more of your plants. Congratulations on your award!

    • That sounds amazing. I recently went to Kew Gardens in England and they had a World Garden featuring New Zealand. We have lots of cool plants to share! Many thanks for the congrats. I need to accept it formally this week.

  2. Hi there, I love your blog and am looking forward to trying out your courgette cake recipe (as soon as they come back in season over here anyway!). Sounds like you’re enjoying life over in NZ, I’ve never been myself but it is one of hubby’s favourite places. I’ll follow your blog with interest as we certainly seem to share lots of interests. Have a great day πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Sarah! I do love it out here but wish it wasn’t so far away from the UK. Blogs like yours allow me to get my “English Fix”! Glad to be following your blog and I’m tempted to try out your Ploughman’s chutney as I do sometimes hanker for Branston Pickle!!!

      • Hi Sarah..I.love your blog. I recognised alot of the flowers that I grow for the shop. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time in here in NZ. Maybe you should change your name to Barbara Good! So good to read an uplifting blog :). Then I read Branston Pickle..totally addictive – to be found in New World supermarkets (if you haven’t already). Happy winter garden planning…

      • Thanks for stopping by Teresa! I am loving it here in NZ – especially the weather πŸ™‚ Yes, I sniffed out the Branston Pickle at New World – hurray! Look forward to seeing your garden progress once the rain stops…

    • Thanks so much Liz for going to the trouble of sending me that recipe. I have the Sarah Raven cookbook but never noticed this little gem of a dish before! I will certainly give it a go. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  3. Lovely blog Sarah. I look forward to reading your wonderful tips on gardening. Just reading your tip on planting ranunculus was very helpful. Thank you for finding my blog and following. I’ll keep checking back to see what is happening in your part of the world. πŸ™‚

  4. Hey Sarah like you and your family, I moved to NZ (Hawke’s Bay) with my hubby and Newfoundland dog (yes, she came on the flight -that was THE most stressful part of the move!!) Dec ’13.Its been an amazing move and we just love living here. What I love about living in sunny HB, is that everything seems to grow.I have always enjoyed pottering back in the UK BUT I am blown away by how much I have been able to grow over the last 18 months.I am now about to put my list together of cutting flowers I would like to plant.The beds have been ready for about 3 weeks but I am in a tizz as my list is getting longer! I am so inspired by your blog and so many others too.Such creative people out there.Wish me luck.Will keep you posted😊

    • Hi Gerry,Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I can remember thinking that exact same thing about how well everything grows here in HB! I too pottered around a bit with veggies/flowers in England but had more disappointments than triumphs πŸ™‚ Your plans sound very exciting….have you got a blog? It’s very inspiring seeing how other people garden isn’t it? It’s also really useful to look back on and see how much progress you’ve made (Especially on those days when your List is verrrry long!) Good Luck with your Wish List and definitely keep me posted on what you get up to. I’ll be starting a new blog soon all about my flower cart and will post about it next month. ps I didn’t know you could take a dog on a plane!! I thought it was hard enough taking my 2 1/2 yr old and 5 1/2 year old figlets! Well Done! πŸ™‚

  5. Yes…..our Newf had a purpose built crate made for her (she wasn’t in the plane with us) but was nice and cosy in the hold.So worth the stress.We couldn’t have made the move without her.
    Busy planning my list as Spring around the corner and conscious of getting them in the ground.Very difficult to choose but verrrry excited!Great idea your cart .Keep he posted and I will come and buy some!
    Happy gardening πŸŒ»πŸ’

  6. Hiya I stumbled across your blog after googling ‘how to start a small flower farm in nz’. After reading some of your blog I feel like I have found a kindred spirit. My nieghbor and I want to start up pretty much what you have going on from our combined couple of acres here in Raglan. Along with the roadside upcycled flower cart and all 😍 I look forward to trawling your blog and hopefully sharing some similar passions 😊

    • Hi Kristel, Lovely to hear from a fellow flower farmer! Have struggled to find small flower growers in NZ so it’s great that you got in contact. Are you going to blog about your flowers? I also blog under myflowercart.co.nz which is more specific to flowers. Hope you find some useful information and let me know if you get a blog up and running as I’d love to see what you guys are up to πŸ™‚

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