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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Planting and such

A box of goodies arriving from Diggers is always exciting. I'm looking forward to getting all that garlic in the ground plus the homegrown cloves I have. I must have planted the right amount last year (not that I remember how many that was) because we still have some garlic left to eat as well as plant. It rarely works out so well.

I ran out of the crimson and chocolate flowered broad beans and they really do look lovely in the garden so I ordered some of those too. From what I can tell, they don't have any difference in taste but they do add some interest to the colour palette of the garden when they are in flower.

Having the usual problem a change of season brings. The old plants- tomatoes, chillies, eggplants, beans etc are still in fine form but I need room for the winter vegies. So I'm pulling out bits and pieces and popping plants here and there in the spaces available. I did hoe a rather large patch to grow some overwinter grains.

What else have I been up to. The regular work plus a road trip yesterday to pick up my parents. It was lovely to see my sister who met me half way.

I've had to go shopping more than I like too. Someone in my household loves to walk around clothes shops and can do it for longer than my nerves can cope with. I think her next shopping expedition will have to be with friends. 😧 Having said that I can probably spend quite some time walking around plant shops without the same anguish.

Anyway. I am home alone and not for long and I want to get those garlics in the ground.

Tracy

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Autumn

I'm so glad to see autumn making an appearance. The heat can remain a memory until next summer. Thank you. Now if some decent rain would fall but we can't have it all our own way.

I spent the last throes of summer working in the garden when I could. But mostly staying indoors keeping cool, writing letters for Letter Mo, reading and most definitely not baking. Our oven is broken and apparently too old to repair so we are working on what to do.


Brain Killer chilli

The summer garden has been quite productive. It's surprising how well it has stood up to the heat and wind we have had to endure. The tomatoes and chillies of course have been the best performers. I planted quite a few pumpkins in the spring but as always it was the volunteer pumpkin in the compost heap that has outshone them all. I'm glad the seed came from an organic jap pumpkin and it is producing true to type.

Chives

The herb garden has needed some attention. I let the path get very weedy so it has kept me busy this week. Only a couple of square metres to go so should be presentable by this evening. I've been piling up Johnsons grass runners and plants to burn once it is permitted. It came in with some mulch and is proving a demon to get rid of.


Like I said, the chillies have been great producers this summer. There are still plenty more out there. I hope some will overwinter. I've been enjoying experimenting with curry pastes, trying to get the spice level just right. We generally like our curries quite spicy which is lucky.

Back to school and university has also taken up some time too.

Anyway. That's some of what I have been doing while I've been absent from the online world this past month. I didn't realise it had been so long since I posted. Time just gets away.

Bye for now,
Tracy

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Offline a bit

I've kind of been spend a bit more time offline this week and haven't had the chance or the inclination to sit looking at the screen too much. 


 Doing lots of this. Gardening before it gets too hot which at the moment means before 8am. BTW, that's me there in the background. Grace must have been taking pictures while she keeps me company. She starts university in nine days time so she needs to make the most of her lazy days.



I'm surprised at how well things are handling the heat and blistering sun. But they are as long as they get a good deep watering.


I have also been doing plenty of writing in the more traditional sense. Sending out bits and pieces for the Month of Letters and receiving some too. This great card came in yesterday. I love it.

Tracy

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Routines

School went back this week. I kind of feel like that is the start of the year for me because it is back to proper routines and chores and getting things done. Well hopefully getting things done.

I have been a real slacker in January. I feel kind of lethargic because of it really but the new page on the calendar is giving me inspiration to get up and get going. Exercising, writing and such.


And some down time too. We have a really nice spot down by the creek that runs through out property. It is peaceful. I can't say it is quiet. The creek is fast flowing (especially so at the moment because we have had a lot of rain) and noisy. Definitely not a babbling brook. I came home from my cold swim energised though. Maybe it was the mindfulness, the energy of the water or the bracing temperature of the water.

Before I run out of oomph, I should get started on my day.


I'll leave you here with a picture of the flowers on my lilly pilly. It's nice when a rescue plant rewards your kindness with flower or fruit or even with just surviving.

Tracy

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Commenting Issue resolved

It's all about the cookies apparently.

Third party cookies needed to be allowed for me to comment on some blogs. Of course it took a good few minutes to work out how to actually do that but I'm back in business.

Tracy

Sowing day

I probably should have a sewing day (maybe a little bit of sewing later). The weather is absolutely delightful today. Gone is the heat ... for now. 





It's steady rain now. I know because I was caught out in it. I actually love walking in the rain.

On to sowing. I really wanted to get out in the garden today while the sun is hiding but I'm happy enough to get some seeds going for the autumn. A whole heap of brassicas- cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli. Makes my mouth water thinking about them.


I also started a new batch of sprouts. I'm not really a fan of gadgets but I really like this sprouting container. I bought it with a gift card a couple of years ago. It certainly makes sprouting less messy. Today's sprouts on the go- alfalfa, broccoli and mung beans (my favourite).

As for sewing. I think I will do a little when I go offline. I love bunting and have a few scraps that I think would make perfect bunting.

Anything that takes my mind off things that have been troubling me of late. The big things that little old me in the middle of nowhere can do little about. Just keep calm and continue to do the right thing.

Tracy

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sun and rain

Mixed bag as far as the weather goes but predominantly hot. The garden here is loving and the grass is growing faster than Tim or I can keep up. It's great to not be worrying about water for one summer at least. The rain is quite hit and miss though and we are lucky this time.
The rain is mostly coming in storms. Quite nasty storms actually. The cat hides under the bed, the chooks take cover and the ducks just think it's fabulous. We had 24mm of rain on Wednesday afternoon and 49mm on Friday. Lots of wind and thunder and lightning and tree limbs down all over the place. 

Buddleia 

As I said, it is doing wonders for the gardens. Flowers galore.


Roses still have blooms here and there but they are fading now. I think my roses are a bit wimpy and things have to be just right.


It's a small window of opportunity when moisture, sunshine and temperature are in perfect balance and they say ok, we'll put on a show... today only. 😕🌹


It's not all gardening and working. It never is. It's the last throes of the school holidays so that means we have the country music festival. Surprisingly it wasn't too busy yesterday. I'm glad.

Tracy