Wednesday, May 28, 2008

BBQ In Luckyland

After months of waiting Happy Potter finally called in at Luckyland, all the way from Melbourne. While visiting family here, they called out to see us and to collect an Aran cardigan I had knitted Happy Potter.

So we had a BBQ and the most perfect BBQ weather was put on just for our day. Both Pat & I were looking forward to finally meeting Happy Potter and her hubby.

It was a bonus day as Pomolo is visiting family for a couple of weeks. So there was a chance for a good gardening forum get together.

So there was Pat, myself, Happy Potter, Joe (Happy Potter's hubby), Pomolo and our good gardening buddy Pepe. Who brought me some yummy herbs for the kitchen and some celery seedlings for the garden.





Pat & Pepe cooking the BBQ. Nothing like smelling a neighbour's BBQ cooking, as you walk up the street. mrgreen



Happy Potter and Joe.



Happy Potter, me and Veg Gardener.



Veg Gardener eating his lunch. wink He couldn't come for a few reasons, like he's 16 and has school exams. Not only that he lives interstate lol So we had a stand in ringer representing him.

While eating we chatted about gardening, family and how good the weather was.

We gave each other, chilli jam, garlic cloves, seeds, worm wee, seedlings and that famous cardigan.

What a FABBER TABBER day it was here in Luckyland. Gardeners make great mates.

Check out Happy Potter wearing her cardigan.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Please Vote For Amy


Our daughter has entered a competition on radio station SAFM. So of course she needs people to vote for her.

I have now the chance to show off our beautiful daughter. mrgreen

Vote For Amy .

If you do vote to help her win...thank you so much.

Until next time ....hoo roo

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Friendship Garden

Just a stunning day here in Luckyland, I spent time out in the garden weeding the "Friendship Garden". Also Pat & I ate or lunch outside, enjoying the sunshine and wind free day.




After the rains, the garden responded so well. Walking along the ornamentals we are able to smell the sweetness of the Alyssum. Bees too have found the sweet flowers. So while weeding, I had to watch out for them as they went about their business.



Bulbs are starting to pop up around the garden. We are hoping for another wonderful display of flowers in spring.

Until next time....

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Rebel

With the cold nights here, we are often being woken up with a cat wanting to get into bed and get warm. Who said a fur coat keeps you warm.....never met our cats.



This is Rebel my pure White Russian and he's 5 years old. Each winter we bond so much on the cold nights.

Often when Pat gets up to go to the loo, Rebel will spread himself out in under the sheet & blankets. So when Pat comes back to bed....there is no room for him. Rebel loves to put his cold feet on Pat as he knows Pat will shift and that means more room for Rebel.

Last night I took the camera up to bed with us and this is Rebel, after being rudely woken up with the camera flashing at him at about 2 am.

I love to wake up and find Rebel curled up in my arms. As I get to snuggle into him and his purring sends me back to sleep.

Until next time....hoo roo

Friday, May 23, 2008

I've Been Tagged.


Molly has tagged me here as well on "Garden to Plate", so before I cook our evening meal..I'll do these.


Here is the deal: you pick up the nearest book set in a foreign country and then . . .
1) Open to page 123
2) Find the fifth sentence.
3) Post the next three sentences.
4) Tag five people and acknowledge who tagged you.

So here we go....

"Have I met your husband?"
"Yes. That clod."
Orry inclined his head towards one of the LaMottes.

That is from John Jakes' "North & South". I love westerns and reading stories set in the old west or civil war times. So when I'm not reading gardening magazines or gardening books... I read these sort of books or crime novels. After I finish these 3 books in the series, I'll move onto "Lonesome Dove" and after that "Gone with the wind"

So now I need to tag 5 people with blogs..hhhmmm.....think I'll do 2 as well. So many blogs I visit are "tag free" places.

Kirsty as she always makes me laugh with her animals...also she has 2 pet sheep.

Jean she is over in New Zealand and I love reading about how and what she does in her garden.

Hope you join in on the spirit and fun of this tag.

Until next time.... hoo roo


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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fresh Greens

After the crappy summer harvest of not much, we are at last eating more from the vegie patch. I have even been able to add more to the "harvesting this month". This has made me very happy, as I feel more is happening out in my garden.




Basket full of baby spinach, baby rocket & baby loose lettuces.




Under the bird netting and away from hungry beaks. Check the garlic out in the background.


Had some beautiful rainfalls here in Luckyland. Soil is so lovely and wet. Now we need more rain to go into the catchments, as the soil soaked most of the rain up.

I am always on about recycling in the garden. Click on the link if you'd like to see how I recycle from "My Knitting Box". Pat has lost so much weight and has a couple of jumpers I knitted that are too big....... so I am recycling the wool.

Also there are couple more posts on this topic here...

The cardigan

Starting to pull it apart.


Until next time....hoo roo


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Little Visitors

Often I will say weeds are food here in my garden, for my animals and also wild birds.

This morning a pair of "red rump" parrots paid us a visit out the back. They stayed for ages walking around on the lawn, feasting on weed seeds, from the flowers.



The male parrot is much brighter in colour than the female.


Female "red rump" is a dull olive colour.



Often there are birds walking round in the garden, feeding on what ever takes their fancy.



Just the 2 of them taking their time as they feed on the weed flowers.




Just stunning and beautiful... be the bright male or the olive female.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Hail

So what were you doing at 1 am last night? I was out with Pat, taking photos of the hail after it woke us as it fell.





Not too big and looking at my vegie patch this morning...all is well with the plants.



Pat said more was on the lawn, by the time I got my camera and got out there, some had melted.

We had a lovely 25.5 mm from 9 am yesterday. Garden is just so wet and happy. Ducks are ...well you know ducks... Chooks are wet.

More weather is forecast for today, maybe even some more hail. Noticed a gum tree limb has come down across the road in our neighbour's driveway. Thankfully her car is parked close to the house on her lawn area.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Oh Look Rain.

Yes the heavens have opened up overhead and dropped a lovely 11 mm of rain at last measurement earlier in the day. Lots of rain, steady all day.



Front drive way...... rain was coming in against the back wall & door of the house. So I was out the front taking photos of the rain.



So glad we have the trailer load of crusher dust where Amy parks her car. Used to turn to mud when it rained. Needs another load of crusher dust put down as it's compacted down and the first load wasn't quite enough.

Anyway garden is soaking it up and the rain water tank is full.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Feeling Better

Feeling so much better now. Took awhile to get over the head cold.

Rain here today and there is talk of up to 50 mm of rain for the city and maybe even higher in the hills. This should (hopefully) fall over the next few days.

Garden survived without me, though I bet the weeds will be growing again in a few hours....LOL

Anyway...just a quick post to let you know I am still breathing.

Until next time....hoo roo.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Resting & Trying to Feel Better



Doesn't Flossy look comfy laying there on the lawn? She was my environmentally friendly wiper sniper. By the end of the day, Flossy had eaten away all the lawn near the pavers for me. This was on the weekend.

Last 2 days I have been resting, mostly in bed as I can't shake this cold I have. Went to the doctor the other day, Pat had a flu shot and check up and I was given a prescription for some antibiotics.

The head cold has now moved down into my chest and I have no voice. Well enough of a husky croaky voice that if I rang my dad today for his birthday, he'd think it was his lucky day once I started to talk..LOL

So I'll ring him tomorrow, hopefully I get him in the morning on the phone.

Yesterday I cleaned the bathroom, laundry & loo, fell on the bed afterward and just died..... Today I stripped our bed and cleaned our bedroom out. Much cleaner afterward to rest and recover in. Figured if I do a room each day or a couple of jobs (like sweeping & vac floors) the house will not become too feral.

I did go for a wander around the backyard when I fed the animals and the garden looked so inviting. Hoping to be able to get out in the garden in the next week, as I need to sort out those seedlings. All the sunshine and that rain is making for some happy lettuce & rocket seedlings.

Eating our fresh parsley now too. Love fresh parsley and can never have enough plants in the garden.

There was a knock on the door today and young Luke next door was sent round by his dad. Pat was talking to Luke's dad over the back fence and had a nasty asthma attack. So I had to help Pat inside and set up the nebuliser for him. Pat has been okay, though breathless for the rest of the day.

Noticed the compost in my tumbler is ready for the garden and then I can put what is in the black compost bin into the tumbler.

Lots to do, just not the energy at the moment.

So Flossy looking so comfy and relaxing is a better photo to post, than one of me not looking my best.



Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Leeks

On the weekend in line with the moon phases I planted out a punnet of leeks in my little vegie patch.





I picked these up on clearance at Foodland and after a couple of days adjusting to being outside, it was time to plant them in the garden.



I like to set the seedlings out before I start to plant them in the soil. Makes it easier to move them round while finding room for them all.



After the seedlings were all planted out, I trimmed the leaves back a bit. This will help with transplanting shock and also give the seedlings a good chance to develop a good root system.

Even though it was a small and easy chore planting out the seedlings, with this head cold I still have.... I was buggered afterwards from the little play in the garden.

It was wonderful being out in the garden though.

Another 5 mm of rain this week, now we have sunny days forecast for almost the next 7 days.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Out On A Limb

Two winters ago we lost our plum tree and after me cutting it down, the stump just sat there. I was using it to prop up a leaky duck pond so the ducks could play under it and at times lay their eggs there.




Today after me looking and say, "I need to dig that out", Pat took a sledge hammer to it. Nice hole where the tree was and it looks strange no seeing it in the duck run.



Pat then said he was going to make a start on the apricot tree we lost last spring. It was on my to do list and that was as far as it got.



A tommy hawk axe was used to scare the ducks as well as cut the roots of the tree. Above ground a shovel and the sledge hammer was used. Knew those gym lessons would come in handy.


Roots and stump of the apricot tree now removed.



Supervisors in for an inspection, Roz & Bundy having a bo-peep while the others went back to dibbing and scratching through a wheel barrow of weeds given to them earlier in the morning.

Our aim this winter is to plant out 1 new citrus tree in the duck run and 2 fruit trees in the espalier area. Pat & I will pick 1 fruit tree each out.

I did some gardening today, not a lot with this cold I have. But enough to keep me happy. Ipost about this tomorrow.

We had a BBQ for lunch as the weather was just stunning outside.

Then inside to have a rest as by this time I was stuffed. Check out what I was doing while resting....my new gloves.

Until next time....hoo roo

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While I Was Sleeping

Last night we forgot to lock the ducks & 3 bantams in the shed. I am so over this head cold I have. Would love to have my voice back to normal and a clear head.

Anyway when we got up this morning (late too) after a crappy nights sleep, we were greeted with the following........





Frerro Roche perched on the "people fence" waiting for me to come and feed them all.



Duchess was more impatient and was running round on the lawn.



Rubbing it in that she was on the people side of the fence and not the poultry side.

Very lucky to have them all safe and sound...... as we have had problems in the past from foxes.

Today I will be sowing the leek seedlings I scored earlier in the week. Punnet of seedlings were marked down to 99 cents.

This involves a highly technical form of transplanting. Taking a plastic chop stick and making a hole in the ground and dropping the seedling into it. Easiest way of transplanting out leeks.

Until next time....hoo roo

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