Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Say hello To Buddy

On Boxing day my 8 year old bunny Flossy died. She was buried in the square block of the vegie garden and has lettuce, zucchini, basil and spring onions planted over her. It was such a shock and a sad day.

I moved Cadbury into Flossy's cage this left a nearly $100 cage sitting there not producing compost and no little face greeting me.




Meet Buddy, a Netherlands Dwarf male rabbit. He's seven weeks old.




Already knows what a frozen ice bottle is for and how to use it. First night in his house he dined on carrot, apple and cucumber.



I named him after Patrick Swayze, my most fav actor (even before the kids were born) and I have a draw full of DVDs to prove it. Patrick Swayze's nickname was "Buddy"................ As I am reading his autobiography my Pat gave me for Christmas, I thought the name was a great idea.

Maybe next year there might be the pitter patter of little feet.

Until next time........ stay safe and enjoy your New Year celebrations and all the best for 2010.


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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. How did your Christmas Day fair?????? Mine was just wonderful and so relaxing.

Pat & I had lunch at Amy's future in-laws house, English style with turkey and all the trimmings. I had always wanted to try a martini and thanks to Tony (Ben's dad) I did. Boy are they yummy. I even had 2 olives in it.


Then for dinner we went to my brother's place for a few hours and a cold meal, of left overs from the hot lunch. Brought a bag of food scraps home for the chooks and they sure enjoyed those prawn heads from Mick & Sally lunch.

Came home stuffed with good food and lots of lovely presents.

I want to show you one of my presents and this is a beauty. James isn't a big fan of my green thumb and what it can grow and feed us. May a time he has commented about the backyard.

But look what he gave me.






How cool is this??? Its great when a mum finds out years later in life, that some of what she has told her son, did sink in.




Couple of pages of what the book is like inside.




Thanks James so much.

Enjoy your holiday break people and all the best for the New Year.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Oh Yummo



Guess what we are having for tea tonight?????

Does a little dance..... oh yeah baby, freshly picked, organic beetroot.

First feed for the season. Whoohoo.......

Until next time....hoo roo


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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

She's Apples Mate


One of the sets of apples on our Fuji/golden delicious apple tree. This is the first year we have apples set and so it's a new learning curb for us.

Both Pat & I are so excited about the thought of home grown apples. Pat's such an apple freak and we are forever buying them to eat.

Cooler weather today, had some shocking weather of late. One day was 38 degrees, far too hot for us.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Babies Everywhere.

Spring is in the air out in my vegie patch. Seedlings everywhere.





All 4 varieties of beans have started to germinate, which is good as I harvested the last of the broad beans about 30 minutes ago. These are climbing beans (Blue Lake) my favourite.



Carrots and beetroot are growing great and some of the baby beet leaves are used in salads.





Beets are starting to form beautifully.




I can't get over how well my rhubarb plant is growing. Well over 12 months old and look.... 2 baby crowns have formed.



Using my pointer finger to show you the thickness of some spears growing.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Snaps Of This & That

Some photos of food growing happy in my little vegie patch and a special something at the end.






Sweet Bite tomato variety, little fruits just starting to form. These are great to eat while surfing the net, waltching TV or to stay off those hunger pains.





Some loose leaf lettuces before I harvested the outer leaves.




Broad beans, I think about 1 more attack of harvesting these and then I'll cut them down at ground level.




Asparagus still being picked, but at the same time I am letting some of the spears grow. Soon I'll stop harvesting all together.


Now for something special.




One of 27 happy snaps of my right ankle. Nothing showed up and so I am to take note of what annoys it and work to increase that "what ever" slowly to build up the strength in this area.

So if lots of walking pisses my ankle off........ pull back on the walking and slowly build it up. I can see this being a real pain in the bum as I am always on the go.

Sowed a pile of seeds this morning, weeded the carrot, beetroot area. Yes I did get up to an alarm. Off now to make sausage rolls for tomorrow's quilting day.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Been A Bean Day.

Today was such a beautiful spring day, that when I went out to feed the animals, I decided a day in the vegie patch was called for.

First off I picked & shelled a regular bucket size of broad beans. Just under 3/4 kilo of shelled beans in the freezer by 11.30. Seemed to take forever to shell them all but at the same time relaxing, Pat kept me company.




With all the sunshine and being able to keep an eye on them, the girls & Radar were let out of their run. While the chooks dug and had dust baths, the ducks quacked and checked out underneath the chook house.

All weeds from the vegie patch were thrown over the "people fence" for them to turn over.





We had a visitor this morning as well. Maggie's baby was on our roof having a feed. Not the best photo, but the only one I got of him/her. They make the cutest sound when begging for food and even funnier when feeding.

The area I worked on was part of the no-dig garden,weeds were easy to remove in this area. Mostly weeds that seemed to run over the soil top and didn't take long to remove. I then dragged the 3 prong claw over it all.

After we had some friend call in for a couple of hours, it was back into the garden. I planted out beans in the area after the 2 trellises were set up.




Between the cement and the first trellis are Hawkesbury Wonder a green bush bean. First trellis is blue lake beans. In between the 2 trellises I found 3 self sown triple curl parsley plants. Left them there as I will use that area to walk between, when harvesting the beans.

The right trellis has some frost free climbing beans and on the right, butter beans.... Pat's favourite.

After this was all done it was time to harvest any crops that needed doing. Once this was completed I fed the plants a mixture of worm wee and pigeon manure liquid (from our good gardening buddy Pepe).




A big basket with baby spinach, a mixed variety of loose leaf lettuces, asparagus and the last of the duck & hen eggs laid for the day.

Tomorrow I hope to get seeds sown and the carrot, radish & beet root area weeded. Getting up to an alarm to help get this done as I am back to the doctor about my ankle early afternoon. New doc and new ideas on what could be wrong. Ultra sound scan didn't show a lot, so back for maybe a x-ray, going on what the doctor who looked at my scan said. I'll keep you posted on this, not giving up my garden again.

I took a heap of photos of what is happening in the garden.....post some in the next day or so for you to see how it's growing and feeding us.

Until next time....


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Duck Tale.



Once upon a time there was a duck called Bundy. He is a handsome duck and was having a pool party.

Bundy was thinking how much fun he was having, so he did what any clever duck would do...he sent out emails, put a comment up on facebook and let his duck friends know on Twitter. "I'm having a pool party come on over."




Well it wasn't long before word got out and Daphne arrive and in the pool she jumped.





"Make room for me", quacked Alice.



"Oh I am so glad I got your email Bundy," said Rhett as she shook water from her eyes. "This is so much fun".



"Come on Daphne, if you can't keep up with us doing our laps, hop out", said Bundy.



Paddles remarks, "We need a pool this much bigger, wonder if Father Christmas will bring us one this year?"



And so it went on for a while longer, Bundy and his pool party friends having a wow of a time. While shy Sunny and Spring watched and hoped the new pool will be bigger and deeper, so they can join in too.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Potato Harvest


Kipfler spuds freshly dug from out in my garden. This is the second harvest from the area. First harvest was back a few weeks ago and we haven't eaten all of those yet.

Its interesting how these potatoes came about.

They are the left overs we missed last year towards Christmas. We never watered them over the winter months, just let them do their thing. These spuds would have to be the most cheapest potatoes we have ever grown.

Once the spuds had died back, Pat started digging them out on his good days.

Going to use some of the green ones and resow another area of the garden and hopefully we'll do as good. These will be ready with any luck by the end of the year.

Some pretty darn big spuds in there and 1 spud is feeding the 2 of us.

We have stored the crop in a big garden pot with an old tea towel over them in our shed.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Bugs

Pat was outside taking photos with his macro lens this morning, before the winds came up. Just wanted you to see some of the photos he took.





Beginning of the poppy.




Beginning of the pod.



Who needs to spray for aphids when we can call in the good guys???










Until next time....hoo roo


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Poppies

Few years back in the friendship garden I threw some poppy seeds around. Each year in early spring we have the odd plant grow and enjoy a small showing of poppies.

This year has been the opposite. The area where Amy parked her car all the time while living at home, isn't used much now, poppy plants are booming all over this area.





In between weeds are dozens of little poppy plants and in the middle is this lovely big plant. The soil conditions must be just spot on for so many seeds to germinate.






This photo was taken yesterday morning on the way into the city. Flowers don't last longer than a day. Percy is giving you as idea of the size of the bush.



Love the delicacy of this flower.

Until next time....hoo roo

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