My darling Honey
has been hard at work (at work and at home) and got our wood fire
installed! With the weather against him,
he had to make good use of the few hours of low wind and some sunshine to get
on the roof and get the flue through. (Um, yes, when we put the solar panels on the roof we forgot that we had already built a box for the flue to come through the strawbale insulation - what can I say, we are novices ;-).
Plus the many hours
to build the hearth – he’s a bit of a perfectionist so there was a bit of
adjusting and re-doing here and there – thanks Honey, I love it!
Oh, and when I
pruned the fruit trees this week, I decided on a whim, to try and strike the
There is very
little science in this experiment. I
hadn’t planned this at all, so the cuttings were all just in a pile together
(ie, I have no idea which one is which!); I had to leave them a couple of hours
before I went to the shops and got some root hormone; and I have never done
this before of course! And then, after
the event, I realised most of our fruit trees are grafted on dwarfing root
stock so if any of these take, they will be full size trees. Ah, the fun of gardening J.
Before the weather
turns today, I needed to spray the peaches and nectarine to try and prevent
leaf curl. I read somewhere that you
could try raw milk, so I have. It sure
has a lot of cream!
And I think I am
only just in time to spray, because the nectarine has already started to
blossom – gorgeous pink blossoms:
Apparently, it is
too early for them to blossom – oh, well we can only wait and see. This year we also have a new nectarine tree,
another variety (a gift from our neighbour J), that is still only budding, so maybe if
this one succumbs to some weather, the other one will do ok?? We are really hoping for some fruit this year
– but we will have to beat the kangaroos to them – the monkies are eating the
buds in the orchard L. Time to build the orchard enclosure…it’s on
We let the chooks
prune the food forest beneath these trees too – they did a sterling job! Boy did they trample and peck at the
I am perpetually
amazed at how much they eat! But we do
like letting them live a good life here – and of course we are rewarded – 5
And, when we
cleaned out the garden beds to plant up the seedlings last week, Michael
chopped down the rhubarb – and now it is doing this!
So amazing to watch
the unfurling. I didn’t even realise
they started as little balls of leaves.
Dinners from the garden
this week have included pumpkin, sweet potato, silverbeet, broccolini and herbs
But this lot is a
dog’s dinner! Only the carrots are from the
store – and I probably could have picked some tiny ones from the garden if I
It really is so very
nice to grow our own organic veges – thank you garden – and gardeners!
I was going through
a bit of a funk in the last couple of weeks.
It was cold, wet and miserable – and pretty much so was I. I expect this of myself because I REALLY
DON’T like winter, but still I was thinking, “Just pull your socks up and get
going!” I wanted to be feeling good to
get things done inside the house and in the garden – but it just wasn’t in me…
Then a bit of a
reality check hit me. And it said to me,
“Traditionally winter is a time of rest.
The garden gets a bit of rest and so do the humans”.
I’m good with that
But, what a
difference some sunshine can make! Today
has been most productive – a lovely morning walk; washing galore; gathering
chook tucker (=weeding); and then a little bit of cleaning inside, which -
since Michael has steadily been working on building the extra shelves we needed
in the pantry – turned into a full pantry clean – gotta be happy with that J.
Don’t the shelves
just do the trick?!
And he put in a few
hooks so we could hang these lovelies too J.
My vintage cutting
board collection (two…so far). The one
on the left (paper lanterns and cherry blossom) was a wedding gift to my
parents and the one on the right I found at an op shop – it has Australian