Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas is comming

this is a really bad photo but its a baby watermellon, it migh be ready for christmas
What about some apples for an apple pie?

The definite way you know christmas is comming, is that its cherry season!

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I got this from Scarecrow's Garden. I thought it was great so I have used it here.

S.O.S. Plegde

Path To Freedom Save Our Seeds PledgeThis was started back in July this year...this is a pledge I'll happily make!From the Path To Freedom site here.

I pledge to take back control over the most sacred form of plant life - seeds

I will strive to save my own seeds, encourage self pollination and self seeding “volunteers”

Refrain from purchasing seed varieties controlled by Monsanto

Support local seed banks

Purchase organic, heirloom or open pollinated from independent seed companies who’s mission are to save seed diversity

Share your pledge with the world with this nifty icon - feel free to “save as” and use!Also join other homegrown revolutionaries at our sister site

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

netting it

One tree netted and the others are ready to go.

This should keep the grapes safe

we have been busy netting our trees. Just in the photo above are the strawberries. We have harvested quite a few since putting up the net. But that bird is there everyday trying to get some more.

Bad luck birdie

see ya

Monday, November 24, 2008

yummy broccoli

This little beauty was a very little plant when I pulled the broccoli out early last month. So I left it in to see what would happen. Not really expecting much. But boy look at it. It will do us for dinner tonight with some home grown carrots and maybe some spuds. Unfortunately not home grown but we are working on that.
The weather is still crazy but the rain is nice.
Off to finish quilting homework.
see ya

Saturday, November 22, 2008

OMG its cold!

and wet and we have had hail stones. Its so cold that its taking ages for me to type as my fingers dont work.
Its so cold I have done something I seldom do. I have turned on the ducted heating.
My poor garden doesnt know what to do. Im sure it thinks the 3 days of heat we had was summer and is starting to go back to sleep. I am so glad that I planted the pumkings in the hot house or else I wonder would I have gotton a crop this year.
It hailed pretty heavily this morning so I wonder what the produce in the main garden area will look like when I finally pluck up the courage to go outside.
And my poor little chicken that decided to hatch a batch of eggs under the bush plant, I hope she is alright, even if the eggs dont hatch.
Busy day today, baby girl has her dance concert. Two performances and 11 dances in each. She will be a tuckerd little girl.
Have a great day, stay warm and dry.
see ya

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I am going through alot of stuff at the monment. On tuesday it was 11 years since my brother passed and even though it isnt as fresh and raw as in the begining, the pain is still there. It acually comes as a shock as most people tell me that I should be "over it" by now. So no-one is there for me, like at the start, and I do really need someone to just say that its normal to feel this way.
Mean while my 42nd birthday is rushing towards me and since my children are growing up and away from me I am really having an identidy crisis.
I was married at 21, only 3 years after leaving school.
A mother at 22 and at 24.
I have been someones daughter, sister, wife, mother...etc all my life but I have never been me.
Who am I?
Not knowing is bad enough but finding out is really scary.
What if I dont like me? What if I am exactely the type of person that annoys the crap out of me?
All this is going on in my head and boy is it driving me crazy.
I hope the energy shifts and I get over this.
Real Soon.
see ya

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

No time!!!!!

I havnt had time to blog recently and I have noticed that others are the same. Just today I had work this morning, and I have quilting class this afternoon. So in between I have had lunch and got dinner cooking in the slow cooker, will pot around and do a few things before I go, and tonight baby girl has dancing . So I will be taxi driver again. I think it will stop about 9.30 tonight when I will have a relaxing bath and hit the sack.
boy am I exhausted.
see ya

Friday, November 14, 2008

The cleansing sound of rain

This morning I was awakened by the sound of thunder, flashes of lightening and the glorious sound of rain. After a very hot two days this was bliss.
Now the gardens look so clean and green and have come back to life. Not to mention that the tanks are all topped up.
Even I feel better, I have been very grumpy as I do not like the heat. The chooks in the back yard are going nuts so even they like it better now its cooler.
Hope you get some rain where you are
see ya

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Total confusion

Today I had my first shift at work. Talk about being thrown in the deep end. My boss tried to teach me everything in 4 hours. So, I have remembered nothing. Im sure Ill get it eventually but I feel so stupid at the monment.
At least the ladies are very nice and It was fun.
Hopefully I will "get it" soon and I wont feel like such a dummy.
see ya

Sorry Lisa,
My job is working at the gym that I have been going to for the last 18 months. At least I know how to use the machines. LOL

Monday, November 10, 2008

Missing in action

We normally have 4 people working in our workshop. My dear old hubby, two qualified mechanics, and wonderson is the apprentice.
One mechanic had to have a hernia op so his is missing for about 6 weeks, wonderson is at tafe. He has tafe every Monday and Tuesday. An the second mechanic we sent home as he had a crook tummy and was loosing his breakfast from both ends.
Its very quiet at the shed at the monment.
Meanwhile I had my quilting homework to do as class is next Tuesday, not to mention having to cook dinner early as baby girl had dancing tonight and I will be on the road taking her to two different places for her class and the classes she teaches.
I'll be glad when today is over.
see ya

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The hothouse effect

This is a picture of my pumkings growing in the hothouse. These pictures are a week old and they have grown even more.

This is my watermellon. We love watermellons but the trick isnt how to grow them but when are they ripe to pick them. If anyone knows how to tell when that is, please let me know.

And this little one is my cantalope, rockmellon. See the little flower, its very exciting isnt it.
I just love my new hothouse.
see ya

Saturday, November 08, 2008

some of the babies

These are our plumbs, I planted two sorts but one tree was eaten by the goats so I dont remember what sort these are. I think they are blood plumbs but we will see.
These are my nashies, my kids love nashies. we have two nashie trees.

This is one of the many apple trees we have planted. I think they are a red apple.

This is our gold mine nectarine. It is its second year of fruiting and its got heaps on it.

This is our star the apricot tree. its so loaded down with fruit I almost feel sorry for it.
We have nets so next job is to net all the trees so we will get to eat all this yummy fruit.
see ya

Friday, November 07, 2008

Its raining, yeah!

Its finally raining. Its been threatening for days but it just wouldnt. Today was treatment number 5 for leanne. Only one more to go.
At least after a day spent at the hospital I dont have water the gardens.
see ya

Thursday, November 06, 2008

blooming beautiful

Here are some pictures of my roses. We pruned them hard this year and alot of people thought I had killed them. But here they are blooming marvalous.
Please ignore the weeds. They just keep on coming.
see ya

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

promised pictures

this is our potatos growing strong
these are our corn popping their heads out of the sugarcane mulch

this is the garden that rested over winter, you cant see the pepper plants or the eggplants but they are there.

You can just see the pepper plants bordered by the carrots we planted over winter.

this is the whole garden you can see the carrots, one broccoli plant and a couliflower plant

A very productive few days

Over the very long weekend we all got stuck in and weeded the vegie gardens, mulched them with sugar cane mulch and finished planting them all out.
We were very tired but the gardens look great. I will post some pictures as soon as I take them. Hopefully later today.
My other productive endeavour was today when I got a job!
At the gym that I go to they needed someone to only do two shifts a week. Perfect for me as I have plenty to do here but also like the idea of doing something outside of the home. This means that my gym membership is now free as an emplyee.
Thats a saving of $600.00 a year!!
Plus the money I earn will go towards paying off the credit card. As christmas is nearly here that will be great. I have made alot of home made gifts this year to keep costs down and so I have nearly fininshed my christmas shopping anyway. Only hubby and two offspring really left to do.
Am I a clever little dickens or what.
Hope your day is blessed too.
see ya!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Just when your give up all hope

Just when you give up all hope that all you have taught your childern has filtered away, they go and prove you wrong. This morning wonderson put all his washing away without me having to say a thing. And when she got up baby girl did the same. They also finished the washing and hung it out to dry.
That puts me in my place.
see ya

Sunday, November 02, 2008

out and about in the sun

Today we dug and weeded around the fruit trees in the second orchard. Then we gave them a really good water. We had two olive trees planted a few years ago and they have been growing but not thriving. Or so we thought. Over the winter weeds had grown up around them and we thought that we had lost them. But after removing the weeds and digging an area around them, we saw that they were in fact thriving and they even had small blossoms on them. I will get some horse poo from a friend and put that around them as the soil is very sandy and hopefully we will get some olives soon.
see ya