I am a bit slow with this post. I was all set to join in with Jacqui's dusty country road Friday link up. I have found this to be a great incentive in taking photos around the yard, and a good way to keep track of what is happening too. A bit of appreciation for what is around never goes astray either - I'm definitely guilty of that - particularly in summer when it all becomes a bit much. Winter blues? no way - I suffer from summer blues!
All photos (bar the top left) are the newly planted winter veggies in the now cleared shadehouse. Planted are: tomato, capsicum, silverbeet, cauli, kale, broccoli, tomato, beans, snow peas, carrots, lettuce. I think that's it.
The photo top left is a cape gooseberry bush - growing on the fence next to shadehouse. It's the first big crop by the look of things. We've tried this in the past without much success. Love gooseberries!
Going clockwise - top left is our prolific passionfruit vine powering along on the front fence. First time we've had success with the purple variety too. We've had lots of the yellow ones in the past.
My first asparagus in the ermmm rose garden. This garden is in our front driveway and has been firstly used as a herb garden, then I converted it to a rose garden - without too much success. Although it gets lots of sun, it's also in the shade of a gum and the roses never really did well. So this winter I plan to transplant the roses elsewhere and revert back to a herb/ish type garden. The asparagus was planted there by my husband, not sure why he thought to put it in that particular spot! However now that it is actually producing I guess I'll leave it there.
I took the photo of the chook pen before the mulberry tree lands on it! I feel sure that it's going to topple soon, but in the meantime it has provided a lot of summer shade. We have several mulberry trees, none have ever really produced prolifically, and to be honest I find them a bit of a pest. I'm always hacking away at them and asking husband to chop them down next time the chainsaw has an outing. So far he has declined.
The last photo is the remants of the outdoor sunflower patch. More news on these next time, plus the lovely storm we enjoyed last night, with lots of rain - 55mm in 30 minutes.
Sorry Jacqui - hope to be back on track next week - I mean this week!
However, sometimes to actually display on the blog the items that I offload can be a little daunting. This month to be honest, I have one garbage bag full - but who really wants to see a lot of our family's old clothes/ books/ general househould dregs as they head off to the op shop?
So I've come up with this idea (can you tell I'm enjoying playing with the new to me Big Huge Labs service?). It's free and a lot of fun. I haven't investigated it all fully, but I'm sure in time I will be.
vintage declutteris my user name on ebay for my vintage and retro declutter sales. So I've decided to include photos of my March sales. As I didn't get around to listing too many things in March, there are also a couple of sly February ones as well. Hopefully the new owners don't mind me displaying the items this way. I don't have anything listed at the moment, but hope to detail some items soon and put them on the site.
I'm sure in total I have tallied up my 31 items for March. The most important part to me, is the fact that all these items have left the building! Here's to April and lots more - and some cooler weather hopefully!
Several reasons for this post, which follows on so rapidly after the garden update.
Firstly, I'm so glad that I discovered Circle of Pine Trees - the year in books blog link up. Laura started this in January, so I'm pleased thatI have found it reasonably early in 2014.
The two books I've read in March are - Stay Alive by Simon Kernick and Belle Cora by Phillip Marguilies and two more different books both written by male authors would be difficult to find.
I'm sure I've read Simon Kernick before and he has a reputation as a good thriller. So despite trying to swerve away a little from mystery thriller types, Stay Alive did sound like an interesting read. However (to this reader anyway) it was a disappointment. Claiming to be a fast page turner, it was just that. I couldn't wait to finish it and get it over and done! With clumsy writing, an unbelievable plot with bodies dropping left right and centre. (I couldn't escape the mental imagery of the movie 'Home Alone' with the boy outwitting the baddies constantly). The ending seemed a bit rushed as the author tries to tie (the many) loose ends together. All in all I would consider it a holiday read - airport or beach!
However, the book which really engrossed me was Belle Cora - oh my goodness, what an enjoyable read! This is riches to rags story of a daughter of a New York merchant who went on to become a millworker, a prostitute, a notorious madam, a murderess and eventually one of San Francisco's richest and most revered dowagers.
It's beautifully written - a spellbinding story of a single woman ahead of her time - the tale of an epic life. She managed to rise above many difficult situations to make something of her life when it seemed there was no hope. The book is tastefully written by Phillip Marguilies (can't believe a male wrote this particular book) and manages to celebrate a particularly strong woman.
I'm linking in with Jacqui over at Dusty Country Road today. I've been thinking of joining in the last few Fridays, but now at last I feel a bit more inspired. We've had some rain, it's a little cooler (humidity stay away please) and I wandered about and took a few photos.
Wow - and my first mosiac too! I've been aware that my photos have been looking a bit ordinary so I'm aiming to 'up the ante' wondering at the same time what that expression actually means.
So I stumbled upon reference to this site and managed to fumble my way around enough to make my first mosiac. win win.
Back to the garden however! Photos are as follow -
1&2 - Before and After sunflowers (see the sunflower experiment). It's amazing what a brushcutter can do!
3&4 - Some rain in the gauge at last (only about 110mls over 2 days - not as much as some but more than we have had for a long time). The humble start to this winter's veggie crops. A rather hurried planting before the rains. Hopefully more time in the garden this weekend.
4&5 - Tamarillos powering on; our first coconuts! We are in south east Queensland, in the sub-tropics so we weren't sure if this would ever fruit.
Thanks Jacqui for a bit of a push into appreciating the garden a bit more! I hope to have more exciting photos next time of the progressing veggie garden.