A Day in the Life

(Fran is typing this while I languish back here with a glass of red in my hand dictating…) “As Paul Mcartney and John Lennon once said…I read the news today Oh Boy….each day we wake up to the news which is nice. We then get up and promptly start our days and OH BOY here we go! Firstly we walk the dogs which can be quite an effort at times as either one or the other will be playing up either pulling or dragging down the road. When one is good the other is bad.

We then get home, just about have time to put the kettle on for our first cup of tea and coffee in the morning when “Squeek squeek” the cuckoo shrike arrives, demanding his morning cheese. I feed the shrike. Sometimes its the male shrike and he grabs a bit of cheese from the container strewing cheese about all over the place. The female shrike is tamer. She will even sit on my hand and will eat as much as her stomach will hold. Back to the kettle which is now whistling at me to make Fran and I a cup of coffee and tea and we settle down for 4 – 5 hours of study. This period of study is constantly interupted by shrikes, chickens, dogs, all demanding something (and regular interuptions from Fran demanding cups of tea).

By about 2pm. Earl starts biting. He is bored and wants to walk again. So off we go for another 40 minutes to an hour of walking. My feet hurt! We come home and everything wants its food. The feral cats wait outside gazing up at the deck waiting for their food, the dogs want their food, then its apples for the possums, locking up the chickens so that there isnt any food for the quolls at our expense and all of this time Earl and Bezial are running about the house like crazy threatening to break windows. If you get in their way they knock you over. By about 9pm they have calmed down and are laying by me who is by this stage snoring on the sofa. There are not enough hours in the day for everthing that I have to do. I would love to get into the garden and do some work with Fran but that is looking less and less likely. Soon we will be finished studying for a year and we will have a glorious 6 – 7 weeks off and we can do whatever we want. You can bet that we will be spending most of this time outside in the garden. We worked out today that we can cheaply build a garden with a lovely retaining wall. Anyone wants one done at a good price just give us a ring…problem is our specifications are so in depth and full of legal jargonise, that you wouldn’t want to sign them for fear of owing us your first born child! Just another mouth to feed so you can keep them! See you soon Steve…

 

I have to post like this

ok thats better … today we got wet , very wet , the floor in the bathroom was wet from our clothes…. i dont like getting so wet and i dont like going to shops and getting  jumped on at the first sign of me, i remember in Perth i was ran up to by a girl in a chemist lol, oh the joys of a scruffy man i guess. I have made a fire as they say snow to 600mts , hey its nearly summer and we are still hearing about snow… On behalf of us gardeners and horticulturists i would like to tell the people that say dont plant your tomatoes till after the show to shove there tomatoes someplace warmer than the ground lol. Ok so we havnt planted our tomatoes mainly due to the fact they are on the heat bed and we really need to get a load of potting mix in to do all our works here, we have so much other work that some things take a back seat. Ok sorrry i have to sort of post like this its my fault i set the blog up and the last posts i did we deleted , i dont need a blog Frans way better at this than i am and i just like to make a post here and there and mainly be cheeky to people and rage …… see grunpy old man lol ok off to make a mix of herbs and spices to creat a chille for tea and then make chille potato pies from it yummmmm

 

Soon steve

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nat
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 09:13:20

    i am sharpening the pruning saw and secateurs in anticipation. Codie is doing chainsaws this week ( maybe he can help ha ha).

    Reply

    • narf77
      Oct 05, 2011 @ 11:59:46

      (Steve holds his head in his hands….) NATALIE!!! We are all “Horticulturalists” here….PRUNING WITH A CHAINSAW! (sigh……..)

      Reply

  2. Ethan Welty
    May 23, 2013 @ 17:00:32

    Dear narff77, may I invite you to contribute your knowledge of feral fruit and nut trees to the map at FallingFruit.org? We already have quite a collection of Australian locations on the map. (I saw your post at : http://anthropogen.com/2013/03/20/geo-tagging-fruit-trees-berkeley-ca/)

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    • narf77
      May 23, 2013 @ 17:38:01

      Hi Ethan, I would love to contribute and am sure that any of my Aussie readers would love to help you as well with any endemic fruit trees that are left to drop their fruit. Tasmania is full of feral trees. I know where there is an entire apple and stone fruit orchard that is on vacant property now and that could be harvested on a regular basis. Let me know how you want me to go about this and I am in! :) To any of my other dear constant readers (in Aus) let us know if you would like to contribute as well by telling where feral fruit and nut etc. trees are left to drop their produce in your neighbourhoods :)

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  3. Ethan Welty
    May 23, 2013 @ 18:22:55

    Thanks for your interest! You can add new locations to the map by visiting http://falllingfruit.org (right click on the map where you want to add something, or select “Add Source” from the menu bar. Existing locations can be edited by selecting ‘edit’ in the location’s popup infowindow). For folks who have already built a table of trees and their map coordinates (or street address), I can save you the trouble of manual entry by migrating the data in bulk.

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    • narf77
      May 24, 2013 @ 03:15:23

      Ok, I will visit the site today and check it out to see what I have to do :). Again, any of my Aussie readers who would like to help out this great site, please feel free to get involved :)

      Reply

  4. Ethan Welty
    May 23, 2013 @ 18:24:55

    Thanks for your interest! You can add new locations to the map by visiting http://fallingfruit.org (right click on the map where you want to add something, or select “Add Source” from the menu bar. Existing locations can be edited by selecting ‘edit’ in the location’s popup infowindow). For folks who have already built a table of trees and their map coordinates (or street address), I can save you the trouble of manual entry by migrating the data in bulk.

    Reply

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