As a newly indoctrinated “morning person” I decided to spread the love to my sleeping husband and start a morning wake up ritual to start the day with a smile. I put the kettle on to make a nice cup of brewed coffee and headed off to youtube to find something lively to wake him up and get the day started off on a positive note. I ended up playing a Stones album (thus the title of this post) and then Brown Sugar which always puts me in a positive mood. The same goes for Brown eyed girl but I was in the bedroom delivering coffee by this stage so stuck with Brown sugar. After approving of the situation with the music and the coffee and the happy joy-joy, Earl headed off under the bed to his favourite hidey hole and Bezial raced off and got himself a toy to have a bit of a game with me while I was in a good mood and before the euphoria wore off and I was back to my grumpy old self. I ran out into the lounge room after Bezial and as I was halfway across the floor I heard the terrifying sound of Earl on steroids emerging from under the bed…Earl doesn’t like to miss out on games, especially games that involve me running out into the lounge room and as I put my hands behind me in a vain effort to stop myself from being broadsided by Earl…broadsided I became! He hit me in the back of the legs and I actually flew up in the air and landed on my derrière. All I can say is thank goodness that my derrière has a degree of padding or I might have hurt myself considerably more than I did. It wounded my pride more than anything and the worst part was laying on the floor trying to see if I had injured anything seriously with 2 dogs prancing about slobbering all over me while I carefully probed…I was a bit tender for a day but now I am on the mend. I am incredibly lucky to be so damage free because I should probably not be performing daring callisthenic performances like that without some sort of safety harness in the future.
We have spent the last 2 days alternating between studying drains (Yawn*) and working on a series of garden beds for vegetables. Steve recklessly bought some punnets of veggies when he went shopping and after adding a few more, namely tomatoes, from Inspirations nursery in Exeter, we decided that we were going to have to bite the bullet and make some garden beds. We knew that it wasn’t going to be a quick easy job because nothing ever is on Serendipity Farm BUT that has never stopped us so far and so we started to assemble our “stuff” to effect vegetable change. I need to add that I am incredibly tired as I type this post. We spent a whole day today out in the garden lugging sleepers around, shovelling various garden products into garden beds and generally working harder than our poor winter softened bodies had a right to expect to be working. I am going to make the rest of this post short and sweet. Steve brought out a bottle of his home made skeeter pee that he had thoughtfully thrown into the freezer for a bit and that was more lemon slushy than home-made wine. He told me that it wasn’t strong and so we shared the bottle while we worked out in the sun. I have to tell you that it IS strong and it WAS fizzy and as we all know fizzy wine is wine that makes you drunk. I am pleasantly “mellow” and have decided that rather than embarrass myself by typing copious quantities of strange hieroglyphics that even I am not going to know what they mean upon reading this post again tomorrow, that I will just talk a bit after the photos that I am going to share with you to show you the process of our first of 3 large veggie gardens in progress. Eventually we will have a series of these sets of garden beds all rotated and using green crops in between plantings. For now…sit back and enjoy our hard slog from the comfort of your comfy computer chairs :o)
This melaleuca has been ravaged by just about every bird in the neighbourhood tugging at its lovely soft papery bark to make their nests. Leave off you guys he has had enough!
A few Cassia seed pods that I am going to attempt to grow some new Cassia’s from in the near future. Cassias are good fast growing nitrogen fixing trees and they are also quite pretty with bright yellow flowers. This particular Cassia’s common name is Senna. I will be sure to plant these pods and not eat them!
(FINALLY she got to the pictures of the veggie garden!…) this is stage one of the veggie garden development process. Here you can see a blue tarp covering a pile of decomposed horse bedding and manure as well as some old railway sleepers that we got in exchange for helping our American hippy friend up the road
Well look who turned up to give me a hand to make my vegetable garden beds…Chad Kroeger! What a nice man! He is certainly pulling his weight today isn’t he?
Ducky has discovered the pile of spent horse bedding material as has her good friend Pingu and both of them are doing their level best to rid this pile of its crittery inhabitants
Here’s the old garden beds that we cobbled together in a fit of shame after mum died. Nothing happened with these beds aside from me heaping them up with spent chook coop bedding and so as penniless hippies we decided to re-use them in our new veggie garden project.
What’s left of the old veggie garden beds looks like 3 graves! We figured that we may as well go whole hog with the reuse, recycle repurpose theme and I collected the contents of the beds that was full of red wriggler composting worms and well rotted chook manure and heaped it into the back of the trailer to also use in the new veggie gardens. The rest of this material was used to mulch around the citrus and mulberry trees in the area behind these
graves old gardens
Some of the materials that we managed to repurpose into our new veggie gardens along with some of the forget-me-nots that I have to mangle some day VERY soon
Chad Kroeger got another 5 minutes away from Avril Lavigne to dig this piece of repurposed tin inside the railway sleeper frame to make a garden bed. I guess it’s my sheer animal magnetism that keeps him hanging around…sorry Avril…you will just have to accept that his loyalties are with me 🙂
First garden bed completed and starting to be filled with some of the spent chook hay mix from the old garden beds
Steve’s idea of how to harden the veggies off after we picked them up from Exeter yesterday along with a cubic metre of wonderful organic compost. I guess the possums won’t get them!
Our constant companions whenever we head out and start working on Serendipity Farm. Always on the scrounge and always looking for something to eat
Unloading the compost from the trailer and our bags of spent mushroom compost to use to mulch the tops of the veggie beds after we planted them out
I wasn’t actually drunk by this stage…I was shovelling materials into the garden beds…
Steve watering the garden beds after we had finished filling them with various layers of delicious garden materials and the remainder has been covered by that blue tarp to use in our next set of 3 garden beds
Planted! Lots of capsicums, heritage tomatoes, coriander (that Steve bought for some reason although he HATES coriander…), lettuces and jalapeno chillies.
The lucky last! This is after we spent the better part of 2 hours making sure that this sucker is possum and wallaby proofed! Thats me in the background…shamelessly drunk on cheap lemon fizzy wine and exposing my back like the shameless lush that I apparently am! I dare say I will be asleep by 7pm tonight 🙂
Well…as my dear mate Peter Cundall would say “That’s your bloomin lot folks!” and I am off to eat my tea. I hope you forgive my inebriated postings and the short nature of todays post…thems the breaks folks…sometimes we bloggers get drunk and knackered like everybody else! See you on Saturday when I may just have recovered from being prostrate on the floor and unable to move thanks to actually using my body to do something other than type and sit for the first time in over 5 months 🙂