The day that Earl just missed out on world domination because of my need to (hoard) Collect…

Hi All,

Today was going to be Earl’s day to communicate with you all. Ms Pauline and I have been hosting an intercontinental (sounds grand but technically true…) dog telepathy experiment where Earl has been teaching dear little Sir Siddy the 1st how to be a “propr dorg”. Earl may be lacking in the vernacular but what he lacks in a literary sense, he more than makes up for in animal cunning and admirable doggy brilliance. He has managed to invade Sir Siddy’s tiny headspace and teach him to climb up on Ms Pauline’s table by cross Tasman telepathy. I shudder to think how much further Earl’s mind powers could reach (and the litigation that we could possibly be facing should he try a bit harder…) Thank GOODNESS something else more pressing came up that stopped me from channelling Earl’s nefarious desires but he has a little message for you all that I will translate for you (unpaid slave, drag toy and translator that I am…)

Earl (great master of all that he surveys…)

Earl (great master of all that he surveys…)

“Gdai huminz. Aye em url. Aye em a dorg. Aye done eweshally torg to peepl bud aye godda ged maye messij herd.

Aye av disayedid thad fore yur owne gud, aye em goin tu ave tu tek ova. Yor guvmints ar nod doin aye gud jorb. Aye, url,  wull tichm howe tu rool th worl. Aye rekn aye cood du bedda.

Vowd fore url  ine yor negs alecshunz an aye wull cee yu ride. Wee dorgs juz won ay far gow. Yooz yumanz ave stuvved thingz ub an wee dorgs ar gonna figz id.

Iv u vode fore mi ina alecshunz, aye wull led yu slip ina maye bigga bede wiv mee ana eed frome maye boll (arvda aye finich wiv id ov corz). Mee un suddi gonna bee thee bozz frum nowe orn sow yu hadz bedda joy nub wiv uz ore elze”.

Sygned URL

"were iz maye dinna wumin…"

“were iz maye dinna wumin…”

Wod ewe meen yor gorn awn strige?

“Wod ewe meen yor gorn awn strige?”

Translation: “Good-day fine human specimens. I am Earl (the great). I am a truly magnificent dog. I don’t usually lower myself to communicate with you lowly specimens however I have finished licking my left testicle and have a few minutes to spare before I start licking my right and so I will deign to point my vocabulary in your general direction.

I have decided that for your own good, I am going to relieve you of your worldly control. Your world leaders are not doing a good job. I, Earl (the great…did I mention that I was GREAT) will teach them how to truly rule the world. I think that I could do much better.

Vote for me in your next elections and I will make sure that you don’t suffer to much in the ensuing aftermath. We dogs are tired of being second class citizens, of being forced to live outside in the cold, eat stale dog biscuits and drink from algae lined bowls. We are tired of being the forgotten ones that guard your house, listen to all of your woes, comfort you when you are depressed and NEVER get enough

  1. Walks
  2. Food
  3. Attention
  4. Couch space
  5. Room in the bed

And so it is with great intentions that I, Earl (THE GREAT AND MIGHTY) am going to take over. If you choose to vote for me I will consider you a friend. I will allow you to sleep in my big bed and eat from my personal bowl (after I have finished with it, of COURSE). Sir Sidney Dog the First and I are going to take over. He is going to be my henchman and I have been training him up specifically for the purpose. He might be small and hairy but he is eager to please and that’s all you need for a willing henchman…a nice young brain ready for planting my world domination seed in. The first of many…

If you are not for us, you are against us. Be warned

Signed Earl (THE GREAT AND MIGHTY RULER OF THE WORLD, LORD OF ALL THAT HE SURVEYS)

 

One of the (freeloading cheese hog) grey shrike thrushes that come for small cheese cubes on the windowsill

One of the (freeloading cheese hog) grey shrike thrushes that come for small cheese cubes on the windowsill

Another (slightly bigger) cheese hog pinching cheese sandwiches. One of the resident Currawongs helping himself…

Another (slightly bigger) cheese hog pinching cheese sandwiches. One of the resident Currawongs helping himself…

Yet another freeloader. This one was after something in the back yard. "NOT wise little parrot, you are walking into the lair of the beast!"

Yet another freeloader. This one was after something in the back yard. “NOT wise little parrot, you are walking into the lair of the beast!”

We stopped the possums! :)

We stopped the possums in Sanctuary! 🙂 This silverbeet is one of my indicators. The possums scoffed all of the silverbeet down to nubs and if there are leaves, there are NO possums 🙂

Grape vines sprouting inside Sanctuary

Grape vines sprouting inside Sanctuary

Loquats that will be planted out inside the new enclosure to protect them from wallabies

Loquats that will be planted out inside the new enclosure to protect them from wallabies

A very happy looking little dwarf Valencia orange

A very happy looking little dwarf Valencia orange

An equally as happy lemonade lemon tree :)

An equally as happy lemonade lemon tree 🙂 Looks like a resident rock has come to have a chin wag 😉

Peach futures. Might actually get some this year as we purposefully included this small badly possum mangled orchard INSIDE the dogs new compound parameters so that Earl can protect his patch and we can maybe get some fruit this year :)

Peach futures. Might actually get some this year as we purposefully included this small badly possum mangled orchard INSIDE the dogs new compound parameters so that Earl can protect his patch and we can maybe get some fruit this year 🙂

 

What is the difference between “collecting” and “hoarding”? I ask this of you, my dear constant readers, as moderators to my closeted hermitage. You, who are out there in the “real world”, are obviously in the know. I am beseeching you to “please asplain” because there is a very fine line between the two as far as I can ascertain. I mention this (and thus nip Earl’s push for world domination one continent at a time, most swiftly, in the bud…) because I was trawling my RSS Feed Reader this morning. Nothing new there. I can be found there most mornings between the hours where I am not actively answering emails and commenting on my own blog and the hour when I have to wake Stevie-boy up from his somnolence. I have a comfortable 116 quality blogs nested tastily on top of each other like a most delicious sandwich full of highly flavoured condiments firmly scrunched in the middle of the best damned sourdough you ever tasted. This is where narf gets to play. It’s where my desire to explore my kind of food in all its heady and often lusty delights. Everything else tends to be crafty, wordy or positively barmy (if you are a dear constant reader and I follow your blog you KNOW which genre you fit into 😉 ).

 

ACTUAL work being done on Serendipity farm that doesn't involve a computer. The start of the dogs compound extension

ACTUAL work being done on Serendipity farm that doesn’t involve a computer. The start of the dogs compound extension

When people wonder why we are loath to dig holes to plant things on Serendipity Farm, here's why…this is our "soil profile"

When people wonder why we are loath to dig holes to plant things on Serendipity Farm, here’s why…this is our “soil profile” The yellow things in that soil are rocks… LOTS of rocks…sigh…

This is the "soil" that Steve just dug out of that hole. Note the predominate soil componant "rocks". And THAT is why talking about digging holes brings us out into a cold sweat! Despite sweating a LOT Steve managed to dig 4 holes today before he was rained out. He has never been happier to see rain ;)

This is the “soil” that Steve just dug out of that hole. Note the predominate soil componant “rocks”. And THAT is why talking about digging holes brings us out into a cold sweat! Despite sweating a LOT Steve managed to dig 4 holes today before he was rained out. He has never been happier to see rain 😉

The olive tree that dad planted is growing nicely now that it has established itself

The olive tree that dad planted is growing nicely now that it has established itself

Earl and Bezial will gain a LOT of new ground in this extension. That little cream coloured shed is going to be on the boundary of the extension and WAY back near the house (in the distance in this shot) is where the boys are confined to at the moment. Earl will spend the first week, when it's completed,  patrolling 24/7 ;)

Earl and Bezial will gain a LOT of new ground in this extension. That little cream coloured shed is going to be on the boundary of the extension and WAY back near the house (in the distance in this shot) is where the boys are confined to at the moment. Earl will spend the first week, when it’s completed, patrolling 24/7 😉

Our echiums flowered for the first time this year :)

Our echiums flowered for the first time this year 🙂

Amazingly good plants to grow as they adore rough conditions and will grow in wastelands and bees love them

Amazingly good plants to grow as they adore rough conditions and will grow in wastelands and bees love them

So what has pushed Earl out of world domination mode and narf back squarely into numero uno spot on the blog this week? Well, I don’t only follow blogs and read them AND comment on them, I also collect the best recipes that make me squeal with delight and I Pin them on my Pinterest boards as well. I want the whole world to be able to find these gorgeous posts. I want everyone to squeal with delight like I do and thus, I share. A small aside…because I have quite a large selection of pins on my Pinterest boards (…ahem*…) my early morning emails tend to be littered with “Mr/Mrs “X” has followed one (or more) of your boards…” I usually just send the notifications to the trash as I can see who has followed me via Pinterest however this morning I had a few spare blissful moments (no studies…’WOOT!” 🙂 ) and so I took a little look at the strange and convoluted list of names that had tumbled into my inbox. You can tell the cut of my Pinterest jib by the strange and wonderful people that rock up in my inbox, all kinds of delicious crazy folk all wanting a slice of narf’s Pinterest action. All I can say is “knock yourselves out guys!” I love this social media sharing thing. I love sharing in general and this is on a worldwide scale of great (addiction) happiness :). So it was with great interest that I noticed that none other than “Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School” had followed one of my Pinterest boards! I went and checked (people get aspirations in social media and think that they are Napoléon 😉 ) but this looks legit and I think I just had a brush with gustatory royalty! “SQUEE!”

 

Brigadoon!

Brigadoon!

Steve caught this lovely shot of the Tamar Cruiser on it's languid journey up the river and back into Launceston. It turns around right at the front of our gate

Steve caught this lovely shot of the Tamar Cruiser on it’s languid journey up the river and back into Launceston. It turns around right at the front of our gate

Steve took this shot as he was walking back to the gate after taking the last shot. I am posting it for the sake of honesty rather than love for this image. That expanded derriere is on the wane as I have returned to the wagon and am riding it like sea-biscuit ;)

Steve took this shot as he was walking back to the gate after taking the last shot. I am posting it for the sake of honesty rather than love for this image. That expanded derriere is on the wane as I have returned to the wagon and am riding it like sea-biscuit 😉

I am getting to the point slowly folks, patience is a virtue you know (one that you really need to cultivate if you are going to stick around here and get the actual gist of what I am on about 😉 )! So after squealing on the inside (it was 3am, a “no squealing zone exists between 3am and 7am on Serendipity Farm…) I headed off to my RSS Feed Reader to check out my nice tidy SMALL list of blog posts. I love being able to languidly read a blog post and comment with time to spare thought to the efforts of the person who has posted. I hate…I HATE “generic” blog comments. They smack of “have a nice day…”and a complete lack of original thought or intent. People slave for hours over blog posts, days even! We can at least do them the service of taking their hard work and giving it the attention and admiration that it deserves. If you don’t like it, don’t comment. If it makes you hot under the collar, best not to comment either. Save comments for genuine admiration methinks, it makes for an all-round better blogging world.

 

Isn't this pretty? Forget-me-not-farm! ;)

Isn’t this pretty? Forget-me-not-farm! 😉

Stevie-boy being manly with a chainsaw

Stevie-boy being manly with a chainsaw and gumboots

This is a multitasked image. It involves showing you that we have a small oak tree growing in my immediate vicinity and that Stevie-boy is up chopping wood with the car. I consider my multitasking a success ;)

This is a multitasked image. It involves showing you that we have a small oak tree growing in my immediate vicinity and that Stevie-boy is up chopping wood with the car. I consider my multitasking a success 😉

 

As I have already mentioned, (probably twice, I am getting on you know 😉 ) I tend to save recipes in word documents and pdf’s. I love pdf’s so much that I have a pdf creator that I turn blog posts into pdf’s with in short shift. Any that I can’t access this way (you clever minxes…) and I try the good old fashioned “copy” and “paste” way. I have several other ways to access tricky blog posts whose posters are MOST insistent that we can’t save but they are my secrets. I wouldn’t want them catching on and making it even harder ;). Seriously folks, why on EARTH would you put a recipe on the internet if you didn’t want other people falling in love with it and wanting to make it? I realise that there are many nefarious people out there pinching images, and indeed entire blog posts, and waving them around as if they were their own. I just want to be able to save and make the recipe should I want to and so I feel no compunctions about pilfering with impunity. “The buck (recipe) stops HERE” and goes no further.

 

This camellia bush will stay covered in flowers for quite some time now

This camellia bush will stay covered in flowers for quite some time now

Some of dad's orchids flowering

Some of dad’s orchids flowering

Up close and beautiful. We give these orchids absolutely nothing and they give us these lovely flowers every single year

Up close and beautiful. We give these orchids absolutely nothing and they give us these lovely flowers every single year

More orchids that I bought for $3 a pot from a plant stand on election day earlier in the year.

More orchids that I bought for $3 a pot from a plant stand on election day earlier in the year.

Check out the size of these cyclamen leaves down in the jungle area of Serendipity Farm. They must love it down there as they are back every year and getting spreading

Check out the size of these cyclamen leaves down in the jungle area of Serendipity Farm. They must love it down there as they are back every year and  spreading

Dad's old bbq down at the bottom of the property

Dad’s old bbq down at the bottom of the property

Steve, Earl and Bezial walking back up to the house

Steve, Earl and Bezial walking back up to the house

Our "soil". Frogs would love to live on "soil" like this!

Our “soil”. Frogs would love to live on “soil” like this!

So (still getting to the point…) I was saving a particularly “SQUEElicious” blog post this morning and I realised that my recipe folder was in a bit of a mess. A bit of a SERIOUS mess. I had been dumping pdf’s in the wrong place and my list of word docs was starting to alarm even me who is immune to enormous quantities of just about anything and so I started tidying up a bit… and that was when I realised that maybe most people don’t have 372 recipe pdf’s stored on their PC. Maybe, just maybe “normal” people don’t have 3006 word document recipes stored their either? So I finally get to my point… “When does collecting become hoarding and what is the difference?” My enormous hoard of stored recipes is just the tip of the ice burg. I have several hard-drives and CD’s full of stored recipes. I am NEVER going to make all of those recipes but I am compelled (COMPELLED I tell you!) to (hoard) collect them.

 

You can't get a good idea of how big this pot actually is but these are red raspberry canes in a VERY big pot that took Steve and I to haul it into his shed

You can’t get a good idea of how big this pot actually is but these are red raspberry canes in a VERY big pot that took Steve and I to haul it into his shed

Me pathetically trying to show you how big this pot is AND take a photo at the same time

Me pathetically trying to show you how big this pot is AND take a photo at the same time (more red raspberry canes)

Seedlings that need to be planted out before Jenny gets here for her visit tomorrow ;)

Seedlings that need to be planted out before Jenny gets here for her visit tomorrow 😉

I finally found a way to stop the wallabies from nibbling off my artichokes. I put three tyres around the base and look at it now, it's almost 2 metres tall! :)

I finally found a way to stop the wallabies from nibbling off my artichokes. I put three tyres around the base and look at it now, it’s almost 2 metres tall! 🙂

"Pinkbells" nothing blue about these babies ;)

“Pinkbells” nothing blue about these babies 😉

My craft folders and my “Interesting things” folders are much more sedate however my recipe folders are full to overflowing with the most awesome and phantasmagorical things. I am not going to stop saving (hoarding) recipes. Is there hope for me? We have just finished off our studies. Truly finished them off for the next 2 weeks at least and there is the possibility that if the rain ever stops, we can get out into Sanctuary and we can facilitate change! We just planted out 4 citrus trees that my wonderful horticultural mate Jenny gave us because the possums simply wouldn’t give up on the poor things and they had to be segregated. We learned from her lesson and planted them inside Sanctuary. I have carob trees, nut trees, loquat trees, avocado trees, all KINDS of trees that need planting out ASAP and we have a dog compound to run up before the ground sets to purest porcelain all over again. We have “outside” possibilities and now, we have “outside” abilities to go with them!

This little quince tree is going to be planted out tomorrow as Steve will be digging holes in the immediate vicinity (praying for rain all the time ;) ) so he may as well dig me another one to plant my little quince tree in :)

This little quince tree is going to be planted out tomorrow as Steve will be digging holes in the immediate vicinity (praying for rain all the time 😉 ) so he may as well dig me another one to plant my little quince tree in 🙂 That blue tarp is covering up a mountain of oak leaf mould

The last of our dry wood stash. Just about time to let Brunhilda go out for the next 6 months for a most well deserved rest after being on duty 24/7 since mid April "Well done good and faithful friend" :)

The last of our dry wood stash under the deck. Just about time to let Brunhilda go out for the next 6 months for a most well deserved rest after being on duty 24/7 since mid April “Well done good and faithful friend” 🙂

Yellow climbing roses. The only kind that possums don't like.

Yellow climbing roses. The only kind that possums don’t like.

Steve took this lovely shot of one of the blueberries budding up.

Steve took this lovely shot of one of the blueberries budding up.

I have a list of gorgeousness that I want to accomplish before the next blog post (and document with my trusty Fujipix for your mental alacrity and clarity) including

  • Go and pick up at least 2 trailer loads of seaweed for top dressing the garden
  • Fork and ameliorate the existing garden beds (and try to remember what was planted where last year underneath the seething mass of pumpkins in a vain attempt to “rotate my crops”) and add in a healthy dose of aged horse manure and oak leaf mould
  • Plant out all kinds of seeds and get a system in place for succession planting
  • Plant out seedlings that I was given (better do that today as Jenny is visiting tomorrow! Come to think of it, better process all of those beetroot that she gave me as well. She WILL check 😉 ) by Jenny including parsley, leeks, brassicas (no idea which as she just sprinkled them on the soil to teach me a horticultural lesson 😉 ) and some flowery thing that she gave me to add to the mix. We swapped a lot of rare pines that we just can’t plant here that made her feel almost as happy as we did when we bought them. We introduced Jenny to pine addiction and she is gleefully happy to be the recipient of our pine lust. She has 50 acres to populate and a few stray pines would be most welcome
  • Shore up our blueberries (that are budding up alarmingly) in the pile of horse manure in front of the deck for this year. Too late to find a spot for them in Sanctuary but next year they will get a forever home inside. This year we will need to protect them!
  • Plant out all of the raspberry canes that Jenny gave us that are currently up to their tender little armpits in that big pile of horse manure and leaves. It appears that’s our cutting bed ;). So far nothing has chosen to eat them but why would it? We feed everything that hangs around out the front of the house cheese sandwiches and they haven’t got time to eat lowly green things any more 😉

 

"Sigh...if you MUST take photos of me at least take them from my best side..."

“Sigh…if you MUST take photos of me at least take them from my best side…”

This world domination is NOTHING to do with me! I am a peace loving hippy dog who walks amongst the cows and chickens and (disgusting) cats without blinking an eyelid. I refuse to be blamed for any of this!"

“This world domination push is NOTHING to do with me! I am a peace loving hippy dog who walks amongst the cows and chickens and (disgusting) cats without blinking an eyelid. I refuse to be blamed for any of this!”

And so you have it, dear constant readers. Narf is BACK! I get to move, to stretch and to dig. I get to choose and to think and to pot and to exercise (everything that doesn’t get strained in my early morning walks…) and my poor addled study stuffed mind can have a decent rest and most well deserved holiday. I am in the zone AND happy to be here :). See you all next week and let’s just see just how much of that list we actually accomplish eh? 😉

 

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  1. thecontentedcrafter
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:03:39

    YOU HAVE A HOARDING ISSUE!! The only thing in its favour is that it is a virtual mess rather than a material mess. Visitors don’t have to inch sideways through the narrow passage way that is all there is left of your living room due to piles and stacks of handwritten, computer printed, newspaper cuttings of recipes – most of which, as you have admitted, will never be made up into delightful meals. I have – in my recently defunct working life 🙂 worked with several women who were real hoarders and it is a sad and serious business. I have a daughter who hoards books in general and who is rather partial to cookery books. As she works in the industry her job actually enables her in this addiction. She has a pinterest board for her future library – I notice the rooms are getting bigger and bigger…… Maybe you should just splurge on a terabite or two external hard drive [just to free up some space on your computer] and then you could happily hoard for ever and not worry about over taxing the pc. If it makes you happy – what harm? Think of the hours you can happily waste sorting out your misplaced/mismatched files. 🙂

    The garden is looking fabulous – though I have to biggify all the photos as either they are getting smaller or my eyesight is getting shorter. Them red pants are a bright and happy statement 🙂 Which reminds me – I think we all fell off the wagon this past winter. I spent far too much time sitting on my nether regions rather than engaged in the dipping and swaying that goes on in the art room.

    Thank heaven we have to walk our dogs every day! Which reminds me: Earl couldn’t do any worse as a world leader than the ones we have now. Our elections are early this year – next Saturday I shall charge off to the end of the street and cast my cross into the ballot box – I’m hoping for change, hoping more folk will wake up and step up – but not altogether convinced it will happen.

    People still concentrate on what they don’t want – and we all know that what you concentrate on is what you get more of. If we would all simply speak about, share and record the things we do want the world would change very quickly.

    I’m very serious tonight huh? Better go and make myself a nice cup of peppermint tea and come back tomorrow! That reminds me – Bezial – so glad he got something in too. Those boys are going to be SO happy when you get their enclosure up and running. I do have a wee question about how long it will be though before Earl finds the gap in the fence…..the loophole, the way through, the way under, the way over. I’m still a teeny bit scared that his rarf might turn up at the door……. He’ll look at me with his wolfish grin and demand “Wummin givme yer liddel suddy an ill titch im to be a rarl dorg. Cumon suddy giton the rarf an weal gogit us sum girlz an sum boens an weal pee on efrithing an barg atall the cadz. An ill titch u ter roel inall the gud smelz an sher it aroun………” And Earl will hitch up his studded collar and tighten his bovver boots and little Siddy’s roly-poly body will bounce away on the rarf with his gud fren erl and that will be the end of my innocent wee fella……….

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 05:48:20

      I used to be like your daughter who hoards cookery books but I had to relinquish my physical hold as we moved around a fair bit and I realised that everything that I could (pay for) get in a cookbook, I can get online ;). I am ashamed to admit that we have a terabyte AND a 2 terabyte hard drive along with several others and I have CD’s full to the back gill of recipes that I have collected (hoarded) since I learned the wonders of the internet. I used to take library books out of the library and write recipes that I liked fervently out. I have 10 handwritten diaries full of them before I learned how to type (2 fingered) in a browser and the true possibilities of online collecting (hoarding) were made apparent and obvious to my most delighted mind 🙂

      I didn’t have a choice about the sitting bit all winter and so my nether regions were fuelled with resentment. I eat when I am resentful (although, I eat when I am happy, sad, excited, pensive…pretty much eat all of the time 😉 ).

      Earl says that you had better vote for him. He expects you to draw a lovely picture of him on the page and put a big RED “X” next to it 😉

      You are SO right Ms Pauline. We need to be forming little pockets of happiness not fomenting dissent. If we can buoy each other and support each other and make each other’s lives happier by this social media experiment then we are using it for its finest qualities. We can learn about all of the terrible things that are happening in the world here. We can dwell on the horrible and the political and the outright horrifying BUT we can also spread a network of caring and support and understanding that spans the globe and that is where real change happens. Fortifying the mums so that they are able to cope and form happy and balanced families, giving the social outcasts a voice, allowing the elderly (a group that I am just around the corner from joining) a real voice and giving people hope and the knowledge to change what they can, and ditch what they can’t. THAT is what excites me about social media (that and all of the recipe blogs that I can plunder… 😉 )

      Ms Pauline we are WAY ahead of you on this one. This fence is going to be over engineered out the wazoo. There will be NO Earl invading Poland. We managed to do it around the house and we will continue that ethos in the bigger extension. We have very strong, tall wire mesh fencing, we are using big treated pine planks (along the top AND the bottom of the enclosure) and we will be making sure that king Earl can’t escape. The main problem that we foresee is not king Earl hightailing it out of here but more that snakes in summer could invade the enclosure. Bezial isn’t likely to worry a snake but Earl…he is a different kettle of worms :(.

      Oh but Ms Pauline…think of ALL of the adventures that Url and Suddi will have (before you have to pay double to pick him up from the pound)! It will be like Tom Sawyer (Siddy) and Huckleberry Finn (Earl) all over again! Rafting over the Tasman and back again like canine pirates on the high seas ;). But Earl is going to have some serious problems if he thinks that he is getting out. Stevie-boy has made sure that he is going to prevent such escape acts. We are even contemplating concreting rocks into the base of the enclosure fence in case Earl learns to dig (hasn’t done so up till now but we know better than to be complacent about “Earl” as he can bide his time for years!). We are up for the Earl challenge methinks ;).

      Wish us luck as Stevie-boy digs another (at least 3) series of holes today and we may or may not be heading to Kelso to get a trailer load of seaweed for top dressing the garden. All systems go! 🙂

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      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:05:29

        Yes to everything in paragraph four!! ❤ ❤ ❤ and 'good on yer!' to all the paragraphs re keeping Earl safe 🙂 [What I really mean is 'us safe from Earl'] Bless his heart! Please inform the dear boy I shall do my best to deface my voting form with a passable impression of Earl and a big tick 🙂

        And I repeat You have an issue – but we love you still and now know if we want a recipe you are the go-to gal! 🙂

      • narf77
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:23:25

        Issue, shmisshoo…better than me applying my formidable need to hoard to more nefarious needs ;). I reckon I am doing the world a service, someone has to do it! 😉 Now I just need to work out how to get paid for it…

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:04:29

        I think that’s where you start another blog complete with index and ping-backs and stuff and we all use it as our on-line go to and then the advertisers ask you to mention their particular products 🙂 Cooking heaven! There’s your title. You’re welcome 😀

      • narf77
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:26:22

        You are forgetting that all of that would eat into my fervent recipe pinching and pinning time Ms Pauline and we need to get our priorities straight ;). Just read that you were a teacher on Ms Robbies blog. That explains why I love the bones off you both 🙂

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:29:17

        Didn’t you know that? I was a Steiner School teacher too – really, really outside the lines!!

      • narf77
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 10:32:08

        Maybe you could educate Ms Twinns hoppers from a remote (and safe) distance away? 😉

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:30:19

        Thoughtless of me to even think of something that would impinge on the pinching of recipes from all over the www. Most apologetic for that silly suggestion 🙂

      • narf77
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 10:32:25

        😉

    • quarteracrelifestyle
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:51:54

      I too am hoping for change Pauline but fear we won’t get it. It certainly has been an interesting run up to the elections though hasn’t it?!

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  2. thecontentedcrafter
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:05:27

    Ooops, I forgot – one more thing. Good luck with the list – I shall look forward to seeing how well you do – I’m expecting to be well impressed 🙂

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  3. brymnsons
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:44:19

    It’s looking lovely on Serendipity. I love those orchids, so pretty. I think you have got Earl’s voice down pat lol. Thank goodness he can’t swim, New Zealand is safe….for now. I’m glad my puppies are “dumb blondes” so they can’t be affected by his mind bending lol. So did you fall off your chair, again, when my post popped into your computer 😀 Good luck with your list, it seems quite ambitious. I love the size of the new dog enclosure. They will be very happy chappies. I have 1 and a half more weeks and then we are on holidays, YAY!!
    I think you are definately into the hoarding zone… I like Pauline’s suggestion of buying an external hard drive, very clever thinking there. Have a wonderful time digging around and planting your brains out x

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 05:52:12

      I have lots of external hard drives with all of my previous collecting (hoarding) attempts firmly saved for posterity. I could be used as the recipe library of Australia if we were ever cut off from the net ;). Today I want to plant out that little quince tree. Nothing eats them. I know that because it is sitting in a pot tempting the wallabies that hop up and down under the deck and drive Earl nutsoid. If they were at all interested in it it would be a stick ;). I have to wait till we get the enclosure built till I plant out my little loquats though as the wallabies love to eat them. They grew back but if we have the enclosure and I plant them inside (and fortify them against Earl and is need to mark everything…) they should do really well :). Yup, almost fell off my chair sideways (hard with a bum as big as mine is now but possible 😉 ) when I saw your post 🙂

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  4. rabidlittlehippy
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 19:08:41

    Hell, Earl certainly can’t be any worse than the drongos in power here now. I VOTE EARL! And if it all goes to pot I will shove the hairy bugger out from under the bed and hide in there myself. 😉

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 05:53:53

      Earl won’t need to be under the bed once we get that compound sorted. He will be out on patrol of the perimeter fence 24/7 for the first month and will need to pee on every inch of it to make sure that all possible invaders are well aware that they are invading a well contained fortress and will have Earl to deal with if they dare. There will be plenty of room for me, you, a thermos of tea/coffee each and all of the dust bunnies that are currently living there 😉

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      • rabidlittlehippy
        Sep 19, 2014 @ 08:45:01

        I can live with dust bunnies. Hell, I already do! Several generations thereof! 😉
        I hadn’t thought about that side of Earl for President. The presidential campaign is likely to involve a lot of peeing.

      • narf77
        Sep 19, 2014 @ 15:29:23

        Mass urination in the streets when Earl is elected. Sort of like 1am after the pubs shut in Kings Cross 😉

  5. Margaret Griffin
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 20:34:34

    Hi, Has Earl ordered his crown and purple, ermine trimmed cloak so he will be suitably clad when he achieves world domination? With his expanded domestic dominion, he will be inspired to plan the next stage of his campaign to further extend the areas where he is sovereign.

    I am surprised the possums don’t eat your camellia flowers. Surely they would be sweet little morsels for a hungry possum. I would not be at all surprised if they did not want to eat any fruit on the olive tree. Raw olives straight from the tree are truly disgusting. I can’t imagine how our ancestors figured out that olives were edible if they were processed.

    Yes, we can all aspire to knock over an ambitious to do list – good luck with yours.

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 05:58:48

      The possums don’t touch the camellias, the azaleas, the rhododendrons or the tibouchina and you just never know what they are and aren’t going to touch. We had 2 mandarin trees on the property and they completely stripped and killed one but never touched the other one. We have a little mulberry tree that they don’t bother with either. I think they are selective reprobates but what they don’t eat, you can be the wallabies will have a go at. It would have to be particularly horrible for neither of them to have a go (so figs and olives and quince trees are particularly horrible 😉 ). Earl has ordered his Ermine coat but he ticked “cad” fur so I think he will be waiting for a long time as we all know that Ebay and China take a LONG time to ship ;). We haven’t ever seen an olive on the tree as the possums and the birds all line up to scoff them. Same goes for the lillypilly trees but I don’t mind them eating some of the produce, just not the bits that “I” want to eat ;). I am planning on planting out cherry plum trees all along the edges of our fenceline so that they can sit in the cherry plums gorging themselves on the perimeters of the property (along with the blackbirds etc.) and by the time they get to the middle where the really tasty stuff is they will be “meh…not hungry…” I live in hope! 😉

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  6. Namita
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 00:07:28

    Hello Fran, this is my weekly (a little late this time) visit to Serendipity Farm. I needed to park myself here and get updated on all that has happened since I last visited. Great work, great pictures and lovely shares. Today, I had to write to you. I baked a vegan Red Wine Chocolate Cake with whole wheat flour. I used home made beet wine with cloves and cinnamon. A lovely aroma wafted through as the cake was in the final stages of baking. Whenever I bake vegan, you are there in my thoughts. The pictures of the birds there are such a treat to me. I am surprised that you grow loquats too! besides eating the fruit what else do you do with them? Camellia flowers look so beautiful!
    Love your world!
    Regards, Namita

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:01:18

      You can make a really good loquat wine Namita, might be something to consider and they are the hardiest of fruits to grow in arid conditions. I wish we had your glorious growing conditions. Serendipity Farm would be a jungle ;). I LOVE the sound of that chocolate cake with red wine. Are you sharing the recipe? (Haven’t been to my RSS Feed Reader as of yet today to check. I bet your house smelled amazing :). You are like me, I love looking at your pictures of your birds and your garden and the area that you live in. It’s like going on holidays without the long plane trip ;). Love your world as well 🙂

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  7. Robbie
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 00:42:31

    My mother was born before computers and she has a collection of cook books! None of us wanted them and I felt sorry for her since she really treasured those books, for many years. I took a few but I am not a collector of recipes
    Your clutter is “virtual” clutter, so is that really hoarding-lol..it is not stumbled upon and does not cause a health hazzard..so I say, go on collecting till your hearts delight..virtual is not a problem to live with!lol
    your ‘virtual hoarding” is our delight since we get to see all the beautiful foods you make! Congrats on the follow…stardom is down the road:-)( It does feel good when someone recognizes your talent),,,, you are an amazing cook..and I can see why people would follow your post..I get amazing ideas of what to cook..sooooooooo
    what can you come up with for Swiss Chard????? I have been asking a lot of cooks what they can come up with for years….I have my special recipes, I have created but sure would love to have some new ones…

    Your gaden looks amazing! Your dogs are too cute:-) + I have no doubt you will get your list done because you are a doer!:-) Happy gardening this next week:-)

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:13:37

      The follow is on Pinterest and if you ever happen to check out http://www.pinterest.com/7narf7/ you would realise that I don’t just hoard recipes on my PC. One of my boards alone (I have 29 boards) called “Healthy Eating” has 18 840 pins. I am “collecting” for king and country ;). I adore Swiss chard and use it everywhere that you Northerners would use English spinach. I didn’t taste spinach till I moved to Tasmania as it isn’t a great crop for warmer conditions and I lived where it was quite hot for most of my life prior to this. Spanakopita is amazing with swiss chard/silverbeet, I used to make a mix of cubed steamed potato, grated cheese, steamed shredded silverbeet, chilli flakes and seasoning and sprinkled over buttered breadcrumbs and baked. You can make vegetarian pasties, shred it into soup, just about anything. I love it and it’s an amazing veggie as it just keeps on coming for years if you let it :). Our garden “looks” amazing but it is full of weeds, I only showed you the good bits (had to hunt a bit for them 😉 ) you can’t see all of the tarpaulin covered piles of manure and leaves and piles of debris that need burning around the place (again careful editing 😉 ) and the water that is just flowing in a slow and steady stream down hill till it all dries up in summer and sets like concrete ;). Steve’s holes that he dug yesterday are now small ponds 😉 We are going to get 3 more (at least) holes dug for the external compound today and fingers crossed, we are off to get a trailer load of seaweed to top dress the garden. I love spring! 🙂

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  8. The Snail of Happiness
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 01:47:27

    Two of my favourite things in your post this week… lovely pictures of your garden and a list. I love a good list; it is, however, important to start it off with one thing that you have already done, so you can tick something off straight away and feel smug!
    I think Earl may have been turning his considerable psychic powers towards the UK, as Sam too is set on world domination. She is currently distracted by pining for Mr Snail.. what with him working away and not having seen him for 10 days, but once she gets used to the idea of his continued absence she will be setting up a European branch of the Vote Dog party. Max, like Bezial, will have none of it… but does enjoy sunbathing with the chickens… it takes all sorts

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:19:28

      Earl has a message for Sam…”Gday yoo luvly dorg. Aye em url. Ewe cn joyn mee an Suddi an wee wile rool a worl!” Looks like he is looking for an alliance there! Bezial sends commiserations for Max…he knows what it is like to be the underdog who just wants to bask in the sun and find a nice shady spot in the head of the summer ;). I did start off the list with something that we are working on (great minds think alike and I LOVE lists 🙂 ), digging holes in the rocky outcrop that we call “soil”. So that I could at least show you something that was initiated and on the fermenting pile in narfs mind ;). As you can see the “garden” is in a state bordering on feral but now that we are both free of studies and Stevie-boy is home again for the foreseeable future, we can get stuck in and facilitate some serious change 🙂

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  9. quarteracrelifestyle
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 06:48:35

    Lol, love Earl’s message to the world, I was sitting here in fits of giggles reading it slowwlllyyyly word for word by Earl before I realised you had a translation 🙂 Very funny. He will never reach Syd though, Syd just loves and has no need for power or control. The cat on the other hand has every intention! I wonder if he understands canine speak sent telepathically?!
    Those orchids are lovely, your whole garden is lovely and you sound really onto it. Which actually is unlike Roger and I, we have things planted but have been so busy with other things the yard is a mess. I wish we had 4 acres then Roger’s hoarding/collecting issues wouldn’t be such an obvious problem right now! Nearly 1/2 barn in in heaps everywhere!
    Yes, you may have a problem but you know what I think. It’s a bit like the “If a tree fell in a forest and there was no-one there to hear it, would it still make a noise” thing. If no-one else can SEE it no-one can consider it a problem if you don’t 🙂 Of course it could be a symptom of a larger problem and the potential could be there for a cat/possum lady future but you can cross that bridge then I guess. Collect away, it’s fun for you 🙂

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:24:03

      HAHAHA! If I ever become a possum lady I think I need to be swiftly dealt with! 😉 I think Roger has a collecting (hoarding) habit as well by the sounds of it. As you so rightly point out, mine is well hidden (unless you are able to see my Pinterest boards that is 😉 ). We are only just cranking up the band this season but at least we are still in “Spring” and not late summer like we usually are chasing our tails to catch up. GREAT to be on the cusp rather than running away from the crashing waves. Earl says “aye done du cadz!”

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:41:35

        LOL, I am glad Mittens can’t read 🙂

        Yes, Roger has a hoarding habit, I do despair at times like this when the neighbours have to look at it but he is building frames for it and loading the truck back up to take down to the bottom entrance to make it tidy.

        I promise not to look at your boards just appreciate what you enjoy sharing!

        And good that you managed to crawl out from under the bed 🙂 🙂

      • narf77
        Sep 18, 2014 @ 10:34:08

        ALWAYS ready to crawl back under but both Earl and I are now unable to squeeze ourselves under the bed…one of us has middle aged spread and the other one has a huge chest (wish I had the HUGE chest 😉 )

      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Sep 19, 2014 @ 06:38:29

        🙂 Yes, I am afraid I didn’t get those genes either but did get the middle aged spread ones!

      • narf77
        Sep 19, 2014 @ 15:27:20

        Yeah, I think those suckers were trans Tasman! 😉

      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Sep 19, 2014 @ 16:03:59

        Lol, appears that way lol

  10. christiglover
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:58:53

    LOL at Earl’s letter and his plight and the whole beginning of this post!! I loved it. And I know what you mean about no soil. We’re all lava. You are full of rocks, like the soil back in Olalla. Orchids can grow on the trees here. I have seen some beauties, but those of your dad’s are right up there. Incredible shapes and designs. As to the question of hoarding or collecting, what Pauline says. 🙂 Hugs and love from Hawaii. xxoo

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 17:07:01

      Not ready to give up my “collecting” just yet ;). Earl sends slobbers and so glad that someone gets the rocks in soil problem! Did you have that in Olalla? I am sorry for you! Steve dug out 9 more holes today and the ones that he dug yesterday are all full of water ;). I love orchids. I love plants and would love to see more of what you have growing on your gorgeous little slice of paradise and I dare say we will see more in the future. I hope that volcano is behaving itself!

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  11. Littlesundog
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 13:09:48

    I want you to know when I finally manage to come see you one day, I will have practiced to perfection my finest curtsy for Earl the Great! I am so glad you finally see that he is capable of ruling the world. I have known this since he pulled my walnut from the bowl… winning me that lovely spoon. It is called appropriately, “The Spoon of Earl”.

    Now then, are you crazy? That list is a bit overwhelming… but then that property and all of those gardens and plants is a wee bit overwhelming to me. Isn’t it lovely that spring has arrived and everything is coming alive? I love these plant photographs. Here everything is on its last leg… autumn officially arrives on Monday. We closed our pool last week, and the fall rains arrive this weekend. I think I’m going to be depressed. 😦

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    • narf77
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 17:14:59

      I used to get depressed in winter but I don’t any more. I see it as time to rest, recuperate and recover from all of that crazy activity over summer. Do you crochet or knit? Crafts are a great way to while away the hours as well as reading. I would love to be able to read a good book but I never seem to have the time. I read a few over winter but we had a lot of studies to do so not as many as I would have liked. Baking is a great way to get over the winter blues as well (especially if you eat the results 😉 ). Earl says that he is sending warm wafting summer dog love to you. Hopefully he hasn’t been rolling in something! 😉

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  12. Boomdeeadda
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 01:20:56

    Wow, how you manage ALL that is the wonder of Serendipity is beyond. Perhaps your hoarding issue is plants? That can’t be a bad thing at all. The Camellia Bush is gorgeous. Man o man if we could grow one here, that’d be awesome. If Koala’s love artichokes, I’d plant a whole yard of them. No kidding, that’d be a whole bunch of wonderfulness wrapped in sunshine to watch those little tikes nibble away all day. Maybe even with a baby on their back. Of course there’s no Earl in my yard to scare the wits out of them. It must be really fantastic to live so close to the ocean, do you have a little skip to zoom around in? Are there sharks out there in them waters? Summer has of course almost left these parts, the trees are golden and leaves are falling, so it grande to be able to visit you and enjoy your goings on all winter. We are told, this winter will make last winter seem like a dress rehearsal….holy, cause last winter was misery. We’re to have MORE snow than last year and I don’t see how that’s even possible. Time will tell. I’ll just hunker down indoors and live vicariously in Tasmania all season long. 😀 Cheers my dears.

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    • narf77
      Sep 19, 2014 @ 04:03:11

      We don’t get koala’s here Ms Boomdeedaizee, just wallabies and possums ;). They only eat eucalyptus leaves from a very small range so they are on the mainland…sides…I don’t think they can swim very well and that is a heck of a long haul swim from the mainland to Tassie ;). Steve has a dinghy that he calls “The Mumbley Cumumbus” that he (pretends) fishes in all through summer. He likes to pootle up and down the river like Huckleberry Finn…he does a good job of dangling his toes over the edge and not catching many fish so he must be related ;). We live on the river but where we live is a shark nursery for carpet sharks. They are bottom dwellers and don’t bit per-se but if you grabbed a big one he would give you a heck of a suck! Funny…we are supposed to be having a longer, drier and hotter summer than usual…think I prefer a long snowy winter to be honest :(. I will keep the home fires burning (hopefully not literally as bush fires are BAD mkay…) so that you snowed under Eskimo’s can live vicariously through my crazy antics on Serendipity Farm. We are in the process of extending the dogs compound right now so pretty soon I will have the joy of being able to plant out lots of my little fruit and nut trees inside the compound. I just have to work out how to stop Earl from claiming them all and marking them with his equivalent of a chemical pen 😉 LOTS of work on the horizon and I have never been more happy to get out there and up to my armpits in it. This year spent constantly studying has done my head in! Nature is going to be my therapist 😉

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  13. Chica Andaluza
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 06:56:21

    Absolutely brillaint and Earl can completely count on my vote! Your olive looks really happy – next time we’re in the neighbourhood we’ll come and give it a good haircut for you 😉 I am a hoarder of your cookery books (I’d happily have taken those of a commenter above!) although I’d never ever get round to cooking all the recipes 🙂

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    • narf77
      Sep 19, 2014 @ 15:28:42

      I hoarded cookbooks and had a library of them that I adored but all of the moving whittled them away and so I started collecting (hoarding) recipes from websites and when Pinterest came along I was quite literally hooked ;). Earl says that he will allow you to drink out of his bowl when he is elected (I wouldn’t, I know where those dog lips have been! 😉 )

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  14. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 11:07:22

    All hail the great Earl! Oh, to hear the magnificent leader finally speak… He would have my vote, hands down. 😉

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    • narf77
      Sep 19, 2014 @ 15:31:34

      Earl will be most magnanimous when elected. You will only have to bow down to him 14 times a day and he will only expect his grapes to be peeled on Sundays.

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  15. Angela @ Canned Time
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 20:02:10

    So glad you’re ‘back’ and have survived the winter! Spring is much more fun….and I don’t think you can deny that Earl really is your favorite despite your writings! Our Mr. Floyde used to be my favorite out of 3 but since we’re down to just him now, he’s a bit confused on who to cherish. I still get out of bed 7 days a week at 4:15 to feed his furry butt so that gives me a slight edge 😉
    Found this tidbit this week and had to share since it claims the Peacock Spider is only found right around your part of the world. Quite incredible how things evolve. I’m wondering what the first one to dance thought the results would be. Enjoy!

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  16. Born To Organize
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 06:21:22

    While I admire and even drool a bit at all that space, I must admit to feeling a bit fatigued too at all the hard work required to do the basics. Since I know we are of a similar age, I must bow down to your strength, energy and tenacity. My back and neck just can’t garden the way they once could. I have a few small vegetable beds and one, long flower bed, all with amended soil. The raised bed is my friend. Up until this year, I enjoyed planting out annuals in pots, but we are in an *extreme* drought, so I potted succulents instead. They’re lovely but a bit dull. No cutting of flowers, not deadheading, no weeding. They just slowly grow. But…it’s the responsible thing to do.

    I’m so happy you’ve found success with your covered garden. Those opossums will have to head elsewhere.

    I can hear the spring fever in your voice. Enjoy those great outdoors.

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    • narf77
      Sep 21, 2014 @ 14:31:01

      There are lots of gorgeous plants that you can grow in drought conditions. I have been doing a bit of research myself as our conditions over summer are long and dry. We get a period of 4 – 5 months with practically no rain (you can count our “rain events” on one hand in that time) and by the end of it, everything in the garden is starting to curl up and go brown. I did find a really good website that was about growing things other than succulents in Californian drought conditions. I think you just have to start looking at Mediterranean plants and go nuts with lavenders, rosemary, santolina etc. Water is so precious and yet in some places they get so much of it it hardly seems fair does it? Surely they could send a bit of that Northern rain down South? Spring fever has certainly struck and I am itching to get into the garden more. I need to get some seaweed and wait for Steve to finish the dog compound (numero uno task at the moment) and then make me a door into sanctuary through the wood shed so that I can shovel in trailer loads of manure and seaweed and oak leaves to ameliorate the soil. I guess my outer narf has finally caught up with my inner narf 😉

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  17. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 05:24:15

    I am breathless just reading about how much you achieve at Serendipity Farm. No wonder you need to rise at 3am to achieve it all. The area you are building for the dogs sounds like a real challenge with the soil/rocks you have to deal with there. It has taken me three years to improve the soil over at my allotment, digging in every bit of compost and manure I could get my hands on (with gloves!) to get some rich soil. Wouldn’t know how to start doing the same thing on a farm. In your case Narf, you could start with building the biggest rockery this side of the black stump.
    Love the pics of your plants and flowers. We all need flowers around the place.
    And you live in such a pretty part of the word. The Tamar river looks so peaceful.

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    • narf77
      Sep 22, 2014 @ 05:33:20

      Hi Jean 🙂 Glad to see you back and hope you made a cuppa from the kettle on Brunhilda who is still pumping out the warmth on our cold spring evenings and even colder spring mornings (3C here this morning). It’s all hands on deck here at the moment as our studies kept us shackled to the PC for most of the year and now we are officially FREE for a small window we are making hay while the sun shines (quite literally 😉 ). Those rocks are going to be reused on the other side of the new fence to stop Earl from wanting to dig (should he ever take it up… you never know with Earl what he will do from day to day, he is an enigma 😉 ). We certainly need flowers and the flowers on our property are the hardiest things this side of the Pecos as they don’t get watered through our long dry summer. I often commiserate with Queenslanders when we are hitting April and haven’t had rain since last November. Anything that grows here needs hide like an elephant 😉

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  18. cityhippyfarmgirl
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 09:11:36

    I say set yourself a challenge with those recipes. Grab the first ten, and go no further in the list. Make them, if they don’t quite appeal anymore, delete, delete. I know, it could be a ‘one day recipe’ but do it. Just do it 🙂 Then the next ten, make or delete. Ruthless I know!
    Good to see Serendipity is getting to see the back end of the possums too. Little buggers they are.

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    • narf77
      Sep 23, 2014 @ 15:59:42

      We just put 19 poles in to make Earl and Bezial a new yard for summer and lazing under the trees and Earl is our new orchard protection device. No batteries or electricity to run…completely off the grid 😉 Great idea about the recipes but if I was to admit to how many I actually had, I would have to also admit that I would never live long enough to delete them all ;). Just think of me as the National Recipe Library of Australia 😉

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  19. Sue Dreamwalker
    Sep 27, 2014 @ 03:09:17

    Phew!!!!!… and Double Phew!……… I am taking a deep deep breath after reading down your post..
    First Earl has my vote.. and Earl, you can keep that big bed all to yourself.. and I wouldn’t dream of eating from your bowl… But I have heard some humans have gone a bit mad for doggie biscuits.. and are partial to a flying frizzby … And I am sure you will forgive the English in their madness of the Mid-day Sun, and I never said that Dogs were ‘Mad’ right.. just so that is cleared up..

    Narf is definitely back !.. Gulp for air…
    Loved your garden in Spring.. 🙂 And so enjoyed seeing all those flowers and shrubs in bloom.. Seems we have both been doing a bit of tree felling.. Though yours looked mighty thicker than our fir tree hedge we had to cut down and dig out the roots.. We dug up the front garden between us, I was sifting out all the bulbs in the boarders as we are extending and renewing the drive and so reorganising the garden on the front..
    I Painted the double wrought iron gates complete with little gold spike!.. And managed to upset Hubby in the process.. As I knew we had a tin of black metal work paint from last time I did it.. But it was stored somewhere in hubbies Hoard of Junk, errr let me rephrase that.. It was stored among his pride of ‘Collectables’ with his other hoards of errrr ‘Things that might come in useful if you can find it when you want it !.. Which often is like looking for a needle in a haystack..

    So I upset him as he had to clear out some of his precious hoards! 🙂 LOL .. The said black metal paint too had dried up beyond hope.. So new paint had to be purchased.. But the good news is narf we found half a tin of Kitchen primrose yellow, so now I can repaint the walls in the kitchen.. 🙂

    I have also a confession to make.. I too am a hoarder.. YES mmmwwwaaaa me, Like you I have a folder.. nay.. I confess!! 3 thick folders, full of ripped out recipes from magazines etc..
    Like you I will never bake a quarter of them.. But they are mouth wateringly delicious to drool over..

    So love your posts and those orchids are fabulous 🙂

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    • narf77
      Sep 27, 2014 @ 04:03:01

      Earl says that he has scratched your name in the “Gud” list so you are safe. We have 4 acres and the trees felled themselves. That wood is from a local contractor who harvests logs from his HUGE local property. We get a load a year from him and he harvests sustainably. If we had a rocket stove (on the cards) we could probably manage with what we have on our own property but for the moment, we will keep the best of both worlds and help a local keep his business afloat and get good quality local wood for Brunhilda’s winter feedings 😉

      Men call “US” hoarders but all you have to do is look in a mans shed. Nuff said on that one! 😉

      We painted our lounge room when we lived in the city, primrose yellow 🙂 Great minds think alike 🙂 I have the physical ripped out recipes, the recipes that I wrote out painstakingly (and almost have the RSI to prove it) from library books prior to the delightful invention of the internet where pilfering is free and it just takes a click to snafu the good ones (and pdf makers make it even easier 😉 ) and like Scrooge McDuck, I can roll in them (metaphorically of course) whenever I want to 😉 Recipe hoarders of the world UNITE! 🙂

      Thank you for your lovely comment today Sue. We are going gangbusters on our new fence for the dogs to have a LOT more room to run around and to give ourselves a back yard. The poles have been sunk, the railings (top and bottom, we are taking NO chances with Lord Earl 😉 ) are in situ and now, all we have to do is roll out the thick weld mesh wire that we are using but as our property is one great big 30 degree slope, it makes for interesting times whenever you try to construct something on it. Construction assumes “flat surfaces” and we only have “flat” from side to side. Hopefully we will be finished by my next blog post and you can see some photos of a happily frolicking Earl and a most contented Bezial laying down in a small stand of Blackwood wattle trees that we purposefully included in the design to give them both somewhere lovely and cool to lay in the heat of our rapidly approaching summer. I have yet to get my seeds planted but as we are having the weekend off, I think it might just be time to plant the little darlings. Busy is my new middle name! 🙂

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