A fence, is born…

Hi All,

I forgot what was on the list! I can, however tell you, that we did a lot of things. Whether they were on the list or not is another matter. Stevie-boy the magnificent, a magician of a man who can make a hole appear out of pure rock, dug 19 holes this week (prior to today which is Sunday so he has dug 20 holes since Wednesday πŸ˜‰ ). 2 of them now hold large round treated pine poles that are going to accommodate a large farm gate that we repurposed from the back block and that is going to allow car and trailer access to our new much larger dog compound/yard. They also hold a good deal of concrete. One of the 20 holes contains a deceased chook and a small quince tree that is housed inside the parameters of the new dog compound. I am starting to get excited about all of the trees and plants that I can plant out inside the new compound but am going to have to be careful about just how excited I get because if I plant too many it is going to be more of a jungle than a yard.

Silo's being turned into luxury accomodation right on the river in Launceston. We took this photo last Friday when we headed in to price up timber.

Silo’s being turned into luxury accomodation right on the river in Launceston. We took this photo last Friday when we headed in to price up timber.

I love the sound that these big gulls make. It reminds me of the sea. Must be all of those movies about Northern climes that I watched when I was a kid as the only seagulls we had in W.A. were small and squawky ;)

I love the sound that these big gulls make. It reminds me of the sea. Must be all of those movies about Northern climes that I watched when I was a kid as the only seagulls we had in W.A. were small and squawky πŸ˜‰

The new compound includes a small stand of Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) wattle trees that provide a good amount of shade in this particular area. We made sure to include this stand of trees in our plan because the dogs, in particular Bezial, will love lazing around in the shade in the heat of the summer. I wanted to name it after Bezial and went hunting for words for trees; shrubs; undergrowth etc. that started with β€œB”. I wasn’t holding out much hope but was quite surprised to discover that a small stand of trees is known as a β€œBosk” so this small stand of wattles is Bezial’s Bosk. Earl needs something as well. He once found the nesting spot of a chook that had gone clucky and dived in up to his shoulders to try to catch her in the vicinity of Bezial’s Bosk and the only thing that saved her was a blackberry bush that she had conveniently made her nest in. This area is going to be known as β€œEarl’s Chookberry patch” πŸ˜‰

Steve explaining to the dogs what a "Dog Wash" is...

Steve explaining to the dogs what a “Dog Wash” is…

Bezial looking interested but Earl explaining to Steve what "NOPE!" means ;)

Bezial looking interested but Earl explaining to Steve what “NOPE!” means πŸ˜‰

The holes that Steve dug last Wednesday filled up with water and resembled little ponds at the end of the day. Only some of the holes contain water still and hopefully they will have dried out by Wednesday when we start concreting poles into them. Thursday saw Steve digging most of the rest of the holes. It is amazing how many rocks can fit into our soil and how little soil is left after you remove all of the rocks from the picture. I am trying, very hard, to keep permaculture first and foremost in mind and remind myself that there is a silver lining to everything and that rocks are valuable resources for making garden beds, circles around planted trees etc. to stop the chooks and other critters from rootling around and digging up mulch etc. but it is hard to be enthusiastic about rocks, especially when you have to dig them up, out and some of them are enormous!

The dogs looking into the Tamar River in Launceston. The interesting thing is that in the city the river is fresh water, out here the river is salt (where it joins to the sea). Either way you can tell which dog is comfortable around water and which one is very VERY suspicious ;)

The dogs looking into the Tamar River in Launceston. The interesting thing is that in the city the river is fresh water, out here the river is salt (where it joins to the sea). Either way you can tell which dog is comfortable around water and which one is very VERY suspicious πŸ˜‰

Steve took this panoramic shot where the last photo was taken of the suburbs of Trevellyn and Riverside (where we used to live). I think it's lovely :)

Steve took this panoramic shot where the last photo was taken of the suburbs of Trevellyn and Riverside (where we used to live). I think it’s lovely πŸ™‚

On Friday we headed off into the city. Ostensibly to price timber for the dogs compound but the real reason was to find a clam shell wading pond/sand pit to shut the duck up! She had been complaining vociferously ever since we upturned her foetid algae filled boat/pond and pressure sprayed it clean. She initially complained over at the site where the boat had been taken from but then moved over to the boat in the driveway to voice her concern. We were both very tired of duck accusation every time we headed out of doors and so we did a bit of research and found that where K-Mart sold clamshells for $27 a single half, Bunnings, (a huge hardware store for all of you Northerners) had the same thing for $12.50. We bought 3. 2 for ducky, so that we can rotate the algae nicely, and 1 for the dogs to splash around in when summer starts making itself felt.

Wait a minute?! I think Earl was tricked!

Wait a minute?! I think Earl was tricked!

This stainless steel drum was left on the property prior to my dad dying and thus we inherited it. NO idea what it was but it looks like a still to me... hmmm...still... hmmm... You can see the planting area for the little quince tree that we planted out recently which is inside the parameters of the new compound

This stainless steel drum was left on the property prior to my dad dying and thus we inherited it. NO idea what it was but it looks like a still to me… hmmm…still… hmmm… You can see the planting area for the little quince tree that we planted out recently which is inside the parameters of the new compound

This is a Rubus parvifollus, otherwise known as a native raspberry. This fellow and his mates have moved in under the deck and taken over but they are helping the soil retain moisture and they give this exposed bit of garden shade so I might just let them stay there. They do fruit but the birds quickly gobble them all up so we never see them.

This is a Rubus parvifollus, otherwise known as a native raspberry. This fellow and his mates have moved in under the deck and taken over but they are helping the soil retain moisture and they give this exposed bit of garden shade so I might just let them stay there. They do fruit but the birds quickly gobble them all up so we never see them.

Bored dogs surveying their empire

Bored dogs surveying their empire

This is a beautiful handmade card, bookmark and envelope by the gorgeous and most talented Alys she had an amazing idea for how to send her dads stamps back around the world after he passed away and left his stamp album to her. It was a healing journey and they arrived back in the antipodes where they will be appreciated to the max and that bookmark will grace my books from now on. Thank you to the gorgeous Alys for my wonderful and most poignant gift :)

This is a beautiful handmade card, bookmark and envelope by the gorgeous and most talented Alys she had an amazing idea for how to send her dads stamps back around the world after he passed away and left his stamp album to her. It was a healing journey and they arrived back in the antipodes where they will be appreciated to the max and that bookmark will grace my books from now on. Thank you to the gorgeous Alys for my wonderful and most poignant gift πŸ™‚

If you would like to see how to garden in conditions even harder than those here on Serendipity Farm, head over to Ms Alys’s blog and check out how she does it…

http://gardeningnirvana.com/Β 

This is another parcel. It contains aHEM "craft supplies". I adore my "craft supplies" to the max and may one day get to share my "crafting" results with you all. Thank you SO much Hannah from http://bittersweetblog.com/

This is another parcel. It contains aHEM “craft supplies”. I adore my “craft supplies” to the max and may one day get to share my “crafting” results with you all. Thank you SO much Hannah from http://bittersweetblog.com/

Saturday saw the last of the holes being dug. Steve only had to dig 5 holes and they were nice and easy because they were situated in a cutaway segment of the slope near the house block section and thus all of the rocks had been removed prior by some large excavating device and Steve only had purest yellow clay to dig in. Luckily for him, he was digging when it was wet. Not so sure it would have been so easy if he waited till it dried out. He had to dig through about 30cm of road base that had been compacted down to form a driveway and a very thin shim (for ONCE we were happy about bodgy Tasmanian β€œworkmanship” πŸ˜‰ ) of tarmac that covered it. Steve only took 30 minutes to dig 6 holes and was inside playing the β€œGrand Turisimo 6” game that he bought himself as a reward for all of that hole digging by the afternoon. The peace and quiet was interrupted by a mass barking session by the dogs who had spotted our friend Gordon, from down the road walking up the pathway that leads up to the house. He was carrying what looked like half a trees root system over his shoulder so we hurried out to stop the dogs barking and see what he had and was after

Don't you LOVE these dead fish hats? I am SO going to make Stevie-boy one for wearing out on the Mumbley Cumumbus this summer :)

Don’t you LOVE these dead fish hats? I am SO going to make Stevie-boy one for wearing out on the Mumbley Cumumbus this summer πŸ™‚

If you would like to try your hand at making the dead fish hat feel free to head on over to this site and have a go…

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php

This is a HUGE asparagus stalk. Those eggs are large. That asparagus spear is larger. A whole dinner in one stalk! I found it growing in a large hebe that was as dead as a dodo and so I was removing it. If this baby is anything to go by, it probably killed the hebe!

This is a HUGE asparagus stalk. Those eggs are large. That asparagus spear is larger. A whole dinner in one stalk! I found it growing in a large hebe that was as dead as a dodo and so I was removing it. If this baby is anything to go by, it probably killed the hebe!

 

It turns out he had an enormous rhubarb root with 6 crowns attached to it for me. He knows that Steve HATES rhubarb but I like it and want to plant it and last year’s rhubarb just disappeared under all of the pumpkins. I am going to plant Ruby rhubarb in her own bed this year to see if I can’t at least get some rhubarb to make mum’s pink rhubarb champagne. I am even thinking of fermenting the results and see if I can’t make a rhubarb version of cultured ginger beer (maybe throw some ginger in as well…YUM!) Gordon also gave me his recipe for vegetable pakora that I had tried and loved. I, in turn, gave him (offloaded) two dozen eggs. I love possibilities and bartering πŸ™‚ So I am rhubarb rich, raspberry future rich, I have lemon trees, an orange tree, a lime tree (that Earl tried to squish when he was lizard hunting inside Sanctuary the other day), 2 figs to plant out, another olive that I got as a cutting from a fellow student in horticulture of an olive tree that no longer exists (was removed). I also have 2 carob trees that I grew from seed, a bay tree that needs planting out that dad gave me ages ago and lots of other things that I need to work out where to plant ASAP because they are either going to need to be planted out or re-potted up for the season.

Some more asparagus from the asparagus patch. I tend to just eat them raw. They are delicious that way :)

Some more asparagus from the asparagus patch. I tend to just eat them raw. They are delicious that way πŸ™‚

Breakfast kasha (buckwheat groats) cooked up with dates and served with coconut and almond so good. Nice with the porridge but not so nice in a cup of tea

Breakfast kasha (buckwheat groats) cooked up with dates and served with coconut and almond so good. Nice with the porridge but not so nice in a cup of tea

Early morning narf gustatory event imminent

Early morning narf gustatory event imminent That’s not intestines on the monitor, it’s pistachio stuffed turkish delight and yes…I got the recipe πŸ˜‰

Madeline and Bethany, my daughters, made these delicious pies. Steve just ate them and they contain goat and beer and sweet potato, goat and whisky and an apple pie for dessert. Steve said that they were delicious

Madeline and Bethany, my daughters, made these delicious pies. Steve just ate them and they contain goat and beer and sweet potato, goat and whisky and an apple pie for dessert. Steve said that they were delicious

I have been walking Earl for the last couple of days because Bezial needed a bit of a rest as he has a bit of a limp at the moment. He wasn’t used to walking every day like we have been doing since Steve stopped working and we forget that he occasionally needs a day off. Steve has no problem with sleeping in an extra hour as Earl and I head out the door at 6am for our early morning perambulation. Yesterday we got back to find that Steve and Bezial had been outside pulling all of the potted babies that still remain out onto the driveway. We are going to go through them with our friend Jenny (formerly of the witness protection scheme but who outed herself so I can safely identify her now πŸ˜‰ ) to see what she wants before we give the rest away to anyone who wants them. I noticed that I must have missed a few hazelnut trees as when they are deciduous they look pretty much like just about everything else that is deciduous and so I will go through them and see if there is anything edible that I missed. We are keeping Steve’s Dragon’s blood trees and his Yucca and several natives that should grow alright in our conditions as well as a few potted specimens that are going to be bonsaied in the near future or repotted and kept as potted specimens but the rest need to go. We don’t want to spend another summer watering them and feeling guilty as we watch them shuffle off…one, by one.

Burning off debris prior to getting the fence poles sunk

Burning off debris prior to getting the fence poles sunk

Stevie-boy is a natural born tightrope walker (or did I just catch this shot moments before he fell off in his wellies? ;) )

Stevie-boy is a natural born tightrope walker (or did I just catch this shot moments before he fell off in his wellies? πŸ˜‰ )

Stevie-boy back with the timber for the railings on the new fence

Stevie-boy back with the timber for the railings on the new fence

A man needs nails and screws and this is a serious amount of both

A man needs nails and screws and this is a serious amount of both

Timber resting in the shade to try to prevent it warping in the sunshine. Yes... we actually have sunshine :)

Timber resting in the shade to try to prevent it warping in the sunshine. Yes… we actually have sunshine πŸ™‚

Fence posts sunk and that fire is still smouldering 2 days after we burned that debris!

Fence posts sunk and that fire is still smouldering 2 days after we burned that debris!

At least the gate is on now ;)

At least the gate is on now πŸ˜‰

Today I got back to find that Bezial and Steve were still in bed. I would usually call them both lazy sloths but today is Bezial’s birthday and he could do whatever he liked and if he wanted to stay in bed with Steve, he could! So far Bezial has been allowed outside to wander around to his hearts content (whilst Earl has been firmly contained on the end of a lead, much to his discontent) and has eaten lots of meat treats, been able to bask in the sun and had the ultimate revenge on Earl…he stole his soft drink bottle. Earl had found an empty soft drink bottle in the shed and was chewing on it when a freight train formerly known as Bezial raced up and stole it right out from under Earl’s nose. He then ran away with it and chewed it up. I guess revenge is sweet, especially on your 7th birthday πŸ™‚

Prior to adding the meat...

Prior to adding the meat…

Meat and cheese added and a plate of leftover bacon and smoked sausage for the dogs...

Meat and cheese added and a plate of leftover bacon and smoked sausage for the dogs…

The enormous cooked result. Steve ate half for his dinner and was stuffed fit to burst. I think I need more people to cook for ;)

The enormous cooked result. Steve ate half for his dinner and was stuffed fit to burst. I think I need more people to cook for πŸ˜‰

While Bezial has been enjoying the delightful 20C day that nature put on just for his birthday, Stevie-boy and I have been slaving. Steve concreted in 2 poles for the gate and then we decided to burn off a large pile of debris that has been waiting for the right burning conditions. The problem is, we have lots of piles of debris and so we spent the next 3 hours lugging large branches in various stages of decomposition over to a most enthusiastic fire. We tidied up an area on the fence line between our property and Glad’s next door and discovered 2 treated pine logs that we can use as poles as a reward. We are going to put another smaller gate in closer to the house so that we can access the side area of the house easily. After lugging heavy branches and burning them for 3 hours we decided to call it a day and that’s why I am here typing out a blog post on a gorgeous spring day. The main reason I am typing rather than Pinning, is that I know that tomorrow is going to be busy. Steve is off to pick up a car trailer that he is hiring in order to bring home a whole lot of treated pine that we need to create the fence. He then needs to return the trailer, come home, and then return to Exeter to pick up a trailer load of road base ready for concreting in the holes on Tuesday. Tuesday will see our friend Jenny arriving to take some plants and watch us concrete poles or burn more debris or both if we can manage it. As you can see, I will be flat out for the next couple of days and so I took this opportunity to at least get a really good start on today’s email (on Sunday).

"BONESEED!" Once it flowers it identifies itself and this cheeky stand of them was masquerading as "trees" among a small stand of hakeas. These boneseed are dead trees walking...

“BONESEED!” Once it flowers it identifies itself and this cheeky stand of them was masquerading as “trees” among a small stand of hakeas. These boneseed are dead trees walking…

One of the debris piles (one of MANY) on Serendipity Farm that need to be burnt

One of the debris piles (one of MANY) on Serendipity Farm that need to be burnt

This little banksia was on it's last legs when we first moved here and after we cleared out all around it, it has come back with a vengeance.

This little banksia was on it’s last legs when we first moved here and after we cleared out all around it, it has come back with a vengeance.

My little magnolia stellata is blooming. Amazing since I thought it had died last year ;)

My little magnolia stellata is blooming. Amazing since I thought it had died last year πŸ˜‰

Lucky really because I spent the whole day today doing battle with blackberries and helping Stevie-boy hack away at the undergrowth so that we can start putting up fence railing tomorrow. I am very tired but very content. So can we all agree that I may just have collected a “Tick” for effort there? Β πŸ™‚

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  1. Chica Andaluza
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 17:39:24

    Another very busy week on Serendipity Farm – love the Dog Wash…wonder if I could convince my pups of the benefits?! Pistachio Turkish Delight and Asparagus – sounds like a perfect dinner to me! Will oyu be using your “still” to make something deliciously alcoholic (and probably illegal which would make it even more fun)?!

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 03:48:37

      Good luck convincing your pups, we couldn’t convince ours. Steve lured them in with treats but if there was a HINT of water inside that thing there is no WAY this side of Mars that Earl would have been inside it ;). That Pistachio Turkish delight made me twitch with desire. I wanted to roll in it so I got the recipe and am going to indulge myself in some pistachios and am not able to talk about the debauchary that will occur, needless to say it will be fast and furious and I shall be the victor! ;). That asparagus didn’t translate well to the big screen. It is seriously HUGE. Er “still?” I shall obviously be making lovely scented distilled oils and no nasty alcohol shall pass my stills portals (hic…) πŸ˜‰

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      • Chica Andaluza
        Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:42:39

        We had to take one of our pups for a haircut yesterday (Luna the other one is mostly Jack Russell so just very kindly moults white hair everywhere). 24 hours on and Alfi is still not talking to us!

      • narf77
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:05:02

        I am glad to see that the dog angst that we take for granted here is endemic in dogs from other countries as well. Wouldn’t be wanting to think that we would be the only ones to suffer the “stink eye” of our dogs on a daily basis ;). I keep reading that dogs are forgiving and don’t care what you do and always willing to forget when you are lapse…seems we mustn’t own “dogs” but some hybrid form of dog crossed with 65 year old angry librarian who never had kids πŸ˜‰

  2. Dana LokisdΓ³ttir
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 17:41:37

    Bethany had nothing to do with those pies! Those are MY specialty! She… put them in the box. That’s it. So don’t you go giving her any of my credit!

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 03:50:31

      I KNEW I could lure you out of the woodwork with the dual cooking comment. I had already guessed that the pies were all your handiwork. Steve really loved them and to think, they had goat in them and he tried them, and ate them! That shows you that he must love your cooking because he is seriously the fussiest man alive. I bow to your pastry by the way. Beenz did an amazing job of putting them in the box. Master technique there Bethany ;). ALL of the credit is yours for those master pies πŸ™‚

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  3. The Snail of Happiness
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 17:44:52

    Happy birthday Bezial! Quite right that you should get a present off Earl on your birthday (whether he liked it or not).
    What exciting times with all your activity… and so many wonderful plants to grow.
    I hadn’t realised how much of your land is named after places in Cornwall…it makes it all sound simultaneously familiar and exotic!

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 03:51:49

      We have the Tamar River, We live in Sidmouth, one of our nearest towns is Exeter, this place was founded by someone who loved the Old Country indeed ;).

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  4. thecontentedcrafter
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 18:09:19

    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Haappy birth-day dear Bezial
    Happy birthday to yoooou πŸ˜€

    I must say straight off that the amount of hard labour you put into your place is most impressive – AND YOU COOK TOO! I know you aren’t digging the holes, but still and all, you know, it is all on over there! And that Stevieboy – man, he digs all those holes in what sounds like bedrock, and still finds time to tightrope walk and teach the dogs how to bathe or swim or whatever, Those doggies are going to be the happiest of boys when they finally get off the deck and into their own garden. I’n so looking forward to the stories we will hear of what Earl gets up to.

    The stamps from Alys are lovely – with those specially made cards and book marks and all. Special!! And the ‘craft supplies’. Mmmm I’m wondering what you will ‘seed’ with them eh?

    I’m thinking we need to send heirloom seeds all over the world as craft supplies. I could make some very pretty boho bracelets with beans! You can dye ’em and bling ’em up you know.

    I hope Steve will have his photo taken wearing his dead fish hat [why are they dead?] and looking happier than the boys in the pic do! The one at the back looks like he’s about to have a wee tantie πŸ™‚

    Good work Narf – you deserve more than a tick – you deserve a big glass of delicious beverage of choice πŸ™‚

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:01:03

      I am with you on the “craft supplies”. I might accidentally drop some of my beads in some soil and they may, or may not turn into custard apple trees from Hawaii…you just never know what happens with craft supplies these days do you? Last week I got some gorgeous soap in the mail from Wendy and she had also sent some lovely pink craft supplies that may or may not fall onto the ground and turn into special dwarf beans. I am very clumsy in my old age. I am also prone to histrionic fits of pique and things tend to fly out of my hands alarmingly so you just never know…all kinds of craft supplies may or may not find a way to the ground and be given a chance to sprout. Isn’t that how the best gardens grow? Someone has a Micky fit and throws a load of craft supplies to the four winds “I am NEVER going to be able to make this…er…”necklace!”…” and suddenly like magic, there’s a beanstalk! I think I might be mixing not only my metaphors but my books, my genres AND my activities but what’s life without being a great big melting (and growing) pot eh? Any local craft supplies that you might be interested in, let me know and I will see if I can’t find you a bracelets worth to send over ;). In the pattern, you can choose to have dead fish eyes, or live fish eyes…I like the look of the dead ones as that is about as close to “fish” that Stevie-boy is going to catch in the Mumbley Cumumbus when he is laying semi-comatose drifting down the river like Huck Finn with a fishing line draped in the water (complete window decoration πŸ˜‰ ) relaxing and enjoying life on the river to the max. A dead fish hat would just be the icing on the cake don’t you think? ;). I did battle with a select group of ninja blackberries yesterday and feel like I did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and didn’t fight back…today, LOTS more fencing etc. Stevie-boy is dead keen to get straight back out there…me, not so keen BUT my brain tends to get me out and going when my flesh is weak so a day outside in the bracing sea air hammering, nailing, (swearing) and constructing is in order methinks. Wish us luck Ms Pauline. I had better remember the camera for next weeks blog post. No problems finding enough photos for my posts if we are working on a project πŸ˜‰ Stevie-boy let me drink some of his juice yesterday. He is on the wagon at the moment so our house is full of bottles of juice. Most refreshing to have an ice cold glass of blackberry juice after beating the living daylights out of their parents πŸ˜‰

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      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:01:57

        Custard apple trees? You know the picture in my mind right?

        I had blackberries once – they are ‘pernicious little buggers’ according to one highly thought of horticulturist I know! The are really hard to get rid of and it is fitting that you make as much use of their fruits as possible! Drink or pie – it doesn’t matter which. I imagine those custard apples would go quite well!

        Good luck for today and tomorrow and all the days to come – and don’t forget the camera!! πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:03:10

        Custard apples are sub tropical fruit that has the most heavenly white creamy fragrant flesh but I can see trees with apple pies dotted all over them as well (goes to show horticulture can’t cancel out the whimsical nature of the crazy romantic eh? πŸ˜‰ ). I got up at 2.30 today. My brain told me to get out of bed as within a fortnight the dreaded DS is going to land in my lap and 3am will turn into 4am and we can’t be losing an hour of my precious net time so up and attm’ nice and early the narf has to be! I should be comatose by about 7pm but whatchagonnadoeh? πŸ˜‰ We are working on the last of the lower fencing rails today and then starting on the wire. I want to get it finished ASAP because Earl and Bezial are going to LOVE this πŸ™‚

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 05:19:01

        I just had a most wonderful 9 hour sleep πŸ™‚ Pretty exhausted after two weeks of [active] company in bed – puppy one side, cat the other, both claiming body leaning time! Orlando decided to be an outside boy last night and Siddy leapt off the bed almost immediately [he can’t get back up due to those shordlegz] and slept on the floor – loving these warm nights πŸ™‚

        Today I’m ready for anything! I have crochet square to make for Snail, crochet mandala still waiting, Alys painting half finished, a dangle to start getting my head round, groceries to collect, yarn to hunt down, puppy to walk, ferments to bottle up, washing and ironing waiting [again] the floor is filthy [!] and I still have heirloom seedlings to hunt down for my garden …… I wonder what it is exactly I have been doing all this month? You are so productive, I am such a sloth in comparison!

        Your boys are going to be so happy when they have free range of their compound – and you are going to be so happy too! You must make a film and show us the whole deal complete with Earl making his mark/s and Bezial sun bathing or shade bathing [according to weather]. It will be so wonderful!! πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 05:50:50

        I am SO with you today Ms Pauline! Something woke me up at 2.30. I think it was my creative muses and my brain telling me that the dreaded DS is on it’s way back and if I don’t want to end up a mindless zombie for 2 weeks, I should do something about denaturing it and taking away it’s sting. It does involve me getting up earlier and 2am is the ultimate goal. I feel amazing today despite slaving down the gulag’s yesterday with one Mr Steve-ee-boy aka Slavemaster General SUPREME. Still, the railings are up and we are on track to get this dog amusement park open by early next week. I can’t begin to imagine how happy we are going to make them but it is keeping me motivated and moving towards the end goal even when I would cheerfully lay down and pretend that I was deceased in order to get Stevie-boy to slow down a bit.

        Productive SHMUKTIVE! I like that word! I just invented it and it’s a goer. I am going to use shmuktive all day today whenever Steve tells me to fetch the hammer (from way back in the shed…WAY back down that steep slope…for the umpteenth time…sigh…) and whenever he asks me to dig or drill or hold, I am going to use the adjective “shmuktive” in order to confuse and bamboozle a 5 second rest out of him while he contemplates whether I am ill, have heat stroke or need hospitalisation in the local mental ward. Anything for a few moments rest πŸ˜‰

        I am not entirely sure that I will be fast enough to follow Earl on his greyhound, tail tucked in amazing dash around the area that we are about to unleash on the dogs. Bezial will saunter around the perimeter taking a good look and Earl, once he realises that he has room to RUN…will. And he won’t stop for about 3 weeks ;). Today looks like another glorious sunny day here on the river, we should get the lower rails finished and the wire started today and maybe by Sunday we might be finished. Steve has to make 2 gates and we have a bit of problem solving (how to build box rails around a rock that refuses to be moved and that may or may not be a mountain on the other side of the world known as Mt Everest…) to do but it is certainly making my body happy if not my poor addled brain ;). Have a fantastic day today and give Sudi a scruff for url. He says “wun dai yoo carn cum her an runn Sudi” and whether he can actually do it physically, whenever that small hairy round sidekick is laying fast asleep and running for all he is worth, he is joining url in his garden πŸ™‚

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 07:20:41

        Oh so that is what is going on when the little guy is lying flat out, twitching and whimpering and giving little ‘yip-yip-yips’. I thought he was chasing rabbits or Orlando, but no, he is getting his instructions from Earl – silly me, I should have realised!!

        It’s so good to hear you are energised by the proceedings. Creating something for someone we love will do that for us – despite the long hours and hard labour! Those pains will quickly fade and you will have a dog park of your very own! I think that is the most wonderful thing πŸ™‚

        ‘Schmuctive’ is a very good word for bamboozling with – you should get a few minutes of respite from it if you use it wisely.
        I’m starting to think you feed that man too well – his energy levels are pretty impressive. Pity I can’t borrow him for a couple of hours – my miniscule courtyard would be whipped into shape tout-suite as they say in China πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 08:45:03

        If we are ever in your neck of the woods, Ms Pauline, you can be assured your touts will indeed be sweet ;). Earl does the same laying asleep and twitching thing and I don’t even want to THINK about who is instructing Earl! πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 09:35:00

        Quite! Some things are better left a mystery πŸ™‚

  5. Lynda D
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 20:02:48

    Hey, i thought the post title was A Fence is Born?

    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday dear F-ence
    Happy Birthday to you.

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  6. cathyandchucky
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 21:04:12

    Wow! Your really getting stuck in with the garden now Fronkiii. The dogs will be in absolute heaven when the big yard is finished. No possum will be able to get at any fruit or veg in there with doggy patrol on the prowl πŸ˜ƒ. A big happy whelp day to Bezial as well πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:03:47

      Bezial ate his weights worth of sausage rolls on his birthday and when they can get out into that enclosure (almost 1/4 acre) he will have his own stand of Blackwood (how fitting πŸ˜‰ ) trees to lay under when summer starts to really hit home. A nice bit of dirt, cool earth, shady trees on a nice slope with a magnificent view over the river and an afternoon sea breeze? Lucky bugger eh?! ;). Earl, on the other hand, will spend a week patrolling the new space and peeing on EVERYTHING for the first week. He will keep us awake barking at possums and here’s hoping he doesn’t catch one and decide to bring the angry little bugger back through the dog door and dump him on our bed in the middle of the night! EEK!

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      • cathyandchucky
        Sep 25, 2014 @ 08:49:34

        Hahahahaha I can picture that little scenario! My guess is the possums will sit just beyond the fence and annoy the crap out of poor Earl. Do dogs have a favorite plant like cats with catnip? Maybe plant whatever that is in there as well.

      • narf77
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:20:39

        Earl has a predilection for nipping the grafts out of very expensive grafted plants. I am NOT going to be indulging Earl’s UBER expensive habit. If you would like to crowd fund Earl’s habit feel free ;). He can make do with lots more grass, the odd sags bush to pee in and all of the trees he can see to snuffle around for (long gone) lizards in. What a HAPPY dog he will be πŸ™‚ Bezial has simpler tastes. He will be laying under the Blackwood trees in the lovely cool dirt in the heat of the summer in the shade. I could bet about a million dollars on that outcome and have pretty good odds of winning πŸ™‚ I might join him if the mercury hits 35C πŸ˜‰

  7. brymnsons
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 21:56:47

    Slaving away like mad things πŸ™‚ That is going to be one impressive fence Fran! The boys are going to love it. Oh dear now I will have to formulate a plan to get over there again so I can check it out lol. I really loved the photos in the blog, all just lovely. Can’t wait to see Stevie boys dead fish hat πŸ™‚ x

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:06:37

      Slave master general translated most smoothly from studies to construction and has us on a blistering schedule knocking up fence railings today and possibly tomorrow (big job) and then rolling out the fence, constructing and mounting additional gates and getting the whole lot Earl proof to the MAX by next week. We wanted this for them for summer. It will give them about 1/4 acre of running space which is what Earl really needs to get some of his energy out of him. We walk them about 5km a day but sometimes Earl needs a bit more. Rather than go for 2 walks a day (and be in bed by 5pm because I am SO knackered πŸ˜‰ ), we decided to give him more space to frolic (other than our sofas πŸ˜‰ ). If I can work out how to make Steve one of those hats, I will make Bruce one as well πŸ˜‰

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      • brymnsons
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 19:40:54

        Oh yes I can just see Bruce’s face when he unwraps his gorgeous dead fish hat :). Maybe I will end up with it? Can’t wait to see the dogs new enclosure and how amazed they will be. Time to throw a tanty, that will give you a good bit of time to rest while he gets his face back into place :). Just a pretend one mind, but he needn’t know that … Yes the daylight savings,(ahh I said it in its entirety), will soon be on us and talking with our loved ones on the other side of Australia will be tricky. Today was 31 degrees! Hot baby. I think it will be a long hot summer this year. x

      • narf77
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 03:52:58

        The weather boffins say that we are in for a very long, hot and dry summer but they can’t get the weather right from day to day so I am not so sure about anything that they tell us ;). We have decided to take a few days off from the fence as we have spent a solid week on it and have the infrastructure up and ready to put the wire on which is the last bit. Steve will be making a gate today for the side garden so that we have a path to walk down to the side lawn for easy access and over the weekend we will be pottering around sorting out everything peripheral to the enclosure and Monday it will be a concerted wire event that might take a couple of days because the enclosure is almost 1/4 acre! We thought it was hot at 19C! Our sun is UBER hot here though thanks to that big hole in the ozone layer and as it was very humid as well it added to our decision to call it quits at 12 ;). We have a bushfire alert in the South of the state for Sunday as it will be hot, dry and windy. Unheard of for September but then most people wouldn’t know that Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia behind Adelaide as everyone thinks that it is cold and wet in Tassie. You don’t mind a bit of heat do you? I am not a huge fan but I am going to set up a nice bench in Bezial’s Bosk and will be hogging some of his delicious cool shade come February πŸ˜‰

  8. rabidlittlehippy
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 22:28:30

    Happy birthday Pup. πŸ˜‰

    http://turkeysong.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/grapes-and-biochar-a-few-videos/ – watch the first video and maybe those piles might seem far more valuable. Thank me later. πŸ˜‰

    Nice work and can’t wait to see photos of the fence once it’s all up. I hoep the wet stuff is falling for you tonight like it is here. And to think I watered the garden this afternoon!

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:09:19

      What we burned the other day generated a whole lot of ash. Our soil here is quite acidic so it won’t go to waste :). I have grapes that need planting out ASAP and so I am going to watch this (when Slave Master General lets me off fencing duties this afternoon πŸ˜‰ ). We had a bit of water fall from the skies most of the day yesterday which kept us in and out mangling blackberries, hacking through undergrowth to make a channel to put fencing etc. but also gave me time to wind up all of those balls of wool and have a bit of a rest ready for today’s onslaught of torture and mass fencing event. Wish me luck, I might need new elbows by the end of the day πŸ˜‰

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  9. Born To Organize
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:16:39

    I’m constantly amazed at your energy and drive. You two have been at it from dawn till dusk, clearing, shopping, burning, cooking, dog-walking, fence-building, planting and gardening. Wowsa!

    Happy birthday to Bezial. He’s got the sweetest face. I love that you’re shopping for a pool for the duck and the dogs, and thinking of tree shade to come. Loving animals, and making sure of their comfort speaks volumes about a person.

    I’m so glad the bookmark and card arrived. I’m thrilled to have them moving around the globe. xox

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    • narf77
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:32:13

      Your dad would have loved to see those stamps head right back to where they came from and you can be assured that I will treasure them forever :). I am trying to work out a way to put the card in a nice frame and hang it on the wall and I am going to laminate the bookmark as it is going to get serious airtime in books. Our animals are part of our family and any animal that hunkers down on Serendipity Farm is instantly one of us. In saying that, some of our dear family are crochetty, angsty, downright antisocial little varmints but that just makes them more like family dontchathink? πŸ˜‰

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  10. Robbie
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 07:32:35

    I was tired when I got to the end, reading about ALL that work! It looks like a big job but so worth it:-) I have to admit, I love that “spring soreness” when you get out of a long winter of sitting and watching…and start “doing” again. That spring ache is wonderful! Yep, I am a bit strange. Hearing you talk about all you are doing outside sounds exciting and I can’t wait to see all that you have created:-) .
    It looks lovely. It made me chuckle when you showed all your food-lol…I have been acused of cooking too much when there is just us two or a small group of friends come over-lol..just too many years feeding a house full of kids and friends:-)
    Did your daughters learn to make those pies from you?-those were like art work! what interesting flavors, too:-)
    Do rest once in awhile:-)

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:11:53

      OH I have the spring ache! The strange thing is, I seem to be waking up clearer and feeling healthier even though I must have walked the better part of about 20 miles back and forth and up and down our steeply sloped block yesterday. I guess my body is telling me that it is a good thing. My mind is telling my body that it is crazy ;). We got the railing up on our large perimeter fence yesterday. The dogs are effectively getting an additional 1/4 acre added to their current (tiny) area and I can only begin to imagine how excited Earl is going to be with that much room to RUN. He won’t stop running for 24 hours ;). Madeline learned to cook after we moved out as someone had to do it and her sister wasn’t inclined (still isn’t inclined to do much but that’s what little sisters are for I think πŸ˜‰ ) and it turns out she is a magnificent cook. She makes the most AMAZING apple pies, her pastry is awesome, between them they just throw things together every day and make a spectrum of food from all over the world with ease. I need recipes and poring over and (probably glasses) all kinds of things to get me from A. to B. in recipes most of the time but they don’t even use recipes for a lot of what they create and it just works. Very proud of them both, but especially of Madeline and how well she cooks :). She must have done a great job as for Steve to try goat, let alone to eat it all is a HUGE achievement. The man is fussier than all get-out ;). My mum cooked for a hotel for years as well as working as a travelling shearers cook and EVERYTHING was huge for mum. When you got a plate of food from her it took you 3 days to wade through it but she was a most excellent home style cook and we always had a cake, 2 types of homemade biscuits (we call them biscuits, you call them cookies) in a container and we had dessert after almost every meal. The woman was a cooking dynamo πŸ™‚

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      • Robbie
        Oct 03, 2014 @ 11:01:18

        I tried to comment on this last time but got lost-lol…wanted to say the “apple does not fall from the tree”—-you are pretty good cooks! I would think people would love to purchase those beautiful pies:-)

      • narf77
        Oct 03, 2014 @ 12:52:48

        My daughter Madeline is a really awesome cook. She tends not to use recipes and just turns out amazing food from all different kinds of cuisines. I went to cookery school to learn how to cook but she is a natural. I bow to her wonderful cooking and just wonder why she didn’t discover this latent ability when we lived with her πŸ˜‰

      • Robbie
        Oct 03, 2014 @ 14:14:22

        life is a journey..she may do something with it down the road:-) she may surprise you yet!

      • narf77
        Oct 03, 2014 @ 16:30:23

        She is doing volunteer work in a City Mission kitchen at the moment and no doubt, learning lots of great tips about cooking. Her sister is just about to join her in volunteering so maybe she will learn how to cook as well (I am ducking here as she will most probably read this comment, I am going to stay with them soon and they will feed me coal πŸ˜‰ )

      • Robbie
        Oct 03, 2014 @ 22:38:50

        lol:-) I don’t talk bout my kids or should I say young adults here since I am worrid!!!!:-) I tell stories about when they were young…so I am safe-lol-yeah right! You have fun + I have no doubt they will feed you well since our kids do tend to know what each other is best at;-)

      • narf77
        Oct 04, 2014 @ 05:07:01

        I hope Madeline has learned how to cook coal the Korean way πŸ˜‰

  11. Born To Organize
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 07:37:10

    Oh yes indeed! One of our dear cats had a rough start to her life and is such, she’s terrified of almost everything. We learned after almost a year that she is also nearly completely deaf. Mike refers to her as ‘fur with knives’ since she would frequently slash and bite. I’ve brought her a long, long, long way and she now sleeps in a box at the back of my desk, and approaches with gentle head-butts, purrs and love fests. She still can’t be held, but my goodness she has come so far.

    I’m glad she found her way to our doorstep. The other two felines are warm and affectionate.

    I’m tickled to think of that card in a frame. I’m touched. And yes, my dad would have loved the idea. Thanks to all of you in my blogging community, I’ve been able to send them to other caring souls such as yourself. That is so meaningful. xox

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:15:32

      There are so many lessons that we can learn from the generosity of others. I had quite a problematic relationship with my dad. He is the one that left us Serendipity Farm but when he was alive, he and I just butted heads constantly. Whenever I look at your dad’s stamps I am reminded of how short our time here actually is and how we need to learn to get along with each other as this is the one chance we get here. No re-runs (as far as I am aware and no-one has told me otherwise πŸ˜‰ ) so finding a way to get over personal differences is incredibly important so that when we are gone, our children remember us with the love that you obviously remember your dad. Life goes on relentlessly but each one of us carries someone we loved incredibly inside our hearts and minds. They aren’t here with us, but they ARE if you know what I mean πŸ™‚

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  12. Littlesundog
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 07:41:05

    Good gosh! You run circles around me getting work done.. but then it’s that youth of yours! I’m a few years older and I’ll just use that as my excuse! It’s kind of nice to read about your spring weather, activities and plans, while here we are putting away and getting ready for the cool and cold months ahead.

    That food looks fantastic! I love asparagus raw too. Sometimes the cuttings don’t even make it to the house, since nibbling as I work is completely acceptable! Love the photos of Bezial and Earl. Happy Birthday to Bezial! πŸ™‚

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:17:47

      I am SO tired Lori! I have been a sit on the PC girl for most of the year and my muscles got used to that. They are now being asked to do things that they haven’t been asked to do in well over a year and they are protesting and that is putting it mildly! I must admit that I am feeling healthier though and that it is amazing to see this fence take shape and know that in the heat of our long dry summers, Bezial can lay under a little stand of trees in the cool dirt with the sea breeze on his fur and be comfortable and happy. Earl…well he will probably STILL be running around like a cork out of a champagne bottle as happy as a clam with all of his new space ;). That is what makes this effort worth it, the vision of incredibly happy, liberated dogs πŸ™‚

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  13. Yelena
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 10:14:31

    The hats are so adorable! This is totally something that my teenage daughter would wear. The pizza juried out really nice!
    Lots of love,
    Yelena πŸ™‚

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:21:19

      That hat is awesome isn’t it? I found a fox knitted hat as well. Perfect for teenagers :). The pizza was apparently delicious and didn’t last long despite being HUGE πŸ™‚

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  14. missmaudy
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 11:19:52

    OOh, boneseed! When I was a girl guide (my world was so wide…umm) we used to go up into the local mountain range and de boneseed a couple of acre patch of the blasted stuff. Actually, it’s probably a bit of a stretch to call them mountains. They’re more of a large, rocky outcrop than mountains. But still, we pulled copious boneseed over a few years.

    The Hound is very small, but man she accumulates a large dog’s worth of smell, so she’s subjected to the dog wash fairly regularly and takes it in her stride (then runs around like a loon at home re-stinkifying herself).

    I may or may not be taking a couple of days off to do all the things at mine.

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:26:31

      Are you sure that you didn’t live in Tasmania and head out our way when you were a kid as Serendipity Farm qualifies to be a “local mountain” under your catagorisational labeling ;). We learned about bad old boneseed at TAFE when we were studying horticulture and my bolshie old dad knew that he had it on the property as someone from the council told him to get rid of it BUT NO-ONE told my dad what to do and that made him leave the boneseed and delight in it every time he saw it from that day onward so you can only begin to imagine my horticultural angst when we moved here. I keep pulling them out, they keep coming back…I guess I will never be short of something to do ;). I am amazed that some dogs actually “like” the dog wash. Bezial likes water but ONLY free flowing water that HE chooses to go in and only up to his chest. Earl stays well out of water. He will swim in the sea if it is really hot but aside from that, he is hydrophobic ;). Kudos on taking of a day or two. Even if you end up sitting in your shorts and boots with your feet up and a pina colada and do sweet Fanny Adam’s at least you got a couple of days off and at the end of it all, a day off, is a day off! πŸ™‚

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  15. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 11:29:26

    Oh goodness, that dog wash contraption would be nothing short of a torture chamber for my water-fearing pup! She loses her mind in terror if it’s even raining moderately hard outside, and we haven’t been able to give her a proper bath in at least 10 years. (I know… Are we terrible dog parents, or is she just very good at self-cleaning?) Although, to be quite honest, I think that a human wash device would scare the living crap out of me, too.

    Hope you’ve been getting thoroughly crafty lately… Enjoy! πŸ˜‰

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:29:39

      We got the dogs “into” the device because there wasn’t a hint of water to be seen or felt and it must have smelled of other dogs but at the first sign of actual water, Earl would have been over the side and gone and Bezial would have made us pay for wetting him for the next month. Join the “terrible dog parent” club with the washing thing. Bezial has been washed once in his life (he is now 7) and Earl has NEVER been washed. Bezial smells like hay and sunshine and Earl smells like…er…purest Earl. Nuff said on that one πŸ˜‰ NO time for crafts at the moment as we are working our way through the construction of almost 1/4 acre of fencing so that we can extend the yard around the house (currently tiny) for the dogs to run in and for me to garden in. If we fence it, the wallabies can’t get in and eat everything. Earl might eat everything BUT at least he is family πŸ˜‰

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      • brymnsons
        Sep 26, 2014 @ 19:54:05

        That is the beauty of small dogs. We just fill up the sink in the laundry, wash, rinse and done πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 03:53:26

        I don’t think that either of us would recover if we tried to wash either of our dogs…it would be like a standoff in a war movie πŸ˜‰

  16. Margaret Griffin
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 21:07:40

    Hi, The person who is transforming silos into luxury apartments clearly has more imagination than I.

    Are those dogs bored or are they really planning their yard warming party when the fence is built and they are free to cavort in their new territory?

    As for the dead fish hats, I don’t think the models are convinced – in fact, I don’t think they will agree to model anything ever again!! However, Steve might just love dead fish hats.

    I’m with you on the rhubarb although I don’t think I would want to waste it on some kind of beverage. Rhubarb pie, rhubarb crumble, rhubarb tart, rhubarb and curry chutney – yum! I am currently enjoying a jar of rhubarb jam – very nice.

    You are really balancing all those hours stuck at the computer with your current hard physical activity, well done!

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    • narf77
      Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:39:54

      This is a (very bad) artists impersonation of what the finished result should look like… http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1537160/life-of-luxury-planned-for-silos/ . Not entirely sure it is going to be “attractive” but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is keeping lots of teenage bored apprentices off the streets so it is a job worth doing ;). I may not have explained Earl very well to you. Earl is all muscle, full on feral and halfway to doggie ADHD. He has a HUGE amount of energy to expend and even though we walk them both at least 5km a day, Earl has much more energy that needs to find an out. It usually comes out in furniture eating, plant eating, Bezial bating, running around and bouncing off the sofa’s etc. We quite like the inside of our house and are a bit tired of replacing sofa’s so we thought if we extend the area around the house it would give Earl room to run. Running is his FAVOURITE thing. He runs like a greyhound with his tail tucked under and pelting like the hounds of hades are after him. The day that we open up the deck gate and release him into his new area is going to be worth of my (admittedly rank amateur) videoing skills and will end up on Youtube where it might even go viral it will be that comical ;).
      With you on those models. Looks like “mum” might have pushed the limits of mother child decency by forcing them to model those hats πŸ˜‰
      Mum made an awesome rhubarb “champagne” that was a bit like ginger beer (thus fermented) made with a base fermentation and it was pink, fizzy and absolutely gorgeous. It was the ONLY rhubarb thing that Stevie-boy would consume so it must have been good ;). I don’t have time to sit here on the PC in the day any more. I get all of my PC fix between the hours of 3 and 7am however, with the dreaded Daylight Savings coming in soon, I am currently attempting to get out of bed at 2.30 (next week 2am) in order to be completely and utterly desensitised to it’s zombirific inducement. The narf shall NOT be a walking corpse for the first 2 weeks after they force us to get up an hour earlier! πŸ™‚

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      • Margaret Griffin
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 18:29:24

        2.00 am, you mean there’s such a thing as 2.00am in the morning? And some people are actually awake and functioning at that time? Will wonders never cease?

        I am looking forward to the utube video of Earl being released into his expanded domain. I am sure Bezial will be equally as thrilled but his response will be a tad more muted.

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

        I used to go to bed at 2am. Now I get up at 2am. There must be something magical about that number ;). I am just wondering if my middle aged reflexes will be able to keep up with Earl and his excitement at being let out into a HUGE area to run ;). Bezial will just walk around, Earl will careen like a champagne cork out of a bottle πŸ˜‰

  17. Sue Dreamwalker
    Sep 27, 2014 @ 03:49:44

    Everything is looking so good.. πŸ™‚ That Asparagus Wow!.. Rhubarb is just yummy.. Why not add it with strawberries to make a crumble.. I garentee your hubby would love it… Goes down lovely with loads of Custard..
    I had to use some Granny tactics with my Granddaughter who is 4 in Dec.. She said she didnt like cabbage.. ( her Mum doesn’t eat it ) So when I served it up to her the other day.. She looked at it and said I don’t like Cabbage.. I said Oh this isn’t Cabbage this is Sweet Greens… She tasted it.. and ate the lot.. πŸ™‚ Just a thought! hehe..

    I was amazed at the Dog wash! what ever next!..

    The Gate is looking great.. as was the cooking… I see your daughters know exactly what to put into a pie for their Dad. πŸ™‚ …

    Another brilliant update on Serendipity.. Enjoy your weekend.. πŸ™‚
    Love Sue xxx

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    • narf77
      Sep 27, 2014 @ 04:07:48

      We had a lovely friend who really tried hard to entice Steve to eat rhubarb. She had poached it in the oven in a buttery vanilla mix that smelled like heaven but he screwed up his face when he tasted it. Some people just don’t like rhubarb I guess but that means all the more for me! :). Steve once shoved rhubarb and custard into his jeans pocket when he went to a friends house for dinner as he didn’t want to upset his friends mum by not eating it…at least he has manners ;).

      If that dog wash had water in it…even a drop…Earl wouldn’t have been inside it. I think the only reason he got up there (aside from being lured up their with treats) was that it smelled of other dogs ;). Steve is the girls step dad and as fussy as he is, he tried, and then ate the goat pies. He said that they were really delicious which is a great compliment from him because he is highly suspicious of any new foods. I put it down to him being British and living on pies, mushy peas and chips for 3/4 of his life ;). Glad you liked the post and hopefully the fence will be finished when you next drop by, which means that “I” will be finished when you next drop by…Can’t WAIT πŸ™‚

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      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 04:24:25

        Big smiles at the Rhubarb and Custard in the pocket.. No mean feat that.. haha… Yes Pies are the thing.. We went out this morning and we called in for a Pub lunch.. It was delicious.. Home made Steak and Ale Pie.. I had potatoes.. Hubby had Chips.. but we had broccoli, carrots and cauliflower .. not peas πŸ™‚ We were podged.. So only had some homemade tomato soup I made yesterday for tea..
        Oh and I forgot to say.. I loved the Stamp bookmark and what it represented.. Such a beautiful thoughtful gift.. πŸ™‚ And Happy that the flowers and shrubs your Dad planted are still showing you his Love.. xxx

      • narf77
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 04:47:05

        Dad wasn’t the planter. The original owner was. They were good friends with our elderly neighbour Glad and she and her husband agreed to sell them 4 acres right next door to them. The husband died a month after the house was completed but the wife lived here for years and planted out a most glorious garden. Dad let it turn into a glorious weed infested jungle but then gardening runs in my mums side of the family…NOT dad’s ;). I guess that gives us all the more chance to make this “Our” place and we are going gangbusters and making hay (fence hay πŸ˜‰ ) while the sun shines and before it starts burning too much πŸ˜‰

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 04:52:00

        πŸ™‚ arrh I see… So uncovering all these plants is like finding little gems.. Oh I think you are both making your stamp of the place.. And its looking great.. A task you are both putting your heart and soul into .. You do right in getting as much done in the cool before the heat really sets in..
        I know from having a good Summer here.. We would go early and late in the evening to do the heavier weeding work in the allotments.. as our age is telling LOL.. πŸ™‚
        Have a Beautiful Weekend my friend.. πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Sep 27, 2014 @ 05:06:21

        Ditto Ms Sue and enjoy your winding down time before the chill of winter sets in πŸ™‚

  18. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 07:19:25

    Seriously. Who wants to live in a SILO?

    What a huge job you have taken on with the compound. Well done Steve. Looks like you’ve both had a very busy week.
    We have a set of two of those plastic shells over at Beelarong Community Farm. Last summer we filled one shell with an inch or two of water and the other shell with some sand for the little lad who comes along with his mother each week. We have also been known to sit and put our feet into the water shell as we try to cool off.
    A lovely idea to use the special stamps to decorate gifts and cards. Especially to people who really appreciate the thought behind it.

    I’ve enjoyed reading all about your week Narf. I have the two grandsons to look after today (school holidays) so I had better drag my old bones into the shower.

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    • narf77
      Sep 30, 2014 @ 03:13:43

      I agree with the silo but an architectural firm from Hobart redesigned a series of grain silos in Hobart into a stunning hotel and they won the contract to build luxury appartments in the silo. Can’t be worse than they already look as they are right in the centre of the city. Ducky has been slithering in and out of her plastic shell of water but she only does it when the chooks aren’t watching. She is in stealth mode and pretending that she is a chook for most of the time but her duck water lust takes over and she can’t help herself and goes for a swim whenever she can get a bit of time on her own. The chooks drink out of her bath water πŸ˜‰

      Kids love sandpits and those clam shells are a great way to contain the sand (and water) without having it redistributed all over the place. They are cheap as chips at Bunnings and we only paid $12.50 for each half. A bargain, and they made our duck the happiest little duck this side of the Peacos πŸ™‚

      Whatever you are doing with those “old bones” you look awesomely healthy Jean. You must share your secret one day in a blog post. I could certainly do with looking as vibrant after finishing off the fence yesterday and feeling completely and utterly worn out! The look on the dogs faces when they realised that they were free to run was priceless though and now I can plant out my 2 extra fig trees, my 2 carob trees and my hazelnut trees inside so I am just about as happy πŸ™‚

      Have a great visit with your grand sons. Maybe that’s what is keeping you looking so young these days? πŸ˜‰

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  19. christiglover
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 09:14:35

    Biggus Asparagus. πŸ™‚ And Happy Birthday to Bezial. Loved catching up with you as usual. Annie and I had a lovely visit, but I’m behind on blogging, both reading and writing them! Interesting about the fresh water and salt water in the same river. Love you!

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    • narf77
      Sep 30, 2014 @ 03:17:20

      Hows that volcano going Ms Christi? I am still twitching with excitement about your white pineapples! I fear Spring fever has a firm hold on me and I am running around like a chook with it’s head cut off trying to do all sorts of things and achieving not very much. Steve and I finished off the dogs fence yesterday and they were let out at 2pm with great aplomb. You should have seen their faces when they realised that they had a HUGE garden to run in. Earl didn’t stop running for almost 20 minutes and manged to find the only rose bush that the possums hadn’t scoffed hidden in a clump of honeysuckle vines ;). How is your “Autumn” going over there? I would imagine it is VERY different to Autumn in Washington State. I wonder if you are going to miss the sharp seasonal changes and those gorgeous autumnal colours? Probably not, when you can swim in the ocean all year round without rubbing yourself with a thick layer of vasoline first, you know that you are in paradise πŸ™‚ Love you right back Ms Christi and glad you had a ball with Ms Annie πŸ™‚

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