Can the good stuff in life ever be 30% off?

Hi All,

I am sitting here reading advertisements waiting for my latest pdf to download. I use a pdf writer to pinch recipe (and other) posts that amuse and delight me. I am easily amused and delighted so I have a lot of pdf’s but the acquirement of these pdf’s require that I sit here and spend a lot of time looking at advertisements while I wait for them to download. Today’s offering involves Barbara Streisand’s latest album, Pink Floyd pushing “The Endless River” and some unknown to me singer called “Lucinda Williams” who gave her album the illustrious title “Down where the spirit meets the bone”. It’s 30% off. I don’t know about you, but I can’t see a time or place where spirits meeting bone should be 30% off. If anything, fundamental soul should be 30% extra…just sayin…

Meet our resident Kurrajong "Curry". He/she (we are not sure which) has most cleverly seen other birds that come up to our windowsill being rewarded with cheese.  Now we have all kinds of birds arriving on the sill including Curry

Meet our resident Kurrajong “Curry”. He/she (we are not sure which) has most cleverly seen other birds that come up to our windowsill being rewarded with cheese. Now we have all kinds of birds arriving on the sill including Curry

"Excuse me humans, you appear to have run out of delicious cheese cubes. Do you think you could see your way clear to putting a few more out?"

“Excuse me humans, you appear to have run out of delicious cheese cubes. Do you think you could see your way clear to putting a few more out?”

Steve on strike on the shed roof because he doesn't think that his artistic talents are being fully appreciated...

Steve on strike on the shed roof because he doesn’t think that his artistic talents are being fully appreciated…

Ms Ducky, caught in the act of stuffing her craw

Ms Ducky, caught in the act of stuffing her craw

I just reblogged Mr 23Thorns latest attempt to sell books in his book establishment and if I lived in Africa, which I sometimes think I may as well be the amount of animals that track through Serendipity Farm on their way to “somewhere else” is reminiscent of the Serengeti, I would haunt like a grey wraith and Mr 23Thorns would have to have me evicted and subpoenaed for stalking. I hope you read his post. I hope you loved it. I hope milk came out of your nose when you read the bit about making your kids live in the garage and only come down at Christmas time and having to breathe through straws, even if you weren’t drinking milk. Mr 23Thorns is all over this writing thing. I am still learning how to tame my ellipsis. Might be easier if I wasn’t slothful about it all and took the time to actually learn a bit about the English vernacular but whatchagonnadoeh?

I LOVE Garage sales...

I LOVE Garage sales…

Especially when you get really good bargains

Especially when you get really good bargains

I liked the look of the Guinness cooler bags and when I lifted them I discovered that they each had 3 bottles of vintage Aussie Marsala wine in them. I got the coolers and the wine for $10..."bargain" :)

I liked the look of the Guinness cooler bags and when I lifted them I discovered that they each had 3 bottles of vintage Aussie Marsala wine in them. I got the coolers and the wine for $10…”bargain” 🙂

Old hairdressing scissors, a good vegetable peeler (finally!), an excellent staple gun, a set of pan pipes (I release my album next week...), antique blue delft Dutch tiles and a musical wine pourer

Old hairdressing scissors, a good vegetable peeler (finally!), an excellent staple gun, a set of pan pipes (I release my album next week…), antique blue delft Dutch tiles and a musical wine pourer

3 antique tape measures, a vintage auto compass, a Chinese vase, an old outdoor thermometer and a green glass float

3 antique tape measures, a vintage auto compass, a Chinese vase, an old outdoor thermometer and a green glass float

Horse brasses and some small handmade ceramic pots

Horse brasses and some small handmade ceramic pots

A crystal ball...or another clear float

A crystal ball…or another clear float

And lastly, for my daughter Beenz who collects old playing cards, a deck of soft porn vintage playing cards circa 1940. I bet she doesn't have a deck of these! ;)

And lastly, for my daughter Beenz who collects old playing cards, a deck of soft porn vintage playing cards circa 1940. I bet she doesn’t have a deck of these! 😉

So I bled out onto the page last week so what am I going to talk about this week? Well it’s Friday at the moment and I am inclined to pot seeds up today. Yesterday I hauled big rocks. I fought the dreaded Jack Jumper ants and won. In other words, they didn’t bite me. I did use a large mattock handle to roll the rocks down to their new home, being very careful not to go so slowly that the dreaded Jack Jumpers got their bearings and homed in on my tender narfy bits. I did it so that Stevie-boy can drive through our new gate without taking the new fence out in the process. It was hard enough to get motivated to construct the fence in the first place. Re-constructing it would be madness. Best we make sure it stays up in the first place and that involved moving large rocks from a garden bed that was in the way. A garden bed full of Jack Jumper ants.

Feral and fecund inside Sanctuary

Feral and fecund inside Sanctuary

Plenty of room for nefarious creatures to roam under cover...

Plenty of room for nefarious creatures to roam under cover…

I pulled out all of the weeds from the garden beds and added 8 bags of well rotted mushroom compost full of worms...

I pulled out all of the weeds from the garden beds and added 8 bags of well rotted mushroom compost full of worms…

And we cleared out the glasshouse ready for turning it into a plant propagation and germination centre.

And we cleared out the glasshouse ready for turning it into a plant propagation and germination centre.

It also contained a lot of enormous terracotta pots that I had filled, in a past life, where plants were the object of my intense adoration, with succulents and cacti. I was the succulent and cactus queen who tended her terracotta pots with joy and aplomb. We moved to Serendipity Farm and suddenly I had no time to pull out the weeds and when we got ducks they started to mysteriously disappear. I would walk past them and do a double take as there was a strange empty space where I was sure a succulent had been the last time I walked past…it turns out ducks love succulents. I mean why wouldn’t they? Succulents are the plant equivalent of slugs. They are just green skin surrounding a slimy centre and ducks adore them. By the time I worked out who was hoovering down my succulents it was too late…they were almost all gone. The duck wasn’t quite so keen on the succulents with added protection and so I still have a fair few of my cactus and now that we have liberated the rock gardens near the clothes line (I can put washing on the line without voortrekking around the outside like a buffalo girl!) I am going to plant the last of my semi wasted cacti that are still showing signs of life despite being semi-dehiscent out to their equivalent of “green pastures” to live out the rest of their lives (until Earl urinates them into oblivion).

Hoeing the soil

Hoeing the soil

More soil hoeing

More soil hoeing

How much hoeing can one family do?

How much hoeing can one family do?

I am sitting here thinking about how we do and accomplish so very much in our days in modern society but on the whole there is a general sense of dissatisfaction with our lot. I have kitchen windows that need a wash. I have a floor that needs a wash to be recognisable as a floor, I need to remove the cobwebs from the corners, evict the spiders, sweep up the dog hair and do all sorts of other things but how many of these processes are going to give me a sense of inner satisfaction. I wonder…I wonder what would happen if we didn’t bother to wash the windows. If we stopped scrubbing the bathroom till we could see our faces in the porcelain. Would we all die of terrible unsanitary diseases or would we simply stop buying as many bathroom cleaning products and buy a bit more time to do something that makes our heart sing? I love it when my heart sings. I know that I need to do the things that need “doing” before I can release that inner blackbird but I also know that some of what my mind keeps telling me I absolutely, positively, MUST do is absolutely, positively NOT necessary. So if any of you ever make it over to this little portion of the world, don’t be surprised to find dog hairs in the corners, tomato paste splashes on the splash back and a floor that is reminiscent of a Picasso painting. I am AWOL…my heart is singing…

Organic soil ammeliorants

Organic soil ameliorates

Soil ameliorates plus a nosy dog who quite likes the smell of that kelp...

Soil ameliorates plus a nosy dog who quite likes the smell of that kelp…

Blue barrels set up ready for rain action over the next few days (pity we forgot to check that the taps were closed...sigh...)

Blue barrels set up ready for rain action over the next few days (pity we forgot to check that the taps were closed…sigh…)

Donated big 1000 litre water container SQUEE! :)

Donated big 1000 litre water container SQUEE! 🙂

 

It’s Wednesday and we have done SO much! It would seem that spring springing has given us wings. We are the narf and Stevie-boy equivalent of bats…fairies are too cutesy for us and birds are already over-represented on Serendipity Farm so bats it is. We are flitting here and there but with steely determination. We are actually making things work and in the last few days I have planted out seeds, bought 2 lovely San Marzano tomato plants (I will buy 2 more next week) that are going to spend a little bit of time in the glass house as it is still too unpredictable out there in the real world to not expect a heavy frost. We headed into the city and picked up the plumbing fixtures for turning our 2 blue barrels into water collection devices and set them up. We just checked them to see if last nights rain had been collected and realised that the tap was open…sigh…tap is now SHUT. We headed to our friends and she gave us beetroot seeds, a Polygala myrtifolia which is a lovely little groundcover native plant with purple and yellow pea flowers on it. She also gave us a pot of rooted flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) as nothing seems to eat them here where the native animals hoover down the regular currants and as we were talking about what we were doing with the 2 blue water barrels she mentioned that they had a large water container that they weren’t using any more and she would talk to her partner and see if he still wanted it and if he didn’t, we could have it.

Fittings for the water container and screws for the gate construction inside the shed

Fittings for the water container and screws for the gate construction inside the shed

Steve crowbaring the hardwood panels from the shed to start making 2 doors

Steve crowbaring the hardwood panels from the shed to start making 2 doors

Crowbarring completed, hole cut with chainsaw and hardwood shed boards removed and dealing with the heavy tin flashing

Crowbarring completed, hole cut with chainsaw and hardwood shed boards removed and dealing with the heavy tin flashing

Door 1 ready to hang...

Door 1 ready to hang…

Door 1 hung :)

Door 1 hung 🙂

Free things are delicious! We got a phone call last night and it was delivered by her partner this morning on his way to work past where we live. We now have the capacity to store 1400 litres of water in Sanctuary and we are going to try to pick up at least another one of the large water containers to join the mix. I am hunting for a water tank to use outside the area to provide us with all of the water that we will need inside Sanctuary but for now I am just happy that we are able to save a bit of water towards the veggie watering endeavour. We went to a garage sale and got some lovely bargains and we are cutting double doors into the side of the shed near Sanctuary in order to get loads of manure, straw and oak leaves directly into Sanctuary without having to barrow them in. Steve just picked up the cement and dust to make me a concrete ramp into Sanctuary so that I can barrow things in whenever I want (including grass clippings etc.) Spring has been amazingly productive so far and we are showing no signs of slowing down just yet but mind you, the weather has been lovely and cool. As soon as it starts heating up more we will take it easier.

Stevie-boys Canon with his old 100 x 300mm Sigma SLR lens attached via an adaptor that he bought recently. Why waste these excellent quality lenses when they cost a lot of money late last century...

Stevie-boys Canon with his old 100 x 300mm Sigma SLR lens attached via an adapter that he bought recently. Why waste these excellent quality lenses when they cost a lot of money late last century…

The adaptor that allows Steve to use his other SLR lenses with his DSLR camera. A very clever invention :)

The adapter that allows Steve to use his other SLR lenses with his DSLR camera. A very clever invention 🙂 Perfect for taking photo’s of tonight’s solar eclipse/red moon if the cloud cover ever goes away that is…

Steve's old SLR cameras and lenses.

Steve’s old SLR cameras and lenses.

I have lots of photos to share with you of our past week and hope that you are enjoying your change of seasons as much as we are. We are both tired but very happy with how things are working out here. Have a great week and don’t forget to keep your eye out for the lunar eclipse tonight if you are in the viewing range. We should get a great view from here so long as the cloud cover disappears and Steve has his zoom lens on to see if he can’t take some really awesome shots. I will share them if he does. I am off to help Steve to hang the doors in the shed now so catch you all next week 🙂

I will leave you with 2 photos that we took in the city yesterday that prove that dogs can not only get along with cats, but can actually enjoy interacting with them…

Bezial and a great big British Blue Rex cat in the city. We saw the cat chasing moths in the window of this shop and Bezial wanted to say hello. At one stage they both had their noses pressed up against the window looking at each other...

Bezial and a great big British Blue Rex cat in the city. We saw the cat chasing moths in the window of this shop and Bezial wanted to say hello. At one stage they both had their noses pressed up against the window looking at each other…

"Don't go big doggy, I will share my moth..."

“Don’t go big doggy, I will share my moth…”

 

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35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. missmaudy
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 15:23:46

    The Hound is totally the wee annoying little sister of your big woofers! She’s got an ongoing relationship with the Ginge (a tail-less ginger cat that lives next door) and she’s always on the lookout for a sniff with Parkour Kitty who lives up the street. She’s generally quite keen on birds and shares her breakfast with the local doves. The only animals she hates are rats and possums. Both of which must die. Preferably swiftly and on the back deck so we know how totes awesome she is.

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    • narf77
      Oct 08, 2014 @ 16:35:33

      Earl was going mental at 5.30am the other day. I headed out, stumbling over rocks and plants up to the very back of the new fence and heard something yelling on the other side of the fence. Earl was barking with determination and I thought he had caught a possum and half killed it. Whatever it was, was in the grass complaining loudly. I managed to get Earl inside and locked the door so he couldn’t head out and wake everyone in the district with his barking. I gave him a serious dose of stink eye and he lay near the back door protesting. I let him out when Steve got up at 7am and headed out to see if the possum he got was dead. What I saw was a half eaten chook! Earl had been barking at a quoll that was eating one of our chooks right outside the fence! Earl went from zero to hero in one fell swoop :). Now we know that the quoll is back, just about all of our chooks are going clucky and pretty soon they will start nesting out in the shrubs…a pretty horrific life lesson about why you should go in at night…sigh…

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  2. Littlesundog
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 20:13:14

    I have a couple of Lucinda Williams CD’s from years ago… kind of a raspy blues singer. All of that Marsala – what will you do with it? I love Marsala Chicken but those are a LOT of bottles – still, a good bargain! Recently, I locked horns with my mother-in-law who has life estate on this place, and after realizing that much of my work hasn’t been appreciated and perhaps not even noticed, I wondered why in the world I was busting my ass with work when it was taking a toll on my body and I was feeling overwhelmed when one thing after another presented itself to do. Like you pondered, I wonder why these tasks seem so important. For three weeks now, I have done what I pleased. The yard, gardens, and house might need attention, but I’m a happier person. Sometimes it takes these disappointments and literal moments of exhaustion to realize that taking care of self and doing what brings us happiness is way more important than what we’ve been taught we’re supposed to do.

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    • narf77
      Oct 09, 2014 @ 04:56:25

      I am applauding you from all the way over here in Tasmania Lori :). We NEED to be looking after ourselves bodily, mentally and spiritually (very different things to different people) firstly because otherwise we are pretty much useless to anyone else. An exhausted, unhappy person isn’t much fun to be around. Someone who is doing what they love, who has taken the time to feed their soul with something that they truly love and someone who is able to reconcile themselves with the world around them and find a place for themselves to feel like their life means something is a truly happy person and a delight to be around. The eternal Mother-in-law thang eh? Especially difficult when you are living in close proximity I would think and knowing you, and how hard you work, you will have been truly working hard for her and to be told that your efforts were not appreciated would have made you “upset” to say the least. Your mother in law might be unappreciative but FD loves the bones off you. It would be hard to take sides when it was your wife and your mum going at it ;). A wise man would discretely head out the door. At the end of the day, a lot of what we do, we were taught to do. Does it really matter if your floor isn’t so shiny that you could invite the queen to eat off it? Is it really that important to make a 4 course meal every single night? Is it that important if your dogs hair is vacuumed up as soon as it drops a bit or that they get shuffled out the door whenever company comes? I sometimes think that we tailor ourselves to everyone else and leave ourselves bare and blasted in the process. There is nothing wrong with looking after yourself and what you love and there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing what makes you happy. If that involves cleaning your splashbacks once a week and putting up with a bit of pasta sauce, then maybe we should…we SHOULD be trading immaculacy with happiness? I get the picture that despite having so many creature comforts and such easy processes these days and being able to access so much so cheaply, there are an incredible amount of unhappy people out there. Eating disorders (first world problems) are massively on the rise, mental disorders are as well. People are beating themselves up because they aren’t perfect and they spread that unhappiness around. I would rather have a few dog hairs in my corners, the odd dog chewed pillow (lucky really because most of them are dog chewed 😉 ) and sweep only twice a day (seriously, I could do it 10 times and still get dust 😉 ) in order for me to retain my sanity and to get a degree of “me” time where I can do what I like to do and be happy. Since I stopped beating myself up about jumping up and cleaning every single little thing instantly I am much more relaxed and happy. Maybe your mother in law needs a break from you doing things for her in order for her to realise just how much you DO do for her? Either way, love yourself Lori, you are a very special person 🙂

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  3. Chica Andaluza
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 20:35:47

    God you’ve been busy – hope you’ve found time to sit back and let those hearts sing! Love the haul of treasures you bought (so much marsala – yum!) and look forward with eager anticipation to the cd of pan pipe muic. Not! I envy you slipping into spring, although I do like autumn. Just not the wet grey days 😦

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    • narf77
      Oct 09, 2014 @ 05:01:13

      I adore the wet grey days. I am an inside creature with hermitty intentions ;). We have been “flat out like a lizard drinking” (love those old Aussie colloquialisms 😉 ) and there is no signs of ceasing that activity. We have to whipper snip firebreaks all around the back paddock (I had to do it myself last year), whipper snip the entire first paddock (no “Joe Blakes” (snakes) for US) and the front acre needs all of the periwinkle and forget me nots cut down in their prime so that they don’t take over the Serendipity equivalent of Poland. Lots of fruit and nut tree planting, veggie gardening and crafting to do. While you guys are winding down and starting to focus on Christmas, we are revving up and Christmas is right smack bang in the middle of our busy season. Have you ever had a 40C Christmas? I have…most interesting to be eating a hot full Christmas dinner and then all spilling out onto the back lawn to play bocce ;). Hopefully you are getting more of the lovely gorgeous coloured leafy days and less of the grey old wet days 🙂

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      • Chica Andaluza
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 07:46:30

        Love the lizard expression! How dare Christmas interrupt all that hard work! Have never had a 40C Christmas but as I’m not much into all the baubles and tinsel (although I give it my best shot) I fancy it…just not with full Christmas dinner 😉 Happy whipper snipping 🙂

  4. quarteracrelifestyle
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 22:59:10

    Wow, you are super duper busy! You will feel great about getting all of that cage planted though….I didn’t realise you had a glasshouse. Good scores on the garage saleing, especially the cheap booze 🙂 It’s 1 am and I thought I would quickly read your post before bed and it’s exhausted me lol. Don’t you get a new lease on life in Spring, I am loving the warmer weather.
    I have to admit I don’t see housework as important as I used to. I find it tedious and trivial and unimportant in the greater scheme…..in other words I don’t like it! Which is not to say I don’t have some standards but I am certainly not OCD like I used to be about it.

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    • narf77
      Oct 09, 2014 @ 05:08:49

      I had to give up on the OCD when we moved here and especially when we got cyclone Earl. If I had tried to cling tenaciously to everything being immaculate I would have lost my mind somewhere mid 2011. We have dog hairs in the corners, Brunhilda pumps out ash particles for the queen on a daily basis, we have things fermenting and bubbling away that sometimes give the kitchen an air of eu de vinegeur depending on how religiously I change them to new strata, I fight an ongoing battle with the fact that the house is the only flat bit of a steep sloping block and that all of the soil from up the hill appears to want to migrate to this nice flat spot and sort out the “flat” problem post haste. The native animals leave me deposits all over the place as do the truly free ranging chooks which tend to not be noticed by my dear but crazy husband who tracks them through the house (I DO clean them up as soon as I see them 😉 ) and sometimes there are toothpaste marks on the bathroom sink that I only notice when I am adding my own marks to the equation and am dog tired and can only drag myself to bed in a fuggish haze. LIFE is what matters, not immaculately shiny houses and when we get caught up on the latter and forget about the former we lose and happiness becomes a distant and elusive thing. Not for THIS little black duck! I stayed up till 10pm last night to see that glorious red moon. I got some photos that I will share in my next blog post that are pretty passable for my little point and click (although I did have to take about 40 photos to get them 😉 ) and I fell into bed with double the toothpaste marks on the sink. Life is full of joy, we just have to stop finding ways to avoid that joy that are not important 🙂

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:29:53

        I had to give up my OCD ways when I met Roger lol – he makes more mess than 6 kids did! We live in the most dustiest and windswept area I have ever been in and after the first year here with him I thought “Why am I even bothering?”…

        The moon was gorgeous, I should’ve taken photos but didn’t even think to.

      • narf77
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:51:58

        We got to see and photograph it here but in Western Australia, where my brother was waiting with baited breath and his nice new Nikon, it was too overcast. For once we won in Tassie! 😉

  5. cathyandchucky
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 02:22:12

    Beautiful blog Fronkiii. I totes adore the big blue kitty :D. make some time for the pair of you to just enjoy each others company as well. Lifes too short.

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    • narf77
      Oct 09, 2014 @ 05:12:37

      We are with each other 24/7 Pinky and are learning to get along just now ;). We get a lot of free time to do what we want and all of the activity that we do together is teaching us to work better together and to think about what the other person is doing/aiming for. I think we are learning to cooperate. I am geefle and Steve is gonk… you are right, life is too short but what we are doing is setting ourselves up so that we can sit back and enjoy it knowing that we have done our best to make this place ours, and “right” for us 🙂 That cat was gorgeous. I just wanted to pick it up when we saw it batting at a blowfly or moth in the window and when Bezial walked up to it with his head on the side it just pressed it’s nose up against the window to get a better look at him. He pressed his nose on the window to see if he couldn’t sniff it and it was a very cute moment. We missed it on film but I was having to haul Earl up the road who was having a bit of a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get close enough to teach the cat a lesson …sigh…one of the dogs is a cat lover, the other one is a cat educator 😉

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      • cathyandchucky
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 09:45:13

        Hahahahaha poor Earl. Good old Bezial for showing him how it’s done 😄. I love seeing what you’ve been up to in the garden. Bloody hard work but at least it’s all yours. I ended up buying some nefarious fruit fly bait that I spray or paint onto the lowest limbs of the fruit trees when the fruit starts to change colour. I’ll be putting it on sooner than that though. I’m just not going to be able to bag as much fruit as I’d like as its in hard to bag places. I’ll do as much as I can though. I’m waiting for all the flowers to fall or die off so bees won’t be put at risk.

      • narf77
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 09:57:26

        This gardening lark is never easy I can tell you! We are just about to make a concrete ramp into Sanctuary as at the moment your shoes get sucked up by the mud and there is no WAY you can get a wheelbarrow into the doorway and I need to get lots of wheelbarrow loads of manure etc. in there to grow some serious vegetablage. Fingers crossed for the bees 🙂

      • cathyandchucky
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 10:07:19

        Good luck with the path Fronkiii. We’re trying to work out just whether to pave or make garden beds out the front of the house. Really don’t want lawn as it just gets into garden beds and full of weeds and requires mowing all the time.

      • narf77
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 14:15:07

        Landscape it. Paving is hot in summer, trees and shrubs (small trees) keep your property cooler and in W.A. I would certainly want to be cooler in mid summer! Also, you could plant things that give you grub, always a bonus. You can’t eat pavers ;). We finished the path off even though it was hot and hard work. We have to wheelbarrow all of the loads of concrete up a steep slope. Everywhere here is on a steep slope ;). Earl decided that he was a concrete dog and after being bitten by a Jack jumper ant, he decided that standing in concrete would stop the pain…it didn’t stop Steve’s pain 😉

      • cathyandchucky
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 14:19:18

        Oh heck do you have those wretched ants on the property? Be careful guys. Glad your path is done. It’ll be much better to traverse to the garden once it’s hardened. I think we’ll go a mix of paving and landscaping and maybe chuck a frog pond in for good measure 😀

      • narf77
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 14:25:08

        I like the frog pond idea…make it ornate and baroque style so your froggies can bask around in luxury something like one of those fish spitting out water standing on it’s tail. Nothing like getting a fish to do your bidding to give a frog a sense of entitlement ;). I am sure whatever you choose to do will look awesome Pinky. Just make sure to share it on your blog so we can all see 🙂

      • cathyandchucky
        Oct 09, 2014 @ 14:40:10

        Will do Fronkiii 🙂

  6. christiglover
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:07:41

    Greetings, narfie Fran and good for you for following your bliss, as JC (Joseph Campbell) says. I didn’t know ducks were suckers for succulents. Makes sense, and I love your slug analogy. Great haul from that garage sale! I LOVED those playing cards. I’d be tempted to frame them. Bask in your Progress, my dear! Aloha! xxoo

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    • narf77
      Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:51:01

      Too tired to bask just yet Ms Christi, still more activities to keep us scuttling around like middle aged roaches but once we finish we will indeed, be able to say “job well done!” and put our feet up and spend a few Aloha moments in blissful rest 🙂

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  7. thecontentedcrafter
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 07:31:16

    I need to go have a wee lie down after reading this post. You two get an amazing amount of work done AND make killings at garage sales! I can just see the two of you assuring each other your lives will be so much better with this and that – oh, and the other too. I love a bargain and it looks like you gained several! I saw the beautiful full moon just after 10 last night, went to bed and woke up early this morning – I noticed it was quite dark but had completely forgotten about the eclipse. I’ve missed every one for the last ten years!!

    I was looking at the floor of my flat yesterday and musing on the fact that once it would have been clean and clear. Now it has a variety of puppy toys and chewings scattered about in gay abandon and I no longer pick ’em up and put ’em away as I used to. Does this mean I am no longer a Virgo?

    So how are the boys liking their new enclosure? I’m hoping that was the subject I was supposed to remind you about as my mind has gone blank and I shall have to revisit last weeks comments to jog my memory …. I’ll do that later 🙂

    So happy to see you are following your joy -apparently nobody on their death bed has ever been recorded as wishing their house was cleaner and tidier! 🙂

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  8. Elizabeth Mars
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 20:13:23

    Your life sounds quite exhausting. You must long for those rainy days to get some rest.

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    • narf77
      Oct 10, 2014 @ 03:28:01

      We didn’t get much accomplished last year as Steve got a bit of work and we had to satisfy a big study load so we are making up for lost time this year. Everything that we are doing is exciting and full of promise so that makes the hard work a lot easier to bear, plus we don’t have to go to the gym ;).

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  9. Angela @ Canned Time
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:26:43

    Wooohaa! You hit the Garage Sale jackpot Woman! I’m not so much into Garage as I am Antique. It relaxes me, even though I usually don’t spend more than $10. Those are some spectacular grabs you got though! We call them Yard Sales here. Usually someone fills up their yard for the weekend with stuff that they don’t want and no one else does either. But Antiques I can walk around forever.
    Nice Hoeing! Plant something for me will you? It just makes me feel so Urban when I read your blog ;(
    I heard a study today that Australia is the best place on the planet to live. Hows about Tasmania? It looks tranquil. Happy Pinning friend 😉

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    • narf77
      Oct 10, 2014 @ 13:05:50

      I would be betting that an Aussie undertook that study, or maybe they just want you guys to move over here ;). I will plant something for you. What do you want? Beans, beetroots, peanuts, how about some okra or roselles? I even have tomatillo’s this year that I am going to give the old college try :). I will even make it, it’s own little plaque 😉

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  10. Spy Garden
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 13:18:48

    Shall your ellipses never be tamed. 23thorns may be wildly talented at writing, but you are wildly talented at unbridled enthusiasm. You are just BURSTING with it. Joy and love and life. Dirt and ducks and honesty. I probably never express it fully, but having you as a reader is a real honor. I love peeks into Sanctuary. Happy spring!!!

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    • narf77
      Oct 10, 2014 @ 13:27:46

      Welcome down to Serendipity Farm Ms Spy. I am delighted that my unbridled enthusiasm is working for you, some people just find me irritating ;). The honour is all mine as I love reading about your fantastic experimental garden and your excellent growing conditions. It makes me feel like all is well with the world when at least one of us can garden with impunity with magnificent results. Let me know what you did with your pumpkins and I will gush most excitedly 😉

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  11. Margaret Griffin
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 14:32:27

    Hi, Have you tried the marsala yet? Was it the bargain you hoped for?

    I must say, when you and Steve get going, there is no stopping you. Spring is a great time to get things done before the lazier days of summer. I have been concentrating on planting in the garden before the weather becomes too hot and dry for new plantings to survive. I made that mistake last year. Summers in Castlemaine are rather longer and more intense than in Ferntree Gully at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges.

    My vegetable plot has now expanded from one kale in a pot to one kale in a pot and one ‘patio’ tomato in a pot. I am planning to extend this selection to include some dwarf beans and mixed soft leaf lettuce. Good luck with the development of your food garden.

    Those chooks had better get their act together if they don’t want to be on the menu for the quoll. What is the fox situation like in your part of the world?

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    • narf77
      Oct 10, 2014 @ 15:12:33

      Our summers are dry but not as hot as your summers. I come from Western Australia and it gets pretty hot and dry over there as well so I know what you are talking about. We only moved here in 2007. We have managed to beat the possums back from the veggie garden and probably from the small orchard area that is now inside Earls new fifedom (he is peeing enough on the fruit trees to make sure that ANYTHING within cooee knows for certain that they are EARL’S fruit trees 😉 ). A friend just gave me a stack of seeds, predominately veggie but some flower and herb. I had to laugh when I looked at one packet and realised that it was older than I was! I am going to see if the kale inside that packet grows. If so, I can truly call myself a “master gardener” and that will go down in Serendipity legend ;). No foxes here but the quolls are fast and furious. I was most surprised to see the smallest (I think bantam) of our wyandotte girlies had managed to stay out last night and was still alive this morning! I reckon she must have flown pretty high and that quoll is still fat from the last chook that he ate and wasn’t inclined to climb up to get something so scrawny. The rest were locked safely away in the coop and we make sure to lock them in nice and early now as quolls strike at dusk and dawn.

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  12. Robbie
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 06:51:49

    I am late this week with reading blog posts…middle of the week is hard for me lately.But if I had “3 bottles of vintage Aussie Marsala wine” well, that might do the trick-COOL..All that stuff REALLY COOL! I know what you mean when you “bleed” out onto the pages of your blog..for me it is getting on my soap box! I usually wonder when I hit the “publish” button…should I of vented or shared that + I don’t even share half the stuff you do—-+ I might add, your great writing makes it fun to sift through your posts…they just roll along and make for a delightful read….Keep on bleeding words!
    Good to hear you are not getting to your floors or windows.Join the club!.I have learned to look the other way for when you work outside ( all the time) you can’t do it inside, too. I remember visiting friends who lived on farms and noticed their homes were more lived in than my parents “Good Housekeeping Model Home”…mine is so far removed from my childhood home, but I do keep it picked up, just not squeaky clean or perfect like those Magazine Home covers! Yeah, right they live in those????
    If I ever made it to your neck of the woods—Your home would be just like home but add cat hairs to your list of splashes since my cats throw up—no one ever told us that before my middle daughter dragged them home!
    Your place looks so BIG compared to mine. Yours looks like it could be a working farm + if ever you need to adopt a farm hand… after I retire from my home—please hire me!!Your place is looking a lot like “The Sanctuary”…a place to be!
    Just need a place to lounge and enjoy ALL that work:-)

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    • narf77
      Oct 11, 2014 @ 15:54:08

      We have 4 acres here separated off into several areas. The front part is garden on one side (overgrown jungle but still “garden”) and the other side is a large stand of tea-trees. In the middle we have our house block and an area behind it that could be constituted a “paddock” if it wasn’t so steep and we didn’t grow anything or farm anything on it and the back block is a small wooded area with native trees. I write because my muses would cause me to blow a fuse if I didn’t. They keep me dancing like a puppet week after week when some days I would rather take a nap ;). I think if you live out in the country like we do, you would be crazy to try to keep the fecundity of nature out of your house. We have various insects enacting the Battle of Trafalgar at any given time, Earl…need I saw more…EARL is in my house. I swept a Chihuahua worth of Earl’s hair up from our bedroom floor today. I got spring fever and before I knew it I was sweeping everything, cleaning out wardrobes, tidying up the spare room (maybe the queen is coming?) and I even cleaned up my window sill. I also put a glass with some lavender cuttings on it so that I can try to strike them. Well and truly sprung with spring fever. I am off to my daughters tomorrow for a few days R&R and will be back Thursday. I have written a blog post but am going to have to rely on Stevie-boy to post it. You just never know what you are going to end up with when Steve is in charge ;). I hope I don’t have to pay for all of your therapists when I get back! 😉

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  13. Sue Dreamwalker
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 20:57:26

    So loved catching up with your post.. And yes I smiled all the way through reading it.. You got a great bargain in the garage sale.. And Wine along with the cooler, brill.. That staple gun now that I could have begged off you, lol.. I want to re-upholster the base of our dinning room chairs… Our Granddaughter has managed to scuff a couple when she’s knelled down to eat at the table..
    I was well impressed with your door hanging.. And who cares about the cobwebs in the corner, and the odd splash or two or three or four..
    Our Kitchen floor is getting mopped every day at the moment.. Reason being we are having a new block paved drive being laid.. The old tarmac/concrete one had to be dug out.. And of course it rained and rained!.. SO we walking planks at the moment down the drive to the back door.. the kitchen floor is strewn with old newspaper and magazines…
    I know at the end of the day Narf… when we come in from a hard days working the with the land.. Like you I feel so much satisfaction of our achievements than any amount of scrubbing and cleaning out the bathroom .. 🙂

    Loved all those bits and pieces too in the box.. I am waiting on a rendition of the Pan Pipes and seeing Stevie do his famous jig around the living-room floor! 🙂 And I am sure Earl could join in with a howl or three.. 🙂

    Loved my catch up.. and your Spring is turning our lovely, as you prepare your beds ready for planting.. Your Green/Glass/House is just getting ready to receive things. while our has been emptied now of the tomatoes and is housing my herb buckets so the frost doesn’t get them I also put the Fuchsia in there and the tuba’s of some of the Begonia’s which are finished now.. We wrap up in news paper and store in the shed over winter..
    Oh and yes it would have been a good idea to turn the tap off.. LOL!… I know how precious water is for you guys.. lucky for us we have about 4 water barrels at the back of the sheds on the allotment.. Hubby has set them so one drains into the next and the next and so on so all 4 get filled up.. We then take water out the last one and it keeps topping up..
    But we do have a water tank connected to the water supply at intervals on the allotment site.. But you have to carry it aways.. My arms I am sure have grown a couple of inches longer this past Summer LOL..

    Really enjoyed… Now we are winding down, and the nights are shorted and darker, I got out my knitting needles again.. never a dull moment for us who Live the Good Life is there 🙂
    Keep enjoying the Good Stuff! Narf…
    Love Sue

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  14. Born To Organize
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 12:29:12

    What an extraordinary amount of work, but all of it is coming along fabulously. What a great idea, building a double door into the side of the shed.

    Those freshly turned beds are magnificent. Nothing like it, in my opinion. All that potential just waiting. You live in such a fascinating place.

    Congratulations on all the useful free loot and on your garage sale haul as well. You garden, cook, build, care-take, and manage to write and entertain as well. Awesome sauce!

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