Wednesday wanderer

Hi All,

Guess who was spoiled last Friday night and who got ferried in style into the city to go and see my favourite comedian Mr Bill Bailey? “ME!” that’s who :). Stewart and Kelsey bought me tickets way back when it was my birthday for last Friday’s concert and the big day finally arrived. We had a lovely Japanese meal and wandered around the city for a while till it was time to head over to the theatre and be seated. We were very close to the front and the concert, although it was the very last one in this current tour, was hilarious and thought provoking in a most musically intelligent way. As one of Mr Baileys very closest friends on Facebook (along with about 130 000 others…) he shared some photos of his exploration of our little state of Tasmania over the weekend and it looks like he had a really excellent and enjoyable stay before jetting back home to old Blighty where the temperatures will no doubt be several degrees colder than when he headed off at the start of his tour. Thank you Mr Bailey, your thoughtful, clever and most insightful humour always broadsides me and I am in your debt and Stewart and Kelsey’s, for allowing me to sit in on a couple of hours of pure magic genius.

I really liked this meme when I saw it recently and decided to share it with you all. Douglas Adams insights 101

I really liked this meme when I saw it recently and decided to share it with you all. Douglas Adams insights 101

The guttering shamed us this week...

The guttering shamed us this week…

Stevie-boy helping Kym (hopefully) to find a way to put an image header in her blog

Stevie-boy helping Kym (hopefully) to find a way to put an image header in her blog

Stevie-boy and I have been working like Trojans in order to get as much as we can done around here before the temperatures start to soar and no-one wants to set foot outside. We planted out our new little kefir lime tree which will provide us with fragrant and most authentic delicious Asian flavours in our curries and stir fries for many years to come. I am looking into buying some lemongrass seed if I can’t source some lemongrass locally as I think it would do well here on Serendipity Farm. We also planted out two thornless youngberries and a thornless loganberry that we picked up at Bunnings (Australia’s answer to hardware heaven) and they are now safely ensconced in the ground with trellises constructed of star pickets and plastic coated wire clothes line that we had left over from our fencing job.

2 pots of thornless youngberries, a pot of thornless loganberries and a kaffir lime tree to be planted out

2 pots of thornless youngberries, a pot of thornless loganberries and a kaffir lime tree to be planted out

Everything is growing well in the ideal growing conditions that Sanctuary has thanks to all of that netting that acts as shade cloth

Everything is growing well in the ideal growing conditions that Sanctuary has thanks to all of that netting that acts as shade cloth

Earl was allowed to visit Sanctuary as he has been extra especially good lately

Earl was allowed to visit Sanctuary as he has been extra especially good lately

Earl, still being extra especially good. He was so good he got to walk down to the driveway from the house off leash!

Earl, still being extra especially good. He was so good he got to walk down to the driveway from the house off leash!

We then hammered an old blue pipeline bunk bed base in between two of the garden beds to act as a climbing frame for our adventurous scarlet runner beans that are growing for their third year in a row. This year they will be able to grow vertically and should do better than the previous two years where they had to scrabble along the ground, up the odd pole and contend with being choked out by pumpkins. Steve removed the last of the logs that were in the way of the car and trailer being driven up to the shed that backs onto Sanctuary where we shamelessly hoard all kinds of wood, star pickets and “stuff” that could possibly be used in the garden. You could be forgiven for thinking that we were hillbillies just by taking a surreptitious glance into this shed. The mess is going to be short lived though as we have plans to turn this shed into a potting shed and storage shed in association with Sanctuary where we can store tools etc. to free up Stevie-boys shed.

The big white water container has made it up to the shed next to Sanctuary! That's one step closer to being installed. Note the state of the (hoarding) shed ;)

The big white water container has made it up to the shed next to Sanctuary! That’s one step closer to being installed. Note the state of the (hoarding) shed 😉

The boysenberries trellis and some of the grass we "imported" into Sanctuary. May as well do double duty till we turn it into another compost heap

The boysenberries trellis and some of the grass we “imported” into Sanctuary. May as well do double duty till we turn it into another compost heap

One side of the young-berry trellis with one of the young-berries planted out

One side of the young-berry trellis with one of the young-berries planted out

Talking about Stevie-boys shed, we cleaned it out…not just a rudimentary clean, a real proper one that involved hauling out bags and boxes and going through everything and seeing if it still had any place on Serendipity Farm. A few hours later and Stevie-boy has a whole lot more room in his shed and a whole lot less garbage.

 

"The heap" of grass clippings futures, thanks to Glad and Wendy next door :)

“The heap” of grass clippings futures, thanks to Glad and Wendy next door 🙂

One happy scarlet runner with something to hang onto this year. Fingers crossed for a good bean harvest :)

One happy scarlet runner with something to hang onto this year. Fingers crossed for a good bean harvest 🙂

The little kaffir lime in it's new forever home

The little kaffir lime in it’s new forever home

Some ornamental grape cuttings that fell off a shed that we were passing the other day on our morning dog walk...

Some ornamental grape cuttings that fell off a shed that we were passing the other day on our morning dog walk…

On the left is a thornless blackberry cutting that has been studiously examined for thorns before it got potted up and on the right are some thorny young-berries that if they grow are going to grace the fence to teach the possums a lesson ;)

On the left is a thornless blackberry cutting that has been studiously examined for thorns before it got potted up and on the right are some thorny young-berries that if they grow are going to grace the fence to teach the possums a lesson 😉

 

We drove the large trailer load of grass clippings that Glad wanted us to take from her back block and dumped it inside Sanctuary where it is going to be wheelbarrowed up to join a whole lot of trailer loads of oak leaves and manure and anything else we can get to throw into the mix. We started to think about how difficult it was going to be to wheelbarrow heavy manure and damp oak leaves up the steep incline in Sanctuary and Stevie-boy had a moment of pure genius and decided that we were going to forge a path past the side of Sanctuary and up to the rear of the garden in order to wheelbarrow the manure and oak leaves down into Sanctuary rather than uphill. I like that idea!

I forgot to take "before" photos but this is after we whipper snipped the first part of the new driveway for the car to deliver us to the rear of Sanctuary..."SQUEE!" :)

I forgot to take “before” photos but this is after we whipper snipped the first part of the new driveway for the car to deliver us to the rear of Sanctuary…”SQUEE!” 🙂

Stevie-boy giving you a bit of perspective as to how wide Sanctuary is and how little room we have between Sanctuary and that tree that fell down

Stevie-boy giving you a bit of perspective as to how wide Sanctuary is and how little room we have between Sanctuary and that tree that fell down

Nasturtiums that have escaped from Sanctuary :)

Nasturtiums that have escaped from Sanctuary 🙂

I say “Pure genius” but now that we have done it I have renamed it “Pure madness”. We took our whipper snippers and we headed up. Stevie-boy also took one of his chainsaws with an old chain and an old bar because he was going to commit a cardinal sin…he was going to hack away at the base of some old tree stumps that had been left in the ground and that were in the way. 2 hours later and a whole lot of hacking, sawing, (swearing), and stubborn pigheadedness, we managed between us to hammer and block split the rocks and stumps that were in the way and level out a big dip that may have been our undoing. Thank goodness that we had the foresight to buy a little 4 x 4 when we had the chance. There is no WAY that we could have lived out here without her.

This was once 3 large tree stumps and a pile of large rocks that Stevie-boy and I refused to submit to! Never let the fact that you are middle aged stop you...stubborn angst will take you a whole lot of a distance when common sense would tell you to stop ;)

This was once 3 large tree stumps and a pile of large rocks that Stevie-boy and I refused to submit to! Never let the fact that you are middle aged stop you…stubborn angst will take you a whole lot of a distance when common sense would tell you to stop 😉

The little orange and black thing in the background is an old ride on lawnmower we inherited along with Serendipity Farm. Note the size of the fallen tree and the hole in the ground that we filled with rocks that we levered out from among the tree stumps

The little orange and black thing in the background is an old ride on lawnmower we inherited along with Serendipity Farm. Note the size of the fallen tree and the hole in the ground that we filled with rocks that we levered out from among the tree stumps

Stevie-boy standing at the gate between the back block and the middle block and wondering whether we could call The Examiner and say this was a crop circle... ;)

Stevie-boy standing at the gate between the back block and the middle block and wondering whether we could call The Examiner and say this was a crop circle… 😉

Looking back towards Glad's place next door. That blue tarp is covering some more oak leaves that need to be moved into Sanctuary when we make a way in

Looking back towards Glad’s place next door. That blue tarp is covering some more oak leaves that need to be moved into Sanctuary when we make a way in

This is how tenacious Jerusalem artichokes are. I planted a few in here last year and thought that I had dug them all up (and replanted them inside Sanctuary) but obviously I missed a few! The start of what is going to be many stands of Jerusalem artichokes all over Serendipity Farm :)

This is how tenacious Jerusalem artichokes are. I planted a few in here last year and thought that I had dug them all up (and replanted them inside Sanctuary) but obviously I missed a few! The start of what is going to be many stands of Jerusalem artichokes all over Serendipity Farm 🙂

Stevie-boy (skiving off) inspecting the back netting of Sanctuary to work out where to put a nice new entry point

Stevie-boy (skiving off) inspecting the back netting of Sanctuary to work out where to put a nice new entry point

More perspective to show how steep our block is

More perspective to show how steep our block is

So we were hacking and twitching and stubbornly refusing to give in when suddenly we realised that we had done enough to get the car over…”SQUEE!” We made a swift exit back to the house to hurl the dogs into the car and we tentatively headed up to test out our new drive through. It worked! Aside from a bit of scraping up the side of the car (to join all of the other scraping up the side of the car…) from some branches of the tree that fell down in the last lot of storms and that we just haven’t gotten around to cutting up yet, our driveway worked amazingly well and Steve not only drove up, but he turned around and then drove back down again.

I planted these "brown Egyptian beans" and they look suspiciously like broad beans to me! ;)

I planted these “brown Egyptian beans” and they look suspiciously like broad beans to me! 😉

Look at how crazy the Jerusalem artichokes are going!

Look at how crazy the Jerusalem artichokes are going!

I was so happy to see this, another red clover as my old one that I dug up from the roadside got smothered by the pumpkins last year :)

I was so happy to see this, another red clover as my old one that I dug up from the roadside got smothered by the pumpkins last year 🙂

These nasturtiums are specifically for Linne who loves them. I saved these from the furious whipper snipper of Stevie-boy so that you can see them in my future blog posts Linne :)

These nasturtiums are specifically for Linne who loves them. I saved these from the furious whipper snipper of Stevie-boy so that you can see them in my future blog posts Linne 🙂

We had to drive to Exeter to pick up some tap fittings so that we can transfer a tap from the fence (don’t ask) over to Sanctuary where I can use it to set up an irrigation system and to be used with a hose for hand watering. While we were there we took advantage of the warm day, the fact that we had worked very hard and the desire that had just flooded Stevie-boy to pick up a couple of bottles of ice cold beer. Ice cold beer has never tasted so good as when you drink it after you work hard and you are hot and tired. We were still hot and tired when we got home courtesy of our two furry tanks who managed to give us dog eyes and wangle an extra walk out of us.

Walking down from the rear of Sanctuary and past the garden I can't help but notice how many roses have managed to grow this year thanks to the close proximity of Earl in their immediate vicinity. He is officially a hero of the roses :)

Walking down from the rear of Sanctuary and past the garden I can’t help but notice how many roses have managed to grow this year thanks to the close proximity of Earl in their immediate vicinity. He is officially a hero of the roses 🙂

This time last year this rose was a series of sticks with no leaves. This year it is lovely. Cheers Earl :)

This time last year this rose was a series of sticks with no leaves. This year it is lovely. Cheers Earl 🙂

"Peek-a-boo Foxglove!"

“Peek-a-boo Foxglove!”

The side garden is no longer predated by wallabies on their way through as they are scared of being so close to Earl the avenger and refuse to go near the fence. Earl is earning himself a medal :)

The side garden is no longer predated by wallabies on their way through as they are scared of being so close to Earl the avenger and refuse to go near the fence. Earl is earning himself a medal 🙂

More roses and this stand of orange crocosmia has never looked this lush. Usually it has been scoffed back down to nubs but citizen Earl is on the case "Now wullibeez weel eed mai plandz!" however there is nothing that he can do to stop the chooks from nesting in the middle of it (I found their nest ;) )

More roses and this stand of orange crocosmia has never looked this lush. Usually it has been scoffed back down to nubs but citizen Earl is on the case “Now wullibeez weel eed mai plandz!” however there is nothing that he can do to stop the chooks from nesting in the middle of it (I found their nest 😉 )

And so here we are…I am still working feverishly on my Christmas gift for my eldest daughter Madeline. I have less than a month to get it finished but I am quite sure it is possible. It has been hard work and I have had to completely learn how to do something from scratch so if you are reading this Madeline, I really REALLY hope you appreciate my efforts and even if what I produce might be a little wonky, or a little “rustic” I am hoping that you are able to keep your laughter in check just long enough till we head off in the car ;). I won’t even talk about Stevie-boys effort that is AMAZING and that is sure to garner him the $50 prize booze voucher for what he has created for our youngest daughter Bethany. You can all be sure that I will share lots of photos of what we made in my December 17th blog post (we are giving the gifts on the 14th).

A pot of mint and bergamot that I pulled some out of when I found them growing in a pathway. They appear to like living in a pot in Sanctuary better than living on a pathway :)

A pot of mint and bee balm that I pulled some out of when I found them growing in a pathway. They appear to like living in a pot in Sanctuary better than living on a pathway 🙂

Isn't this lovely? I never even knew this rose existed but it is now inside the safety zone of Earl's kingdom and is saying thank you in the most beautiful way (hopefully Earl doesn't pee on it! ;) )

Isn’t this lovely? I never even knew this rose existed but it is now inside the safety zone of Earl’s kingdom and is saying thank you in the most beautiful way (hopefully Earl doesn’t pee on it! 😉 )

Stevie-boy gets beer, I get juice a perfect way to finish a long hard day :)

Stevie-boy gets beer, I get juice a perfect way to finish a long hard day 🙂

I might just finish there for this week folks. My fingers are a bit sore from “flummoxing” the heck out of some serious stumps and hurling rocks into a gaping cavernous hole, the result of the tree falling over and inconsiderately taking its roots with it. I think I might just head out onto the deck with a nice mug of tea in my nice new mug courtesy of one of my lovely blogging friends who knows what makes a narf tick :). Have a fantastic week everyone. Some of you are almost up to your armpits in snow, some of you are living the life in tropical climes and some of you are wondering just how fast weeds can grow and why we can never seem to keep up with them here in the Southern hemisphere in our rapidly receding spring. Whatever you are doing and wherever you are have a magic week 🙂

My wonderful, splendorous, spanky new great big mug that is officially my new mug of choice :)

My wonderful, splendorous, spanky new great big mug that is officially my new mug of choice 🙂

 

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41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thecontentedcrafter
    Nov 19, 2014 @ 18:33:05

    Oh I LOVE your new mug – perfect for such a committed blogger as your lovely self! Sanctuary is looking wonderful and Mr Earl is SUCH A GOOD BOY!! What an amazing difference he has made to the garden. Not by peeing, but by keeping the possums and suchlike out. And when you started this post showing us photos of him being such a GOOD BOY that he is off leash and INSIDE Sanctuary I have to admit with a little shiver of fascination, that I wondered out loud – ‘Oh dear, what is he planning?’ But maybe he is just growing up and becoming just a tad more civilised?

    Serendipity Farm is looking lovely and colourful – I love nasturtiums too they are colourful, rampant and also edible – the perfect plant! I planted four, which was a bit foolhardy of me as four would completely engulf my garden is they all grew. But Orlando sat on two whilst sun bathing and that was the end of them, so there are only two struggling to get a foothold now. We had such a hailstorm yesterday and another one today, not quite as bad, and I am a little afraid of what might have been chopped off in its prime when I eventually venture out into the garden again. It’s like mid winter right now – but at 10 am Siddy and I were frolicking around the dog park in our tee shirts. Four seasons in one morning really!

    Steve’s idea to take the car up and the barrow down was inspired. The man’s a keeper! I figure if you all just keep having good ideas he will eventually have dug up all the huge rocks and Serendipity Farm will be a paradise of gorgeous smooth and healthy tilth and topsoil 🙂 Did I say it is all looking so good? Well done all!

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    • narf77
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 02:30:36

      You and I both wondering what Earl is up to but he is almost 4 (next week) so maybe he is just learning the value of being a “good boy” in order to get out and frolicking? 😉 All of those nasturtiums came from 2 tiny plants in pots that my friend brought round last year and have spread to the 4 ends of Sanctuary. I think you had to factor in the Orlando attrition factor and 2 plants are more likely to at least survive prior to invasion. If you plant those special ones with dark coloured flowers or dark purple leaves they are only small and don’t take over Poland.
      We are supposed to get rain today (of course we are, a friend and I are going to a garden centre 😦 ) so yesterday Stevie-boy and I hauled that massive white container into Sanctuary and hooked it up to the two existing blue (both full) rainwater tanks and so we are ready for rainwater collection on steroids :). There is a large plate of rock running down into the top part of Sanctuary that leads me to believe it is a massive great boulder.
      I doubt that even Stevie-boys stubborn nibbling away at it would make any difference. I think dynamite is the only way to extract that “rock” and so I think we might just have to make raised beds on top of it ;). I hope your horrible no-good-bad weather buggers off soon and returns you to lovely sunshiny t-shirt wearing conditions and I am sure Siddy is thinking the very same thing 😉

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  2. brymnsons
    Nov 19, 2014 @ 21:09:04

    My god you earned those beers! I’ve seen that area and it must have been hard work. Great idea though, well done to Stevie boy the clever 🙂 All is looking great. I must admit to nearly falling off my chair when you said Earl was allowed down the drive and OFF the lead!! I just can’t get my head around that lol. I bet you slept well that night, and every night by the sounds of all the work you guys are getting up to 🙂

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    • narf77
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 02:34:25

      Spring is the season for crazed garden work and it starts to tail off as it gets hotter. We still get out there on hot days but we start early and finish when the sun gets hot. I almost fell off my chair about Earl as well but Steve is determined to “train” him (I am not sure who is training who 😉 ) and Earl seems to be playing ball at the moment. He runs from the gate to the shed without taking a detour to the first chook he sees but so far, he hasn’t actually had a chook run past his field of view so his days out are probably living on borrowed time ;). He is 4 next week and maybe, just maybe he is growing up? (Nah! 😉 ). You are right about that hard work! I was going rubbery at the knees! We took it in turns to swing the mallet at the chainsawed stumps and then when the top flew off the mallet (as it was obviously going to do…sigh…) we then used the block splitter in turns. Eventually the stumps gave up (lucky really as we were next in line! 😉 ). One day it will look good up there but that is going to take a whole lot of hard work and a good many cartons! 😉

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      • brymnsons
        Nov 25, 2014 @ 19:24:30

        Bet it feels good to have achieved what you have 🙂 Lots of hard work and a nice cold beer, who needs anything else eh lol

      • narf77
        Nov 26, 2014 @ 03:28:37

        ;). More hard slog in planting out some seedlings that I bought as my seedlings were a bit of a fizog this year but I guess you have to live and learn and I need my spinach! 😉

  3. christiglover
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 09:37:07

    Aloha Fran! Kudos to Stewart and Kelsey for taking you out on an adventure. Sounds perfectly tailored to you – a very thoughtful gift. I love live performances, too, but have never been to a comedian show. I love plays. 🙂

    Sanctuary is looking downright commercial…huge, and the shade of the netting is like what covers the gigantic orchid tents that are set up all over the place here. You two are pros. Removing stumps is impossibly hard! We ended up hiring a stump grinder once. Kudos for your effort. And your roses are glorious. So many of them, too! The colors, safe from Earl.

    Here’s to smooth driveways in life. Love from Hawaii. xo

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    • narf77
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:23:26

      I don’t mind a few bumps in the driveways in life so long as they lead to nice smooth bits on the other side :). How is Hawaii at the moment? We saw on the telly that every single one of the U.S. States had snow in at least one part of it including Hawaii! I am drooling out of the side of my mouth about netting covering orchids. That stump almost killed us BUT we refused to give in. Stump grinders are amazing things but then again, the stumps you guys would have been grinding would have been HUGE compared to the three that we had to deal with and our had been semi burned out. Huge hugs to you from Sidmouth where it is currently raining in symbiosis with your temperatures 😉

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    • christiglover
      Nov 23, 2014 @ 15:25:52

      It rained LOTS yesterday and was nice and clear this afternoon. Right now it’s 74 degrees F in our living room as we sit and talk with Molly…it just got dark, is almost 6:30 pm on Saturday night and we’re waiting for Austin to join us. Then we’ll have dinner and play a hand of cards. Whoooo-eeee! 🙂 It’s soooo lovely to have the adult “kids” here.

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      • narf77
        Nov 24, 2014 @ 03:38:38

        🙂 Isn’t it great to enjoy your adult kids company? I know I love visiting with my daughters, Stewart and Kelsey and the conversations and meals and great times that we have. Enjoy their company while they are all there Christi, loved seeing the photos 🙂

  4. Littlesundog
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 11:10:06

    What a cool coffee mug! And Earl?? Gosh I’m proud of that handsome boy! He’s not just another pretty face ya know!!! Now you and Stevie boy be careful. FD and I worked our asses off the first 4 or 5 years here, and we can tell the last year or two it’s taking its toll. I can’t come close to managing all that I used to do. So just be careful! I am envious of such a beautiful and extensive garden. I love all of the photos… some plants the same as here and some very unusual and never heard of in these parts.

    I can see how this will go when FD and I come to visit you someday… FD is already thinking he’ll help out with the work as long as BEER is the end reward. I’ll be with you, drinking the juice. Oh, and please can I walk Earl? Pretty please?

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    • narf77
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:20:37

      HAHAHAHA! You would have to seriously get into shape prior to being allowed to walk Earl as he is like a stairmaster, treadmill, spinner, bootcamp on steroids ;).

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  5. rabidlittlehippy
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:46:31

    I KNEW there was a reason I kept al the springs from the old trampoline!!! 😀

    Putting me to shame there my friend. My arse has had a mighty fine workout from being sat on all week but that’s about it. 😉 Your roses are lovely too. 🙂

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  6. Robbie
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:47:45

    Oh my..it is late at night here- around 10:30pm and I am tired for I just got home from helping my middle daughter watch my second grandson- 17months old get to bed tonight. She is in nursing school + her husband works nights so I stopped by to help with my “little buddy” …I got to play with him while she studied for a test
    tomorrow! I had the joy to sing him to sleep + nothing is more special:-)
    Lately, my days are filling up with other people but I do enjoy stopping by Sanctuary to find out what you are doing or growing!!! You have a wonderland:-) It looks so beautiful + I know that is a lot of work!!!!
    Are garden is more brown than green but I am ready for winter. I did put up some food + many cole crops are still holding on out there in the “teen” and “singe digit” weather at night…
    It is fun looking at all your beautify and what you are growing. HAPPY GROWING!!!
    It is such a blessing to have all the green around you:-) When it is gone, you really do miss it-lol.
    I am starting those microgreens inside so it should be a bit greener soon;-)

    “the fact that we had worked very hard and the desire that had just flooded Stevie-boy to pick up a couple of bottles of ice cold beer. Ice cold beer has never tasted so good as when you drink it after you work hard and you are hot and tired”.
    When I found this quote , I could relate..nothing like a hard days work in the garden + a ( glass of wine for me) drink in the evening—-the best feeling:-)
    I love to work hard outside and sit down in the evening to relax…nothing in the world compares:-)
    p,s good to hear you got away and had a good laugh—nothing is more important in life but to laugh! It keeps us sane!!!!
    Live laugh love…my motto!

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    • narf77
      Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:49:01

      We never lose our green as it never gets cold enough here for that to happen but we have a mix of deciduous and evergreen and native plants here so we always have something green to look at but when it is soggy and dark outside it loses it’s lustre ;). Good to see you are catching up with family and spending quality time in the real world. Social media is a wonderful thing but sometimes it sucks you away from the real world. The real world is where life is happening and this bit is where you get to escape for a bit. A lovely mix of reality and mates online :). Our friend and I went for a visit to an old friend who runs a beautiful nursery yesterday and we picked Stevie-boy up some red wine on the way home. Everyone ended up happy. I got a Katsura tree that I have been after forever, an interesting New Zealand cherry tree to add to my unusual edible collection, a Tasmanian pepperberry and a Manna Ash, the source of the Manna from the bible! 🙂 I got to chat to my good friend Andrew that Steve and I did horticultural work experience with, who is an amazing gardener and plants man and Jenny got to load up trolley after trolley with amazing plants that she is going to have a ball planting out. I will share photo’s of this gorgeous nursery in my next blog post. Llrong would love it as it is Japanese themed :). I am just cooking up a big pot of artichoke chokes that my friend gave me as she doesn’t like them…doesn’t like them!!! I love my friend 🙂

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  7. Robbie
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:49:49

    Our garden…as you know…I am tired..so ignore my sleepy typos..I am off to bed now:-) Happy growing-robbie:-)

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    • narf77
      Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:49:48

      🙂 Completely understood. I think I picked up the flu from my children when I visited last week and went to a concert with my son and his partner Kelsey so I am a bit under the weather today myself.

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  8. Robbie
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:51:08

    wow..I am tired tonight…wow…sift through my mistakes…but know my heart was in the post! Lol:-)

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    • narf77
      Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:50:42

      I didn’t even notice the mistakes. That shows you how much I use spell checker prior to hurling those narfish words out into cyberspace. You should SEE the sea of red and green and blue lines under my posts prior to running them by Mr Spell and Grammar check 😉

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  9. Margaret Griffin
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 19:36:38

    Hi Fran, The nasturtiums are now escaping from Sanctuary – go nasturtiums!
    When will Earl earn the title of ‘Sir’ or ‘Saint’ for rescuing all those fair roses?
    I, too, have been earnestly attending to my garden, though on a much more modest scale, to be ready for the heat of summer when the focus is on keeping the plants alive. Mulching is on my ‘to do’ list this year.

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    • narf77
      Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:52:56

      You and me both Margaret. We might live in Tassie where most people think that it is always raining and cold but they would be wrong. Our summer period is dry and we get very little rain. It might not hit the heights of your summer temperatures but the long dry spell certainly hits the plants hard so we are mulching everything that is important and working out watering rosters in advance. You have to plan or you lose in our hot Aussie conditions. Here’s to mulching :). We are off to pick up a couple of trailer loads of seagrass to use as top dressing mulch for the garden soon. I just need to get over this cold.

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  10. Chica Andaluza
    Nov 21, 2014 @ 08:46:23

    Am exhausted jsut reading about all you’ve done – soooo busy! The nasturtiums are stunning (aren’t they edible?) and Sanctuary is looking great. I like Bill Bailey and he’s really funny on QI – do you get that programme with Stephen Fry? Am curious about these Christmas gifts you’re making and look forward to seeing what you’ve been creating 🙂

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  11. The Snail of Happiness
    Nov 22, 2014 @ 04:15:40

    Everything that Pauline said… especially about Earl and the mug!
    Hope you are recovering from fluyness… it’s rubbish and a real down-side of interacting with flesh-and-blood people rather than the lovely non-infectious type here in blogland!

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    • narf77
      Nov 22, 2014 @ 06:00:16

      Thankyou Mrs Snail, it can’t be a flu as I am not laid low but a cold to be sure. I guess I can’t say my children never give me anything now can I? 😉

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  12. Linne
    Nov 23, 2014 @ 15:12:58

    Those young-berries! I NEED some! No, I NEED LOTS! After all, one is what one eats, right? 🙂 Love the photo of the escaped nasturtiums. Then I read a bit further on . . . if I were a SQUEEing sort of girl, I’d be SQUEEing so I could be heard all the way to Tassie! Thank you so, SO much, Narfie! Gorgeous, gorgeous nasturtiums!!! I hope you eat them. I love both the leaves (I chop ’em into narrow strips) and the flowers (whole) in salads and in sandwiches. Mmmmmmmm……………….
    Lovely post. I’ll have to come back another day to leave a fuller reply. Today Mum’s computer is loading as slowly as possible. Nothing is working on FB, either. Oh, well . . . have to get back downstairs now. I’ll have a post (part 1) ready to put up soon. Tomorrow if the PC behaves itself. Maybe Earl would like to come and leave his mark on it??? Please? 😉 Hugs to you and Stevie-boy and all my other friends who read this. ~ Linne

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    • narf77
      Nov 24, 2014 @ 03:32:02

      I am with you on the youngberries ;). Hopefully we get some berries from them this year but I am content to let them grow and get happy in their new patch prior to sending out delicious berry waftings. I haven’t actually eaten many nasturtiums. I am most happy to let them spread all over the place as unlike the pumpkins, they deter pests (the pumpkins harboured them!) and they have those gorgeous sunny flowers all over them that never seem to stop. Mine are all producing seed and I am letting them do their thang so that I never have to go without nasturtiums again 🙂

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  13. insearchofitall
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 03:39:04

    So, I’m finally getting here. Good intentions aside, it’s taken me way too long. I read bits and pieces from your comments on other blogs and am still looking to follow when I see how to do that. After 3 years of blogging, I just discovered what the reader button was for. The brain is starting to heal. There is so much information here and I’m exhausted from reading all the work you do. Wow! A strong partner helps, along with a good dog. Earl is a dog, right? This was a grand tour and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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    • narf77
      Nov 24, 2014 @ 03:56:52

      Is this Marlene? If so “Hi Marlene!” 🙂 I make sure to make it look like we are always on the go here but in reality we are a pair of middle aged clueless sloths that like nothing more than to indulge ourselves shamelessly, only thing is, if we do that our garden starts to creep up on us and tap us on the shoulder asking us if it can move inside… Earl is a dog, so is Bezial. They are our furry kids. Our real kids are all adults and don’t live with us (or this blog would have to be “X” rated for all of the swearing from both sides 😉 ). I don’t use the WordPress reader, I use an external RSS Feed Reader where all of my blog posts arrive in a nice neat pile (heap on the floor) every morning ready for me to open up and read like Christmas presents every new morning. I get up at 3am so that I can read them all and comment on the ones that make me smile and hoot (I hoot a lot!). To think, I used to be a night person (2am bed time) and flipped poles so now I am drooling asleep on the sofa by 8pm. I am SO glad I switched as I used to be a terrible force to recon with prior to about 8am and that first cup of tea. Now I am an excited grown up child by 7am, eager to start my day thanks to everything I just read and the excitement that it generated. By the way, to anyone who can’t sleep. I used to be a light sleeper. I now sleep through thunderstorms! 3am starts will do that to ya! 😉

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  14. The Twisted Yarn
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 07:27:06

    Narf, m’dear, your world looks so beautiful and peaceful. And as for all that wonderful food growing away, I don’t know where to begin in my admiration. I haven’t heard of youngberries, though, so will have to scurry away to Google. Seriously, your world looks idyllic. If you saw my tiny little rotting veg plot, you’d laugh. Anyway, for those of us sinking into damp cold winter, please keep us going with shots of sunny vitality.

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    • narf77
      Nov 24, 2014 @ 07:53:49

      I accept the challenge. Today we have a 90% chance of rain so I might stay inside working on my secret project but who knows what I will do tomorrow. I have 4 pepino shrubs that are overdue to be transplanted into the garden. It actually feels a lot like winter here today! 😉

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      • The Twisted Yarn
        Nov 25, 2014 @ 20:09:17

        No, no! You must pretend that your springtime world is all sunshine and warmth! We in the northern hemisphere need you!

      • narf77
        Nov 26, 2014 @ 03:35:33

        The weather yesterday (and we are assured it is going to be even warmer today) was magnificent. I walked Earl at 5am when the sun was coming up and stood looking out over the river as the sun rose. What a magnificent privilege to be able to see something like that and my sister thinks I am nuts for getting up early ;). Still a bit cold in the mornings but that usually means “nice day”. I am still learning Tasmanian weather. I come from Western Australia where spring = hot and summer = MELT! This is a delightful change 🙂

  15. Sue Dreamwalker
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 08:29:55

    First would love a thornless Loganberry bush But ours is better now Hubby has tied up and pruned for winter.. 🙂
    Everything is looking real good Narf loved all the photo’s that show how everything is coming along.. And you deserved that Orange Juice…
    Cheers! 🙂

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    • narf77
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 11:29:49

      All of the berries are full of fruit now Sue so they must have been happy to be dug into the soil. I planted out roselles and okra and spinach and silverbeet and am planting things all over the place in a mass hodgepodge of “vegetables” that should confuse the pests. We have a lot of orb weaver spiders that have made the area over the top of the veggie gardens their home and they are catching lots of things so hopefully between the lizards and the spiders (and the fat toad that we dug up the other day) we should have enough natural predators to cover the pests 🙂

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      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Dec 01, 2014 @ 00:58:46

        I’m all for natural predators and so encourage them in the garden.. Sending some energy thoughts your way… I for one am now pleased the garden is more or less put to bed for the Winter, as I get busy with my knitting.. Take care.. Hugs Sue xox

      • narf77
        Dec 01, 2014 @ 05:10:15

        Can’t wait to read about what you are knitting. I love crafts and think of them as a great way to keep your mind and hands busy when you might otherwise be twiddling your thumbs and at the end, you get something lovely to show for it, not just tired thumbs! 😉

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