Earl turns 4, Three wise herons and learning to appreciate snotty oysters

Hi All,

Late last week I could have cheerfully had my little brother neutered and sent off to obedience class. Alas, this is WAY beyond the scope of my rights as a big sister (watch out Earl!) Instead I ended up having an (shall we say, for the want of a better word…) “interesting” conversation on Facebook with him which culminated in him badgering me to unfriend him. I just noticed that spellchecker has no problem with the word “unfriend”. I, on the other hand, do. You can’t just “unfriend” someone who has, for the last 46 years of your life been part and parcel of the rough and tumble of your existence. That old saying “you can choose your friends but you (are stuck with) can’t choose your family has never been more poignant. If you are reading this Jamie, “keep reading!”…so where was I, AH that’s right, halfway between “neutering” and “sending off to obedience school”…so this delightful situation that we found ourselves in wasn’t just a spat between brother and sister, this time it was between all three siblings and it had been brewing on the back burner for quite some time.

Story of my life, ever cautious ;)

Story of my life, ever cautious 😉

 

Steve's little mate "Wall-e-bee" helping us deal with the sow thistle problem on Serendipity Farm "EAT FASTER!" ;)

Steve’s little mate “Wall-e-bee” helping us deal with the sow thistle problem on Serendipity Farm “EAT FASTER!” 😉

Our friend Jenny grew globe artichokes just because she could. She doesn't actually like them so guess who got the chokes!

Our friend Jenny grew globe artichokes just because she could. She doesn’t actually like them so guess who got the chokes!

Christmas marinated artichoke heart futures :)

Christmas marinated artichoke heart futures 🙂

Things like that you don’t take to Facebook so why did we? Because we are first and foremost “Stahl’s” and we tend to think with our outrageous indignation and it is only when we retreat to lick our wounds that a little light bulb comes on in our heads that says “er…maybe I could have moderated that a bit better.” I only mention this because some of my dear constant readers (you know who you are) are also Facebook friends so you may have been privy to said “spat”. My sister, who has a more genteel constitution than myself unfriended him but I have the hide of a hippo (and the bum but we won’t expand on that here and now) and as we all know, the predominately vegan hippo kills more people in Africa than the macho carnivorous lion. Wise words to ponder over folks… wise words INDEED.

Jenny and I and her grandson Dylan went to Red Dragon nursery last Thursday. I would love to share some photos that I took of this beautiful place. The plants are amazing, unusual and the owner is my favourite horticultural nutcase. You rock Andrew ;)

Jenny and I and her grandson Dylan went to Red Dragon nursery last Thursday. I would love to share some photos that I took of this beautiful place. The plants are amazing, unusual and the owner is my favourite horticultural nutcase. You rock Andrew 😉

This magnificent cloud pruned conifer was cloud pruned by Steve and I back in 1010 when we did some work experience for Andrew at Red Dragon  Nursery.

This magnificent cloud pruned conifer was cloud pruned by Steve and I back in 1010 when we did some work experience for Andrew at Red Dragon Nursery.

Steve and I love this place

Steve and I love this place

Jenny's (first) cart full of plants, mine are on the wall behind the cart

Jenny’s (first) cart full of plants, mine are on the wall behind the cart

This place gives "garden rooms" a whole new meaning as each turn, path, side track delivers you to another little section of gorgeousness to peruse, ponder and purchase if you see fit :)

This place gives “garden rooms” a whole new meaning as each turn, path, side track delivers you to another little section of gorgeousness to peruse, ponder and purchase if you see fit 🙂

I adore Zenobia's but my specimen died. This one is well and truly alive and flowering to boot

I adore Zenobia’s but my specimen died. This one is well and truly alive and flowering to boot

Andrew is most proud of his selection of very large leafed rhododendrons. He even gave me the name of this one to share with you all. This is very hard to get and is Rhododendron sinogrande with leaves that reach 780cm. What a magnificent beast!

Andrew is most proud of his selection of very large leafed rhododendrons. He even gave me the name of this one to share with you all. This is very hard to get and is Rhododendron sinogrande with leaves that reach 78cm. What a magnificent beast!

More of those beautiful rocks (with a protective hand...he knows my magpie tendencies ;) )

More of those beautiful rocks (with a protective hand…he knows my magpie tendencies 😉 )

The exit to the nursery

The exit to the nursery

Part of the outside grounds where examples of the trees and shrubs for sale have been planted so that people can see what they will look like in a garden situation

Part of the outside grounds where examples of the trees and shrubs for sale have been planted so that people can see what they will look like in a garden situation

More of the outside garden. Aren't these conifers gorgeous?

More of the outside garden. Aren’t these conifers gorgeous?

I adore this golden bamboo. Jenny bought herself a large pot of black bamboo. We have seen these bamboos in other nursery's for $120 but at Andrew's this very healthy specimen was a mere $32 (and that was expensive!) Jenny has promised me some when it starts to shoot :)

I adore this golden bamboo. Jenny bought herself a large pot of black bamboo. We have seen these bamboos in other nursery’s for $120 but at Andrew’s this very healthy specimen was a mere $32 (and that was expensive!) Jenny has promised me some when it starts to shoot 🙂

After all of the bru-ha-ha had settled down a most magical thing happened. My testosterone fuelled, angst ridden, outrageously indignant brother who thinks with his sharp pointed finger and who holds onto his anger with a furious dignity that could be admired if it wasn’t so very infuriating, apologised to me. He may have deleted most of the more incriminating parts of said post but he apologised. I am thinking that much like Mr Rudyard Kipling’s most glorious ode of father to son masculinity “If” , my little brother has become a “man”. There comes a time in your life where being right is less important than being part of a small but most stalwart collective of bunched up and twitching outrageous nervous energy or as mainstream humanity would call it, part of a “family”. You are part of my family Jamie. You always will be. Whether you choose to flail about and sustain collateral damage (hippos think with their mouths…) is up to you, but I love you and you will always be in my heart.

The little building here is the nursery office. Andrew, Steve and I share a passion for cold climate shrubs and trees that bonded us all from the start

The little building here is the nursery office. Andrew, Steve and I share a passion for cold climate shrubs and trees that bonded us all from the start

Andrew also shares a passion for the beautiful rocks that can be found on beaches all around the shorelines of Tasmania.

Andrew also shares a passion for the beautiful rocks that can be found on beaches all around the shorelines of Tasmania.

2 lovely maples side by side

2 lovely maples side by side

Loveliness

Loveliness

More loveliness

More loveliness

Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to delight your eye. My photos don't do this wonderful place justice.

Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to delight your eye. My photos don’t do this wonderful place justice.

:)

🙂

The entrance/exit

The entrance/exit

Even the trolley bay is pretty

Even the trolley bay is pretty

Red Dragon Nursery specialises in rare and hard to get rhododendrons and azaleas. This is a rhododendron but I certainly wouldn't have picked it as such

Red Dragon Nursery specialises in rare and hard to get rhododendrons and azaleas. This is a rhododendron but I certainly wouldn’t have picked it as such

This azalea appears to have a split personality ;)

This azalea appears to have a split personality 😉

Now that the mushy stuff is out of the way lets talk about what the heck narf7 is on about with that title! Well today is Earl’s birthday. It was 4 years ago today, somewhere in rural South Australia that little Earl first tumbled out into the world, no doubt making his presence felt as soon as he could. From that day on, he has spent his life infuriating, exasperating, eating, dissecting, scraping, chewing, frolicking, barking, did I mention eating? And loving us all. Earl is one of a kind. He is a doggie shaped enigma and we love Earl to bits. It took me a fair while to warm to Earl because he was so very feral but now we are mono-a-mono and there is no separating us. I love him so much I carried home 3 segments of pool noodle that someone had thrown out in a roadside collect today, 2 km to the bemused stares of early morning commuters just so that he would have the joy of tearing them into tiny “squeaky” shreds on his birthday. Today will bring white chocolate (yes, dogs can have it), pizza, eggs, balloons, pool noodles and lots and lots of love, just how it should be when a dog turns 4 🙂

Earl not long after we got him

Earl not long after we got him back in April 2011 wasn’t he a cutey? 🙂

Earl in his usual habitat, a trail of chewed mass destruction in his wake ;)

Earl in his usual habitat, a trail of chewed mass destruction in his wake 😉

Here is that small collective of pool noodle/s that I carried home this morning. Most of them have been shredded but one remains in the lounge room for grazing on later in the day ;)

Here is that small collective of pool noodle/s that I carried home this morning. Most of them have been shredded but one remains in the lounge room for grazing on later in the day 😉

The heron bit…well yesterday on our early morning walk, Earl and I noticed a flock of 14 herons winging their way in from the river to a large dead gum tree. They all landed in the tree and it took them all of 4 seconds to note us walking under the tree. 9 of the herons flew away protesting loudly but 3 remained, stoic in the knowledge that there was no WAY this side of the Pecos that a somewhat overweight 50+ year old woman and a dog who was tethered to said woman (thus completely immobilised by his fat anchor…) were going to be able to climb up 50 feet into the sky to catch them without them at least getting a bit of a whiff of the clear and present danger LONG before it arrived. 3 of those herons were clever. Their babies will be taught by clever parents. And thus the clever bring more cleverness into the world…

Steve took this photo of a dandelion covered in seeds not so long back. Pretty isn't it?

Steve took this photo of a dandelion covered in seeds not so long back. Pretty isn’t it?

It might not be as delicate and sensitive as a zenobia but this deutzia is just as pretty and much hardier. You have to be clever with what you plant, you can usually find something almost the same that will be most happy to live in your garden :)

It might not be as delicate and sensitive as a zenobia but this deutzia is just as pretty and much hardier. You have to be clever with what you plant. You can usually find something almost the same that will be most happy to live in your garden 🙂

Sunshine in Sanctuary and another opportunity to get stuck in to food production

Sunshine in Sanctuary and another opportunity to get stuck in to food production

The last part of the title (and the least pleasant to think about) is the snotty oysters. I can hear you all thinking “I thought narf was a vegan? What the heck is she doing eating and learning to appreciate snotty oysters?!” Well I was being metaphorical rather than actual in this part of the title. Walking with Earl at 5am gives me time to contemplate the world without having to worry too much about ducking over to the very edge of the verge (and coincidentally the very edge of the river bank) in order to avoid being run over by cars. You tend to think more about your own mortality at 7am than you do at 5am. I had just stood and witnessed the sun coming up over a glorious still river and watched the shadows give way to that amazing light that only comes at sun up and Earl and I stood silent and in awe (well I was, Earl was sniffing a dandelion) of this amazing world, how beautiful and privileged we were (again, Earl was otherwise occupied so I really shouldn’t be speaking for him) to bear witness to the start of another amazing day on this slow revolving blue planet that occupies this point in space and time.

These are the plants that I bought at Red Dragon. We have stopped buying ornamentals and everything here has at least 2 purposes. The manna ash has sweet sap that can be harvested in Mediterranean climates like maple syrup, the katsura has toffee apple scented leaves and amazing autumn foliage, the small pot is a Tasmanian pepperberry and the pot on the far right is a New Zealand wineberry BUT I did a bit of research when I got home and they are dioeceous which means that they need both a male AND a female to produce fruit. Looks like Stevie-boy and I will be heading back out to Red Dragon in the near future. Oh what a difficult thing to do! ;)

These are the plants that I bought at Red Dragon. We have stopped buying ornamentals and everything here has at least 2 purposes. The manna ash has sweet sap that can be harvested in Mediterranean climates like maple syrup, the katsura has toffee apple scented leaves and amazing autumn foliage, the small pot is a Tasmanian pepperberry and the pot on the far right is a New Zealand wineberry BUT I did a bit of research when I got home and they are dioeceous which means that they need both a male AND a female to produce fruit. Looks like Stevie-boy and I will be heading back out to Red Dragon in the near future. Oh what a difficult thing to do! 😉

Friends who live down the road had a garage sale on Saturday.

Friends who live down the road had a garage sale on Saturday.

I bought this loveliness... well I didn't buy those wicker balls at the front, I got them for free from another roadside stand that was giving things away. They are going to be used on our homemade Christmas tree this year along with all of our other homemade decorations :)

I bought this loveliness… well I didn’t buy those wicker balls at the front, I got them for free from another roadside stand that was giving things away. They are going to be used on our homemade Christmas tree this year along with all of our other homemade decorations 🙂

I also got some small ounce scales (no, I am NOT going into "business" I just liked them ;) ) and this lovely copper pot and small sugar bowl...

I also got some small ounce scales (no, I am NOT going into “business” I just liked them 😉 ) and this lovely copper pot and small sugar bowl…

...with feet! Who can resist something inanimate with feet :)

…with feet! Who can resist something inanimate with feet 🙂

Stevie-boy bought me a passionfruit and a kiwiberry on Monday when he was doing our fortnightly grocery shop.

Stevie-boy bought me a passionfruit and a kiwiberry on Monday when he was doing our fortnightly grocery shop.

A different variety of Jerusalem artichoke to my regular variety that I have planted to add to the mix, a punnet each of rainbow chard, spinach and jalapenos and my compost bucket ready to be emptied in Sanctuary

A different variety of Jerusalem artichoke to my regular variety that I have planted to add to the mix, a punnet each of rainbow chard, spinach and jalapenos and my compost bucket ready to be emptied in Sanctuary

That Jerusalem artichoke and some that needed to be removed from the garden bed. Once you have Jerusalem artichokes you won't ever be without them but as I love them I really don't mind, it's all bonus food and sunflowers for me! :)

That Jerusalem artichoke and some that needed to be removed from the garden bed. Once you have Jerusalem artichokes you won’t ever be without them but as I love them I really don’t mind, it’s all bonus food and sunflowers for me! 🙂

A whole lot less pumpkins but a whole lot more order and choice. I am planting things out randomly in the hope that nature will be happy with my chaos. (That's my story and I am sticking to it ;) )

A whole lot less pumpkins but a whole lot more order and choice. I am planting things out randomly in the hope that nature will be happy with my chaos. (That’s my story and I am sticking to it 😉 )

They might not be the most professional looking tomato cages but they serve the purpose and were made with love by Stevie-boy for my 2 San Marzano paste tomatoes :)

They might not be the most professional looking tomato cages but they serve the purpose and were made with love by Stevie-boy for my 2 San Marzano paste tomatoes 🙂

Earl was peeing on a tree by this stage but I was still full of the heady bliss of it all and my thoughts turned to life, the universe and everything. I started to think about how each new day was like an oyster being opened. Inside you could find a pearl or you could find a snotty oyster. Pearly days are absolutely wonderful, snotty oyster days are to be endured, unless you find a way to appreciate snotty oysters and then you are ahead. I guess what I was trying to say (other than “I don’t like raw oysters”) is that if we learn to appreciate our days, come what may, we end up with a better quality of life, no matter what our circumstances. Life is what we make of it, not what it hands us. Some lives are harder to live than others and some circumstances are more difficult to endure but there is always a way, always a silver lining and always a way to put the check book back in balance (metaphorically speaking) we just have to find it. I would like it known that I will NEVER appreciate snotty oysters (or cooked okra) I will just pass them on to someone who does and thus ends the lesson for today. Time to head off into our respective lives, to live, to love, to moderate our Facebook rants and to make of our lives what we will. Here’s to Earl and his unmitigated merriment no matter what and a birthday full of things that make him happy 🙂

This is what makes Earl happy, loud music and love and adoration from his humans :)

This is what makes Earl happy, loud music and love and adoration from his humans 🙂

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56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cathyandchucky
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 10:15:38

    Wise words Fronkiii. I love oysters raw best by the way 😄.

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  2. Angela @ Canned Time
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 12:09:35

    Oh my, what a cutie Old Earl was / is 🙂
    And what a sweetheart you are for introducing me to ‘Derek’
    We’ve watched 5 or 6 now and are totally hooked. Thank you thank you!
    Something intelligent to watch in the evenings that’s relaxing as well.
    Love it.
    A.

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    • narf77
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 15:30:12

      Glad you love Derek, you laugh, cry, think, comprehend and feel like you went to the gym and came out buff after each episode. I adore it 🙂 Earl still thinks he is that small and tries to get under the bed…no go but that doesn’t stop him ;).

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  3. foodnstuff
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 12:19:51

    Let me know if you ever find out how to tell the sex of a pepperberry. I have one but don’t know what it is. I never sets any fruit anyway. Happy Birthday, Earl.

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    • narf77
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 15:30:50

      I will ask Andrew. If he sells it, he knows everything that there is to know about it. The man is a walking horticultural encyclopedia 🙂

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  4. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 13:25:40

    How glorious the spring must be in your neck of the woods, where all plants seem to explode with flowers and fruits! I can’t believe how many artichokes your friend grew out of her own backyard… I’ve never even seen such a haul outside of a supermarket in the first place.

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    • narf77
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 15:35:09

      That’s only from 2 plants and they are only small. I have 7 babies that I am planting out as I adore artichokes, they are perennial and live for quite a long time and they will grow just about anywhere (members of the thistle family) what’s not to love about them? 🙂

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  5. Littlesundog
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 13:56:17

    Ah, trouble with the brother… I have that too. It’s unresolved, and we haven’t spoken in a few months now. And, it’s ok. Sometimes we need a break, to sit back and chill a bit.

    Happy Birthday to Earl – my hero!! I shall never forget that it was he who picked the lucky walnut (I think it was a walnut??) that won me the handcrafted Tasmanian Alder wood spoon (is that right?). He sure is a handsome boy!

    Your garden photographs make me drool. Everything is so green and lush there. How it makes me long for the spring and summer again!

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    • narf77
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 15:36:52

      Earl sends slobbers and your are right, it was a walnut that he picked :). The garden is doing it’s own thing at the moment as I feverishly work on my Christmas gift (secret but will be revealed once I have gifted it) to my eldest daughter. I have never worked so hard on a single gift in my life! I have been working on it for 3 months now…I really hope she likes it! 🙂

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  6. thecontentedcrafter
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 14:36:22

    Happy Birthday to Earl – it is good that you love him so much 🙂 He is a lovable rapscallion! Orlando turns eight years old tomorrow and has definitely become a gentle older statesman – especially when compared to the rambunctious
    out-pourings of an over-indulged puppy.

    I did stumble up against the fb conflagration, but saw it was not something I wished to know about and moved on quickly 🙂 I do admire how you ‘fess up and own your personality traits – it is all part of what makes you delightful!

    The garden centre is not only beautiful it is obviously run by someone with a great deal of passion – planting out those trees so you can see them full grown shows commitment to a cause! Isn’t it so special when you come across a business that is a calling, a vocation, rather than a place just to make money?

    Artichokes scare me. I have never knowingly eaten them and am confused about which bit is edible and the difference between Globe and Jerusalem …….. One day soon I really must try one or the other!

    Finally, thank you for sharing your sun rise experience – I had my own small one this morning with our first cloudless morning all month and loved my few moments of union with the wonders of the universe 🙂

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    • narf77
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 15:44:19

      Artichokes are simple. Jerusalem are the spud alternatives, knobby little sods that you scrub and roast and that taste like a potato crossed with a sunflower seed and they have a sunflower like stalk of flowers as well. Delicious BUT you can get some heinous er… wind, out of them. The other ones are globe artichokes and are relatives of thistles. People think that they are hard work but I read a New Zealand post the other day about how the author just tossed the chokes whole into boiling water with a couple of lemons cut in half and tossed in and let them simmer till they were done (test a leaf and if it comes away easily they are done). If you have big artichokes there is a lot of vegetable at the base of the leaves and you get the heart but you have to scrape away the inedible flower bits (like the top of a purple thistle), not hard at all and you can throw them in the compost and they are easy to deal with when they are soggy from being boiled. I really love artichokes and think that they are well worth mucking around with and they are incredibly easy to grow, very ornamental and they are perennial and live for quite a long time, coming back up each year. I think the artichoke board should pay me for my efforts don’t you? 😉
      Andrew lives for his plants and recognises true plant lovers (fetish freaks) in Stevie-boy and I so we are allowed into his inner plant sanctum. A most magical place like Willie Wonkers chocolate factory only populated with glorious rare and beautiful plants :).
      My brother has probably popped his cork at me on FB because I didn’t realise that the first paragraph of your blog post rocks up on FB along with the post that heralds a new blog post…sigh…he won’t bother to read the whole blog post and will just see the bit about neutering and sending to obedience school and I will be well and truly OFF the Christmas card list this year ;). What is it about blokes eh? ;). I am with you on that gorgeous moment when you realise that you are part of the universe and it is smiling on you 🙂

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  7. quarteracrelifestyle
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 23:03:09

    Read at 12.40 a.m after a late shift at work so a very short comment lol, HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARL…he was a most beautiful bubby! glad your argument ended nicely and quickly 🙂 and what a gorgeous nursery, I could spend hours there. I don’t know what a NZ wine berry is, I’ve never heard of them. And nice scales, I always want to buy scales when I see them but have absolutely no room for them.

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    • narf77
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 03:20:30

      I hadn’t heard of wine berrys either but Andrew researches and finds all kinds of rare and wonderful things that end up in his nursery. I don’t ask how he gets them but he once asked us to get him some cuttings from a rare shrub at the Tasmanian botanical gardens…nuff said! 😉

      http://www.visitzealandia.com/species-member/makomako/

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:18:31

        Lol, and did you get them for him?

        I had wondered if it was what we thought was a Worcester Berry growing in our garden but after reading that (and did see it in your post but didn’t sink in) that you do need a male and female plant. Easy to recognise by the red under leaf maybe, I shall know what they are now if I see them growing wild.
        Your garden is looking great by the way. I am harvesting the first of our raspberries today… joy, joy!

      • narf77
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:31:03

        I have raspberries on the tubs of raspberries that my friend gave me but after they fruit I am going to plant them out and let them go mental. I want raspberries forever 🙂

      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:33:17

        🙂 Nothing in the garden screams SUMMER IS HERE! than the raspberries, they are the first fruit of the season and we get really excited by them lol.

      • narf77
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 07:18:43

        The strawberries are the first fruit here but there are raspberries on the shrubs now so narf is happy. I planted out 4 pepino bushes the other day so here’s hoping we get some fruit from them also. I am enjoying bringing fruit futures into the garden 🙂

      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 07:25:25

        So do I Fran 🙂

  8. Chica Andaluza
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 03:26:47

    Family stuff – it’s hard, but hey, it’s family. Hope it all settles down (in time it will, I hope). I love raw oysters so I’m ahead of the game! What a fabulous garden centre, glad you came back with some goodies. Happy Birthday to Earl and some doggy licks from Luna and Alfi to him. Love those pots you bought at the garage sale – “well jel” as my god daughter would say 😉

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    • narf77
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 03:38:37

      HAHAHA! I read “some doggy licks” as “some dodgy licks” Earl would have thought that all of his birthdays had come at once ;). No problemos with the family stuff. As passionate human beings (who surely have Italian heritage in there someplace) we spend a lot of time waving our arms around and talking about the weather in exponentially increasing tones ;). Kudos on the raw oyster appreciation. I will send you mine if I ever stumble across some. Aside from our river banks being covered in the things! Ech!

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  9. Robbie
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 04:33:30

    I loved your pictures of the nursery. I enlarged them and what a magical place. Such peace:-) I loved the “wacky” evergreens they made me feel like I was in an upside down world-lol!
    As for family it just happens. I only have one brother so it makes my life easier to get along with family. I don’ t have a lot of siblings to get along with but I did have a lot of cousins. I am glad to hear you made up + all is good. It takes a big person to say they are sorry + big person to walk away:-) I don’t have facebook + I can hardly keep up with a blog, e-mails and my life here on our city lot + all the people around us:-)
    Happy Birthday Early-what a sweetie. My youngest dog now is Chance ( pit bull) and he is 11 years old. I figure in the near future we will be getting another dog for our oldest dog, Punk is still pulling herself around at age 14 1/2 . She is in great shape ( mind wise) but her osteoarthritis is difficult for her to manage. I thought she would be gone by now, but she keeps telling us, it is not time yet. So we carry her up the stairs + give her pain medicine. She loves to sit near us and give love…just like Earl…He is adorable…I love pits they are the most loving, loyal and dearest dogs + might I add, COMICAL..I love when you tell stories about your furry children. The best!
    “Pearly days are absolutely wonderful, snotty oyster days are to be endured, unless you find a way to appreciate snotty oysters and then you are ahead”
    great motto to live life-priceless!
    Happy Gardening it all looks great!!!!.

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    • narf77
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 04:38:12

      Earl loves that you get him :). There is seriously no dog in the world that loves you more than a pitbull. Earls love is completely obvious in his whole demenour. When I head off out to the shed and then come back in the gate his whole body is wiggling with joy. Where would I get love like that from anyone/thing else eh? ;). I am with you on pets knowing when it is time. She will tell you when it is time, you will know. I really don’t even want to think about “time” like that at the moment. Bezial is now 7 and already has a bit of grey around his muzzle. He is a wise sage now and thanks to him jumping out of our car (going at 60km/hour) he has a few problems with his front leg and I dare say he is going to be on pain medication in the future but although he is more reserved than Earl about his adoration, he loves us just as much. I guess it is the labrador in him 😉

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      • Robbie
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 04:49:49

        awwww…I am enjoying reading about Earl because I have no doubt he and Schatze( my pit that passed awqy from cancer this June) would of fallen in love..he is her kind of man! Chance was not her kind of man for she irritated him with her hyper ways-lol. Chance is “mellow” and you can’t get more mellow than Chance-he is patient until he wants to play rope/ball. He drags it around the house dropping it at your feet, in your lap + carries it until you take him out to play. We throw it in the air and he jumps and twists catching it in the air. He brings it to your feet and places it ever so gently in your hands..don’t even have to bend down-lol He won’t stop until he is exhausted. He has it down-workhard= exhaustion=mellow! Yep, he is amazing + smart.
        Have you ever figured out why pits climb under covers-lol. I have had two + that is what they do, under covers every chance they get. They also love to cuddle right up next to your body + I have never had dogs do it quite like a pit..they just love better than any dog, I have had:-)…they sure get a bad rap. They don’ t deserve it-
        Check this out-You will love this rescue started by a woman that noticed too many of them were put down-she has made sure they are adopted!!!I read an article about her….she is right they do smile! YOu will love what she has done!
        TEll Early-Happy Birthday + show him this place it will make him happy!!!

        http://www.smilingdogrescue.com/

      • narf77
        Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:30:07

        Chance sounds like Bezial. He is a lot more mellow, he loves to lay on the deck and contemplate his navel…upside down. Earl lives for his morning walks and any other chance that he can get to exit the building. I sometimes feel sorry for him as he probably needs about 20 times more exersise than what we can give him but whatchagonnadoeh? I think pitties have much less hair and they probably get a bit cold? I know Earl needs to be pressed up against at least one of us when he goes to sleep at night and we have a cover for him in winter when it is cold. He needs his nose to be up against skin. That bad rap is entirely undeserved and directed at the WRONG THING. It’s the shite owners that need to bad rap :(. I will head off and check out that site now. Steve just woke up so it’s off the PC for me for a bit 🙂

  10. Robbie
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 04:39:23

    ” I never make the same mistake twice I make it 5/6 times just to make sure….”
    Oh that use to be me for too many years…now I only make it 3 times-cause I am catching on!-lol

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  11. brymnsons
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 10:53:39

    So much in this post Fran. I’m glad you hung tight to your tenuous threads with your brother. It can be difficult to find common ground and yet be related. I love that Red Dragon nursery! We will have to come back to see it 🙂 (I’m keeping a list).
    How cute was that Earl eh, who knew what lurked beneath that cute exterior lol. Give him a happy birthday pat from me x.
    That garage sale looked like it had lots of great stuff. Well done on your finds, and yes how wonderful to have a pot with feet, very cute.
    Garden is going great guns! I am pondering what to make for my contribution with the bunting….
    Take care x

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    • narf77
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 11:14:33

      You know, much more than I do, just how difficult brothers can be! I refuse to give up on him but that doesn’t mean I have to take his bad behaviour and attitude. Red Dragon is amazing. Andrew is an antisocial person just like Steve and I and we all just clicked when we did work experience with him. We have been firm friends ever since as we just “get” each others crazy minds and how we have been infested with horticulture down into our bones. It’s like we haven’t stopped talking when we get back together for a chat. I hadn’t seen Andrew for years prior to this visit but we just started chatting again like we did when we last saw each other while Jenny loaded her trolley up once, twice, three times! That girl now has the basis for the most incredible garden. We gave her all of our potted babies as she can plant them at her place (she has 50 acres) and they were just going to die here so better some survive the native animals at her house than none survive the summer in pots here. I am really enjoying Sanctuary now and have just spent the early morning planting out roselles, okra (ornamental ONLY! 😉 ) and the other day I planted 4 pepinos and today I noticed that all of my berries have fruit on them! Nothing like a little planty reward to keep you slaving after them ;). I have started to just shove all kinds of things in anyplace. I am not sticking anything in rows (apart from the radishes as I already planted them) and am going to just plant things everywhere and see what happens. I love a good experiment 🙂 Earl had the BEST birthday. He got to eat his weights worth of tasty things, he popped a stack of balloons which made him amazingly happy (he was popping them with his feet AND his mouth at the end there 😉 ), he got some white chocolate and to cuddle up with Steve on the couch last night. What more could a dog want… oh yes, he got half a dozen eggs for breakfast as well! 😉

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  12. Margaret Griffin
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 19:46:05

    Hi Fran, I was highly amused by the first offering about making mistakes. I have copied it to my desk top and will share its humour.

    How appealing to have your version of Paradise a short distance from where you live so you can visit the beauties that won’t grow at Serendipity. That beautiful rock collection got my attention. I spotted some that I would love to add to those which adorn my home and garden. Andrew would need both hands to protect his precious collection. I like the idea of displaying them in the large shallow bowl – hmmmm, food for thought.

    I won’t tell Katie that she can eat white chocolate as I prefer the dark variety. Right now, Katie is sitting beside me munching on my used snotty tissues – forget about snotty oysters – I am somewhat under the weather with a cold/hay fever – erk!

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    • narf77
      Nov 28, 2014 @ 03:13:48

      We must be birds of a feather Margaret as I have a cold/hay fever as well. Earl stole my tissue yesterday so I dare say he would get on well with Katie ;). I think you would love Red Dragon nursery. Andrew is a most interesting character and they broke the mold when they made him! He knows everything that there is to know about every shrub and tree that he sells and if he doesn’t know the answer to something you ask him, you can be darned sure he will know it in a few moments ;). Those rocks are absolutely gorgeous aren’t they? He travels around the state a lot visiting other nurseries (networking 😉 ) and state gardens etc. and gets a lot of plant material from these visits. He also visits a lot of very beautiful private collections and anyone who is anyone knows that the best and cheapest plants available in the state come from Andrew. He has permission to collect material from a very old rhododendron and azalea nursery that folded many years ago but that remains growing on private property and spends a lot of his time propagating. It was one of the most interesting and informative times we have spent when we did work experience for Andrew. I hope your hayfever/cold don’t disable you for too long. I am in complete and utter sympathy! 🙂

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  13. Namita
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 03:45:15

    Hello Fran,
    You are preparing for Christmas it seems and the festive spirit is soaking in here too! Happy Birthday Earl! I laughed at the birthday preparations, Long back, we celebrated our tomcat’s birthday. With a blue ribbon around its neck we made him cut a cake baked specially for the occasion. He gobbled up a huge piece. These are such personal and precious moments!
    Oh! how i loved the nursery. It has a lovely collection of plants and so creatively designed. I loved the rocks. In fact I love collecting the rocks and have my collection placed in our garden next to the hand painted urns. Just being there in the nursery would be so relaxing, healing and de stressing.
    By the way Fran, are you there in Facebook?
    Best wishes and love!

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    • narf77
      Nov 29, 2014 @ 04:05:43

      I am on Facebook Namita and that nursery is a wonderful place to be, to buy and to learn. Andrew is a great teacher and loves to share information and plants with friends. Earl had a wonderful birthday and ate so much he couldn’t beg for food from Steve’s plate that night, always a good sign that he is full 😉

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  14. insearchofitall
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 11:16:46

    Wow! Reading this post is a marathon event. I loved all the pictures and find Earl absolutely adorable. Nothing better in life than a good dog. We , my mother and I would take our (shared) dog for a vanilla cone on her birthday at McDonald’s. She would eat the whole thing, cone and all then smile from ear to ear. The cones were small enough for a little dog and not so expensive. Give Earl a birthday ear rub for me.

    Very few people like cooked okra. Now if you were to fry it crisp and salt it well, it’s a whole different animal. Even I could eat it. Cooked okra is just the same texture as snotty oysters. Yuck!

    I’m with you on snotty oysters. If you don’t have some of those days, how will you recognize the pearl days. If everyday is a pearl day, pearls won’t be so precious anymore. Contrast is necessary. No rain, no rainbow, etc. As far as I’m concerned, if the sun rises in the morning and I’m still here to be aware of it, it’s a good day.

    Sorry about the rift with the brother. I get it. One of my brothers and his daughter has not spoken to the family since 1999. No one knows why. Nothing we can do. What a waste of potential love.
    I’m learning a lot from you about gardening. Just starting mine when winter hit. Next spring, I’ll be ready though. I don’t think I’d leave if I were at your nursery. It’s incredible. Look forward to more trips with you.

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    • narf77
      Nov 29, 2014 @ 16:41:51

      Earl sends a nice sticky lick :). I didn’t care if I liked okra or not, I decided to grow it as it has a nice flower, it grows on a hot tin roof and hey, why not? ;). With you on the good days, especially the days where you don’t have to eat snotty oysters, I love those days the best ;). I think it is all about learning that you might be in something nefarious up to your neck but just around the corner you get to wash it all off in a delicious bubble bath and there is a huge soft fluffy towel to wipe yourself dry :). I am pegging my brother as being a narcissist. He can’t seem to understand that there is take but you also have to give. It’s good for everyone. I am having a great time this year. Our first year of veggie gardening (summer 2012) was a difficult learning experience as we kept losing everything to the possums and wallabies in a tag team effort. Year 2 (last year) the pumpkins took over the patch and we got nothing but pumpkins for our efforts. Admittedly my heart wasn’t in it last year BUT then there is this year. My first year of growing seedlings from seed. Not entirely successful but enough to get a good smattering into the ground and since I planted them 2 days ago, some of them (roselles) have doubled in size! Now that is heartening :). That nursery is the bomb. I love it. I would live there if we didn’t have to travel 100km to get there and back. Drop by any time. We penniless student hippies are part hermit and love to stay home so we are here most all of the time 🙂

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  15. Lissa
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 08:25:46

    Wow. What a blog. I laughed. I cried (your brother actually apologised and everyone loves each other once again!). Tears are still coming out of my left eye but then that could be the aftermath of the healing eye infection.

    Your garden is huge and abundant. The nursery is gorgeous.

    Happy birthday to Earl. Give him a kiss from me. My two remaining dogs (Hugo is currently under the computer table lovingly licking my foot, god I love him) are getting old and grey. While they can still frolic like pups Freya is now almost completely blind and Hugo is definitely getting hard of hearing. Not just bloke deafness. I dread their going. Gretel died earlier this year. I will have dog again but not before moving to a new location, up the Sunshine Coast with any luck.

    It’s a beautiful morning here in Brisbane. Cool enough to have a coat on despite the recent heat waves and today is just the last day of Spring.

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    • narf77
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 11:41:02

      The brother situation is back on code red but I find that dealing with it by pretending that I am Maxwell Smart in the cone of silence works wonders ;). I hope your eye infection clears up soon, people think you are upset when that happens and nothing you can say stops them from attempting to hug you and make you “feel better” ;). The garden is huge and trying but we are stubborn and we refuse to not grow edibles. We are working above ground most of the time, creating large compost piles and planting out into the compost as it cools. Most plants are happy with the set up and its a lot better than trying to grow roots down into our horrifically rock studded “soil”. Earl sends slobbers. I would be shoving him away if I was you as I just saw what he was slobbering on prior to his attempt to thank you for his birthday kiss ;). Bezial is now 7 and has a bit of grey in his muzzle. I really don’t want to think about the day that either of our boys passes away. Both of us will be devastated. How cruel that man’s best friend isn’t allowed to accompany his “man” for life but I guess we learn more from our dogs short lives and the unconditional love that they shower over us than we do from any human being. Although in saying that, there are some serious conditions that our dogs lay down on us in order for us to get that “unconditional” love involving negotiated space on the bed (we get 1/10th and they get the rest…), top quality steak (pet butcher) and NOTHING ELSE for meals, at least one 5km walk a day (Earl would like to add another 2 x 5km walks to the “contract” but as of yet he hasn’t managed to get Bezial to agree to that condition so it remains on the drawing board) and the ability to steal any spot that you like on the sofas and use your dog eyes to burn the human from the spot that you wish to sit on (which is ALWAYS where the human is sitting…). Its a lovely morning here as well. Not too cold, not hot (although last night was warm!) and life is awesome on the last day of Spring. Do you have a place in mind to move to? The Sunshine Coast sounds lovely. I don’t know much about Queensland except it is hot, humid, you can grow tropical things there and I would most probably wilt if I went there in summer ;). I have a bucket list item (right up there near the top) whereby I head up to Cape Trib and eat my (not inconsiderable) weights worth of tropical fruit whilst laying in a hammock being fanned (I don’t have any conditions on who is doing the fanning so long as they keep it going…) I will visit one day but I think it will be in your winter as otherwise I would get arrested for walking around nude and public indecency 🙂

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      • Lissa
        Dec 01, 2014 @ 05:45:31

        I have a strong stomach and probably wouldn’t worry about what Earl was licking before the slobber. I eat and do things (like ferment seed mush on the kitchen bench) that turns my kids stomachs. Part of the reason the last “child” moved out I’m told. That and it wasn’t cool to be seen to still be living with your Mum despite owning half the house you are living in.

        The eye is all good, thank you. Must have been your story that caused the weeping.

        You have so much cover over your huge garden – would that be due to possums or frost? Looks as big as my entire back yard under there.

        That tropical fruit farm up the Cape is on my bucket list too! Hope one day I hope to have a holiday there and just blow my little brain with the wonderfulness of it.

      • narf77
        Dec 01, 2014 @ 06:09:19

        Glad to see your tactics worked…the things we have to do to get the house to ourselves! We ended up moving out on the kids (both times) and leaving THEM the empty nesters ;). I have been known to dabble in a lot of fermented craziness. I am vegan and thus my adventures in kefir were truly adventurous. I ended up with grains that were completely and utterly happy growing in homemade sesame milk with a date puree chaser. They thrived and worked amazingly well as a bread starter. I have them dehydrated in the fridge as I wasn’t using the kefir often enough to warrent all that sesame milk and now stick to my booch on the bench as it has a 10 day cycle that is easy to work around and I can bake with the results (and use it for vinegar if needs be 😉 ). I made a HUGE jar of kimchi once and Stevie-boy made me move it to the shed as instead of anchovies and little dried fishies, I substituted sea vegetables and it stunk to high heavens. Tasted lovely but he very rarely puts his foot down but my kimchi was a stink too far! ;). I need to make some more, it was gorgeous! I have fermented lots of things (using my vegan kefir) including a really delicious batch of fermented hummus that I couldn’t stop eating. The only problem was that it created a wonderful case of gas that I could have powered most of Launceston on at the time. The best bit about living out in the country and having dogs is that you can look at the dog whenever an explosion occurs ;).

        We don’t get frost here as we are right next to the Tamar river and on a very steep rocky slope. Think of Turkey or Greece and that’s pretty much what our property conditions are like. I decided to go with the flow and planted quince, figs, grapes, citrus and olives. If you can’t beat it, join it! They all seem to be happy with the conditions ;). The reason for the netting (which we got for free from the local salmon farm around the corner as they were throwing it out) is to stop the dasterdly possums as they are clever little buggers and are our version of the U.S. racoon. Earl chases them off when he hears them but he is stone deaf when he is upside down on our bed at night time dreaming and even if Bezial (who keeps watch all night from the sofa in the lounge) hears possums he couldn’t be bothered hauling himself off the couch to chase them let alone tell Earl to so they get free reign at night and they can do a serious amount of damage when they are up for a bit of fun. We are planning an extension of Sanctuary to more than double the size as I am thinking of growing chia, amaranth and quinoa and I needs me some more space! Poor Stevie-boy is going to have to dig some more holes amongst the rocks but whatchagonnadoeh? ;). We will have to go together. Steve doesn’t want to hit the tropical heat (he is from Old Blighty and is a tender little soul 😉 ) so we might just have to paint Cape Trib red and roll up our trouser legs, put a knotted hanky on our heads and get a great big bucket and fill it up with tropical gorgeousness. I don’t want to think about the next day but every silver lining has a cloud! ;). By the way, it is pretty cheap to stay here…

        http://www.capetrib.com.au/

        And we can take tours, AND eat all of that tropical fruit! I think it just moved to numero UNO on my bucket list 🙂

      • Lissa
        Dec 01, 2014 @ 06:26:57

        I used to make Kefir and drink it every morning with a big glass of home made juice but in the end it was upsetting my tum too much and I stopped. Now I drink Kombucha 😀 This is lately mixed with a big glass of water for healthy hydration and a good shot of vodka for relaxation after a hard day at work. I’ve become very fond of it.

        I’m Coeliac and long ago gave up trying to make my own breads. It was just too wasteful with the failures. We have a local baker makes excellent bread. Expensive but quality.

        Pity about the possum problem. Have you tried eating them? I believe they are quite tasty. For some odd reason I just don’t have them here though my suburban property is only a short distance from the bush. I was putting it down to my old dogs keeping them at bay – (deaf) Hugo often jumps up barking for no good reason and goes racing out into the backyard at night.

        I would like to live somewhere between Beerwah and Yandina on the Sunshine Coast. There is a really good community vibe going on up there, particularly at Yandina Community Gardens. I would like to be surrounded by like minded people. My youngest daughter works at Australia Zoo also, just up the road from Beerwah, so it might be convenient to move in together (I have no husband to help out/moan to and someone young and strong around the place would be beneficial as I’m slowing down). I doubt if she feels the same though. I’m not sure at what point I became burden rather than a blessing. Can’t quite pin point it. I’m still good for babysitting and loans :/ though.

      • narf77
        Dec 01, 2014 @ 06:32:22

        Yeah, ditto with the kids but our daughters live in our house in the city and our son and his partner live in the unit out the back of the house in the city so they don’t moan too much as they don’t have to pay rent ;). I am sure my daughters would have something to say about me moving back in with them but you never know what the future might hold now (take note girls! 😉 ). Do you follow Jeans blog “Allotment adventures?” I think she goes to the Yandina community gardens if my memory serves me right and that is where we may have crossed paths and why I started following your blog? Could be… I love mysteries ;). Have a great day. It’s raining here so that looks like the kibosh on the dogs morning walk so I can see a day of us doing “things” inside accompanied by heavy doggy sighs to remind us of how sad and hard done by they are 😉

      • Lissa
        Dec 02, 2014 @ 05:39:43

        My two daughters share a house together also…and seem to get along quite well despite being opposites in nearly all ways. Maybe that’s the key. One is active physically and the other very academic and rather lazy physically. My son lives his own life in a pit of hoarded stuff in a unit on the outskirts of Brisbane. Seems to suit him. I need a home, with garden. And preferably some animals of either the cat or dog variety and my bees.

        I come from a small (island) community and dream of moving back to that community vibe. If I keep thinking about it long enough it should happen 🙂 Will be sad to leave behind all my mature fruit trees but it may have to be done.

      • narf77
        Dec 02, 2014 @ 06:11:10

        When my mum moved from her state house to a smaller flat (they wanted to demolish her house and put in flats) she took as much as she could with her in cutting form. She had to leave her gorgeous deciduous trees behind and they chopped them all down. Best bit of info I can give you, don’t go back and see what the new owner has done. Sometimes it is heartbreaking. I mean, why would you buy a property that has a gorgeous garden and then uproot the lot?! Foolishness. I am hoping that Stevie-boy and I are in our forever home now and that this place will sustain us well into old age. Our next door neighbour lives on 5 acres and she is 93. She lives alone but her daughter visits every day. Now THAT is how to do it 🙂

      • Lissa
        Dec 02, 2014 @ 06:29:59

        I would absolutely agree with you about the don’t-go-back-and-look thing. My husband liked to move every couple of years (got bored easily) and I would have just established a beautiful garden. One house in particular I was very proud of and made the mistake of going back 😦 Too sad. They had ripped most of my beds out.

        Love the sound of your neighbour. So long as you have support…or money…you can do as you please, hopefully as long as you want.

        I just want to find my forever home and stay put :/

      • narf77
        Dec 03, 2014 @ 05:11:45

        You will 🙂

  16. Sue Dreamwalker
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 08:42:44

    Thank you for that lovely walk around the Nursery Gardens .. As for family.. well two sisters have not spoken to me for around 15 yrs…Not that I had anything to do with that..My Mothers had the influence there.. Sad.. just shows the world still has a long ways to go before Peace will prevail..

    If I had known you were going to a garage sale I would have told Hubby to not take the things he cleared out to the recycle place.. Yes at last he is digging his way to the end.. We have space! 🙂 lol..

    Lovely to catch up again .. Time is just flying by…. I didn’t think I had missed so many of your posts..

    wishing you a Great weekend..
    Hugs SUe xox

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    • narf77
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 11:27:34

      Hi Sue, Isn’t Christmas getting close! I am with you on the family thing, I don’t know why some family members expect to be treated differently to everyone else and even when there are personality clashes, family is family and people should suck it up and at least try to get along. SO glad I can’t see what your hubby threw out (especially if there was anything “bowl” or “glass” involved 😉 ). We have been really busy here of late and yesterday we spent the morning hauling banana passionfruit that had gone over to the dark side out of a stand of photinias bordering our property and the rear of the Auld Kirk Church below. It was supposed to be a busy bee but we were the busy ones and everyone else was watching BUT they dealt with all of the masses of green waste that we generated (mostly passionfruit vine and blackberries) so that saved us from having to work out what to do with it all. We noticed that most of the photinas were dead so we are going to cut them back to stumps. If they regrow, good luck to them but if they die, it will be rosemary and lavender along the fence for a nice hedge/division. Very tired today but it was great to tick another one of the big jobs off our exponentially growing list of “things to do” this summer 🙂

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  17. Linne
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 16:03:20

    Happy Birthday, Earl! Glad it was a good one. I’m out of time on the PC, so will have to come back, but I have enjoyed every word, Narfie and especially that first picture about making the same mistake several times, just to be sure. So me! 😉
    I’d send you hugs but today It’s just too doggone cold. Glad you’re not sweltering yet, though. Oh, well, here’s some hugs anyways . . . OXOXOXOXOXOXO

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    • narf77
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 05:09:23

      XXXXXOOOOOXXXXX right back atcha Linne 🙂 I will also send you nasturtium orange, yellow, gold and red and will throw in some rapidly ripening fresh berries for your kefir at breakfast. I am thinking about throwing some chia seed, some quinoa and some amaranth into my compost heaps just to see what they look like. Do you dare me to do it? 😉

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  18. christiglover
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 14:24:52

    Brothers. I struggle to be my highest self with my brother, whom I also love. We joust on occasion, but generally try to steer clear of the landmines… You are so loving and open about it all, Fran. I didn’t see the confab on FB, but I’ve been busy with kids visiting and am way behind. I love the garden you visited, I love Earl’s baby picture, and I love you and your blog. Aloha, Christi

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    • narf77
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 18:53:40

      BIG hugs Christi, you just made me feel a whole lot better even though the war is apparently still going (one sided. I have been holding up a white flag but it isn’t working). Earl was a cutey when he was a pup. He is still cute but it’s harder to work it nowdays ;). Hopefully the first day of winter in Hawaii is a whole lot nicer than the first day of winter in Olalla 😉

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  19. Born To Organize
    Dec 02, 2014 @ 15:45:13

    Happy birthday, Earl. I loved reading your story and seeing pictures of you once upon a time.

    That garden center is straight up gorgeous and my kind of place. What a joy to spend time there, Narf.

    The Sanctuary also looks like a fun place to be. Your hard and continuing work have paid off. It all looks lush and tidy and productive and possum-free. Hurray!

    I’m sorry to hear that the brother situation is back to a code red. Family can be tough. So many of our feelings were laid down at an early age and we easily play our ‘roles’ well into our graying years. I wish you all the best.

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    • narf77
      Dec 03, 2014 @ 05:14:21

      I think radio silence needs to be maintained as it takes 2 to tango and argue ;). I don’t know how Sanctuary manages to look tidy because it aint! 😉 In about a month it will look very lush as it is a little oasis in the middle of the rapidly drying out surrounds and that’s around about when the possums start trying really hard to invade Poland. Time for narf’s to get very vigilant!

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  20. Joanna
    Dec 03, 2014 @ 08:02:32

    hey there my friend, not a lot to say here right now, but love reading your posts and seeing your pics. And that Earl is a star xx

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    • narf77
      Dec 03, 2014 @ 18:01:37

      Earl sends a slobber and it’s lovely to hear from you Joanna. Any time you want to drop by, feel free :). Talking or not, you are always welcome here 🙂

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  21. reocochran
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 11:17:05

    I enjoyed all the photos of plants and love the way your nursery office looks. I am so glad to have a tranquil place to view the outdoors, although it does seem you are quite busy and hectic in reality! Smiles, Robin

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    • narf77
      Dec 05, 2014 @ 03:30:36

      Reality is always like that, you get to see the lovely tranquil results but not the manic twitching and leaping around that gets you to the tranquil spot. The magic of social media. If you could see me first thing in the morning before my cup of tea you would have me sanctioned ;). I took a selfie the other day to send to my sister on Facebook to cheer her up. I don’t think she stopped laughing all day…job done! 😉

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