A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Monday, 26 August 2013


So, for the last few years we have been overhauling our small house to make it meet our needs more.  We prefer to be outside as much as possible so the first item on the list was a verandah/deck on three sides of the house.  The total floor area of the deck now exceeds the internal floor area and having a three sided affair, we are able to use it in almost any weather.

This was our house before:



It is still a work in progress but, as shown in previous posts here, here and here, we are looking very much different theses days.
 You can see we still have some finishing off to do - but it is in full use now.

So we have now turned our minds to other areas.  We want to do the inside of course, but first, thanks to the blacksoil we live on, the house needs some re-stumping and levelling. 

Our builder started work this week, digging out underneath the house in order to do the above, relocate our water pump, replace our povo laundry - and create a sewing room for me while he's there (woo hoo!).  He will also replace the internal stairs we removed when we installed our fireplace last winter.

Some pics of the action:

View of back deck

Underneath at front

More underneath

Southern side of house (my new sewing room)

I think he'll stop digging soon - oil can't be far away!  Anyway, if anyone is interested, there will be more progress shots in the near future.


Friday, 9 August 2013


When I used to visit my parents on their acreage before they retired, we would always 'do the circuit', that is, a circuit of the garden, discussing various plants and their progress/colour/flowers/etc.  It would take between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on how involved we got.  Do other people do this? Did they ever?  Anyway, I thought today was a nice day for a mini-circuit.
My wheelbarrow of colour

The first of the irises are flowering

Brassica bed

Detroit Beetroot

Lemons (and flowering again)
Strawberry runners
A kind neighbour gave me a couple of strawberry runners to get started.  I just have to find the right spot.  We have a separate 'fruit forest' where our citrus, passionfruit, stonefruit, custard apples, and berry plants are so they'll go there. 

Snow peas & Lazy Housewife Beans
The peas and beans are starting to get a go on.  I had planted them a little early according to the books but with the recent warmer days they think spring is here.

Chilli plants
The embarrassment bed - The chillis are birds eye and citrus (the lower bush in front).  At left is rosemary and at right some self sown sweet peas.  In amongst all is grass (ahem).

Seeds waiting to germinate
My next two trays of seeds contain roma tomatoes, collards (for the chooks) , rocket, iceberg lettuce, more beetroot, cosmos, alyssum, star zinnia, salvia and marigold.

Beautiful winter (?) sky framed by tortured willow (or as they are known here - squiggly trees), which form a screen along one side of our vegie patch.  I have a heap of last year's pruning growing in water waiting to be planted out.

This bed under a pepperina tree is somewhere I hope to give more attention to this spring.  It is a sunny spot and fairly dry due to the tree sucking most of the moisture out of the ground so I'm going to break up some of our gazania clumps and plant them in front there.  At the back are various bits and pieces like geranium, cordyline, and bromeliads that seem to love being under all our big trees.

So that's the mini circuit.  I'll share some more another day.  After being up in Brisbane for the last two days I'd better get to it.