As much as I am both enjoying and making the most of this unseasonably warm start to Spring I must be honest and say I don’t like it. Surely, 23 degrees in early September pushes some weather records. And not for the better. But as I said, I AM enjoying it and have been making the most of it too. Today we were out in the garden from about 10am until after 6 and I am suitably exhausted.
I arose this morning, determined to get some things done. I’d done some housework and inside jobs yesterday, and after having spent Monday down with a second migraine in as many days I was determined to get out into that sunshine and achieve some things. And we sure did.
One of the things we needed to do in order to be able to finish off the shed is move the cubbyhouse and dismantle the crappy decking that is there. When I say crappy, I’m not kidding either. It’s a few hardwood sleepers whacked down on the ground with some fence palings on the top of it. But the cubby had to be moved first. Armed with Martin’s impact driver the tech screws came out in seconds and the cubby was dismantled. I am definitely much stronger since we’ve moved here as I remember struggling to move the individual wall pieces. I still found them heavy, don’t get me wrong but the difficulty moving them was more due to the fact that it has been quite windy and gusty today. Carrying a large flat panel in wind is not a particularly smart idea. Still, I didn’t drop any and the cubby is reassembled with new awnings sawed from fence palings and then screwed in place. Happy.
Whilst the kids ate their sandwiches outside their newly located cubby I set up the protective wire around our kiwi fruit vines. We have 3 (2 female, one male) which will be trained to grow to cover the underneath of the house and up across the decking area too. It will eventually obscure our view but that’s a small sacrifice for the shade it will provide our house from the summer sun. And when it starts to fruit in Autumn and winter we will only have to step outside onto the deck to harvest the freshest of the fresh fruit, chock full of vitamin C and deliciousness. Does it get any lower in carbon miles? The wire needs to be there though as I want to be able to let the chickens out to free-range the garden again. We’ve had to keep them locked up as they were roaming in areas we didn’t want them to go. And as I also secured the areas underneath the deck of the house and also at least some of the shed to prevent their access to the underworld under the house and from there to the front garden. The job is not yet finished but it’s getting there. As I ran out of wire I had to buy some more so maybe on Friday or the weekend, when the weather forecast is once again favourable for outside work, I can get the job finished and let the birds loose in the garden.
One of the other objects that needed moving along with the cubby was the barbecue. It wasn’t set up in a location we could use it but with the finer weather here, barbecuing will once again become a part of our lives so I grabbed 6 of the pavers from the front path and repurposed them into a small completely unprofessional paved area on which the barbecue can sit. It’ll do for now.
Once we’d done all this and the kids had finished their lunch we hopped in the car for a trip to Crossroads, our local animal feed store. They also stock fencing, gravel, red gum, sand, cement and all that sort of stuff but for us, the fencing wire and bulk compost was of interest. I grabbed a trailer-full (¾m³), 2 rolls of animal wire (in between chicken and bird wire in size) and then headed home with a sleeping little girl. We sat in the car for 15 minutes whilst I made a couple of phone calls and opened some mail then got out to get down and dirty. The kids were armed with small spades and their wheelbarrows whilst I got the compost onto the hugelkultur beds out the front. I replanted the 2 remaining relocated rose bushes and planted out the last few bulbs that I hadn’t yet found a home for or time to plant out at the ends of the hugelkultur beds and a few under the pond overflow too. They will add a few more bee invites come next July/August I hope. And Erlicheer are my favourite flower too.
I got it all finished up with 3 happy kids and before the sun set too. I even had time for photos although the light was definitely not ideal as I’m sure you can tell. I am no photographer, that I well know.
So in for pasta bolognaise and it is time for me to put my feet up (before they fall off). Thank you Martin for helping with dinner and bedtime. A real blessing there I tell you.