All systems GO!

It has been all systems go the later part of this week and the weekend. And we’ve achieved heaps. πŸ˜€

Water hawthorn (Aponogeton Distachyos) - photo taken at Bell's Water Gardens. Isn't it pretty?

Water hawthorn Aponogeton distachyos. Photo taken at Bell’s Water Gardens. Isn’t it pretty?

Orik made a serious and frightening bid for freedom on Wednesday, highlighting to us the need to get our perimeters in order so as of Thursday morning a mate has been putting in posts for fencing. Hopefully we get it finished today and we can then rest assured our littlest man will not be able to go off exploring again.

I went to pull out the broccoli that had done nothing in nearly 12 months and discovered it had finally flowered. Lots of tiny heads but dozens of side shoots. And shoots n the shoots.

I went to pull out the broccoli that had done nothing in nearly 12 months and discovered it had finally flowered. Lots of tiny heads but dozens of side shoots. And shoots n the shoots.

Allegra also had an accident the same day, only a few hours later, tripping over with a bowl in hand, cutting her wrist open. The ambulance advised us to have it seen to at the hospital which meant the afternoon was spent running down to Bacchus Marsh as Ballan Hospital had a few bigger emergencies with which to deal. We had a return trip to the doctors on Friday morning too and return again last Monday just to make sure it’s all healing up as it should. I hope the appointment today is the last.

It's all splinted up to prevent her flexing her wrist.

It’s all splinted up to prevent her flexing her wrist.

Fencing began on Thursday, continuing over Friday and Saturday with sinking all the posts. The fence running along the creek is not a straight line so it means lots of posts to turn all the corners. We wanted to fence in as much of the land as we could before the creek, allowing for an area wide enough to drive Trevor the tractor down to mow it if needed but other than that it runs fairly close. The wire and fence along the side was completed Tuesday which left the last little bit, dividing the front and back gardens to be done Wednesday. This section is in a straight line which makes it much easier and it’s also fairly level too. A nice easy finish I hope. Then the gates went on with secure locks to them and we’ve gained a lot of extra room in which the kids can play. They will love it and I get to relax (just a little) knowing they’re inside a safe space. I never want to experience a day like Wednesday ever again. 😦

2 of my 4 grape vines which will son get wires to run along

2 of my 4 grape vines which will soon get wires on which they can run.

Whilst the fence was under construction, Martin and I worked on the front and back gardens. Martin focused on general maintenance, burning off and tinkering with Trevor the tractor who has slipped a belt and is being a pain to get a new one on. I wandered around both front and back gardens, also doing odd jobs and bits and pieces. I did fill one of my deck garden beds with compost ad planted out my Lapins cherry but sadly, my Stella which we planted last year has died so Mr Lapins was all alone there. I also got into the greenhouse, clearing out the mushrooms which have grown in there. I strongly suspect they are standard mushies and edible but there is no way I am trying, as delicious as they both look and smell. A mycologist I am not. Once cleared I planted out some spuds I had from last year (no idea what variety they are – a lesson to ALWAYS write down what you plant) and I planted some beans (Violet Queen) in there too as well as along the front deck too. They will climb the deck rails and the cherry trees. πŸ™‚

2 more trees planted since this photo was taken and the deck is completely cleared too.

2 more trees planted since this photo was taken and the deck is completely cleared too.

Sunday however was the big day of excitement. Last weekend Lee our kitchen builder came over to measure up for our large wall storage cupboards and today was installation day. At 8am we were rearranging boxes (still unpacked for lack of appropriate places to unpack them into) and trying to pile up furniture and children eating breakfast into some semblance of order and organisation (which we somehow almost managed πŸ˜‰ ) and in came the cupboards, tools, drawers, plinths and more. Allegra, Orik and I packed up and shipped out on a shopping trip to let them get on with it and Martin and Jasper planned to finish fixing Trevor and chop and move some wood. We headed off firstly to Spotlight for the necessary yarn to finish the jumper I’m knitting for Martin, (here is the pattern)then on to Bell’s Water Gardens for some inhabitants for our pond which will help maintain the balance in there of nutrients and such without the need for filters and other powered gizmos. Then on to Newlyn Antiques and Nursery for 2 more cherry trees, replacing the Stella which is a universal pollinator. I also bought a Black Boy cherry and the 3 will be espaliered along the deck. In a few years time we should be able to sit and pick cherries from our front deck. It doesn’t get any more local than that! πŸ˜€

Love my cupboards

Love my cupboards

Sewing cupboard.

Sewing cupboard.

Storage cupboard. Currently full of boxes of fabric and such. I'll sort through it later but for now out of sight works well.

Storage cupboard. Currently full of boxes of fabric and such. I’ll sort through it later but for now out of sight works well.

A place for coats and more storage.

A place for coats and more storage.

Home again with a timeline on our fish in bags (there is only so much oxygen a bag full of water holds) and then gently into the pond they went. The kids thought they were wonderful. The fish are cometsΒ and whilst I would have liked native fish I bow to the wisdom of Richard from Bell’s as they have tried native fish but they all die over the icy winters we have. They survive in the wild by burying themselves in the mud f which our pond has precious little.Β Allegra wanted a pink fish so we got some of the pearly white ones which could, in the eyes of a little girl, be viewed as pale pink πŸ˜‰ and some black ones for Jasper which of course cannot be seen in a pond lined with black liner and some orange and multi-coloured ones too. πŸ˜€ Some will hopefully breed over the summer (they’re of breeding size) and others have some growing to do first. It’s exciting to see them swimming around in there. πŸ™‚ The pond will hopefully soon attract the frogs we hear “bhok bhok bhok” down in the creek and I know we’ve found enough of them when we’ve moved things in the garden so I hope they come and live there soon. I need to build up their habitat a little more yet though. πŸ™‚

2 large breeding sized comets

2 large breeding sized comets

2 little "pink", 2 black, 1 speckled and 1 orange  one.

2 little “pink”, 2 black, 1 speckled and 1 orange one.

It is all coming together well out there now. πŸ™‚ The woodpile is somewhat smaller although it still needs much done but we’re plodding away at it. The pond is looking good although it does still need further planting out and rocking up and the raspberries have green leaves bursting out and all is coming to life. The front deck is also completely cleared and looking much better after a jet-washing which has removed a LOT of the gunk and muck on it and with another jet-wash and a varnish up once dry it will look almost as good as new. πŸ™‚ The back deck, once cleared will receive the same treatment. πŸ™‚ There is still so much more to do though. More compost to bring in, more garden beds to build as either hugelkultur beds or straw bale to see us through the year, seeds to plant, both direct and in pots and soil blocks, trees to plant out and trees to chop down. It is all very exciting but almost overwhelming with all we need to do. And I have some boxes of fabric to unpack into my spanking new cupboards too. πŸ˜€

It's a hard life being a kid. Flaked out, face down on the couch, feet still on the floor.

It’s a hard life being a kid. Flaked out, face down on the couch, feet still on the floor.

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15 thoughts on “All systems GO!

  1. narf77 says:

    Better face down flat out sleeping than inside surrounded by televisions, game platforms, snacks in the microwave and notes from parents who are AWOL and too busy to be able to be with their kids. You have given your kids a real home with real parents and I know I am setting myself up for being shot down here but I don’t care. There are swings and round-abouts in everything and sometimes, staying at home with your kids (at least in their formative years) is the answer to a lot of societal problems. There…I said it! Now you can get out your flame throwers but narf7 is off! πŸ˜‰

  2. narf77 says:

    (just to stir the possum a bit more…no kid ever needed a playstation 4 but a hug and some homemade scones go a LONG way towards making a well rounded and truly happy kid πŸ˜‰ )

  3. leonefabre says:

    I am so with you narf77 ….. hugs go way further – and teach more – than any electronic game could ever do.

    We have a villa in Indonesia, right next to a local village where there are about 80 children. Not one of them has an electronic game or even TV. Yet these kidz are the happiest I know …. they play outside all day long (parents cannot afford schooling for most of them) and they play in the sea, on the sand, in the forest, making their own ‘fun’. And to be honest, I have never heard even one of them cry, whinge, scream or argue. They giggle and play like all children should be able to o.

    and Jessie, no way would I want you to have a repeat performance of “Wednesday”….. far too stressful for you, let alone the kidz!!

    The home is coming together nicely, it cannot ‘come together’ in just 24 hours, it all takes time for it to be done properly and to your liking or priorities. πŸ™‚

  4. Jo says:

    I do agree – your ‘reno’ is the absolute opposite of the ‘backyard blitz’ type operation where everything is done for you (tempting though that might be some days..). There will be memories in every single tree and garden bed and everything you do in the house. Loving that gorgeous bank of wall storage…
    My 19yo son, though swearing black and blue that he will never buy a ‘renovator’s dream’, did say the other day that he knew he could do anything handy around a house, because he has either watched us do it, or helped out.
    We oil our deck each year rather than varnish it, with some kind of eco, child-pet friendly oil that I could find the name of if you are interested…

    • I would love the name of that oil Jo. πŸ˜€ I have a recipe stashed somewhere in favourites for a home are one with turps and flax oil but it would be much easier to make one for sure. πŸ™‚

      Backyard blitz, Better homes and all those shows have spoiled us haven’t they. Instant results. 2 day or 7 day projects and so on. I would love to see the budgets of those reno’s including full sized trees and the labour costs of the 30 people working on the place. Still it would be nice to have a bit more time in which to get things done. Can’t have it all though.

  5. graceoverflowing says:

    So very exciting things happening. Will be made much more exciting by the development of spring! Don’t get too stressed by all you want to achieve, just change your focus on all that you HAVE achieved. It is about building a home, one day at a time. πŸ™‚

  6. Robbie says:

    I think Narf77 said it like it is…My youngest just moved out to attend graduate school, and my two older daughters just had our first grand children this year…it is wonderful to see them be such great parents…what a great life you are giving your children..such a paradise you are creating…( long sigh)..oh how I wish we had the space you had to create such a wonderful place-:-) enjoyed your post…:-) robbie

  7. LyndaD says:

    Friday night sit down to catch up on posts – i am exhausted. What a week and yet as i read through i suddenly feel re-invigorated and keen for tomorrow to come so i can get out there. Im loving that im getting a little bit of extra time each day and soon ill be able to spend an hour out there each day. Crazy growth at the moment. Gosh the front verandah is looking neat and that cupboard is ace. Cant wait to see it. As usual the kids have kept you on your toes again. Thank goodness you are writing a blog. They can read it when they are older. Im sure they wont remember half the stuff they get up to. I agree with all the above. My situation is not the ideal but we manage. I need a picture of new fence. Is it solid or just wire. Im hoping wire so you can still see through it to the creek.

  8. super awesome meeeee says:

    Little bit jelly over those cupboards….. I could totally hide in them… you sound good… miss you

    • You dag! I read this comment on my phone and I’m thinking jelly? Soon as I saw the email address and realised who it was from I could translate. You could easily hide in there – the kids do all the time now. Hide in many of the shelves (now loaded with boxes) or in the coat area or under the sewing table – take your pick. πŸ˜‰ Hugs girl.

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