Yes, two facts that might startle those that know me well. I am indeed mentioning my birthday and yes, I was outside in the rain, gardening. Actually that’s three highly unlikely events all happening at once, all in this post. 😉
I really don’t like my birthday. It’s nothing to do with age (I’m 35 in case you’re wondering), it’s just that I’ve had too many birthdays that have been on the wrong side of awful for it to be an event I look forward to with any particular enthusiasm. Still, for the sake of not destroying the concept f birthdays for my kids I’ve decided to suck it up and realise that I have 364 (or 365 in a leap year) days in which to thoroughly enjoy it NOT being my birthday and only 1 that I need to tolerate. 😉
So, this weekend has been a bit of a farce really. We had many plans, grand plans even, but I woke up yesterday with a brain twisting migraine. 😦 I couldn’t think straight and simply could not function. I curled up in bed and dozed as much as possible. If I can’t be pain-free I like being oblivious whilst it hurts. It sort of worked. After the event of coffee and pain killing drugs (legal ones ;)) I made it out of bed around 3pm to allow Martin half a chance to realise some of his plans for the day. I got into the garden, planting out one of the huge bags of strawberry runners I’d been given and also a punnet of red spring onions I’d not been able to go past. 2 friends had rocked up on the doorstep around lunchtime with muscles flexed and ready to bring down 2 of our remaining front garden poplar trees which is great. Now the fence can be finished off! 😀
After the strawberries were planted, Martin got stuck into a bit more clean up around the garden. With mowers in and out of action at the most inconvenient times we have lots of grass in desperate need of mowing so he whipper snipped it down to manageable levels. We are in the process of sourcing 2 ewe lambs of a shedding breed to keep for mowing and meat purposes but it’s been harder than I thought to source them. We want them young enough to be able to handle them so around 4-5 months of age. The next few weeks I hope will bring us what we’re after.
Martin has also been burning off the leftover twigs and small branches left behind once the poplar trees are sawed up. Miss Anna munches off the leaves but the branches are beyond her limited teeth so he’s had the old oil drum fire burning away. He’s done a tremendous job. The gardens are looking much more managed and more manageable too. 🙂
Today however is my birthday. True to form it dawned amidst a headache and 2 small boys who squirmed into bed with us, Orik choosing my head as his preferred place of rest. Ah, the wonderful aroma of Eau de Wet Toddler applied in close suffocation on the head under 14.5 kilos of baby. Nothing like it! 😛 I reached the point where the headache and my general grumpiness surpassed the polite suggestions that Martin would feel better if he got out of bed (backache after all he did yesterday) and I booted them out of bed so I could try to let my brain either explode or subside. It did neither until aforementioned husband, now booted out of bed into the world of 3 small hungry people brought me drugs and coffee.
Once the brain ceased its attempt to meltdown we loaded up in the car and headed out to Daylesford. We’ve been planning for weeks to take the kids back to the Daylesford Spa Country Railway. We had seen the small Diesel Engine Rail Motor (DERM), the RM63, a few weeks back but Sundays have been so busy we’ve just not got there. Well, today we did and we went on the train as a birthday treat for the kids. It was lovely. Here is the info about the trip. I highly recommend checking out the market and the train too. It’s a lovely family outing.
Upon arriving back in Daylesford Martin bought my birthday gift. I must say I am the queen of unconventional gifts. I never want what the media would consider a normal gift like jewelry or chocolates or an iron (it’s not like I iron so that wouldn’t be much of a gift anyway) but this time it was most obscure. Next to the food van a small mulcher sat for sale. A little bargaining and it’s mine. 😀 Martin is out sharpening up its blades now and we hope to turn the smaller poplar branches into desperately desired mulch as opposed to we-can-use-it-but-already-have-heaps-of-it ash. Just as we started to muck around with it thought the rain came down again. It’s been sunny, cloudy, warm, icy, dry, raining and hailing today. I thought Melbourne was 4 seasons in a day but Ballan and Daylesford has had weather to rival Melbourne at her best today. 🙂
No matter what though I was determined to garden so I dug out the drizabone and out into the rain I went. My 3 hazelnut trees are planted finally (1 is rather doubtful of survival sadly), my persimmon is in and I have room for 1 more tree along the fence line and 1 more tree to put in. Happy days. 😀 The fence will be finished tomorrow if all goes to plan and I can then finish off the garden bed along the base of it and hopefully with a sharpened mulcher I can start filling up the new garden beds with mulch (the paths too) and with some blood and bone and compost on top I shall have some lovely new beds. It will be looking spiffy! 🙂
Well, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my headache free birthday with my family. 🙂
What has been happening in your gardens this Spring/Autumn (Fall)?