Things have, as usual, been very busy around here. Aren’t they always?
Saturday the weekend before saw us take a trip into Ballarat for shopping. Yeah, I cringe too. We had several shops to visit and several things to buy. Several severals really. First stop was for a little machine to boost our internet signal. FINALLY we have good access to the net inside the house. Cupboards are great for storage but not so good for clear signal. 😦 From there we went on to do a shop for “delicates”. 😉 Then into the shopping mall (a nice paved outside one thankfully and not a big centre) to look for shoes. I haven’t had a pair of work boots for 6 or more months and my nice wear boots (and staple pair of shoes) were well-worn out too. 3 years of wearing them several times a week including rough yard work meant they had a rather large hole in the toe, nothing left in the way of tread and I was getting a little sick of wet feet as they were never overly waterproof. With the muddy season coming on it was way past time to get some good boots. I’d been hoping for a pair of Oliver’s Boots which were a Ballarat based company but sadly they have shipped manufacture offshore now so that was far less appealing than a locally made locally owned much lower carbon footprint pair of boots. I went with Redbacks instead. For anyone who has worn Redbacks I know I need say no more. For those that don’t I must say they are the most comfy pair of boots I have ever owned. I wore them all day yesterday and although glad to shed them at the end of the day it wasn’t due to any discomfort or pain at all. NEVER have I loved boots as I do my Redbacks! 😀 They are still Australian made too. 🙂
From boots we went to Spotlight for a zip for a dress I’ve made for Allegra. I should never be let loose in that shop with any form of money more than I need to purchase what I am after. I went in for a zip and came out with $90 of home education art and craft supplies. Too much fun! 😉 From there it was on to Bunnings for a whetstone. I bought a whetstone and a diamond steel so I have set up my knives and other sharp tools to actually be sharp for the next 20 years I hope. 🙂 Officeworks next for Martin and finally we were done. A long day and a LOT of money later (we do this sort of shop every 12 months or so, so it’s not as bad as it seems) then home via friends to share some community information. 🙂
Sunday was of course, Mother’s Day. Martin had somewhere along the line pulled his back so plans to make seed tape with the kids (here is the instructions I sent him) were put on the back burner and I settled for 3 kisses and lots of cuddles. I got the washing done, using the down time to plan out some renovations to our house and then was gifted some uninterrupted time in the garden. I emptied the soil from the trailer and topped up a garden bed, planting out the edges with garlic and left a hole with a pot of dirt therein ready for a fruit tree to go in. The front garden will be our perennial food forest area so slowly I will begin to add the perennials in and the annuals will be moved out the back. 🙂 In the meantime I won’t be letting the space sit fallow. I don’t like weeding that much!
On the large bed up near the side fence I had enough soil to top some of it up and plant a little more garlic and some potato onions. I put in some roofing tiles as stepping-stones and that rather large and badly planned (inaccessible without walking on the soil) garden is now working much better.
This weekend just gone I spent in the garden again. The fence bed is finished and filled with soil and small paths, ready for planting out. The hugels are looking much tidier and I got out and chopped and poisoned out the poplar sapling that shoot up from their roots. Here’s hoping we will be poplar free in the near future. Sunday saw me dropping some newspaper sheeting and building the front fence hugel. Finally we have a well-defined garden along there rather than just large areas of grass with some logs marking out a nominal border. I’ve not finished yet but I hope to get it done today. 🙂
The kids occupied themselves on an impromptu obstacle course this weekend. Daredevils to give me the horrors and remind me of how much worse I was at their age. Shhh, don’t tell them I said that please. They are masters of imitation. 😉
As Narf puts it, did you notice me missing? 😉 The kids and I were out in the garden and have laid the wood down for another 9 metres of hugelkultur garden bed. We finished the last of the front garden (bar its manure topping) to the eastern end of the front garden and put another metre or so on the western end. My little nashi pear which was whipper snippered to its rootstock had shot up like billy-oh from its rootstock but upon parting the vigorously growing rootstock leaves I discovered… Nashi leaves! Yep, 3 points of buds and shoots with 1 larger and several smaller leaves. Rootstock shoots ripped off and carefully sheet mulched around. Live baby live! I will FIGHT with you! Can you tell I like nashi pears? 😉
Well, time to feed the hungry hoard of hurricanes methinks. Then time for another coffee for me before my load of manure and pond weed arrives. 😀