Happy Father’s Day for yesterday to all the fathers out there around the world, whether or not your country celebrates Fathers Day today or not. 🙂
I had the pleasure of a good hour or 2 of time to myself yesterday morning. 🙂 Not so pleasurable was the 4:30 start time for said time to myself. 😦 Still, it was so worth it and to be honest, there’s not much better way to slough off a nightmare but to get up and pour some positivity (and coffee) into your brain.
Being Father’s Day here in Australia, Martin requested a sleep in. Until after 7am. 😉 Sadly, 7am IS a sleep in around here. I ended up with 3 kids up so we made the decision we’d hit daddy up with breakfast in bed. Kettle on, kids finding milk jugs and buttering toast and then in to deliver drawings, breakfast and kisses to “wake up” Daddy. We’re not much for the commercial events around the year and like to keep things very simple. Martin requested though that we take a trip to Bunnings (seems an oxymoron there doesn’t it 😉 ) so we loaded in the car, attached the trailer and headed off up to Ballarat.
We’ve been planning to buy some cube shelving for the kids room after finding the unit we bought for the living room has been a huge success. We grabbed the 2 units we wanted and then stupidly I walked into the nursery. As much as my awareness of at least some of the tricks of the trade of nurseries, I was absolutely unable to resist the veggie seedlings. Suckered, I know! I came home with punnets of leeks, chives, lobelia (I’ve been jealous of Lynda D’s beautiful blue flowers for a long time), dwarf cos lettuce, a Vietnamese Mint and then to plant many of them into I purchased 5 self watering pots in the same grey as the trims on the house. They fit nicely on the window ledges on the back deck. 🙂 The potting mix in which to plant them all was added to the overloaded shopping trolley and a bag of seed raising mix too as it’s tomato seed planting time for us. 🙂 It can be so hard to balance being conscious that consumer practices contribute heavily to the state of our environment versus buying items that work in with doing our best to grow our own food etc. I can justify everything we bought today (although 2 small candle holders are more about aesthetics than solid permaculture and self-sufficiency principles) but I ask myself how much am I justifying to myself? Sometimes I hate my head space.
Martin had a band gig up at one of the local pubs so headed off after assisting with unloading the heavier items from the trailer. The kids and I hit the garden. 😀 Allegra helped me pot up the chives, lobelia and lettuce although she took off as Butterfly Girl as I got to seed sowing time. I sowed 2 types of tomatoes, capsicums, eggplant and some honeydew melon seeds too. I know it’s early but I simply couldn’t wait any more. The sun is shining down and outside in the twilight last night it felt more like a balmy December evening instead of an early September evening.
With Super Hero Boy chasing Butterfly girl and the 2 of them killing all the evil aliens (never the good ones) and Orik motoring along behind me I planted out the leeks and then a large polystyrene crate of garlic chives (more like the size of edible spring onions) along the edge of what will become one of my tomato beds this year. Finally, before Martin came home I started moving raised beds.
One of the things planned with our excavation (finished by the way and most happy with the results :D) was to install some terraced raised beds closer to the house. A good place to grow the herbs which we use frequently, and fast maturing crops such as radishes, spring onions, baby carrots and salad greens which we can pick and eat. A growing snack bar if you will. 😉 The location to the immediate west of the back steps means we can collect eggs from the chooks and on the way back to the house, pick the necessary accoutrements to go in an omelette or quiche. I dragged out the raised bed edges, scrounged the necessary corner posts and managed to get 2 installed before the light went. I’m stoked with all I achieved in 4 hours in the garden this afternoon and never expected to have beds ready for filling with soil and planting! 😀 Looks like I need my hops plant and herbs in short order. Soil first thought, lessons learned there. 😉
This week, if the weather holds, I hope to be able to get another 2 raised beds in and a longer thinner bed in place ready to plant out choko and kiwi vines. I need to source a few chokos to sprout up first I guess.
Wish me luck with the week. Big plans, not such wonderful weather (although the sun is shining beautifully this morning) and here’s hoping the kids enjoy the garden or joining in with the garden beds too. 🙂