Sunday, January 19, 2020

Growing vegetables in gravel.

We rent at the moment. Rather a daunting thing for us as we always had our own property. ( the farm) and there was not a lot of garden. The back yard is all gravel but John has managed to grow things in the past year or so. There are a couple of small beds, the one that the radishes are currently in, when we arrived it had small tomatoes but they have since seeded into the gravel by the clothes line. This year we have red runner beans just getting started. The Lebanese zuccini (my favorite) has gone mad and the cucumbers are producing well. One of last year's globe chilli is fruiting and new seedlings are doing well. Even the left over sweet potato is taking off. Magic and it keeps him busy L We has 1.2 mm of rain this morning. Would like more but it is cool and has freshened things up. I grow some of my herbs in amongst the flowers out the front. It is a shame about the apricot tree, 1 apricot and it has gummosis. We do like a garden.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

This and that

I have not been feeling 100% lately so thee are from a few days. Not many flowering gum flowers but enough. Tabbys pigs, they are mini ones. Seeds from a wattle tree and a crab found on the beach at Pt Elliot. Lots of sea weed, small shells in the cracks in the granite rocks. Several days of being out and about. I am making another doll, slowly and although the weather has thank goodness been mild it seems to warm the house up. I am being rather slow too. Max is moaning at me that he needs to be fed, wretched dog. At least George only sits and looks at me, I am sure he is trying to hypnotise me into feeding him. Better be a responsible dog, cat owner.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Our latest great grand child and other photos

Savannah Rose arrived on Monday, we went to see her today and she is lovely. All well after the disasters of the last one. So glad and relieved. The weather has been all over the place, hot, cool, muggy. We have walked but I have been rather slow I am afraid, with the easterly the other day there were small boats trying out their skills as well as other sailed devises. The beach on the whole has been lovely and we have varied our walks. We had a house inspection today, always a bit of a worry and although I dont think we need to we tend to clean like crazy. I think our usual clean is quite ok but when some one is inspecting your house it is a bit traumatic. I dont think I have done a lot, watering the garden, I do wish we would have a decent rain, making cloth dolls and birds, a bit of reading and not a lot else. The changes in the weather get rather tiring. John is busy getting stuff together with regards to the hospitals 100 years (in another 9 years!) Still if they dont get things done now they never get it done.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Smoke haze today from the Kangaroo Island fires

Not a very pleasant walk on the beach this afternoon. We didnt walk this morning as we went into shop, I bought a new skirt. I find shopping for clothe and walking is far too tiring. You couldnt see the Bluff or the Island from the beachg. Our son who has a holiday house on the Island has been using a bulldozer to bury the many dead stock over there. Not a pleasant job but he is a skilled bulldozer driver. Something to help.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

The last few days, start of a new decade.

The start of a new decade worries me, how much of it will I see? Really dont like that photo either but I suppose it is a record of how I have aged and deteriorated in the past 12 months. That was on a walk on the cliffs, how dry it all is. The fires around Australia have really worried me, I have always worried, when we were on the farm but now. this year it seems that the worry of fires is so much earlier and far far worse. All the photos of burnt houses seems to get at me. I will be glad when we get some rain, the last few fires we had here were later and always followed by rain. Not this time.I think made worse by the fact that this is prime holiday time, so many displaced people.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Over 30 degrees C at 7.30 am

Not going to be a good day. 40 is for cast. I was out watering at 6.30 am and it was not nice. The last of the roses for a while I think. I have been slowly making this little fellow but I don't have any feathers, I will see what I can find today when I go in to shop. (Early!). He is another of Jill Maas designs. I am so glad she made the pattern. I know she said I could do one, and perhaps I could but so much easier to follow a pattern. The Melbourne family called in briefly on their way home yesterday. Granddaughter not well so where I thought maybe they would stay they got an earlier ferry and just wanted to get home. As today is going to be awful better not to be travelling.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The last few days

Days over 40 degrees, thunderstorms which caused fires, some still going, we watched cfs vehicles unloading last night from the ferry and passed more this morning coming from the ,a inland to help. Cruise ships and ferries in the bay. 3 cakes baked, thank goodness for the air conditioner. This morning cooler and a trip to Pennington Bay. Such a lovely place but too windy to get down to the beach so took photos instead. We both feel a bit as if we have been run over by a bus now the cooler weather is here.Johns birthday and he is having problems with his allergy reactions. Dust and smoke doesn't help. I am slowly packing, on the 10 am ferry tomorrow morning. Out to the pub for dinner tonight. Not our usual Kangaroo Island experience which is a shame but I still love being here. Yesterday morning going put to the new False Cape Winery cellar door was a bit scary, there was no way to tell if there was a fire or not the sky was so overcast but we made it and bought a couple of their lovely wines, the new cellar door is really nice. So yes we managed a few things. I hope we will be back, over 60 years since we honeymooned here and we keep returning.