We have had quite warm days the last couple and it has been great in some ways, but the all ready dry soil is worse now and not much green grass. Which probably explains why rabbits and other creatures are eating many plants not before eaten. Oh well sharing is okay..lol.My tomatoes are finally flowering and I have some very small green fruit appearing. Pumpkins are going well, and lots of flowers and several small pumpkins so fingers crossed. Most other things are going to seed, but I am still picking some silverbeet, peas, and finally my peas(those I planted in the raspberry bed are doing well. I have had very little success with those in the vegie garden. My sunflowers seeds have been shocking failures, I must have planted twenty and so far yet again only one appears to have grown. What is it with me this is the third year when I get only one flower. It has not flowered yet. My neighbours have squillions they grow them for their hens. Oh well there is always next year.Picked all the cherries now we got about 5kgs off the second tree, so we were happy with that. Water tanks are holding up well, we have a forecast for some showers later in week and highland snow, can you believe it. It is so hot even the bees are slowly buzzing a gin and tonic is looking good again tonight, with a frozen lime I have in freezer. A neighbours lime tree had heaps on it and I popped them whole in the freezer in a bag, and now slice one in half and yummo..cool lime gin and tonic. So I will sit and watch the shimmer on the water and hope again to see the dolphins. We had a pod of 8-10 swimming in the river on Monday evening, I saw them as I was driving home from work at 9pm. Oh yes you mainlanders it is still light at 9pm for the time being. No place like Tassie for summer evenings.
Well we are now into the third day of the New Year, and I must say I am feeling a great deal more positive than I have been. The downstairs bathroom, living area and kitchen are all lovely and tidy, and clean. So new resolution to take pride in my home, and myself have begun.
I am also happy to share with you that the rain tanks are filling..I would still like more rain, as the soil is still not really moist yet, but more water than we may have had for summer. Especially as I left the tap on..loosing heaps.
We have had to have the fire on the last two days, so cold, snow on the mountain range on Wednesday when I drove to work at 5;30am. Not sure how this unseasonal weather will affect the vegies, my tomatoes, egg plants, pumkins, and capsicums especially.
Finished picking the last few heads of garlic, and have some lovely large ones. I also took out nearly all the broad beans, as they were getting to big in the pods, and the wind had decimated them. So my poor old vegie plots are looking a bit tragic.
Raspberries going well. Second cherry tree hopefully will be ready to pick soon.
I hope to spend a couple of days in garden next week. When I take the dog out I usually end up doing weeding for a while..lol
I love where we live. The beautiful island state of Australia, Tasmania.
I aim to produce much of the vegetables, herbs, and fruit that we eat. I also aim to make most of the gifts we give.
I use organic principles and try to minimise as best the foot print we are leaving for the future.
I love to cook,with home grown or with local fresh ingredients that are seasonal.
I am a huge fan of the slow food movement, grow your own, and seasonal cooking. I love to share with people.
Having a laugh is important to me. Life is to short for holding onto negatives.
In fact life is to short to not have fun, laugh and chase your dreams.
Our life is about the simple pleasures watching sea eagles soar, the river, the sunset. The birds, frogs and bugs that abound in our garden.
Simple pleasures that we have created, our home a sanctuary.
I have contentment, joy and a very good life!
I am very aware that not all people experience what I have, and this saddens my heart. We are so fortunate to live in a place that is free, safe and rich!
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