Well I am back for another swing, much like my fellow compatriots ACDC. My “swing” involves more fridge wicking and some photos to share with you of the state of Serendipity Farm of late. The long damp winter that we are still being influenced by (more rain today as I type this) has meant that the garden is a den of fecundity and the weeds are as high as a dinosaurs eye. They completely overtook the elephant around about June and don’t show any signs of ceasing their growth spurt any day soon.
Steve and I have been beavering away in order to get our assessment packages finalised for handing in to our lecturer so that we can get this “pass” grade rolling. Last year I realised that I really knew sweet buggery-bollocks all about coding websites and decided to come back this year, with what I had already learned, and see if I could do a better job. I am really glad that I decided to suck up my failure to grasp HTML and CSS and return to the fold as this year I got it. I even made another website completely for uploading and handing in my assessment material so once I upload it to my lecturers computer I can hand it over to him and wait and see if there is anything more that he requires and fingers crossed, both Steve and I will pass and move on to George the Wunderkind’s class where we already have visions of sugarplum fairies gyrating in our heads with ideas for what we are going to attempt to produce for a short documentary each and a short drama each.
If anyone would like to check out the two websites that I have built recently I would be most happy to get any feedback at all, especially if you spot something wrong. The first link is for a local friend who has decided to start her own small business minding chooks, dogs, cats, birds etc. at your own home while you are away or on holidays.
The second link is my final assessment website that I created for next years lecturer George. He is an Audio Post Production Specialist and as someone who didn’t even know what “foley” was prior to taking on this task, I had a bit of background study to do prior to working on this site. Please feel free to let me know what you think of it and if you find any anomalys in either site.
We are now sitting back twiddling our collective thumbs with the most precious commodity of all on our hands…time. I have been hooking up a storm as not only did I find some scrumptious patterns for bears and floppy rabbit toys but Dr Phil (Ms Twisted) from the esteemed and most enlightening and entertaining blog “The Twisted Yarn” sent me the most innovative book for how to make hooky monsters. I am enthralled simply by how many mix and match monsters are possible and will be hooking up a storm of brightly coloured, over the top cute and crazy monsters to drop off to our local hospital for children who are sick over Christmas. I can’t think of anything worse for a child to be in hospital over the Christmas period and thanks to Dr Phil, there will be some seriously bright and demented critters to weather the storm and hopefully give them someone to make their troubles a little less troublesome.
Here’s a delicious pattern for a selection of different sized crocheted teddy bears with proper pukka names. Who couldn’t resist “Harvey, Mike and Lewis?”
And even though a good friend said that the following pattern looked like “demented sock monkey’s” I am guessing that there are some of you who would quite love to hook a demented sock monkey for their very own so behold, Dixie, Maddie and Lulu for your gustatory delight…
Now back to the wicking beds. I jumped the gun a bit and headed out and bought some veggie seedlings. I am champing at the bit to get them into the fridge wickers but completely underestimated the tag team of rainy weather and steep slopes and the sheer unmitigated difficulty in relocating our soil stockpile from the back of a now junglescent Sanctuary down to where our fridge wickers are nestled all tastefully level and ready to get wicking. By the time Steve and I have pushed the barrow up our steep slope, shoveled a barrow full of damp mix, after first hauling out Scotch thistles taller than I am (note, removing your t-shirt and using it as a rudimentary glove because you just can’t remember to bring a glove up to haul them out isn’t anywhere near as pain free as actually remembering that glove…) and having to work standing on one leg as the other one is busy shooing eager roosters and hens who would invade Sanctuary and wreak their own particular form of destruction whilst shoveling and then trying not to skate down the wet slope with a loaded barrow and negotiating the gate under the watchful gaze of a most interested Earl who thinks he has finally figured out how to escape if we only get tired enough to forget to shut the gate and you are starting to get the picture.
Despite the rain and the slopes and the determined dogs and the chooks from hades, we managed to fill quarter of the wicking beds and will be attempting to have half of them completed by tomorrow. My little plants are as excited as the worms that just got relocated to burrow down into the delicious damp dark soil mix that Glad’s oak leaves and the trailer loads of aged horse manure that we get each year from a most happy horse owner turned into. I have also been burying my food scraps in the 4 wicking beds that we have already filled for the worms to enjoy at their leisure. This wicking bed lark is great fun and it certainly makes you sleep well.
In between filling wicking beds and madly completing our assessment work we have been taking long walks with the dogs in a wide variety of interesting places. I took some photos on a recent walk that I took with Earl and will share them below, along with some photos of Serendipity Farm looking vaguely attractive. Don’t get used to that view. It doesn’t last long! Anyway, less blah-blah-blah from me and more nice quiet photos of what narf, Steve, Earl and Bezial have been up to since we last chatted. I hope your neck of the woods isn’t too cold, too hot or too stressful. I thought I might share a short YouTube video with you of Earl, on our spare bed, bursting some of his birthday balloons. He is officially 6 years old now. Over the next few weeks we will be finishing off filling the wicking beds (with soil, not plants yet) and then we will hurl ourselves into the construction of a sort of fully netted poly-tunnel type structure to protect the fecund fridge wickers from the equally fecund possums. We will also be irrigating Sanctuary and planting out some of the fruit trees and nut trees that have been stuck in pots for WAY too long in the process. I plan on sharing the processes with you all here so until then, “Catch-ya later Alligator.”