Well the year has been zooming past and we have been filling it with all kinds of interesting things including learning how to film, how to record sound and how not to panic like Arthur Dent from ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’. We have had a much damper and cooler summer season than usual here in Tasmania and so we haven’t had to water much and the plants have done their thing and kept growing and alive which is more than we could have expected to be honest.
The wicking beds have surpassed all of my expectations. Aside from a few small hiccups like not knowing that celery has very shallow roots and if they can’t reach down to the water in the wicking bed they develop hollow stems, most of the vegetables that we grew were most happy to have the ability to syphon water up through their roots whenever they so desired. We did learn late in the season that in my rapture about not having to water too much, I was still watering too much as I was top watering as well as filling the fridge reservoirs and thus the soil was pretty much sodden and I killed off my eggplants and made my chillies twitch a bit but after I stopped top watering everything settled down to grow happily
Our season might have been slow to start and cooler and damper than usual but we are having a cracking autumn with lovely sunny days and the plants are powering on regardless with a late burst of growing activity. I seem to have been picking up a blog follower every week or so and I would like to appologise for the lack of regular posts but I have been enjoying pootling around the garden and studying at TAFE so much and haven’t been missing blogging for a while. I would like to say “Hi” to any new followers reading this post. Cheers for following my humble little blog and I hope you get something out of the hard slog it takes to actually read one of my mammoth blog posts.
Earl has had a bit of a rough trot lately that has seen him had to visit the vets quite a few times. Initially he developed a rash all over him that was starting to alarm us and it turned out that he had dog hives. We were much relieved that it wasn’t a slew of serious dog problems that spill out of Google when you search for “My dog has a rash…” ranging from mange through to some heinous cancers. We were SO relieved that we stopped off at the excellent butchers in Exeter and bought a big bag of bones for the dogs as Earl had finally learned how to not hog them all for himself and share them with Bezial.
Within a week Earl had eaten his way to being seriously constipated and 11 days later he was still that way after a bit of to-ing and froing with the vet but after a short stint at the vets where he had an xray and a subsequent enema he was back to his old self again and we have sworn never to buy our dogs bones again. Apparently they set like concrete in your dogs intestines. Who knew eh? Well we do now so no more bones for you Earl!
If you are at all interested in the title of this blog post I will reveal all now. I just wanted to string my lecturer/s along as when WordPress posts this to my Facebook feed, they are both going to be very curious about the title and may even be prompted to read my post. I guess you could say the title is a bit of a play on words as neither of my esteemed lecturers actually regressed (or perhaps the word should be ‘evolved’) into a fraggle. One of my lecturers recently had a birthday. As a Pink Floyd fan, I knew that I was going to have to have a go at crocheting him the ‘Teacher’ pattern that the very clever crocheting genius Mia Atelier created and made freely available for us all to make should we ever stumble across someone who would appreciate it. Here’s the pattern if you would like to have a look at it or perhaps even make it yourself.
I started out with plenty of time to make the teacher doll but doing my usual procrastination for the queen, I kept putting it off until I only had a few days left till my lecturers birthday and thinking that it wouldn’t take me long to race the pattern up I started hooking in earnest 2 days before. I soon realised that the pattern isn’t all that easy to follow and there were a few moments of blind panic where the pattern authors intentions were not actually all that visible at all. I fumbled my way through the problems and was going along great guns and had the finish line firmly in my sight when I suddenly came up against a brick ‘Wall’ (Pun fully intended folks 😉 ). I couldn’t, for the life of me, create the facial features. I tried. I tried for hours. I tried for almost half a day. I hooked, I sewed, I unpicked, I raged, I twitched and inevitably, looking at the time (7pm on the day before I had to hand over the merchandise) I bowed to the fact that my teacher wasn’t going to have a teacher of his own as my ‘teacher’ doll looked more like Wembley Fraggle than the teacher.
Luckily, we had bought our lecturer a wonderful R2D2 cake that more than made up for the lack of a teacher doll and I had been clever enough NOT to mention that I was making the doll so he never knew how close he had come to clutching a besuited fraggle in his hot grasp. I always try to be open and honest here in my little space on the internet and will share my end result with you so long as you promise not to show my lecturer this post. (If you are reading this George, ‘I tried!’)
And this is how it was supposed to look…
Steve bought himself a wickedly sharp and most expensive new axe that he christened ‘Psycho’. The first thing that he did was get it stuck in one of the logs that he had chainsawed up earlier and when attempting to pull it out he cut his wrist quite badly. He has only just healed and today he decided to tackle psycho again and guess who cut himself again! I told him that it was his own fault as calling an axe ‘Psycho’ was only going to give it a complex so now he is thinking of another, less dangerous name, for his axe like ‘Florence’ or ‘Dougal’. Lets just hope that by renaming it he stops maiming himself!
I am off to film my documentary next week. We were allowed to borrow some sound recording equipment and a decent tripod from our course and as it’s now our Easter and term holidays are here and we have almost 3 weeks to muck around getting a feel for filming. My documentary is going to be interesting but I can’t reveal what it is about as there is a bit of a twist to it that I don’t want to share yet. I will share the Vimeo link with you all here so that you can see it, as well as Steve’s documentary also when we have finished editing them and they are ready to roll.
Well I might finish up there for today folks. It’s been lovely to catch up with you all again and I don’t want to tax you too much by throwing a massive blog post at you as penance for slacking off and not posting for so long. If anyone wants to have a go at making the ‘Teacher’ doll, let me know if you get stuck as I figured out some really good fixes for the confusing bits of the pattern. I might have another go at trying to fix the facial features as the rest of the doll isn’t too bad and you know me, I am all for recycling at any cost. Well that’s it for me for today. Narf7 ‘over and out!’