What do you do when you have a cold, you feel generally weak and lethargic and you sound like Bea Arthur from the Golden Girls? You write a blog post, that’s what you do! I wrote this two weeks ago when I thought I had a “cold”. It turns out I had the flu and am still reeling from a serious bout of it that has robbed me of my entire 2 weeks school holidays! I am somewhat miffed that we weren’t able to tackle our exponential rooster population but they will be tackled soon enough, along with our crazy weeds growing mentally thanks to regular rain all winter long and our sudden onset into Spring, the season of mental weeds here in Northern Tasmania.
The feral cat that we rescued a few weeks ago from his brother who was attempting to kill him and put inside Sanctuary has become an Houdini cat who can escape from Sanctuary despite us not being able to find where. Every day at 3pm, Steve heads on back up to Sanctuary and PK (Pretty Kitty) meanders back meowing to be fed. Steve has been picking him up and depositing him into Sanctuary but he is obviously escaping as fast as he is put inside and seems to have come to an agreement with his brother that they will inhabit different areas of the garden and won’t intermix, so Steve might just leave him outside from now on. I am a bit miffed as I had a biological rat trap for a short while there but he appears to have discovered the “out” clause on our agreement so I will have to make do with our one eyed duck, called incredibly originally “Ducky” who we decided to relocate into this fully enclosed area. She is getting old now and deserves a space of her own and she seems to be very happy inside Sanctuary ridding the plants of all of the slugs and snails that had grown fat and lazy thinking that they were safe from predation inside.
I am racing to complete a crochet shawl at the moment. I couldn’t do much else but I could crochet so I have been busily hooking away to make one for a friend. Steve broke a piece off our dead Lazarus almond that died after we planted it out into Sanctuary and turned it into a stick for a shawl pin that I am going to make soon to go with the shawl. The Lazarus almond died twice before finally turning up it’s toes and I figure that its wood has a special symbolisation about life, rebuilding and never giving in.
I worked with a small, but very dedicated, class group of classmates to film my short drama just before the school holidays. Steve and I have been so sick with the flu that we haven’t really had time to even look at it. TAFE is back this week so I had best start editing my footage and sound in earnest if I want to have a chance of passing this course. Both Steve and I have learned tonnes about filming from this course and we are going to invest in some sound equipment so that we can film our own short documentaries to tell the stories that we think might be interesting for everyone to see. I love that we can now film short documentaries about our garden and what we are doing here so stay tuned for a Serendipity Farm update in Vlog format. (Video Blog).
If I hadn’t been SO very sick with the flu, I would have been incredibly snaky about not being able to attend a workshop with a lovely local lady who was going to teach me how to dye fleece and yarn naturally using an indigo vat and local native cherry wood as well as weld (a natural gold/yellow dye). She has most kindly said that I can reschedule for when I am better but I would have LOVED to have gone. The upside to that is that when I do reschedule, I might ask Jennifer if I can film the process and will share it with you all here if she agrees 🙂
I am not going to do a very long blog post here today. I figure I will let our springtime images show you how life is at the moment on Serendipity Farm. I am constantly amazed at how much better everything looks in photos but hopefully you can get a small window into how Sanctuary is progressing and how Narnia and our fridge wicking beds are going and have kept growing right through winter. I am going to get broad beans this year and that makes me one very happy camper! Have a lovely day, week, month and see you when I have gotten over this flu and am ready and able to share more interesting things with you all 🙂