Tamar Valley-Sidmouth Sunny Sunday

Hi All,

Well another Sunday has ebbed and flowed under the life bridge and we find ourselves contemplating our navels on Monday. That means there are only 2 weeks to “C” day and that will have a lot of people in a flap but we are enjoying the summer, doing what we like in the garden and walking our dogs a lot and generally destressing after a long TAFE year. Christmas is a doddle compared to learning how to make a film I can tell you!

Sanctuary from Glads place next door
This is Sanctuary from Glads place next door. As you can see we need to get that whipper snipper out (and so does Glad 😉 ). Glad lets me come back down the hill through the back of her property which saves me half a kilometre and a steep trot up our driveway if I have walked Earl for a LONG walk so I took the opportunity to take a photo of Sanctuary from an outsiders perspective
The top of Sanctuary
As you can see, most of the vegetation inside Sanctuary appears to be wanting to get out. The Mexican tagetes, the muscat grapes and that purple perennial that I can never remember the name of have all grown through the netting on the top.
Bonny Beach this morning
Bonny Beach this morning. Aren’t the sun rays pretty?
Bezial freestylin' at Bonny Beach
Bezial freestylin’ at Bonny Beach
Earl off for a swim
Earl off for a swim. Bezial can free range but Earl needs to be kept on a lead at all times lest he stray

This year Steve and the dogs and I are heading off to the park over the Batman Bridge where we are going to have a lovely vegan gourmet picnic and the dogs will have their own meaty Merry Christmas. We plan on stocking up with some decent Christmas booze to give everything a rosy tinge and we will do our usual Christmas walk at Paper beach in honour of my mum who passed away 5 years ago just after heading home from visiting us for Christmas. Christmas is a celebration of good food, good company and good cheer for us and with very little monetary output (especially now Steve is vegan) just the way it should be. So many people get caught up in the hype of going overboard at Christmas time (like they do with weddings) and end up drowning in credit card debt in February just so that they can keep up with the Jones’s. It’s all very sad and unnecessary and more and more people are embracing a simpler lifestyle which can only be a good thing.

Steve patting Pawly our resident feral cat
Here you can see Steve patting Pawly our resident feral cat who is laying down on the job 😉 Note how wild and vicious he is…
Earl and the roadbase
As you can see, it appears that someone, somewhere, is about to resurface a road. Earl was distinctly unimpressed by this pile of blue metal. I was somewhat more impressed.
Interesting mooring for a boat
Interesting mooring for a boat
Well behaved dogs
The only time we can count on the boys sitting down and doing what they are told and also paying full attention to us is when we have a full treat bag in our hands 😉

I have been walking longer distances with Earl in a (vain) effort to tire him out. Yesterday I think I did it! I walked 8km with him and he spent the rest of the day laying around snoring. Bezial was very suspicious of him. He usually has at least one pounce on poor Bezial while he is sleeping but nothing yesterday so Bezial spent the day with one eye open waiting for that pounce that never came. Where we wheel-barrowed in the topsoil and mushroom compost mix to fill the remaining wicking beds last week, there is a small bit of soil left that we were going to use to re-pot some of Steve’s succulents however Earl has decided that it’s his personal rolling space and whenever we go near the soil with any form of garden implement he feels the need to lay down sprawled all over the remaining soil to prevent us from filching his spoils. It’s not like we are going to have our home featured in Better Homes and Gardens any day soon so Earl can keep his dirt pile (for the moment)

Little feral apple tree covered in blackberries
If you look hard enough in this photo you will spot a little feral apple tree that grew from a seed from an apple that was long dead when we arrived here but that grew when we started watering the garden again. This is the ONLY blackberry that is tolerated inside the house compound fence and it is only alive because it acts as a possum deterrent to prevent the furry little adventitious thieves from scoffing every leaf on the apple tree. I cut it regularly to make sure it doesn’t “take the Mick”. You can also see asparagus and a loquat tree that we grew from seed in the background
The new wicking beds surrounded by netting
The new wicking beds surrounded by netting taken from up near the clothes line.
Wicking beds and Narnia
We finally filled these two wicking beds (to the right) and one has a Queensland blue pumpkin in it and the other (closest to the camera) has two watermelon plants. You can see the proximity of these fridge wicking beds from Narnia to the left.

When we were in the city the other day we dropped in to the Alanvale City Mission shop. They are the most reasonably priced thrift shop in the city (that we know about) and have a large range. Not only did we exit with a loaf of free dark rye bread (the bakery down the road donated it) but I found a glorious set of 3 nested Crown Corning bowls that are oven and microwave safe in the most beautiful green hue that decided to come home with me. I love thrift shops. You head in with a vague idea of what you might want to look for but inevitably you rarely get what you are looking for but you often emerge triumphant holding something that caught your eye and that is just perfect for you like my gorgeous green bowls 🙂

Green Christmas Corning Ware Bowls
My glorious green Christmas bowls from the thrift shop 🙂
Inside Narnia
Since I removed the broad beans I have added a bale of pea straw to all of the beds and as you can see, the potatoes and spring onions (that had gone to seed) are missing their broad bean support.
Narnia again
From the middle of Narnia looking back towards the doorway (the opposite of the last image). The mass of green is my celery that I cut back down to the base that regrew and is flowering so I am going to collect the seed.

Steve needed to pick up some quick setting cement the other day as we have decided to take back part of Sanctuary near the door of the glasshouse so that I can use the glasshouse again without having to go into Sanctuary each time to do so. That also means that the wicking boat and my first fridge (not wicking) bed with Vietnamese mint will be included in the deal and will be back in the orchard area where I can utilise them to better advantage. While we were picking up the concrete at the Beaconsfield Landscape and Nursery Steve saw discounted seed potatoes for $2 a bag in a huge range of varieties. Most of the varieties I had never heard of and so we bought 9 different varieties of them to plant in my spud garden at the back of Sanctuary. There were more varieties but as they are commonly available in our grocers, I didn’t bother buying them. I had to snip the mesh bags very carefully away from the shoots but I ended up with a huge amount of potatoes and spuddy potential that made my heart sing. It really doesn’t take much for me to think that I am a lucky narf7 I can tell you and this was right up there with some of the best. I am giving a few varieties to a friend to try growing them herself. It’s always good to spread the vegetative love around in case some disaster happens and you lose everything, your friend will still have them to share back with you when they have enough 🙂

Potato coat of many colours
Enslaved (still in their bags) and freed potato varieties of great narfish joy 🙂
Many varieties of seed potatoes in Tasmania
The varieties that I got are:
Bintje
Salad Rose
Pink Fir Apple
Brake Light
Burgundy Blush
Spunta
Sapphire
Up-to-date
Pentland Dell
I already have purple congo’s, Mayflowers, King Edwards and some of the more “normal” potatoes that you can buy in the grocers growing in Sanctuary that are almost ready to harvest.

There’s another chicken in Sanctuary but we aren’t sure if she is going to survive the quoll attack that hit her the other day. She was very wobbly and shocked when we found her near the back gate the next morning. Steve and Earl heard the commotion at about 11pm the night before but there wasn’t anything that they could do as it was down in the jungle part of the garden. The chooks have gotten a bit too complacent about living outside the protection of the coop and it would appear that some are paying the price. We found two dead chickens not so long back and now we think it was either a dog or a quoll that did it. Limpy has decided to go clucky on an egg that our one eyed duck laid in her bedding so we might have to dissuade her by taking the egg. I feel a bit mean as Limpy has had a very hard life up till now and is only just starting to enjoy life. Maybe she might start laying eggs herself? Who knows, either way she will be living in Sanctuary for the rest of her life now as we can’t release her out into the resident population as they would kill her. She gets on well with Ducky and they are usually found together so I figure it’s the best of all worlds as now we have some built in grasshopper and other pest control inside Sanctuary where we didn’t have it before and Ducky and Limpy are safe.

Kayena
Kayena taken this morning on Earl and my walk to get the elderberries.
Carpet roses
Whether you like them or not, carpet roses certainly put on a show in Summer.
HDR image of Paper Beach
A HDR image of Paper Beach

After filling up our remaining wicking beds and planting out our recent haul of veggie seedlings etc. we realised that we were going to have to put slug and snail pellets on the seedlings as overnight, the trail blazing cephelopods had done their best to level my sweetcorn seedlings. The problem (as it usually is in our house) was Earl. Bezial isn’t interested in eating slug pellets but Earl doesn’t have as healthy a respect for his own life and would likely hoover them up with joy so I asked (long suffering) Steve if he would put some chicken wire around the outside of the fridge wicking beds and he kindly did so I loaded up the seedlings with the poisonous green pellets and the next morning it looked like slug and snail-ageddon out there! There were slimy trails all over the beds with cephalopods in various stages of demise. Obviously I put the pellets out just in time or we wouldn’t have had any seedlings left!

Fridge wicking beds with wire
Here are the fridge wicking beds near the back door all wired up to protect Earl from the slug pellets.
Wire protected fridge wicking beds
Bean and oca beds. I just noticed that a turmeric shoot has appeared in my turmeric bed so that means that they survived a long, cold winter in the soil ❤ We found that lovely rusty iron peacock thrown out into the bush and brought it home to live in our wicking bed garden 🙂
Front on view of protected wicking beds
The little pine bench in the front of the wicking beds was made by Steve from some thick pine planks a friend gave us. We are not sure what to do with it at the moment as it used to be in the middle of the fridges but now we have tiger nuts and water chestnuts in pots and it doesn’t fit any more.

I recently took some cuttings from a female kiwifruit at the top of Rowella Road. It’s actually fruiting now and my cuttings appear to be going great guns in their makeshift (plastic bag) “glasshouse” over the pot that I put them in. On the same property is a Kentish cherry tree loaded to the brim with gloriously shiny cherries. Why haven’t they been scoffed by the birds? Because Kentish cherries are sour cherries and the birds have obviously learned that over the years. The thing is, they are not all that sour and the riper they get, the nicer they get so I snacked on a few and brought their seeds home with me to grow in our garden. I love finding adventitious edibles on Earl and my morning walks and bringing them home to try to grow here. This morning I took some cuttings from some feral Elderberry trees predominately for a friend who wanted to buy one but I mentioned that they were growing wild on the road verge and he got very excited about the prospect of free plants. I gave him 5 of the cuttings and brought the rest home so that if his don’t strike, hopefully mine will have and he and I can both have elderberries at some time in the future.

Elderberry cuttings in transit
Elderberry cuttings in transit. I took my secateurs on my walk with Earl specifically to take these cuttings today.
Elderberry futures hopefully
Elderberry futures hopefully, although they must be akin to weeds as where the parents of these cuttings were living was in feral bushland and they obviously don’t get regular watering.
Female kiwi fruit vine
This is the parent plant of the kiwi cuttings that I took recently
Baby kiwifruit
Baby kiwifruit

I hope you have enjoyed your Sunday meandering with narf today. It’s been an altogether gloriously sunny day here on the river and I have truly enjoyed it. I finished off a stash busting crochet baby blanket this afternoon to give away to a friend. I want to divest myself of all of my acrylic yarn and only use home spun yarn from now on. That will give me the impetus to practice spinning more and hopefully spinning more even yarn in the process. Tomorrow I am going to plant out all of those beautiful potato futures and heap them up with lots of hay from the chicken coop laden with potato joy (aged chicken manure). I am also going to plant chocolate mint into a fridge wicker that tends to get sodden whenever it rains and I am going to try to steal some of Earls empire of dirt to pot up my mushroom leaf plant but I am not holding much hope of that as whenever he senses me heading for the back door he dashes past me and sprawls out in his dirt…sigh… Have a glorious week folks. Don’t get too stressed out about Christmas approaching, just think of it as another day to enjoy your life, give thanks for who you are and what you have and a signal that 2018 is just around the corner and ready for us to all have a glorious adventure living 🙂

Kentish (sour) cherries
Kentish (sour) cherries growing out in the open and unprotected from possums and birds.

 

 

33 Comments Add yours

  1. foodnstuff says:

    I love the ” walk-in” way you’ve arranged the fridge wickers near the back door. Much more interesting than a straight line and you can get to all parts of the beds without leaning too far.
    I like those 3 bowls, too. I must pay a visit to our local thrift shop. I have some stuff to take and might find something of use. Amazing what people get rid of. We had our local hard rubbish collection last week and the neighbours threw out a wooden venetian blind which I grabbed. I removed all the connecting strings and now I have about 3 dozen cedar wood slats and I’m thinking about what craft items I can make with them. Great post as usual!

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    1. narf7 says:

      Thank you Bev :). I needed to be mindful of taking up too much space as fridges are not small and so I thought about making a sort of fridge wicking keyhole garden which turned out well. I have only had one of these beds in production so far so it will be interesting to see how they all go when they are in full growth. No doubt I will learn something from the equation :). That’s a great score (the wooden slatted blind) and I can think of a tonne of things that you could use them for. Every time I go to the thrift shop I find something. I don’t always buy what I find because I try to use the mentality that I don’t want to buy something just for the sake of it but it needs to have a use. I have a LOT of bowls but those green bowls could be used for multiple purposes so they made it into my stash :).

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  2. Lovely words and sentiments about your approach to Christmas which is my approach too. I love the idea too of the Christmas walk for your mum. It will be our first Christmas without my darling dad but I know we’ll be remembering him in our own way.

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    1. narf7 says:

      Christmas is when you feel absent friends and relatives the most I think. I feel closer to my mum at Christmas time. We planted a claret ash in her memory on the property after she passed away as it was one of her favourite trees and when she was downsized to a flat and had to move out of her council house where she had grown some glorious deciduous trees they razed them all to the ground so I figured every time I saw it I could think of mum. Hugs Ms Chica and the Christmas ethos is a saving grace I think 🙂

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  3. Love the pictures of your Sanctuary Fran, and Bonny Beach is well named. And that water I
    Can see why Earl was so tempted for that swim.

    Big smiles on your feral cat Pawly, Looks very vicious indeed lol
    Haha to the treat bag and the command, SIT.. 🙂

    Love the new arrangement of the Wicking Beds and your new green bowls.. Perfect.
    Also love your varieties of potatoes too, and not heard of the purple one..

    Wonderful that all you cuttings are taking too, I transplanted in the autumn some primroses as I split them from a bunch growing and now have six more plants all with small flowers on, now covered in snow..

    Hubby has also had the small gypsy burner going too and its doing a grand job of keeping the temps up in the green house, as they plummet to below freezing this week

    So enjoy all your wonderful photo’s Fran.. Enjoy your Festive time.. I know I am now winding down, as presents are all wrapped and sent to Santa.. 🙂

    Enjoy.. Love and Hugs my friend.
    Sue xxx ❤

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    1. narf7 says:

      Good lord you are organised Sue! I still have gifts to buy and we always put out beer for the bin men and the recycling guys and take boxes of chocolates for the mail lady and the girls up at the little shop/roadhouse. I know what I am getting my children but haven’t got it yet and Steve and I are only just starting to think about what we are going to eat on Christmas Day. I think because it’s “All systems GO!” with gardening and spring and the end of the year, Christmas tends to get tucked away till you absolutely positively HAVE to deal with it in the Southern parts of the world. That’s great news about the gypsy burner! It never gets cold enough here (yet…) to use one. I was just thinking about your pond problem and remember reading that you can buy a small device that you put into the pond that keeps it from freezing. Not sure what it is called (or how it works) but I know that they exist. I love dividing perennials and getting more. I bought two pots of cardamom years and years ago and they stayed in pots barely surviving for many years till we built Sanctuary and I decided to just bosh them into the ground. They were covered over by berries etc. and when we built Narnia I decided to transplant them into wicking beds as they apparently like more water than they were getting in Sanctuary (that was back before we installed trickle drip irrigation in there and I watered for hours by hand so often things got missed as it’s not a small area!) They were looking pretty ratty but I noticed that the pots had divided a bit so I broke up the roots and put them into a wicking freezer end and now I have a LOT of cardamom plants. Apparently in the tropics they flower and have a glorious flower like a white orchid. Mine haven’t flowered but at least I have cardamom in some form :). Have a lovely rest now that you are back Sue and enjoy that slow delicious build up (well 2 weeks!) remaining to Christmas. I hope that you and yours have an absolutely gloriously delightful day and enjoy your grandies joy on the day 🙂

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      1. Hubby says the device for the pond he thinks are like small heaters that would prevent the ice from forming around them.. so keeping air holes open.
        The weather news has just been on and it says the temps could plummet to minus 12 C tomorrow night.. So that is cold even for us.. So the gypsy burner will be stoked.. 🙂
        I can not even begin to think if I had Christmas to contend with amid planting season.. LOL .. But when I was working I would put off buying presents till the last minute and often would be shopping Christmas eve late night shopping.. OH when I think back to those days, I now shiver, and relish my quiet little life in retirement of just having family now to buy for.. And not send out the masses of cards to work colleagues etc,
        And it would stretch into the hundreds.. I remember one year counting 108 I had received.. and each one I had sent out.. That was in my textile days.. LOL..
        Two weeks is not long..
        And love that you have Cardamoms..
        Sending love and Hugs.. Oh and I am now knitting a scarf.. I found a lovely pattern only four rows long, which was used in a throw.. It has a lovely open weave look.. There is no rush to its completion as I have loads of long woolly scarves. So enjoy picking up when I am bored.. 🙂

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      2. narf7 says:

        Glad I wasn’t just imagining the pond thing :). Minus 12C?! Now that is COLD! I think Hallmark are likely to go out of business in the future as most people don’t bother with sending Christmas cards any more and if they do, they get the big packs of generic cards from department stores or discount stores. I just finished a crochet stash buster baby blanket and found out that a good friend’s daughter is expecting so it will be heading over to her today. I love crocheting and have been knitting a bit to get myself into the groove. I think you need to find something that you can (as I say…) “Mindlessly hook/knit” to while you are watching the TV or listening to music etc. It’s soothing, it’s theraputic (unless the pattern is cranky!) and it’s wonderful to make something yourself that you can give to someone else. I want to de-stash all of my acrylic yarn that I had stockpiled so that I am forced to spin my own. Tough yarn love! 😉 I am so glad that you are not racing towards Christmas kicking and screaming like so many others are right at this very moment. Just imagine those with lots of kids and the pressure to “BUY, BUY, BUY!!!” that is hanging over their heads like the sword of damocles! SO glad we are out of the rat race 🙂

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      3. Oh yes, I am so pleased I am out of that rat race too Fran, the blanket sounds lovely and perfect.. And yes, the pattern is easy to remember one complex pattern row, which I now have to memory, and two knits and one purl. very easy..
        And yes, I buy my special cards from the card factory shops a lot cheaper than Hallmark, and they are great value. If you went into a supermarket you would pay three times as much.
        The pack of cards I buy from the charity shops, I like Help the aged and the British Heart Foundation.
        And I can so relate to knitting up your older yarn.. I have one big bundle of wool left to knit which is enough to do a jumper.. I finished the waist coat I started, but its prickly to wear even through a blouse.. So I need to wash it couple of times to see if it helps.. The Yarn was made of natural sheeps wool with lots of rough hair bits in, from the dark, black sheep! It was expensive wool that our friend had bought that she gave me.. and the whole bundle cost wait for it £ 80.. yes crazy..
        If I can not wear it, I will unpick the whole lot and re knit into something else.. Hubby can never understand that I could do that, I have done that to several pieces I have not liked when finished..
        I said the pleasure is in the knitting, :-D, he shakes his head.. lol
        Any way, enjoy.. and I am sure all will come together for the BIG day.. xxx Love and Hugs Sue xx

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      4. narf7 says:

        I call it “Frogging” your project because you “rip it, rip it, rip it” 😉 Yeah, I do more than my fair share of frogging on any given project. Usually because I made some small error that I don’t notice (I am not a visual person) till I am a few more rows into the project…sigh…use the UBER expensive wool for making a blanket with for your knees. It will be lovely and warm and it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit prickly. Those hairs are called “guard hairs” and are a bollocks in darker and thicker fleece. I am learning about guard hairs myself. I get most of the joy from crocheting from the act, rather than the finished piece, so much so that I always give what I make away as soon as I finish it. As far as I am concerned, that’s my bit done 🙂

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      5. Yes Fran, that is me too, I enjoy the process, of making.. As to the ‘Guard hairs, a good idea about a blanket. I can see it being unpicked at some point.. And made into such a blanket.. Yet it never prickled when I knitted it up..
        Hope you had a good week well weekend now.. Been busy. so the modem was turned off for a couple of days,, 🙂

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      6. narf7 says:

        The guard hairs tend not to prickle till they are against sensitive skin and our hands are not as sensitive as our necks are so it’s hard to gauge how the end results are going to feel. I know what you mean as I bought a couple of black/dark brown fleeces and spun them up but have been wondering what to do with them as a. the end results are quite thick (about 12 ply!) and b. I am worried about the guard hairs coming back to (literally and metaphorically) bite me ;). I may make a nice thick knee blanket for next winter yet or a cardigan for over the top of other clothing. Either way I am sure I will have a TONNE of questions about the process for you 🙂

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      7. The knee blanket sounds good.. I would not have thought the guard hairs would have come through my blouse with the waistcoat.. But my shoulders would not stop itching while I was wearing it.. I am hoping it will be softer after a couple of washes, if not, then its being reworked lol.. Lol and you can unpick my brains any time.. Can’t garentee you will get much out of them though .. LOL… 🙂 ❤

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      8. narf7 says:

        HAHAHA! I am pretty much the same, especially around Christmas time Sue 😉

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  4. Oh, to have a Christmas picnic! That sounds like pure magic. Actually, at this rate, it may just be warm enough in the pay area to contemplate that, since it went all the way up to 70 today and felt downright spring-like. Guess you could say I’m dreaming of a green Christmas…

    Very curious about your elderberries. I’ve only had it as a juice, and I can’t really recall a particular flavor. Do you have any culinary plans for them yet?

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    1. narf7 says:

      I have gardening plans first and foremost as they will be another addition to the food forest that don’t require a lot of care. The possums don’t eat the leaves and they grow into a nice small tree with a spreading habit that will shade understory food plants. The berries can be used for syrup, pies, making wine (which is what interests Steve about them 😉 ) and the flowers can be also used to make wine and delicious fritters and they are brilliant for attracting pollinating insects and the grow out in the bushland feral so don’t need a lot of additional water in our hot summers. A solid score for the elderberry in my books 🙂

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  5. brymnsons says:

    Those cherries did look glorious. I’m not a big cherry fan, but will eat a couple if they are fresh, not the glace type, yuck. The wicking fridges have me itching to paint them! They would come up a treat I reckon. Some vines twining around them with flowers and fruits thrown in maybe. You could download some patterns from the internet, that’s what I do as I can’t draw to save myself lol. It’s all looking productive in your home haven. Thanks for an interesting walk through it. Oh and crush up egg shells and use them around your seedlings, snails hate to slide over them x

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    1. narf7 says:

      Those cherries are sour cherries and are really only tasty when they are VERY ripe. I don’t mind a bit of sour every now and then so I ate some. That’s the only reason that they are still on the tree or the birds would have hoovered them down by now ;). I have thought about decorating the fridge wicking beds and another friend said “NO! They are industrial chic” so I haven’t so far but the day is coming when I get spray can out and go nuts. I reckon the snails would just form a snail raft and go over the top of the egg shells. Everything that finds it’s way to Serendipity Farm seems to work out complex ways to scoff all of our hard work!

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  6. Kim says:

    I love the picture of Pawly! My husband said he was clearly taking a few minutes off from being wild and vicious. Your garden is looking brilliant. I’m very pleased to hear you have defeated the snails without Earl managing to do himself damage.
    I envy you a Christmas picnic. We may manage a walk with a flask of soup to warm us up.
    I’m checking out vegan recipes at the moment as my daughter is now vegan and is visiting over Christmas. Fun!
    It snowed here before I dug my turmeric up – I’m a bit worried….

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    1. narf7 says:

      Your turmeric will be fine as it was under the ground (like carrots) and I hear that in Northern climates you can actually overwinter your root veggies in the ground to keep them fresh so turmeric would likely fit into that category. Look up “Vegan wellington” as that makes a truly easy but spectacular Christmas meal. Steve and I have rethunk our picnic idea and are now having a sit down vegan wellington with all of the trimmings and a lovely and most spectacular dessert. We decided this because it is a. going to be HOT on Christmas day and hauling our dogs around with us would have been unfair to them and us, b. as we cook on the bbq out of doors in the summer months its tantamount to having an Aussie bbq for our meal ;). Pawly is the boss feral cat even though he is very small. He has a brother PK (pretty kitty) who lives in a large pipe around near Sanctuary and who chews the heads off the rats who dare to try to move in but who is a whole lot more scared and feral (but who Steve feeds in the afternoons). The snails are tenacious and their sad shelled carcasses are mounting up in my wicking beds. I am going to have to remove them as I feel tremendous guilt viewing the amount of cephalopods that I have done away with in a short period of time! 😉

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      1. Kim says:

        I will check out vegan Wellington. I’m more than happy to go meat free but The Management likes his meat so i will be cooking for both. I have a great vegan chocolate cake recipe that can be an impressive dessert if i make it in a bundt tin.
        I will report on the turmeric in due course. Give the mutts a hug from me – and tell the cats hi! 😃

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      2. narf7 says:

        Earl assisted us (I use the word “assisted” in a very loose way…) to reclaim some of Sanctuary so that we could get into the glasshouse without having to go into Sanctuary first. It’s a LOT easier to access so I am likely to use it to propagate now. Earl has decided that this new corner of the garden that was previously inaccessible to him is now “his” and the deal was made all the more sweet by the fact that there was still half a bale of straw left in the corner so now it’s his bed apparently. Bezial got to go outside the house fence with Steve and Earl was most jealous (which cheered Bezial up no end as he had sore legs from going to the beach this morning and over exerting himself). Mr Pawly is off wandering around asserting his kitty dominance on pretty much nothing as the chickens are not scared of him at all and run at him and peck him if he even dares to look at them sideways. My turmeric is just peeking through the straw in it’s tub so I am overjoyed that it survived the winter. I am quite sure yours will be most happy. I am going to give growing ginger a go this year. Why not? I already have cardamom so it can’t be that hard 🙂

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      3. Kim says:

        😂 Loving the animal stories. I’m putting pressure on The Management to get another dog but he’s not keen 😞.

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      4. narf7 says:

        Dog = walk. Steve has been loving that now that Bezial is a bit older he doesn’t want to walk as much as he used to. He tends to ride shotgun in the car and directly to the destination and usually has a bit of a trot around or a splash (if we are at the beach) before Earl and I arrive after walking about 5km. I am guessing The Management is thinking “Guess who is going to have to walk the dog!” 😉 You know what tugs your mans heartstrings, you just need the right angle 😉

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  7. Linne says:

    I always love popping by your place, Narfie! I usually learn something, but even more, I love seeing your part of the world through your eyes. And following the progress made by you and Steve on Sanctuary, Narnia, etc. Have a very Merry Christmas, my friends (and I include the boys here, too) and I wish the same for all your family and friends. And the best in the coming year, of course. Much love and hugs to you. ~ Linne

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    1. narf7 says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment Linne. I, too, hope that you and your family have a truly lovely Christmas and that 2018 is your very best year yet 🙂

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  8. Robbie says:

    What are those berries next to the post, cherries???? YUM…those look amazing!!! You are the most resourceful person, I know in the world. Cuttings what a great way to share plants. I grow a lot from seed, but I need to learn to make cuttings. A lot quicker-LOL. I need to start doing that with people. I ‘ve been ordering some more fruit trees for our small potager. I had an apple, cherry, and pear taken out this fall. They all died. Two were very old and just were not producing much and about to fall over. I admire your ability to make plants-I need to get better at that in the future!
    What great bowls. Now those I would have picked up. My daughter got me a great salad spinner at the thrift store for under a dollar. It is used every day and the best Christmas present I ever got. LOL. I mean it!!!I love thrift store finds. This year she baked me banana bread, yum.
    I agree about the Christmas season. I do the same – I tend to stay away from it all and never go shopping at any of the stores. I make what I can. This year, I gave popcorn my friend’s son made. To help him with his new business.
    Your place is looking beautiful. I have to head over to your next post, I want to catch-up before I have to get off the computer-LOL

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    1. narf7 says:

      The “berries” are just more cherries Robbie. The birds don’t touch the Kentish cherries as they are also known as “sour cherries” but when they are ripe they are lovely so I am going to plant some as I know that the birds won’t touch them and I can make all kind of things out of them including my own Maraschino cherries. Even quicker than cuttings, and something that gives you a fruit or nut tree that produces fruit or nuts a LOT quicker is aerial layering. Look it up and get VERY excited! I am going to give it a go soon. There are tonnes of YouTube videos about it 🙂

      I love thrift store finds as well. I haven’t had a lot of time to peruse the thrift stores lately as we are at home and not at school. There is a large and very reasonably priced thrift store at the back of our college and I can head up at lunch times to have a check at what they have. It’s like a new discovery and I can find all sorts of things there. I am about to go hunting for circular knitting needles soon as I am going to try knitting socks and its my very first stop on the “circular knitting needle adventure” to see if I can get them cheaply. It’s summer here so you can often find yarn, needles etc. as people don’t knit over our hot summer.

      I went to a family bbq this year where my adult children all bought and made me vegan food. It was lovely and my son even asked me if I wanted to cook my food first as the bbq plates were brand new and “untainted by meat juices”. Can’t ask for more than that 😉

      I agree about handmade gifts. That’s why I want to learn how to knit. I love how knitting things look and I am spinning my own yarn now so why not turn that into some lovely handmade things to gift? That’s a lovely idea to give your friends son’s popcorn to people as that way they get to sample his wares and you are advertising his business as well as supporting it. You are a good friend Robbie 🙂

      The wicking beds that we planted out in this post are now going mental with the hot weather that we have been having. I am going to write a blog post today and share more images of them as well as Sanctuary that is also going mental in a very lovely way. We drip irrigated the orchard area and now I can water Sanctuary and the whole orchard area by just turning on taps and watching the clock. All I have to hand water is Narnia, my old peach tree and persimmon and the fridge wicking beds near the back door and a few pots that I lugged down yesterday from Sanctuary with dragon fruit and macadamia nuts in them. I can’t believe I am saying this but “I love this summer!” because we are accomplishing so much. We just cleared out the jungle of a side garden and the chooks are clearing the soil for us now. We took out all of the blackberries, banana passionfruit, honeysuckle and jasmine that were growing over the tops of the canopies of the trees in here and trapping all of the rainwater before it got to the ground so everything was struggling in there. It was very hard work but we knocked it out in 3 days as we also had a plumbing crisis (Steve had to fix one of our pipes that takes water to the house) in between and our computer is trying to die in a spectacular way so we had to zoom in to the city to get another one to transfer everything before it croaks so we have been very busy.

      I love catching up with you and sharing what we are both doing online. I hope your winter is going well and it’s getting closer and closer to spring for you every day 🙂

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      1. Robbie says:

        Finally have a morning to visit sites. Wow, you sound busy. It is below zero here for days!!!! Wind chills at times in teh doube digits some days…but it will be warming up to 16 degrees today! Geez maybe 40 by weekend. I take my coat off and run around in a long sleeve shirt in the garden when it is 48 degrees. Yep, it feels like summer-LOL
        I am heading over to see what your new blog post has to say. I am so far behind with posts. I plan on writing one this weekend. I will have some time.
        I am hoping to get back to posting but who knows the weeks just pass by and just when I think I have some free time…POOF…it disappears…lol
        Love visitng with your site, it looks great.
        Your cherries, oh so beautiful!

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      2. narf7 says:

        That sounds lovely and cold when we are heating up. We have a few days hovering around 30C going on here which may not sound like much to most Aussies (some places the mercury hits 50C!) but to we Taswegians, who live under an ozone free sun, it’s blooming hot! Thinking of your lovely cold days might just help me survive them but at least the tomatoes and eggplants are ripening! 🙂

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  9. Wow now that what you call gardening, what a great area to work in, full of surprises.

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    1. narf7 says:

      Hi there and great to see you visiting Serendipity Farm 🙂 We have been really busy working on knocking the property into shape as when we inherited it (from my dad) it was completely overgrown and as we do everything ourselves (being penniless middle aged student hippies) and we have to work on our holidays the garden takes over in the space in between. I should be posting another blog post soon about how everything is going so if you want to have a check back there will be an update. Thanks again for visiting 🙂

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