Watching the grass grow!

Posted in Plants and Gardens on October 15th, 2016 by Coffee

It’s growing! Two weeks on and there’s shades of green appearing everywhere. Hard to capture it all in a photo, but as well as the very obvious patches that seem to have gotten a double seeding there’s little green stalks all over the rest of the earth as well.

We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather. There’s been enough rain, showers and dew that we’ve only had to water twice so far. Although there has been some quite heavy rain so there’s a few little patches where we can see piles of seed has floated from some water pools, but I’d rather have too much water than not enough!

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Preparing to watch the grass grow…

Posted in Plants and Gardens on October 2nd, 2016 by Coffee

It was meant to be a autumn game, but due to the weird autumn and winter weather we had it’s turned into a spring one. Either way the name of the game has remained the same. It’s called “let’s watch the grass grow!”

Both the left and right sides of the house have been cultivated, cultivated some more, cultivated again, and then stone buried, seeded and rolled. (I might have left out a cultivation or two there). So all that’s left is to watch the green creep over it. Hopefully the green will be more grass than weeds!

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But for a dose of something that’s not brown, our Rhodo has launched into its best display yet. Almost worth hanging out the washing just to look at it. Almost.

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More lines…

Posted in Plants and Gardens on August 21st, 2016 by Coffee

With the help of some very welcome babysitters last Sunday we managed to get the front hedging in and tree-guarded while the ground was still very wet and the trees were all still alive. All 47. That leaves us three spares in case any take a disliking to their new home, or the nasty hares or rabbits take a liking to one or two.

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But with another very dry summer forecast this year it’s going to be pretty important that we get them sorted out with some water. And as luck would have it yesterday I spotted the neighbour trundling around on a trencher laying a bit of pipe for probably the same reason. I decided Bec was the better negotiator, so sent her over the fence to beg. And over he popped.

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And soon we had a nice new trench all the way from the pump shed to the hedge line.

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Now we just have to plonk a pipe in the middle and fill it in again. Much easier than having to dig it all out and then fill it in!

While he was there we also got him to rip a new trough for a new run of hornbeams. They were in desperate need of some attention, sitting bare root as they were in a bag for far too long.

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So in a run of those went, with some in pots, and the remainder of the hundred taking up valuable real estate in one of the vege beds. Not sure if they’ll be there for the year now or not. We’ll work that out shortly. I hope!

Next projects…

Posted in Plants and Gardens on August 7th, 2016 by Coffee

Time to come out of hibernation a bit. Yes, the garage really is finished, or was a while ago now. Well, bar the hanging of many items on the wall, potentially a bit of garage carpet on one side, and a freezer. But we’ll call it finished for now! Pity it’s too full of cars all the time, so you can go without a photo for now.

So on to new tasks.

First up to plant a few trees that turned up on the doorstep (one box needs an “eventually” added somewhere in there) this week. Only 180 of them. Of which 120 are bare root, and need attention sooner rather than later. Gulp!

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I managed to get the the Black Pines and ten Maples done the other night, so there’s only 100 small Hornbeams to go. They’re the ones crammed tightly into the white plastic bag. Oh joy!

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And then to get the 50 hedge Cypress in, along with a random ten Kanukas and then we’re done.

At least until the next stage – moving this rather large heap of mulch around them all!

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Anyone want to come lend a hand and a wheelbarrow?!

So, so close!

Posted in House on April 4th, 2016 by Coffee

You’ve possibly been wondering just whether the garage has finally been finished or not. And the answer is……… Almost! Sigh.

It’s been a bit of a comedy of errors (or somethings) getting the garage doors on, but at last they’re on. Sort of. Tonight was the first night that they’ve both been down so it’s been a fully closed in building. So I thought a low light photo was worth taking to celebrate that.

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There’s still the final openers to fit, and a bit of cable to fix, but then it’s finally finished. Even though that’s still be done apparently the council have signed it off as complete, so it won’t be long until it’s really ours.

And then the hard work begins. Painting the interior. That should be a mini adventure!

Looks like we grew a pear. Or several pears!

Posted in House, Plants and Gardens on March 20th, 2016 by Coffee

As seems traditional with any sort of building project progress has reduced to a glacial pace. The electrical side has been completed, so really all we’re waiting for is the garage doors to be installed (they’re in boxes in the garage – apparently there needs to be a bit more concrete ground out of the rebate or something before they can go in), and the drainage to be complete then we’re done except for the painting which we’ll be attempting ourselves. At least to start with. We’ll see how long that lasts!

But in other news, we seem to have managed to get a decent crop from one of our pear trees this year. In fact it’s the first pear crop we’ve really had of any description. Up until last week I wasn’t aware that you’re meant to harvest pears a little under ripe and ripen off the tree, so these might actually be a little too ripe, but we’ll take them!

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It also seems that unnoticed by us the white peach tree has been quietly ripening its small, but very yummy white peaches. Again for the first crop from them. Bonus!

I suspect a lot of this is down to the extra water they’ve all received this year. Either that or they’ve finally matured just enough to deal with the conditions here. But it’s nice to finally get something back from them!

More stages complete…

Posted in House on March 12th, 2016 by Coffee

Over the last week there’s been a coating of Gibb applied to the remaining interior walls, and since this photo was taken there’s even been a bit of Gibb stopping action too. And the beginnings of a ramp built so we can actually drive into it.

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Think we’re down to electrics and garage doors now. Although we still need to decide if we’re going to get all keen and paint it ourselves or just get someone who knows what they’re doing to paint it. And maybe add some skirting boards. They’re not there yet, and somehow I suspect they’ll claim they’re not in the spec.

What the … ?!

Posted in Plants and Gardens on March 12th, 2016 by Coffee

Eleven nights into autumn and we get our first frost! Grrrrrrr! Weather report was for 6 degrees C overnight low in the city, but it was obviously a bit colder out here. White lawn, ice on the windscreen, and some damage to the more tender plants in the garden. Nothing that looks fatal yet, but a reminder that it can all change any night at this time of the year.

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But at least the tunnel house is still cranking along. Masses of toms, eggplants, chillies and peppers still to work out what to do with. It’s gotten to be a bit tricky to walk from one end to the other now without pushing through all the tomato plants.

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Sort of kinda almost done…

Posted in House on February 28th, 2016 by Coffee

Apologies again. We’ve been a bit tardy with the updates, but here’s a little run-down for you. Wednesday last week the scaffolding team of five guys arrived and plonked up the scaffolding. Thursday the builder and his mate put on the roof, and also added the interior plywood wall, swept the place out and called it a job well done. Friday the electricians arrived to do the pre-wire at very short notice. They left. Now I guess we’re waiting on either a council inspection, or the batts to go in. Not sure which has to happen first.

But then after that it’s just Gibbing, sparkies adding the sockets and switches, the main garage doors going in, a ramp to be constructed so we can actually drive into the thing and we’re done. Another week should do it, I reckon. Oh. Hang on. There was some sort of interaction with the council in there, wasn’t there. Maybe a month and we’ll be done then!

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Two days worth of progress to catch up on…

Posted in House on February 23rd, 2016 by Coffee

Yes, there was progress yesterday, but it didn’t get posted. Sorry!

Three walls had most of the cladding installed by the time I got home yesterday.

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And then today the rest of the wall cladding and all the windows and access doors were installed. With kitty door in one, of course, just in case the kitties wander in one day and need to get out. You get a picture of the other door though, just in case you were trying to squint to see the kitty door.

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Sounds like there’ll be a brief pause tomorrow as scaffolding goes up, then the roof goes on. Then I guess it’s the electrical install, gibbing, and, of course, the garage doors. Can’t see any reason why it can’t be finished by the first frost this year!