Al Freso at last

Posted in House on October 11th, 2015 by Coffee

Somehow we managed to agree on an outdoor dining table and some chairs while out shopping for such today, and while I’d like to say “and with no further ado we installed them” in reality there was a fair bit of what can only be honestly described as “slightly comedic pissing around” which ended up with us having a table and half the final number of chairs on premises and erected in time for the kids dinner. So they ended up with the privilege of the first meal at the table.


So now we just have to hope the rest of the chairs find their way to us, and we can work out the best placement of all the plants in pots. And the BBQ. And the tub of ice and beer! But I am pleased to say the kids enjoyed being the first diners, and smearing sauce all over the new chairs for mum to clean off.

Yes, we are still here!

Posted in Plants and Gardens on October 4th, 2015 by Coffee

Ok, so it has been a very long time since we last posted any sort of update. A looooooooongg time indeed! Sorry! But it has been autumn, then winter, and a very slow start to spring. So really nothing to report for the last few months. Until now. And even this isn’t going to be that exciting, but at least it’s a start, so bear with us and try to appreciate it if you can!

Today I finally managed to get around to re-potting all of the seedlings that have been slowing popping up in the propagation trays on the kitchen table for the last few weeks. I’m not sure how they’ve managed to survive the prodding and poking of the kids, but they did. Which is good. Or will be when they start producing produce.

Speaking of prodding, I do like the propagation trays we’ve got. As well as being self watering through the germination phase they’re great at re-potting time as with a simple prod from the bottom they pop up ready to be transferred to their next home. Bliss! Much better than trying to wrestle them out without pulling leaves off.


Somehow this year I’ve managed to get a much better balance between the seeds sprouted and those that end up getting re-potted. With hopefully just enough spares to keep the workmates happy during the ad hoc seedling exchange meeting sometime this week.