Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Lemon coloured orchid

Today I have been soaking up the beautiful Spring sunshine whilst doing a spot of gardening & working my way through washing a mountain of dirty clothes & hanging them out on the line to dry in the warm breeze. I don't know what it is about the ritual of washing & then hanging out fresh clothes on the line, it seems to make me feel like all is good in the world & gives me a sense of being in control of my crazy chaotic household.
When I was a little girl I used to love washing my dolls clothes in my grandmother's front loader, it was so different to my family's top loader. I would put in the detergent & press the buttons to start, then set myself up a little chair to watch the little clothes spin round & around in the sudsy water.
Grandma would help me tie rope between a couple of the gnarly old banksia trees in her back garden on which I would carefully hang out my clean dolls clothes to dry in the sun. Today felt like one of those happy sunny washing days from my childhood, must be the warm Spring breeze sending those kiddie memories flooding back.
In the veg patch today I through a whole heap of pelletised organic fertiliser all over the beds and then watered it in to the soil. I'm sure the plants will love this mix & will hopefully reward us with loads of delicious goodies to eat during the coming months.
On one of my many trips back & forth to the rainwater tank I spied this pretty lemon coloured orchid. Orchids amaze me, this one has been neglected for so long & has spent much time totally dried out in its pot. A little splash of liquid fertiliser months back & our recent couple of showers of rain have been all it has needed to through out a flower spike. And what a pretty flower spike it is!
Do you have a little ritual in your home life that you don't mind doing more so than other domestic duties??

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Spring in my step

Wow, Spring is here in full force in my neck of the woods. The weather has been gloriously warm & we have had a couple of afternoon thunderstorms to quench the thirst of our garden & really get the flowers blooming.
Our garden has been established for seven or more years now with many plants growing wild providing me with a contrast supply of beautiful blooms to brighten our home. Look at this bunch I plucked a few minutes ago. Preeeeetty!
Lucky I have flowers to tart up the house as you can see we are living on a virtual building site. Sure it is getting closer to being finished but oh how I'd love things to be a little less chaotic around here. It will be so fantastic to have the extra space when it is all done.
Today Betty Bernina & I have been sewing up a storm creating a bevvie of beautiful Springy themed skirts perfect for frolicking in your hood, where ever that may be??
I hope you are enjoying the change of seasons & the little rituals we partake in according.

Monday, 17 September 2012

She's back!!!

Hi thanks for hanging in there, I dropped out of the bloggersphere for quite some time didn't I.
Early in June my husband was given some rather shocking & depressing news regarding his health which certainly turned our world around. After months of being in shock & him engaging in treatment everyday which involved him travelling a round trip of 4hrs each day, I'm pleased to say he is a lot better & we are feeling more positive. Phew... now that that's out of the way we can get onto lighter subjects.
Last week I had a visit from a very tame cockatoo who didn't seem at all disturbed by me watching him eating the seed pods from the wattle tree at our front door. He seemed just as interested in me as me in him.
I've also been busying myself in the veg patch of late, harvesting homegrown broadbeans (yum) & planting many more seedlings such as tomatoes, eggplant, beetroots & butternut pumpkin. The plan is to be feasting on nutrient packed homegrown fruit & veg all Summer long.
Do you enjoy getting your hands grubby & attempting to grow your own food? Ever had a little critter from the animal kingdom pay you a visit at your pad?