Sunday, 24 December 2006

More pics

L-R: sunbathing, Freddie style, snow peas, cucumber flower
Cougrette/Zucchini, tomato, garlic

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Assorted pics

Freddie, Lily and very dead grass

Lettuce, potatoes, courgette (zucchini)

Corn, fruit cage (which holds blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberry, brambleberry,
raspberry, cranberry, cherry, cucumber and tomatoes)

Smoke gets in your eyes

and your garden, and your fact everywhere!

L to R: sunrise through the smoke, and view from the garden

Monday, 11 December 2006

Bushfire free - so far

Luckily for us we're not in any immediate danger from the bushfires raging in North-Eastern Victoria, but it's pretty tense all the same. We often have a lot of smoke - and we are waking up to the smell and haze almost every day, even though the nearest fire is probably 35-40klm away. Even though you know the fires are not threatening you, it can be pretty disconcerting.

We're not being idle though - Jerry is on gutter cleaning duty, and we're trying as best we can to keep everything around the house raked up and pruned of any deadwood or other kindling material. The verandahs have never been so tidy! We also have our fire plan, firefighting kit, firepump, waterpistols (great for putting out spot fires according to the CFA - that was all the excuse Jerry needed!), water backpacks, bins, buckets etc at the ready. So it's a case of be prepared, keep fingers crossed, and hope for no more big thunderstorms that bring lightning but no rain.

Whatever happens, it's going to be a long, nervous summer. for the latest fire update information

Sunday, 10 December 2006

Who's been eating my sunflowers?

Either my maths has really gone downhill, or something has been eating my sunflowers. I KNOW there were at least 10 seedlings there a few days ago, and now there are 5. Hmmmmm. Can't find any holes in the rabbit proof fence around the garden - and besides, if we had rabbits there would be nothing left below knee height. It's all a mystery.......


Well, I think we found the culprit. Somehow an echidna managed to get into the garden (and into Jerry's shed as well). Cute little critter - and quite fearless. We were able to follow it around the garden for quite a long time before we managed to help it out of the garden.
I hope that means the sunflowers are safe again!
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