Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dreaming a Plan

Summer Sunset
It seems wherever you go in Blogland at present, there is lots of planning going on!  Something about a New Year that sets everyone in motion - and perhaps that time of settled quiet we get when Christmas is over and many are on holidays or have some extra time off from the general busyness of life!  In a blink or two, January will be over and I'm still dreaming about plans.  Things once again got put on hold as we had somebody interested in the house, but it seems they were only interested if we would take a ridiculously low price - everybody wants two bathrooms it seems these days!!!  So we are debating and deliberating on the idea of putting in a small ensuite off our bedroom which could be done with a few minor changes ............  We will be
having a few discussions this week to see how viable that is as we look at our options and where to from here!  In readiness I spent today clearing out the little nook (it was the original wardrobe area when we bought this house 8yrs ago)..... I have way too many things!!!!  The difficulty lies in needing warm woollies for the cold winter we get here, as well as summer gear for the hot dry summers!  Clothes for working at the hospital, clothes for wearing around the yard, clothes I'm trying to fit back into so don't want to get rid of them as I really do want to loose about 5 kgs which will get me into these things again!  Urggghhh!!!   Clean eating is what I need to be doing. 
For me, I'd really like to get back to growing more of our own food again.  Things around here went all askew when we decided 18months ago that we would purchase a house up in Queensland and sell our place here - hence food gardening discontinued until I bit the bullet not so long ago and put in a few vegies again! Not many, some tomatoes, a cucumber and butter beans .......
 These capsicums all grew from seeds that were the remains of a purchased capsicum a few months back - I basically just tossed the capsicum top with its seeds into the garden bed allowing it to do what it wanted (if anything), hence the reason they are all so close together!
I'd previously been given a single capsicum seedling which I had put in this pot beside the lemon verbena (I think - very yummy lemon smell to it), which had been struggling in the garden for the past few years - both seem to be doing well and the capsicum is flowering too!  I must have a look and see just what I can do with Lemon Verbena- presuming this is what it is - I may need to look at that too!!  Anyone know from this photo??  Very pretty white flowers


And more potatoes are sprouting in the pantry - so out they come to this tin in the garden which has no bottom to it - I cover them with dirt and once the green leaves begin to grow, I continue to cover them with dirt - continuing this growing/covering process all the way to the top of the bucket and then wait for them to die off which means I have a lovely crop of potatoes ready to use!  I'll be taking this rusted out tin with us when we finally move from here so I can use it in the next vegie patch!

Apart from that, I have a few other herbs, including this society garlic which had a lovely show of flowers.  Pete came home with quite a bit of garlic the other day that had been dug up from a farm he was working at!  Such a blessing when he is given produce and other goodies! 

The 3 girls left have not been laying any eggs at all since the fox attack a few weeks back which is rather disappointing!  With us trying to sell, and an interstate move in the future there wont be any new hens purchased until things are sorted out!   So I think I'll go and get my home binder out, perhaps look at getting it set up ready for when we do sell and move north so that things will be planned out just a little ..........  Dreaming the Plan!  Building the footings for what is to come in our next chapter ...........

8 comments:

I am said...

Hi Sharm fingers crossed your home sells soon and you and Pete can follow your dreams to Queensland,you have a lovely garden always producing something,hope you have a lovely weekend my friend xx

Narelle said...

Strong footings give stability .... hope your plans are fruitfull quickly.
Great idea for potato growing.

Susan said...

How disappointing that the house didn't sell this time....good luck deciding about the ensuite. A well established vegetable garden will be an advantage to the sale process.

Anthea said...

Hope the house sells soon Sharmayne... as for plans for the year, yes blogland is brimming with all sorts of declarations, but I never make any!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Good luck with all your plans, Sharm. Resilience sounds like something we could all do with a boost of :)

Janet said...

Having lived where I am for 40 years and in this house for about 22 I can't even imagine the angst involved with trying to sell and relocate. Not to mention the amount of clearing out I would have to do if I was trying to move! Good luck with your journey!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

It's difficult to live in limbo - I hope you can find your way to Queensland soon and find some simple pleasures in the garden while you wait. I love the society garlic plant - such a pretty thing. I'm sorry to hear your hens were attacked. I can't have a veg. garden or raise small animals here due to all the hungry wild things. I have success with herbs, though, as the deer and rabbits generally don't like them. Cleaning closets is a long process....I always find a few things I've completely forgotten I had! xx Karen

Jo said...

I loved my lemon verbena bush. Every morning I would put 1/2 dozen leaves in a cup and top with hot water. My morning cup of tea. Somethimes I would add a few mint leaves. I would also dry the leaves and put them in a container for the season when there were no leaves and had to trim the bush back. So good and refreshing. I couldn't bring it with me when I moved but my friend up here has a great plant and every time I go to hers I bring a few cuttings back for my cup of tea. I even take the leaves to work...