Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A time of firsts

First plum blossoms
The first day of spring came around and what a morning it was! Very close to -8C, the coldest morning we have had since moving out here - and the water tank pipes froze! So that meant no water for us. Our youngest daughter came running into our bedroom and flung the curtains back to excitedly exclaim 'SNOW!' at the top of her lungs.  Must admit it looked very close to snow. Hubby braved the cold (OK I pushed him out!) to go over to our other tank to fill up the kettle for a cuppa and he reported back that there were actual icicles coming out of the hose!

Lucky for us we had the fire going and the house was warm and toasty. After so much hassle getting this thing in and approved we were very grateful for the warmth. I fall asleep most nights in front of the fire.
We recently built our first wood shed with very kindly donated tin from our next door neighbour. This also meant that I got my greenhouse back when all the wood could be moved in.
And here is our veggie garden as of this beautiful bright sunshiny day. We recently harvested our first lot of winter veggies from the garden. It has been so cold this winter that nothing really grew much. The broccoli and shallots are from the garden and the potatoes and carrots are from the greenhouse.
In anticipation of spring, and also reviving the garden, I have been planting out some seedlings in the greenhouse.
These are my herbs - Chamomile, Thyme, Mint, Marjoram and Basil. As the Basil was closest to the wall, it actually got hit by the -8C frost we had. It didn't completely die and has started to reshoot green tips so all the work wasn't lost.
These are my pumpkin, rockmelon, watermelon and loofah seedlings, although the loofah seeds haven't come up yet.
Here are my tomato seedlings. This year I am growing Roma, Grosse Lisse, Mortgage Lifter, Money Maker, and Sweetie. *May* have gone a little bit overboard :)
In anticipation of the dream of one day getting sheep, we planted some trees at the front of the house so they will provide some shade for them when the trees get bigger. We planted three manchurian pears (I have always wanted some of these trees and finally got my wish). Although they are not edible, they still have purpose - shade for both the sheep and the front rooms of the house in summer, screening the neighbours across the road, beautiful colour in autumn as well as leaves for mulch and composting in the autumn. After much discussion, we have also planted our new little fig tree out the front as well. Hopefully for shade for the sheep and front rooms of the house and fruit as well.
And finally.....TA DA! My first loaf of bread - raisin bread! tastes yummy too!
Time to cross another off my New Years Resolutions:
Make bread from scratch, even if just once.  DONE!
Other firsts in the household - my youngest daughter turned the big 6, my twin bubbys turned 3 and also started preschool (big boys now *sniff*). We opened our bees for the first time since ANZAC Day and - phew! - they are still alive! I am about to embark on a permaculture design certificate in a couple of weekends time and I have almost completed my first semester back at uni and survived to tell the tale! Well - that is at the end of October and a lot can happen between now and then!


  1. Loofah seeds might need to be soaked overnight before planting...

    Love the fire!

    1. You know - you are right Dixibelle! I did that last year and they were fine, however in my haste this year...I didn't. They still haven't come up, so I think I will try and soak some tonight.

  2. Woo hoo! The fire is in, well done, I hope you enjoy it! Well done on all the planting and the bread too – I made my first banana bread last weekend and boy it was tasty too (much to mine - and everybody elses - surprise!)
    Love all the work you're doing, hope all well. xxx

    1. Was so good to see you guys! Yep fire is in but spring is getting warmer every day! Banana bread sounds awesome - Hubby is in charge of that in our household - bananas = icky :( Hope you are all well!