New shoots on the lemon tree, shriveled..!
I didn't take a 'before' photo of this garden, but this is how it looked three years ago during summer, with the Glory vine in full leaf. All of the shrubs and plants were planted more than ten years ago and were getting leggy, high and wide, making it difficult to back the car out of the drive without running over plants. It had become ugly and messy.
Then Brian came along with his motorised hedge trimmers and within five minutes it looked like this.!!
With a few wheelbarrow loads of compost from one of my compost heaps, and some waste hay from under the cow's hay rack, the beds were ready for planting up with some new plants that I'd propagated months ago, and some cuttings from other parts of the garden.
The little red brick border that Brian made years ago, is visible once again.
The two wood fires are burning around the clock. The kitchen stove for cooking and the slow combustion in the living room keep the old house warm and toasty. It's a drafty old place though, lots of windows and external doors with little gaps. Wonderfully cool in summer, but a little bit cool in winter.
Brian has had two weeks of annual leave, so the wood heap is looking healthily stacked with chopped and split wood.
Comfort food cooked slow in the wood oven is often on the menu during winter.
A beef and vegetable baked concoction (stew) for dinner one night, became soup the following day.
I always cook a bit too much. You never know when an extra mouth to feed might turn up unannounced, otherwise there are leftovers for lunch the next day.
But sometimes there's not enough leftovers for two, or however many I might need to feed, so a bit of bone broth from the freezer, tipped in and heated again makes a nourishing soup. Cooked rice, noodles or leftover vegetables lurking in the fridge are good added too. Every soup tastes different and it's impossible to make it again exactly the same.
A distorted view of Mulga Bill who is being very well behaved and comes to the fence for a chat at "haying up" time.
Lavender is putting on weight and still loving her food now that she has company with whom to share it.
A most wonderful surprise arrived in the post from one of my blog buddies. Poppy seeds so beautifully presented in a decorative envelope and little note to warm my heart. She prefers I don't mention her name, but she knows who she is, so once again, many thanks!
I have scattered them in gardens all over the house yard, hedging my bets in case one garden performs better than the others. Now waiting for the rain and anticipating mystery poppies in spring.
And talking of Poppy, I will have more news for you tomorrow on that subject.