gardens and gullies
Posted on Sun 1 April 2007 at 03:40
I asked Steve again to show me how to add photos. Again, he patiently showed me, again, I can do it today........the burning question is: will I remember next time?
In my haste to add the above picture, I didn't even type a caption for it.......
as you can see, my large shells survived the move: they now live on the deck along with the shell rope. I only have a few more inside the house, mostly sea urchins and a few medium shells.
I like to keep my cooking herbs in a pot rather than in a border or bed. I always think that cats are less likely to crap in a pot than in a flower bed!
The front of the house looks a lot tidier than in the last photos. Although it is a tiny patch of garden, it originally had about 20 or so large grasses in there as well. So Steve hoyed them all out at my behest, and he planted some moss, installed his big rock and voila, the contemplation garden. You can't even see the rock from this angle but it is there alright!
Note St Andrew at the left of the roof!
I'm not looking forward to having to get the car up the drive when it gets frosty but I am told it is unlikely to be thick enough to be really slippy. I guess they build according to the conditions so they ought to know what will and will not work.
Just about my favourite place to be. I love the peace and serenity I find in my hammock. The fence behind it was a real mess - what looked like broken asbestos boarding. So rather than mess with it, we put up the brush matting over it. There is a foot wide gap in the corner, so I wove a mat out of flax and stapled it over - works a treat so far. We pulled the ivy back to get in about, then wired it back on to the fence, with the result, it looks like it has been there for ages. Good job, though I say it myself.
What else? Not a lot really. As we were all off today, we went for another wander around Hamilton gardens.
This is the carved mural I mentioned in a previous entry.
It's huge! I really should add one of the pictures with some detail but - can't be bothered!
We wandered around the garden section and it inspired us all over again to do something with the gully. Unfortunately, Steve's spraying (God, I make him sound like a tom-cat!) seems to have had very little effect down there so far. Perseverance is the key I guess, so I will send him on another mission soon. The baddies helped themsleves to a chilli or two. The first I knew about it was Steve walking along with his hands on his head as if to hold it on. He looked very red and he was breathing through his mouth with his eyes glazing.........that's the price of sin!. Ther were tomatos, cucumbers, marrows, pumkins, sweetcorn, chillis and aubergines growing really well outdoors. I wish we could wave the magic wand and have the gully finished now. I can't wait to DO something!
We took a walk down to the river as well. Apparently the Waikato region is named after the Waikato river and is well known as an agricultural area, well watered by the river. Difficult to imagine when you see that beautiful sky, that it is Autumn - and there seem to be very few leaves falling yet.
Right, things to do, etc Donkey and Steve are off to Wellington on a course soon, so I need to stop and say goodbye. In case you didn't know, Donkey is Steve's travel buddy. He went with him to Turkey, to Basra and has even been know to come on family holidays too: Egypt, Scotland, England, Spain, France. Donkey says he doesn't mind Steve tagging along as long as he gets a round in now and again! Better than sitting next to the nutter on the bus/train/plane! Hmmm............