Thursday, January 13, 2011
Todays bounty and re-using materials
I just love every day going out to collect the eggs and wondering what we will have for dinner and finding a bounty of food in the garden to add to the meal! Tonight we are having lamb and fetta rissoles, corn and salad and I was able to collect some eggs, a daily thing but eventually they will get used as last night we had an omelette and ate 22 eggs in one meal! Some lettuce and my first although small very tasty cucumber an onion still left over form the huge crop I had in Spring and a zucchini to grate for the rissoles. I am loving that it's all organic I find my home grown food so tasty and it's a wonderful cycle, what we don't eat is fed to the chooks, the chook manure is added to the compost which is then used back on the veggie garden! Bliss!!!
Also a project we start and finished just prior to Christmas day was to hire a large shredder and attempt to regain some usable land from the overhanging trees next door and prune many of our own trees. It took us the entire day and we ended up with a massive pile of mulch to use back on the garden, I used this one one garden bed that was pretty much not used anymore, added some solar lights that by all accounts is amazing they are still there usually the dogs have "remodelled" and moved them by now, we also used wood for the boundaries that were once parts of the old patio that needed to be orn down we made 2 new garden beds near the patio and I had 2 Camellias that were dying in pots from lack of nutrition, they really needed to be re potted and I though last attempt at life I shall plant them in the ground and pray to the Gods the dogs don't chew them!! I am so happy with the look of the beds they good fantastic!
We also re-found a path that we had put in way back 14 years ago, we laid this path from old, old bricks we found out the front, it had been an original path and we stored the bricks and then used out the back , and eventually they all became covered in soil. After sweeping them back - my eldest son's job and he did do this brilliantly I might add we added more mulch to the 4 quadrants, and in one picture you will see there some bushy shrubs I ended up removing all that after Christmas giving us more room and will add more of the mulch to that as we still have quiet a large pile of it.
I really wish I had taken before and after pics, some were taken mid working bee, but we were madly trying to get it to a state of neatness prior to Christmas day and I was a bit time short.
In the middle of all the work I suddenly decided I had a use for my old I believe it was a bullock ring? Anyone who knows different please tell me as I could be incorrect but I found this on a friends farm and they really did think it was rubbish!! I saved it much to Kens disgust and it's now a sculpture in my front garden. I have since added a bird bath behind it so it looks a little different now, but I just love re-using rusty pieces of metal, I wish I was more artistic and could really make things look beautiful but I am rather happy with this piece and where I have placed it.