April Update 2018

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The front walls and earthworks. February.

How the year is moving by. . .

 

I have been working steadily to complete our last remaining room of the house – the utility room or mudroom. Once I get it completed we can start to move the items that are stored on the back verandah and get some resemblance of normalness occurring. Plus we can more conveniently store our preserving and gardening items and make some room in the garage. Which is one of the next projects.

After ten or so years we are down to a garage full of items – the equivalent of sorting about 3 1/2 houses worth of STUFF. I still have a couple of ute loads of items to send to auction but it is getting there. The auction has been great as it gets things out of the house and we get a cheque each week (for the mortgage!) once the items sell. It takes a lot of fuss and bother out of the whole thing. Facebook and ebay are much too bothersome at this stage and with our lifestyle to concern ourselves with. Other items have been passed on to special friends with Grans consent and blessings. Hooray!

Gran has been getting out more due to a reassessment of her activities and requirements and making a few changes. The path to the front drive-way has been completed as has the drive-way itself which has made things a lot easier. We have lightly mulched the front gardens to keep the sand down and yesterday I planted the roses that we have had in pots for nearly eighteen months, if not more. I was not sure where they would go, but the front gardens will be tended less frequently, get lots of sun, are mainly just sand and would do best with less maintenance. As a result the roses have gone in along with some butia palms and succulent ground covers. I’ve wanted to keep the theme of the garden relevant to the house and the neighbouring houses but still plant useful plants. A walk through a bunch of flowering roses on the way up the path will  be nice for Gran.

The rabbits have  been moved onto the first completed half of the raised garden bed and are doing a great job of manuring the garden. I’m not happy with the chickens setup at the moment so that is due to change. The coop is not easy to get to which means they get more neglected than the rabbits.

The garden itself has become a jungle of the highest fat hen you are ever likely to come across in your life.

The days are of course getting shorter now, noticeably so. The air is cool to crisp at night and the days are usually sunny and quite warm and the winds drop down to gentle breezes. I never really had a favourite time of year until I moved to Albany. Autumn is something special here.

Having said that, there is the faintest whispy pink clouds revealing themselves at sunrise which may mean some showers today. But not always. . . the day is shaping up to be like yesterday. Almost perfect.

Other jobs around the place which have been completed have been:

  • a new letterbox in keeping with the new house.
  • sanded and sealed the front deck and mudroom floor (which was originally part of the original sleep-out of the house).
  • fishing gear all sorted (and discarded or mended) thanks to Pop. I plan to take the boys fishing more often.
  • still steadily preparing the other house ready for selling, in my spare time. . .

Soon I hope to start making some of our first evaluations of the systems we have in place and how they are working or what we would change.

 

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