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daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

January 24, 2006

in the garden

I haven't been in the vegetable garden since I returned home, too scared actually. After my son said that the snails had been rampant while I was away, I was just too down hearted to even venture near it until this morning. It wasn't as bad as I had expected. Oh, yes the snails had feasted on my bean plants, leaving only sticks where I had left lush bonaparte bean plants & they had a little nibble of nearly every zucchini. But my pumpkin is flourishing & my potatoes are nearly ready to dig up. AND I have lots & lots of tomatoes. So I pulled the beans, zucchinis & the capsicum which didn't do alot this year, tied the tomatoes up and generally gave the whole vegie garden a tidy up. Then (and I have no idea what possessed me) I decided to move my compost heap from one corner to another. 'Joe' I said 'would you mind just giving me hand for a min?' explaining to him what I wanted to do - move some tin and hammer in the star pickets 'it won't take long' I said. hmmm - wrong. but then I realized that to move the compost bin I would also have to move the wire leaf bin that I have for my autumn leaves and while we were at it, we may as well move the spring mattress base that I use to grow my climbing beans on. Two hours later it was done & all I had to do was put the leaves back into my leaf compost bin and fix the carpet that I have on my paths(I use this to keep weeds down) . It is looking quite wonderful, all ready for autumn planting. but just one thing - what is it with the growth spurt that happens in a garden while the owner is away on holidays? Not just weeds, but trees & plants as well. Do the plants sit there waiting til you drive out the gate & yell 'she's gone* quick! drink down this organic growth fertilizer, we feel growth spurt coming on' - is that what happens? I can just see it ! !


Blogger Kali said...

Yep ~ I'm sure they do Robyn! It's like, "yeah, they're gone ~ let's paaartaay!!" *lol*
Isn't your Joe a good hubby for doing that impromptu work?

8:00 pm  
Blogger dolly said...

have you gone bonkers?!!!! you *moved* your compost heap - what did they feed you on that cruiseship lol! and hahaha isn't my computer desk tidy - it's my mission to keep the area junk free in my new life and have a pleasant area to sit in while I am at the computer! lets see how long it lasts

night love dollx

10:15 pm  
Blogger Flossy said...

Heehee, the mental picture that painted was great! Partying plants. Well, you got a lot achieved today, well done :) That holiday must have refreshed you no end!

11:04 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

Ha ha yes that is exactly what happens! I wonder about that everytime I go away for more than a week.

Oh how I admire that you have a really vegetable garden and hens and all! That is surely lots of work but bio food as a reward, that's fantastic!

1:58 am  
Blogger Connie and Rob said...

I think you being at sea has given you a crazy burst of energy. Well good for you! I bet your garden looks great.


3:19 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

I can just imagine how your garden grew while you were gone! But...WELCOME BACK!! We missed you! Sorry to hear about your sea-sickness. What a shame. I kind of had the idea that cruise ships did away with that sort of thing in this day and age. Wishful thinking I guess? It must have been wonderful when you started to feel better though. Sailing away, leaving the world behind...

9:47 am  
Blogger Cookie said...

Robyn, maybe the plants do that just to let you know not to go away for too long again !!! Sneaky lil thangs !

2:20 pm  

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