Sunday, 28 December 2008

Eggplant (Aubergine)

This is the first time I have grown eggplant. So far they are doing well. They're the small Lebanese variety and I hope to find some good recipe's for them. Moussaka sounds like something we would like and of course there is always that great dip. I love the colour. Our young nephews enjoyed picking yellow, red and purple vegetables when they were here.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Christmas day harvest

With the new garden in and summer being nice and wet the harvest for Christmas was nice and large. Especially the herbs. There was more than enough basil to make 2 jars of pesto for christmas gifts also.

Garden beds 2 months on

Two months on, the new vegetable gardens are doing really well. We are sharing the corn with some rats and crow's, but they are kindly leaving the majority for us. I would have thought that we would be harvesting tomatoes and capsicum by now, but so far they are only green. Our eggplants should be ready to harvest by the end of the month. We've had some great steady rain in the last few months which has saved me a great deal of watering time. Some carrots I planted from seedlings didn't do too well and were very twisted and knotted, but the ones I have grown from seed seem to be growing very long and straight. I've also planted peanuts (something I have always wanted to grow when I got more space). I have put them under wire so they should be safe from rats and birds. The yellow squash we planted have been delicious and abundant. but the zuchinni plants got a fungal disease and didn't last very long. I am trying again and have planted another 4 of them, but I think it will be best growing them in winter.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Baby Pecans

Our pecan tree has baby pecans on it. I will have to put some bags around them soon to stop the parrots from eating them before I can get them.


The squash are producing well, but the humidity is playing havoc with the leaves, especially on the zuchinni's.

Our girls

I can't keep the girls out of the spare room they always find places to get comfortable.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Stage 3

So after a day of shovelling, (thank goodness for the man with the machine or else it would have been alot more work for us), we now have soil!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

My favourite part of the garden right now

This is my favourite part of the garden right now. The iris are flowering profusely and the shell ginger is looking like it belongs right there. I love the ginger's cascading flowers, they really do look like shells.

Vegetable garden beds Stage 2

We're at stage 2 of the new vegetable garden beds. They have all been dug in level and supports have been added on the low side so they don't bulge when the soil is added. The potatoes I planted are doing well, but it should be at least another month before the harvest. The best bit starts tomorrow when we have the soil delivered and a man with a machine in to fill them all up. Needless to say I am going to the nursery to buy seedlings today. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Sunday, 5 October 2008


Our rock wall is aging nicely and there is lots of greenery starting to appear in the cracks which is great. I especially love the mosses and ferns.

Sheer mosquito curtains

We've been busy hanging sheer curtains around the deck. We hope they will keep out the mosquitos when we are relaxing out there in summer. I kinda like the way they look too.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Potato plants

Earlier this month I planted a bunch of potatoes and now they have popped up as small plants. It never ceases to amaze me when seeds or roots that "I" plant actually pop up out of the ground and grow. It's great fun!

The end of winter

The last days of winter are here, but try telling our garden it's not spring yet.

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Saturday, 23 August 2008


My favourite vegetable to eat has become one of my favourites to grow. I love the way they just keep on producing delicious flower heads long after the first one is picked. Half a dozen plants gives us enough for at least 2 meals a week.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Frost in the tropics

I cannot believe it can get this cold in the subtropics.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Potato Patch

Our first vegie bed has been planted with potatoes. We covered the grass with some lime, rock minerals and newspaper. Dug holes which we filled with worm castings and potatoes and then added some soil and horse manure. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that we get no frost and the plants do well.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Vegetable beds part 2

We've spent the weekend cutting, riveting and washing and now have 6 vegetable garden surrounds. There is still lots to do, but we're on the way to tons of lovely organic vegetables. I think they look a bit like boats with no sails right now.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Steel bender

This week we had the steel bender come over and bend some sheets into vegetable beds for us. They need to be extended and lengthwise and cut in half so they are shorter. Then we will have a great amount of space in a sunny spot to grow more vegetables. I'm very excited about this new project of ours.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Almost civilised

Thank goodness we found a few days of dry weather the right time to have the concreters in. We now have a car port with concrete and part of a turning circle also. We are feeling almost civilised, but having to carry the groceries up the steep slippery slope is becoming quite tedious. Now we just need to hope for dry weather again to have the project finished.

Thursday, 26 June 2008


Our first red cabbage for the year!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Cuddling cats

This cold weather makes Bubbles and Bow so cuddly.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Sun lounges?

I am finally happy with the location of our sunlounges. Now all we need is some sun.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Progress on our driveway

We've closed the circle at the top of our driveway so now we have to park on the street until such time as we have 3 or 4 weeks of dry weather. Hopefully this will be before 2010, but it feels like it will be a long time. It's sad to think we are getting more rain than we need when there are parts of our country that are in such drought.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Craig's Pride and Joy

Pride (the green patch of grass) and Joy (the Bubbles cat).

Sunday, 1 June 2008


We've had rain combined with cooler weather and this has brought out the mushrooms.These are the ones we eat. They are delicious!
I wonder if these are edible. They look like ears.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

New stairs.

From the citrus orchard to the vegetable garden.
From the shed and washline to the house.

Ginger, ginger, ginger.

It's hard to imagine that I got nearly 2 kg's of ginger from a patch of dirt that is only 60cm x 60 cm.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Early morning walks

I love my morning walks. There is always something different to see and it's so peaceful.

Saturday, 10 May 2008


This is the monster we spend lots of time with in summer. It keeps us fit, is more fun than going to the gym and keeps the grass looking like a carpet. At this time of the year we're glad that we can put him away for a couple of months while the weather is cooler. Now is the time for cutting and carrying firewood to keep us fit. In our patch of paradise the work just never ends.. Love it!!

Snakes and cats

After relaxing in the sun she showed me the big carpet snake. Knowing that carpet snakes are not poisonous I was more intrigued than afraid, but this one was big enough to make a meal of one of our pussycats. So for the rest of the day the cats were confined to the house. I am hoping the disturbed sleep will have this carpet snake move on away from here.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Our beautiful girls

Our gorgeous girls sitting either side of the gate.

Our new buffet

Today we drove 1 hour south to a really nice little town called Bangalow. We have been wanting to go down there for quite a while as there is a great furniture store there that sells chinese cabinets amoung other things. We wanted a cabinet for behind our lounge which will be our "office" of kinds. It's to house the printer and computer so that I don't have to sit it onto my lap everytime I want to send an email or add to my blog. I love it and we had a nice lunch in town also. All in all a successful and fun day out.

Steps to the citrus orchard.

Craig's latest project is a set of steps down to and through our citrus orchard. I need to still paint the bricks and plant the area around it. Craig makes the paving stones himself too.