our home in the bush

garden man

garden man
Just to sit a while and enjoy

Monday, October 20, 2008

saving frogs

The wonderful warm weather is here. It is that time of the year when the garden tank is full(wonderful water) and I can hand water the garden without worry of there not being enough water to go around and the bulbs are up, the iris's are looking good and a few are starting to show their flowers. The first red and pink rhodo's are in bloom, and the garden is starting to kick back into life. But not all is so good at "Bishopstone", there are some amongst us that are doing it tough and those are of course the tadpoles. There is not enough rain to keep the frog pond full and so it is the annual frog saving time. Yes you can find us out there with little containers scooping up little tadpole and putting them into the water lilly containers for what will hopefully be a full and long life. I still have not found any baby banjo frogs this year. Last year we saved a few of these big taddies only for them to dissapear, maybe eaten by one of the many animals around here. Atleast the frogs are in full voice at night. I love it, and every garden should be full of these great brilliant creatures.

It is also the time of year that I find it hard to decide between being outside and trying to help my garden through the warm weather, flourish is not going to be a term to use on this patch, and the other passion of starting a new knitting project. If I am out in the garden I am often thinking about things I would like to be knitting, but when I am knitting I am thinking about all those weeds, and boy this place has plenty of those. What do I do? I should find a good,chaep mulch that wont be blown away or be washed away down the valley.

I did notice that now the wallabies have finished eating the geraniums ( go figure that one) they have decided to break the tops out of some of them. They have already broken my daisy bushes to the ground while jumping into the frog pond. I dont think they saw the path on the other side of the bush.

When it is all said and I've done my "oh'no's" I would still rather to have my furred friends here, after all they were here first. I say if you dont like the wildlife and all those brilliant trees dont live in the bush.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rain and peace

The other night it was a brilliant moon lit night and I just stood looking at the view outside. And I realised how happy we become by familiarity. It was dark, quiet and still I really liked what I saw. I may not have felt the same about looking out someone elses window late in the night knowing I had to venture outside. I walked the dogs around the driveway and could have lingered out there for hours. Everything was still and even the sheep were quiet. I just could not imagine being anywhere else. I have been enjoying some fantastic photos from blogs in America. How I would love to have those autumn tones to look at, but the mighty gum tree has its own beauty too. I love to see how life is around th world and love to hear from people with same interests but living in different parts of the world

Well I have to venture back to the topic of halloween. Of course, I made it into town to go decoration hunting yesterday and I came back with some goodies. I found some great material to drape over the windows and then some all essential spiders web stuff . Now it is just the costumes to make(oh the thought of sewing is not thrilling me), oh and lots more witches and bats to cut out. The pumpkins are under daily threat of being cut open by the kids but I have convinced them they have to wait a little while longer.

Luckily it is still raining slightly, I guess that means an inside day and lots more cutting out to do.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The dogs are asleep and I am the only one up at the moment so thought I would do what all good people do, waste some time on the net. And where better than on this new blog. I would be so much happier if it would let me upload my photos easily. I will have to work out what the deal is with that, may be the old computer problem.
Ahhh to be a dog. My old girl is fast asleep in her basket, the middle one is on duty staring out the doorjust waiting for our possum to arrive for dinner. She must be the best fed possum around this area with a great variety of home cooked food. And bless because now she has a little babe to share the food with.
And of course my little poodle is fast asleep on the couch, how a small dog can take up so much space is beyond me.
Tomorrow I will try to upload these photos again, I am sure there are lots of things I should be doing at the moment and definently should be making a list of all those things I should do tomorrow.
I have a free evening ahead of me to read my book "Yeats is Dead". I think it is more like one of those books I just want to finish so that I can start a new one. I really hate to start a book that I do not finish.
My middle dog has just spotted the possum and that is a good time for me to go and drag myslf away from this computer.

pumpkins are home

Well I am getting closer to finishing my jumper and that means I can start something new. But which one should I start. I get so inspired by fab patterns on the net. Then there is all the halloween decorations to start. I've made some bats. Anyone got any must have ideas for the night. I got the pumpkins today and am now thinking about what design to do. Maybe go for something a little easy for a first time pumpkin cutter.

I want to check out some more halloween decorations on the net. Some of those ones in america are soooo cool.

Had better go and finish my jumper.

Monday, October 13, 2008

halloween hunting.

While the weather decides to keep blowing I thought I would try and check out some halloween party ideas. Yes I am going to have my first Halloween party. And why not get into the american idea. The kids have wanted to have one for ages so now is the time. I am so happy so many people out there are happy to share their ideas on decorations etc. I would love to do some of the out door decorations but I think they would just blow away at this time of year.