Seven thirty and the sun's still hot and high over Mt Kaukau on the western hills. Have been pottering in the yard the last few days, and making trips to pick up lots of horse poo and hay. All free! How so, you ask. One of my brothers lives on acreage, hence hay making and horses. The hay baler is making new bales right now and they need to shift the unused old stuff out of the barn. We score. I bought bales last winter to make our compost bin, and they were $16 each, so we've saved a couple of hundred dollars.
Our tiddly orchard now has a lovely mulch all over, and the rest is going out the front, Italian style. Why have grass when you can grow food? We're mattocking in the manure and the hay. Then in will go spuds, pumpkins - they can spread and run while laying low in a high wind area.
Mish is making a berm out the front, running parallel to the road. For all our friends who ran to their dictionaries to look up 'gabion', here's another one for you. Our berm is taking shape with all sorts of prunings, inc. from the neighbour on our downside, some hay, and then soil over top which will filter through the spaces. We'll plant it up with natives - and voila, streetscaping. Our front is pretty ugly fugly, but not for long.
Bought ourselves a whizz bang whipper snipper. One that starts very easily, doesn't weigh a ton, and roars through the grass, easy as. Heaven. We don't have much grass left, just enough to justify a new toy. Hope those B's who nicked our Chinese-made whipper snipper from our Robertson shed got wrenched shoulders from its dead weight and its 'damned if I'm gonna start today' routine.
Away from the yard, Mish is discovering the joys of batch scanning documents. We have folders (and still more folders) of notes (boxes of 'em really), on horticulture, interior design, landscaping, artworks, that could be useful, stuff she likes, etc, that have been an albatross for toooooooo long. Their time has come. Scanned, indexed, shredded.
We'll have room for a heated indoor lap pool when the last box is gone. Woohoo!
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