Thursday, 26 April 2012

Sunflower seeds

Remember our lone sunflower?  Well I harvested loads of seeds from just that one head.

The chooks will be happy!  Pip and I sampled a couple - quite tasty.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The holidays

 Easter hols done and dusted.  A quiet one at home for the most part.  The best kind of restful.

There was a fair bit of rain - our new gutters seemed to cope okay but I need to figure out how to redivert this new downpipe
The pavers aren't sloping away from the covered pergola and water is spilling over into the covered area.
Tilly did some tree climbing when the weather cleared
Still hopeful for the early harvested passionfruit to ripen.  The yellow fruit are limes.  Some do seem to be lightening up so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Bag packed ready for another school term
View from the window - camellias in bloom
I bought a cyclamen from Aldi on special - $5 worth of cool weather cheer.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

An Act of Desperation

Every morning I am greeted with more passionfruit munched on by Mr Possum so in an act of desperation despite all research suggesting otherwise, I picked some of the passionfruit (the ones that had most 'yellow' amid the dark green).  An experiment to see if they do indeed ripen off the vine... placing them strategically close to the mandarins/oranges in the hope that the ethylene gas they emit would aid in the ripening... one can only hope...

The lone yellow one is the only one that dropped off the vine before Mr Possum got to it - the others are all plucked off.

Monday, 16 April 2012

The Truth is Important

I stumbled upon this quote and was much inspired...
Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes

Saturday, 14 April 2012

He Is Risen

It was fitting that this story would unfold during this very holiday when we remember the Risen Saviour.  So today I decided that the 'well' that I had made from old hardwood fence palings seemed to be leaning rather dangerously on the side plus I had wanted to move it from its original position.  I decided to take the roof off it and just have the wood palings around the plastic tub in the middle.  In recent days/months I had let the water dry down to a level so as to make it easier to move.
Well in its original spot - when it was first built in 2009.
Well today - see how it's leaning to the right?  Roof was too heavy.
So imagine my surprise when I took all the water plants out to find this lone goldfish - we had put goldfish (2) a while back - 2 years ago to keep the mosquito larvae at bay.  I had thought they had all died.  In fact this one was plastered up against the matted roots of the water plants and it was only when I removed it from the the roots that I discovered that it was indeed alive!

I'm amazed that it survived.  It hadn't been fed for years... as a testament to how hardy it was, look how filthy the water is... so we nicknamed him Lazarus.

Put fresh water (with tap water conditioner) in the pond after moving it to the spot I had decided to put it.  Then released Lazarus - Pip lamented that we would probably never see it again... We decided that perhaps we should get a few more just to keep him company (and increase the chances of seeing a flash of orange on occasion!).

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Passionfruit Harvest Take 3

We come home from a church camp over the Easter long weekend and I see 4-5 of these (some still on the vine, others on the floor of the chicken run)

Someone's been eating (stealing) our passionfruit harvest!  I suspect a rat but Frank thinks it's possums...

So in desperation I harvest 2 from the vine that have a faint hint of yellow on them to see if I can salvage what's left...

I cut into one of the newly harvested ones - no good - too early to take them off the vine.  The one below (with lovely yellow pulp) is from one I harvested (dropped off the vine) last week before we left for the weekend - it's turned a lovely golden yellow on the outside even though it was nowhere near that yellow when it fell off the vine.
So I left the other one that I harvested off the vine in the fruit bowl with some navel oranges - maybe it will turn yellow after all?  If it does I will harvest as many as I can off the vine before Mr Possum eats them!

Monday, 9 April 2012

More Hairy Melons

I have a couple more of these to harvest - they are quite yummy stir fried!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Mellow Autumn

I love the colours of autumn!

Ever faithful colour - Camellias

Crab apple reds

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Passionfruit harvest take 2

I had put these 2 passionfruit in the fruit bowl together with some oranges 2 days ago... and was surprised to find that it wasn't a lemon that I had left over in the fruit bowl - it was a passionfruit that had turned golden after being harvested.  It was slightly more yellow than the one on the right initially but certainly not that banana yellow!  Things are looking good for a ripe passionfruit harvest!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Jap Pumpkins (corrected)

I assume these are what they are.  Question is - do I harvest now or wait till the vines start to look really decrepit?

Already showing faint hints of orange

Another one - I think in total I have 5 of varying sizes

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Passionfruit Harvest

I've only been harvesting the ones that have dropped off the vine - only a faint hint of yellow

Faint hint of yellow - I was hesitant thinking that they weren't quite ripe - but after I cut into one I was rewarded with lovely orange pulp!

Laden with fruit - we might get a harvest after all!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Enjoying the sunshine

Tilly basking in the glorious sunshine as Sydney waves goodbye to La Nina...