Thursday, 30 May 2013

Autumn joy


Foggy mornings are the perfect foil for spider webs

My Japanese maple showing faint hints of red - it's not cold enough in Sydney for it to turn the brilliant red that it's so famous for... I'm content that this year it seems to be making an extra effort at adornment before shedding its leaves.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

I made Biltong






And it was a roaring success - after 2 days of drying in the homemade dehydrator - we ate it all in 2 days.  I will need to make more next time.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A Change of Heart

The bed that was to be Pip's new double bed (as pictured here) needed modifications and slats to convert it to something functional.  I kept putting off painting it because quite frankly, the wood had a lovely old world patina to it which I felt was almost sacrilegious to mask with paint.  So in my searchings for slats, I happened upon another fully functional double bed on ebay and decided that it was more economical to purchase it rather than buy wood to make up the slat platform with the original oak bedhead and footer.  Plus it was a pine production which I didn't feel the least worried about painting over.  I used the leftover flat ceiling paint - yes not ideal but I didn't want to use up what I already had rather than buy more paint.

The new bed - the side rails are on the other side of the room and the slats outside.
With the original oak bedhead and footer, I have every intention of turning it into a bench seat - stay tuned.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Every morning

I'm greeted by a carpet of petals which I have to sweep off the pavers - but the beauty of it makes it all worthwhile.  I love my camellias - they don't need much care and year after year they provide the autumn garden with glorious colour.

Friday, 17 May 2013

I feel like this of late...

sleepy Tilly... basking in the warmth of the sun.  The to-do list beckons... maybe next week :)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Mother's Day Flowers

From our god-son Matthew (lovely surprise)

From Frank and the kids

Friday, 3 May 2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Growing Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)




A friend from work gave Frank some Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) cuttings. I would've never believed that it was a succulent.  It sat in the back porch for weeks unplanted.  The kids are back at school today so I took the opportunity to finally plant it out after doing some research.  I zip-tied 4 garden stakes together for the central post to tie the cuttings on (and topped it with a metal grill I had lying around - I think it needs to be bigger but that can be worked out later if the cuttings take), built a roller pot stand so I could wheel it around and then watered it in...