The busy week we had planned last week, was not so busy after all. We did manage to put in a few big days in the yard. I will share a little as I believe I’ve discovered that gardens are never finished, but simply a constant work in progress.
The apprentice and I, put in a solid 4 hours on Wednesday, trying to free the plants of the dreaded cats claw vine that was choking the life out of them. This vine, grows so quickly and covers everything in it’s path, horrible stuff that sticks to even your bare skin. I’m told we’ll be fighting it forever, so much so, one of the neighbours, has just let it grow right over her fence.
The gardens are full of beautiful bromeliads, once the horrible weeds are gone.
A few trips to the dump later, and we were ready for Adam to help with the chainsaw. That was the end of productivity though, as we had the state of origin to attend. We don’t travel into Brisbane much at night, and I forget how beautiful and vibrant the city is. We had a wonderful night, though a late one, that did nothing for our preparations for the next day.
We uncovered this beautiful pathway, that we will turn into a running stream.
Thursday saw, Adam, the apprentice, our eldest Racquel and myself all in the garden for the day. More work was done on clearing out the cats claw, Adam spent the day cleaning up the scrubs by cutting away the lower branches, and the apprentice, Racquel and I cleared out the rubbish. We were so lucky to get through this process, which then gave us the opportunity to do the most exciting job so far, fill the garden beds.
This is where some extra sleep would have come in handy. The back yard is on a hill, and only has paths and garden beds, there was no way for a truck to “dump” the soil down the hill, so we had to move it. Phew, this was exhausting.
Racquel and I shovelled 5 cubic meters of soil onto a tarp, that the boys then carried down to the garden beds and tipped in. It was long, hard, dirty work, but what a sense of achievement. Once this windy cold whether is gone, we can plant our first vegggies. Yeah!
That’s about all we had time for this week, we were lucky to be able to get those few days in the yard. It’s the busy time of the year now through till Christmas, with lots of jobs due back from council approval, architects and quotes to be finalised. This will again slow progress down, but with the new cabinetry coming for the library, we may get another little spurt in.
How was your week? What have you been up to? Did you manage to fit in a little DIY?