Thursday, 15 April 2021

New from Old.

 


I love repurposing..........furniture, clothing, and any brick-a-brat stuff  really, and this shirt has seen better days. Picked it up from the cheap rack and turned it into an apron for use in the garden.

 


Of course you can't see the collar but the embroidered band on the top of the apron came from the collar of the shirt. Not a very big pocket but that will have to do!




Another repurposed project was to make the insert for my new cushion and for this I used old pillow stuffing. As I'm a bit of a hoarder I strip out the stuffing from pillows, wash and dry in the sun and put in those vacuum bags to store for later on.

 

 

I thought it would be a good idea to make my own inserts. They will last much longer than a brought one and can be taken out and washed repeatedly without falling apart. I think I'm going to do this for all the cushions I make now. I used calico for the outside. Cheap and tough!


 


In the garden the Furcraea has now produced abundant plantlets along the bloom spike and I will use some of these to plant back into the garden as the original plant will die. Some grow and flower quickly and others just sit around for years growing very little.



During a storm last week a few fell off prematurely but I did pick some up to save them from the mower.

Well it's a lovely Autumn day outside and it's time to be out and enjoying the cool temperatures.

 



Saturday, 10 April 2021

Autumn in the Garden

While Autumn brings to mind the changing colour of leaves and cooler weather for the Northern Hemisphere,  here in North Queensland and the Southern Hemisphere, summer lives on! The landscape is lush, the creeks and rivers are full and waterfall chasing is spectacular. 

 


 

Of course this means it's time for garden preparation and is the perfect time to get into some long weekend gardening projects to make your space the best place to be.

Hubby and I are getting older and with that comes the creaky knees and backs. So we have decided to change our garden beds around this year. There are still herbs, capsicum, eggplant and tomatoes growing but these may not survive a transplant when we move the beds.


 

 

Instead of one long bed with limited access we have moved the chook pen back about 4 feet and are going to turn the space into smaller beds. This will also be beneficial for crop rotation as well.


Both of us work together in the garden helping each other do the heavy work and there is the possibility we may not have the beds ready for planting this year as the weather is still quite warm.  It may take us the cooler months to prepare and finish the project but all will be ready for the following year. We need to sit and recover or break the jobs down to smaller lots, but we aren't in a hurry.

 


As you get older it's a good idea to sit, enjoy the view/day and plan the next moves.


 

If we only get up the garden bed frames this year it might just be the opportunity to do a straw bale garden with our favourite veges! I like the look of these beds as well and can already taste the lettuce!

 

 

It's off to gather supplies so that as the weather cools we are ready.

                         Happy gardening!






Thursday, 4 March 2021

A Tale of Three Snakes.

 A near miss with Tropical Cyclone Niran, who by the way is still intensifying off the coast but way out to sea, means we have wonderful sunshine, to dry the washing, air out the house and dry out the ground after sooo much rain.


With the rain comes lots of toads, and native frogs, some whom live deep underground waiting for the wet and the chance to sing and breed and with all that activity there are plenty of babies hopping about!


Which leads me to the tale of a snake slithering across my foot! Still get the shivers thinking about it. I didn't look where I was walking and we intersected on our respective paths!

Once I got a good look at it I could see that it was a Keelback or freshwater snake and we have at least 3 resident ones at the moment. They are all busy keeping the frog/toad population down to respectable numbers at our place. 


 

This species is one of the few Australian vertebrates to prey successfully on the introduced Cane Toad. Cleaver creatures! 

Needless to say I really don't like being to close to any of them and this brush has just made me a bit more careful.

The garden continues to flourish and I have started to dig over the veggie patch in preparation for the coming cooler months.

 

 
In the craft room I am continuing to stitch my Simple Days BOM by Jenny of Elefantz.  More information can be found here. I have now completed both blocks and am loving the colours of Lori Holt's fabric.
 


 
You can also find the next installment of her new magazine as well.


Well I'm off to make a cuppa and settle down with the latest copy of Homemakers Heart and then maybe a little sewing.