Thursday, 30 September 2021

The Picnic Table Dinner At Number 14

 Laughter, conversation and even just being in the presence of another person these days is at times hard to comprehend. Much of the interaction between people has been culturally altered.  Cyber age communication through the net is how people generally are bring reshaped to communitate.  

Cyber-age communication just needs a microchip the size of a #3 led pencil head, really simple to insert into human flesh.  People don't yet comprehend the depths that it takes for others to do this to them. 

Humans though were different.  Instead of a bleep. Process. Bleep Bleep.  What we had was something communal.

As children, it may have been a toy past around the circle.  Those who had the toy had the turn to speak their piece.  Plus the right to have been listened to. 

Here at 'number 14'  under all the passion fruit vines and giant blackberry growing wildly was a treasure waiting to uncover. 

The picnic table, and three chairs, was just sitting there.  Three days later the whole lot was finally released from the confines of meters thick over-zealous plant life.

Trailor loads of plant life were waded through until finally a walkway was created.  That walkway expanded right through the backyard. 

There is an amazing feeling when clothes and sheets are able to be hung on the clothesline through the overgrowth.  Months went by.  Different jobs were completed.  More progress forward every single day.

Out of sheer frustration, the chairs and table were moved. Wood, metal, and hoses were dumped between the table and the garage walls. More clearance of overgrowth occurred.

The world as you know it stops still

Then one day, to come out and see your mother sitting on the chair knitting a sock, that an impact.

You know those moments when the mind goes and takes a stocktake on progress. It was one of those moments. The time for a cuppa moment. Dinner was brought out as well.  As the sun went down the laughter, joy and happiness were dancing around the air.  So too were the suggestions of how to make this concrete space beautiful, peaceful, and really like an oasis in amongst the concrete.

Look around the area and take it all in

What started out as three chairs and a glass tabletop table... somewhere under all that overgrown passionfruit plant and blackberries now sits no more than three meters away.  This time on concrete as there is less than a clothesline worth of green grass to mow. 

Roughly in the middle of the old for parts 4x wheel drive,  The garage, The office.  Plant prep area, The bungalow, and whatever grass lies under the clothesline.

A whole new look started quietly

From the carport, you get to see the shrubs and some fruit trees that are in big planting pots. In what would be spaces between the fruit trees and shrubs are flowers in pots.  Basically herbs of all sorts. This admittedly does include the muti layered, lightly smelling, thirty-year-old white rose, and the elderberry plant.

New plants, more peat, and tanbark for the larger pots. Add the fruit trees [yet to be purchased]. grow the herbs in smaller plant pots.

Now that the odds and sods wood, metal, and the spare hose parts have homes this area has been rearranged into an open but soon to be a semi-secluded place of peace.

It's five months from move-in time. 

The hours of hard work, as well as the tingle of pride, accompanies something really beautiful.

You know that sense of achievement when you sit down and just relax. The evening sun s is not quite at the roofline yet.  There is time to finish the potato salad, Avacado, spring onion, and the touch of purple onion mixed together with mayonnaise. Plus the thinly cut lettuce.  

Add the cooler precooked chicken from the bowl and incomes laughter, smiles, plus chuckles as to the day's events being told.

Catch up here

It's the sense of achievement. The hard work and frustrations and the ability to share these stories in order to showcase a project from the frustrations and small decisions that wait for you to enjoy.

This link takes you through into the project of number 14.  Enjoy the story behind the dinner at the picnic table.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The Last Remaining Blackberry Vines

Happily move into each 'last' phase ... job done!
Surprisingly the last remaining blackberry vines are to be cut down at the base starting today. The major factor in completing this work was access.

Every day there is an adventure waiting for you to discover its whereabouts. Don't just ignore that risk that comes with the experience. 

This post deals with a hazardous task.  One that will not be without peril. Yet there is a thrill in the small crusade even with some precarious situations.

The small area concerned this deed will be done!

There is a six-foot fence on the left with a wire fence on the right. The gap between these fences may be two-foot-wide. Put it this way if the dog got into that space he could not back out easily.  

The space is small but its significance is that the square vegetable garden is on the other side.  This is the last remaining 'wild area' to sort out.

At the end of the passageway is the last shed to be reorganized.

These tools are needed.

  • A huge 'I Got You Now' smile.
  • The excitement of the winner attitude.
  • The phone in case of needing help.
  • Safety glasses, gloves, and boots.
  • A protective groundsheet on the garden bed next to the pruning area for the cut vines to land on.
  • A rubbish bin to rapidly place the cut into handling pieces vines in.
  • Oh, and poison as the vines are cut.
  • A stiff drink at the completion of the job.
    • In this case a cream bun and cuppa due to the celebrations factor
Replace where you are now with the finished look.
Entry was a wire fence thing that goes behind pot plants so that they may grow upwards a supported meter higher.  That was nailed to one side of the fence but tucked firmly behind the downward metal on the other side.  That wire support is now bowed.

Starting at the above head area then working downwards is the only way to make progress. 

Careful use of poison
 Two reasons to use the poison were
  • The berry roots are unable to be dug up as they are sprouting in the crevices of the concrete slabs.
  • There is an active eighty-five-year-old lady who resides here.  As she shuffles around a bit when walking as she is scared of falling over.  Even the smallest of blackberry growth is removed to make the backyard safe.  Mind you the grass in the crakes is pulled out and thus the compost grows.
Unfortunately, poison at the base is the only answer as progress forward is made.  There is just no safe room to use the pick in order to irradicate the base roots.

Why the do-it-yourself approach
Yes! life would have been easier if there was finance available sitting in the bank waiting to settle an account with some other avid adventurer.  However, why waste a good idea for the post that you are reading.

Off on adventure in your own backyard

One thing learned is that every day is an adventure. That when faced with what seems like an impossibility simply look at the possibilities.  Pick one of these positive outcomes. Dream it. Live the outcome. See the potential every working day. 

Very soon what seemed like a nightmare situation opens up to new potential situations that feed into new 'vision' aspects. This morning as the poisoning of blackberry shoots in deep crevices was happening once again the wireframe thing caught my eye.  That eye then went to the metal pole holding the frame upwards. There was no hook holding that in place.  But with a small amount of force....duly applied... the 'gate' opened.

Catch up to these adventures 
With House '14' sharing its journey to discover what Off On Adventure avenue opens, we know many people whose adventure dreams quickly turned into an alternative route pathway. 

To give courage, to step forward out of one venture into an altered future choice, both with the personal as well as the professional level. A level that helps you build a stronger connection with your audience.

Every adventure has a start somewhere

But most people miss out on both the fun and the horrors, mishaps. The quirky laughable things that happen as progress is planned altered, and reengineered. 

There is a kick added into this everyday backyard affairs waiting to be shared. Come and join in. We created the  Journey to discover on this adventure crusade where we include you as we tame the untamable into a viable pursuit of an alternative vision.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Beat the Ivy before the spring growth startles you

Laugh when no one else can share the irony of life you are experiencing.

The following post is about the simple cutting down of an ivy plant that grew nearly two meters taller than the fence line.

What started off with someone planting four ivy plants probably twenty-five years ago had become a strangely pretty nightmare.

The result is over a six-week period that ivy has rendered into ten recycle bins worth of green rubbish of collection bins.  Then every second week these very full bins are scattered between friends' and neighbors' places for collection. 

Even with this amount of Ivy chopped down into the recycle bins, there is still more to do. As a clue one of the trunks is over 25 cm in width. That ivy straddles both sides of the concrete sleeper. So far the other Ivy plants are smaller. 

The challenge will be the dogs on both sides of the fence. The simple reason is the poison that must be applied by the end of the job.  

Sometimes when a challenge presents itself you make a decision, then have to rechoose and change direction.  Friendships change staus.  Other friendships grow in strength..  People your age see you struggling to connect to a grown adult child of yours.  You may have helped them in their past.  All you have to do is ask for help.  Then let things be.

With a vision, things get tacky when others are dealing with their stuff. Timetables clash and crash. 

On this day the carport had to be cleaned out of 'stuff' that had ended up there left from the move in.  Especially as there was now a long strong bench to place the seedlings in pots. There was now an area to sit in the sun just enjoying the early spring sunshine while having a cuppa tea or coffee.

With the bigger shrubs growing in large pots surrounding this table soon there will be leaves on the deciduous ones.  Next will be the Mandarin trees in posts also around the table. 

After moving the cars behind the gate.

To do this you nedd

Sometimes when life throughs you a curveball it's time to open up to something else that's familiar. In this case for that small step to happen all it takes is a click of the finger.  

Come on in as there are ways to get through the 'now' times.  This way is through stepping into someone else's story

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The Wooden Walk Way Is Now Not So Slippery

 It's a partial job done

As you check through this post remember one thing. That whatever you set out to do you'll learn from.

That said each experience along the way you have the ability to choose to change from. This post is the reflection of a choice that, although satisfying at the moment, literally flips around and could if you let it be blown all out of proportion to seem like a disaster had happened. 

The spirit of truth

Facing the sliding door entry of the built-in walkway is the hose connections. One leads to the outdoor shower. Switch it over and the garden hose works.

In this post, you will be lead through a day of gurney learning. Plus some probable maintenance of a gurney.

Each 'day' in the life of a garden is as full as you need it to be.  When you think it's only going to be an hour.... allow for a suggested minimum of three.  

Or as the case today five hours later...

Right now though certain actions have been taken. These actions resulted in some fairly funny moments. One is the realization you need to read instructions regarding the use of tools.

Fearless with the full story 

Often when you go to complete one job other things get in line to be dealt with.  By the end of the day
  • the hoses had been fixed.  
  • the outside shower is running.  
  • the apple tree wood restocked 
  • oops - overused the gurney 
  • more garden vegetables are planted
    • The garden zucchinis have bamboo tripods for climbing up.
    • More chervil has been planted.
  • more worms were found for the worm farm.
  •  corner garden now needs to be cleared one while pebble stone at a time - before digging out the remaining blackberry roots 
  • wooden pathway's moss was cleared away with the gurneys spray.
  • upper garden walkway area has been raked and swept. The pile was then added to the recycle bin. recycle bin and wheelbarrow moved outside the area and that area was swept.

The gurney had been overused

Guereys are terrific. The amount of slimy stuff that came off the walls, walkway, and pathway is incredible.

Pleasing is the fact that the time already spent making sure the draining works is a relief.  All the hours sorting out why the drains were sedentary have paid off.  

Even better is the ability to find a garden maintenance person for when away on a trip.

Tools: The use and replacement

Something for this poor little seldom used gurney to remember : 

  • The water hose was connected. 
  • The water was turned on. 
  • The switch was turned on.
  • Out came a small thread of water that hit the ground with normal hose power.
  • It's not a wheeled stretcher used for transporting people  Instead the Gurney was meant to keep on working after having a rest to cool the overheated motor off.

Everyone's so helpful today!

When your friend phones back the next and say that the local store has a sale on to replace the gurney at half price and that that sale finishes tomorrow your wanting to cry is useless. 

Then to rub you further up the just hop in the car and travel for an hour, use there's and bring the gurney back before tonight...

Truly this sure rubs you up the wrong way  

Although not as much as the person who has three gifted to them through moving people's household contents.... and the leftovers they get to clean up and out. Then there's the " will drop it off to you  ... for you only fifty dollars!"

Somehow that push forward that was successfully made becomes a real humdinger. Check the local area for a garden maintenance person. This way you are able to make your time have greater satisfaction.

Time to succeed at something else today

Know when to move onto something else. Now is not the time for downing chocolate bars, eating calorie-laden food. Nor jumping into a fast car. Nor is it energy release time for yelling at the top of the voice.

Your wooden walkway clearance itself has been an unfinished success. Add to this you're more aware of overheating challenges.

That piddly little stream of water reminds you of something

Yes, that little stream of water under pressure has annoyed you. As you contemplate that stream being like the interpreted income creation you've experienced today ask yourself where your priorities actually were today!

Tidy everything away. Leave everything to do with this exploration until the sun rises tomorrow.

Find something else to do for now.

Literally, tomorrow make a fresh start as you explore the options available to fix today's end result.

Leave in good cheer cause sometime soon this is a great story to share.  Better yet, you are just the right person to share the whole lot with friends, family, and other interested people who would love to come to the BarBee-Que come the first weekend in summer.

Monday, 30 August 2021

Supplies created from blackberries


People the world over either like, or will not stand for persuasive garden plants. Yet every herbal remedy under the sun was created from people foraging around in the wild plant areas. Noticing one plant reacted well in combatting some distress

The dormant stage has been left behind. Earlyish August the regrowth began to appear.  September is just around the corner leaving the next three months for eyeing up, and pulling out any unlucky germinated blackberry plants.

Admittedly these next few months and over summer it sure would be great to leave this adventurous aspect of taming the plant life at number "14" to a garden maintenance team.  Thus leaving time to do other things online. 

Ideas such as blackberry jam, blackberry cordial, tea, blackberry scones. Jelly made with blackberries. The lists of past treats go on and on.

Some people though will pay the greengrocers asking price yet remove the actual plant from their property.

That is what has happened at "number 14."  After three months of moving in, fixing up, and clearing out the property the blackberry that had grown so rampantly has just about gone. 

Gone: in one more rubbish bin laid on its side, stack fill up and get rid of as green waste rubish collection comes round.

Admittedly the small plants that poked their heads out of the concrete crevices have been 'watered well" with a poison.  Their roots are well under the concrete in and around this place.

Blackberry leaf for tea now will be snipped from the blackberries growing wild along walking tracks.

The thing is this is a countryside that has snakes already hatching from their eggs. As seen on the walk last week.  That leaves a question. about picking blackberries in august the thickets when walking alone exercising these old dogs.

It's the decision you make when you want something both ways.  Do one via the already commercial and social pathways. Do the other for your recreational pursuits.

Markets, or your friendly greengrocer, are a terrific place for blackberries.  Fresh or year-round frozen variety. 

Although the open-air exercise pleasure may have dropped the time for the family factor could well increase.

To find out more of what there is to supplies created from blackberries add you're nake to receive the updates.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Exactly How Thick Is This Ivy

Continue the Ivy challenge

Who planted the Ivy

The Ivy has grown over the concrete that is laid down before a fence is placed there.  What is seen is the approximately twenty-five-centimeter diameter of the trunk.  Basically, that's the only way to describe the main part of this Ivy experience.

  • Some of the branches are five centimeters thick.
  • The growth overwinter makes the Ivey approximately twice my height. So three to four meters

 The adventure today is to start the clearance of the back fence area behind the garage.  While doing that to think about where this would lead.

Ivy has some harmful effects on things nearby.

Indirectly the dense growth of the Ivy plant on a tree may cause indirect damage.  Even nothing this there are no trees meant to be growing in that meter and a half between the fence and walls of the garage.  That was challenge number one.

That the ivy had crept over the concrete area and up and under the metal sheds wall was disturbing.

Thirdly the back of the shed's concrete is mossy as water is trapped between the surface root-running ever branching out Ivy.


Three hours later

With the pile of ivy leaves down from the higher than I am high. Added to this the green waste bins are already full of climbing flowering vines and dead blackberry from the driveway side fence not quite finished maintenance job.


The worm farm has new tenants

Needless to say, the dirt between everything had worms growing quite well. The worms have found themselves rehoused in the worm farm. Suddenly the worm farm has grown in population.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

It's really amazing what rubbish day does

Weekly routine and the seasons come and go, yet it's really amazing what rubbish day does to people! At first, once the vision is revealed organised sorting out who does what, when and how fights for supremacy. 

Kayoass, mess and rubbish seem to creep in in a take overbid.  Add cleaning out two houses. The one you are about to move into, while you pack and clean up the other house.  

Keep good friends close

An amazing friend simply stated, " Look at the possibilities. This house is full of posibilities."

That was the moment where the vision for this property roared to be heard. That vision fought to be heard.

Make this vision happen

Soon enough may have seemed impossible turns into doable.  'Done' is another thing that got ticked off the to-do list.

Three months have gone by. Early spring showers have brightly encouraged the day forward.  During which several 'jobs' around the yard have merged.

The rubbish day pickup was incredible.

Early evening last night the green waste rubbish bins went out.  Five friends leant rubbish bins. Now, these were full to overflowing - way over the brim.  

Three with ivy from the back fence, and two with creeper vine from the driveway fence.

Thus the predawn morning was already full of activity

These two old dogs went on an hour walk.  Seems Boof's eyesight gets him 'lost' and looking for you. Walk back and find where he has wondered too. Sox - well it's his hearing that he has trouble with.

Reunited as each finds the other and they are like puppies again. It's interesting to note how many times Sox calmed Boof down by just licking boofs eyes.  To do this Boof has to stand still.

Back home with time to tend to the garden beds

After the rubbish bins were in place up the driveway way there was a moment to weed some of the front area near the drives raised garden bed. Little weeds flying onto the concrete - for now.

Spoke to the neighbour when he was waiting for a bus. Yes to go ahead and use the space on the corner where his rubbish bin gets picked up.

Fabulous! Just need to physically get into the area between the square garden and his fence where the blackberries are.

That creeper on the fence

Having spent yesterday dislodging the backyard driveway fence creeper off the extended framework that's still in the neighbour's yard. The garage guttering roof is yet to receive attention re the vine roots inhabiting the space! 

Excited to see the rubbish bins empty. Yet the creeper still to go away is going to take weeks to get rid of. Patience is a virtue where lockdowns are happening.  

At least the creeper may get cut really into small pieces manually.  More fits into the rubbish bins that way

Worm farm needs

Earlier in the week, the worm farm had grassroots tossed into it. The grass went into the compost. Then the apple went in. 

Today the kitchen scraps were thrown into the Tumbleweed Can Of Worms. Curiosity about worms in the garden gets renewed in the weirdest of ways. There is a worm requirement learning to do.

The enclosed garden beds need attention again

Dig deeper once again. Keep digging.

There were lots of roots still in the soil. Along with a few from the trees that had to be removed earlier in the year.

Planting out the seedlings

During the break between lockdowns, a few punnets of seedlings were purchased.  Half found a home in the side garden bed.  Yes to spring rain, and the use of compost, as the green beans have doubled in size.

The garden beds in the courtyard are a different matter.  The kitchen onions have sprouted green leaves.  These and others are now in the garden next to the lounge window.  Along with marrows. Then some really little silverbeet seedlings mum has sprouted.

Research what plant likes what

As bad planning would have it marrows need good nourishing soil.  The marrow does not mind onions,

What is needed is a lot of cured compost in that soil as that area of soil is literally 'bare' of nutrients. Actually, this area of the gardens is bare of anything living in there.  There are weeds growing through -  which gives hope.

Compost is definitely called for in that area of the garden beds. So when it stops raining the remaining compost is going into the garden bed and is to be forked in - around the plants.

Sometime in amongst this

"Mum can you scan this and email it to me". Partially done. It will be an email after this post has been finished. 

Lunch with mum - after we had finished unpacking the car.

Oh, and the car registration is paid a month early... just in case, there is another lockdown.

Add the two phone calls that came in from friends struggling with aspects of their current family coping skills that are stretched to the limit.

This change of pace means getting things done

 Strange as it may seem there are a lot of hours to fill in during early springtime.  Sure to be off on an adventure around Australia should have been done years ago.  

Circumstances have created a different life. Flexible. Within boundaries that are imposed by the wider community governance.

Yet the three adults of three different generations, and two nineteen-year-old dogs, have a 'Make it happen.  Get it sorted, get it done life, for time is one day shorter now than yesterday.'

The Picnic Table Dinner At Number 14

 Laughter, conversation and even just being in the presence of another person these days is at times hard to comprehend. Much of the interac...