Wednesday, 2 May 2018

... and now after a day ...


by Simone McPherson
We did receive a little bit of rain a week or so ago and of course with these little showers that swept intermittently through the landscape, we were very fortunate indeed to receive a number of drops.

So in instances like these – we virtually drop everything that we are doing and go full steam ahead with what ‘Can’ be done with some damp ground … and a few sprinkles of rain drops …

… I madly organised the Drivers who were presently Grading our Public Road to come in and do our House Drive – how wonderful is it to have the internet, when it is working ...

... in a remote environment like this one to be able to organise a team to veer off from what they are doing to come and do our drive – let me tell you that our Drive was done perhaps eight years ago so it was in dire straits of needing to being graded once again …

… and once ‘Official’ papers were signed and scanned with an agreed upon fee – we all were off in a little bit of a mad panic to get the road graded, packed and rolled before the rain …

… and while all the ‘Boys’ were busy doing their ‘Boy Thing’ ... 

... I went into overdrive organising my little gardens with mulch …

… re-plantings and organising my …

… new plantings and not forgetting my eager 'New Workers' - a gift of Earth Worms form our new neighbours - who were all getting settled in too, to the gardens and I nearly forgot to mention that El Ranchero bought me this ... 

... beautiful Fig a few weeks back as well – though I still have not found the time to put him in yet 

The marvelous Swiss Chard is very happily growing with all that new leaf matter which has been added to the little gardens and …

… so are the Snow Peas which are for El Ranchero as he just devours them strait of the vine once they get going and I snip the new leaves off and add them to salads - especially egg sandwiches …

… and the Basil? Well what can I say; this plant absolutely thrives at this time of year as the climate is just perfect for them …

… and the ‘Midnight Blue’ Salvias – Salvia farinacea – are just splendid the Bee’s adore them and these plants I have had now for two years or so – once they have finished flowering - I just cut off all the flowers and off they go again with more blooms – and then when they are finished usually in August I cut them right down to the ground, marking them with a stake so that I know where they are – however they usually let me know by showing shoots again in around October.  They are so hardy and I really do not fuss over them at all, like their cousin …

… “Blaze of Fire” Salvia splendens – Honestly, this plant is the 'Most Amazing' plant that I know of - firstly because it originates from the Tropics, in fact Brazil.  So how does a Brazilian Tropical plant survive out here?  "Most Incredibly" is all I can say – this one however is quite different in its flower and leaf formation unlike the ‘Midnight Blue’ this one is a self-seeder and I know I have had these plants now for over three years and I am totally awe-struck as it has had to deal with a lot less water and its had to survive on its own through drought conditions - and there it is - Just Magnificent - I had originally planted them around the little orange trees to provide a little shade to the baby orange trees until they grew a bit.  El Ranchero always comments on the colour for it is one of the first things he sees as he gets home! …

When we were out checking on the cattle the other day ... 

... we collected some old wood from some amazing old sheep yards, that I am sure could tell a story or three …

… as I am re-purposing the wood to go ...

... around my "New" little gardens once they have had their drainage holes drilled out …

… then properly placed with a little help from some cement …

… and El Ranchero’s help too - in making sure that they are even …

… and supported well …

… all the wood pieces have been measured and cut to size ready to be tied with off-cuts of fencing wire around each drum so that the plant roots don’t cook over the summer months.

Luigi and El Ranchero are getting through all their schooling and …

… Luigi even took out his first little ...

... Mob of Cows and Calves all by himself with a little help from Maxi boy and Lily pup; the other day which was a great 'turning point' in his training …

… and now after a day and a little rain which has helped pack down our newly Graded drive I think we will all go for a stroll to see how our new Drive feels beneath our feet and our paws too … and I for one am presuming it will feel 'soft' and I won't be tripping over all those rocks ... ?