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Friday, December 11, 2009

Where has the time gone?

I can't believe it has been that long since I last posted.

Life has been getting in the way.

Christmas time is near.

My grandson, aged 5 at his breakup Christmas concert.

My vegie garden is slowly coming along, the basil from last year that I cut back is booming and growing nearly out of control, wish the rest of the plants would do the same.

Hubby has constructed a couple of garden beds, but they are yet to be put to good use.

Capsicum from last year is coming along nicely. I pruned the plants back recently and now have a fresh crop forming.

I have planted tomato plants again, although I don't have much success for some reason. My daughter is growing her own vegies and is keeping us supplied with zucchini and mini tomatoes at the moment.

Silverbeet from last year is still producing although some of the plants are struggling and need replacing. I will dig them up soon.

The recent rains have done wonders for the garden after all of the heat.

I have borrowed the following photos of the deluge of rain we had recently. We were away and didn't get to take any photos.

These were taken by members of the local SES (State Emergency Service) which we have recently joined.

The road around the corner from us where all the water came down from Depot Creek.

Our house is the one with the gum tree in the middle of the picture.

You can't see the house very well from the road as it is hidden by Acacia trees growing along the front.

It would take a lot of water to affect us as we are built up high, thank goodness.

One of the neighbours that weren't so lucky. The tractor had to be called in to make a path for the water and apparently it got bogged in the mud.

Another pic of the road that got washed away. A few houses had water rush into their yards for the second time in twelve months.

I have had some exciting news from my very clever second daughter (25yo).

A couple of days ago she was offered a PhD scholarship with a Melbourne University. Woo hoo!! She worked so hard this year to get this and now it has been all worthwhile.

Hope you are all keeping well this busy time of year,



  1. Hi Tania,
    WOW - You certainly did have a deluge of rain!

    Do you find that veges don't do so well during the hot weather? We have avoided mulching the veges, as we don't want to use sprays around them, but it is very difficult to grow them during the hot summer months.

    Have a great weekend,

  2. A scholarship, boy that is nice, let alone the place. Congratulations Tania & family!

    My husband has a work colleague that grows basil in large amounts like you do.

    Your tomatoes remind me of my daughter's. She has to rig up something to support them, don't think they have done it yet, she is 12.

  3. Hi Tania That was a downpour of rain we could do some at the moment. The hot weather is early here this year.
    Do your vegies survive thru winter? It is good that you get more than one year out of your plants.
    Congratulations to your Daughter you must be proud.
    Have a great weekend

  4. Wow, what alot of rain!

    Your garden is looking lovely and green. We are sitting here right now with -30 degree temperatures! Brrr. I wish our weather was as warm as yours. :)

    Stay cool.


  5. that is such good news about your daughter's scholarship........tell her well doen from me.

    Gill in Canada

  6. congratulations to your daughter. I hope the weather eases up for you. Our gardens have been doing really well thanks to all the rain.

  7. Congratulations to your daughter.

    I'm looking to plant a vege patch with the day care children but my only area for planting is pretty shady. Have done some research but wondered if you'd had any luck with any particular veges/herbs that thrive in shade? (thanks).


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