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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Sweet Spring

Hello again,

This is the first time trying out the new blogger format, so I hope it works out okay.

I have been busy this weekend getting jobs done while the sun is shining and the days are mild. It wont be long and the heat will be here. I need to get mulch put around the veggies and plants.

It is Fathers day tomorrow, so I will be going to see my dad in the afternoon.

I noticed this pretty flower on my Moth orchid this morning. I have moved it to a new spot hanging in the laundry window and it seems to be very happy.

The quandongs are ripening fast with this warm weather.


Lemon balm.

Silver beet and beetroot.

Carrots slightly overgrown.

Beetroot and mini cabbages.

 Going to seed...

on the mustard greens.

This one is almost ready...

Cape dandelion.

Getting the soil right in empty beds.

Leeks among the nettles...

New leaves on the mulberry tree.

Apricot blossom.

Nectarine blossom.


Orange blossom.

Grapevines coming to life.

Fallen fruit.

The last of the tiger tomatoes. The vines have been pulled out to make way for new plants.

In with zucchinis.

And cucumbers.

This pretty wattle caught my eye.

First quandongs of the season...

I had to show you this beautiful Spring display of flowers in the local TAFE car-park. So proud of our council for planting these lovely displays all around our town.

Bee business...

I got stung near my eye by one of our bees! Needless to say I have had a very uncomfortable couple of days with a swollen face and my right eye pushed shut although I was able to open it slightly as the day wore on. Our bees decided to swarm, so Phil had to quickly set up another hive to recapture them. They are all nicely buzzing around again, although they seem to be more aggressive at this time of year as I found out ha! We have gone from four hives to seven and two small nuke boxes. Phil was asked to go and rescue a swarm the other day, which he did successfully. We are going to have to place some of the hives on our friends properties as I think there are too many bees for us to have here now. We did a small honey pull to make room for our expanding colonies.

The swarm...


Marmalade...I managed to get this made through the week. I am not happy with this batch because I cooked it a bit long and it went too dark, but that does not affect the yummy sweet taste. In my defense I was struggling with a swollen sore face lol!

It is getting warm here quickly with the temperature on Monday being 34C {93.2F}.

What have you been up to on this very first Spring weekend?