Heads up

Some of you may remember that I was rather stressed about my brassicas not performing in the vegetable bed.  They were growing very well but not making heads.  Around that time I made a new friend who is a veggie farmer who kept on urging me to just wait.  I read up about them and decided that I would have to pull them all up and start again.  I was again urged to just wait.

My new friend came to visit me recently, and walked into my veggie garden and yanked a complete broccoli plant out of the ground.  I nearly hit him over the head!

He showed me where I had J-rooted the plant but kindly (and probably because he saw my face) replanted the plant in the same spot.  I did not hold out much hope for it though.

Well today I can announce that my brassicas all have heads and I will be getting some cauliflowers, broccoli and cabbage.  Yay!

Some pictures from the beds

As you can see – I am loving my new camera.  So many new things in my life right now.  This is good. 🙂

 

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About new friends and being spoiled rotten.

About a year back I received a comment or two from a gentleman in the USA on my blog.  He seemed interested in purchasing a property in my neighbourhood and he had 1010 questions to ask me.  It was great fun answering his questions and getting to know him.  His name is Dave.

Dave has become a loyal and faithful follower of my blog. Over the year he and his partner Todd have been buying a house in a nearby reserve, and finally this month, they arrived to take possession of their new home.  It has really been grand getting know them, show them my farm and get to see theirs.

Dave also introduced me to Heather who also lives on their reserve.  You may remember Heather from my previous posts on our painting challenge. Heather paints with her mouth.

Here are Heather and I at Dave and Todd’s new home

Do you see the bottle on Heather’s table.  That is “sunshine in a bottle” – a solar light that I have been lusting after for so long.  Dave and Todd gave Heather and I a few each as a gift.  I am so thrilled with them.

One thing Dave took note of when reading my blog was my incessent complaining about my little camera, so before he and Todd left to return to the US on Thursday, he gave me this:

Can you believe it?  Along with another fancy schmancy long lens.  I am so spoiled!

I have now been tasked with getting some good pictures up onto this little blog.  I have lots to learn.

Thanks Dave and Todd!!!!  Can’t wait for you to get back in October.

Oh my blog!

My blog got an award.  This is not just any award.  I don’t usually do the blog award thing but this one is different.  Because I earned it.  I fought for someones honour.

My blog-friend Mark from The Idiot Speaketh was attacked by a retired war veteran with PTSD and NPD and called many bad things and he has awarded this award to those who stood up and defended his honour.

However, he also requires the following from me to be able to show this badge:

1. You must display this award on your own blog so that others will know of your service and bravery.
2. You must do a solo interpretive dance to any 70′s Disco song of your choice, preferably while wearing underwear.
3. You must list on your blog a detailed description of your most embarrassing obsessive-compulsive disorder affliction.
4. You must try to visit at least 3 new blogs today. Go to blogs you already visit and then visit the blogs of 3 commenters who’s blogs you have never visited.
5. You must approach someone within your family, workplace, or school, that is obviously having a bad day, and you must grab them by the shoulders, shake them violently if needed, and then scream at the top of your lungs…”Lighten up already!! SMILE!!!! Life is too freaking short to be in a bad mood!!!”. If you honestly have no one you can accost, a small pet, toy, stuffed animal, or ham, will also work.

Some of these things are really difficult for me – I think I live in a different world.

1. Is easy – you see the badge.

2. I like music, but never remember the title, the singer, or which era it came from. Also I don’t have much of a music collection.  Send me a song Mark and I’ll dance (and I always wear underwear 🙂 )

3.  I don’t have OCD and any form.  I wish I did.  Then at least something in my home would be neat and orderly.

4. Done.

5. My child is happy, my dog is happy, I don’t have a workplace and I live miles from anyone else.  My minimalistic lifestyle is such that I don’t have stuffed toys or a ham. So instead I found a tree that has “weeping” in its name and gave it a hug.  Hope this will suffice Mark?

Hmm – that’s a beautiful tree –  think I’ll tell you about it next …..

Definitions:

Lets remember this : You can disagree, you can get cross, you can get angry, you can even shout, but there is never, ever a reason to be rude or hurtful.

Blog changes

As you will see, I have made a few minor changes to the layout of my blog.  Firstly, I have added a widget in the left hand column showing the phases of the moon.  This is to help the handsome estate agent with his calculations so that he does not send me on any more wild goose  moon chases.  It will also help me with my vegetable planting.  Planting by the phase of the moon is apparently a perfectly acceptable, even advisable practice in our area. Most of the farmers do this. I guess it makes sense – I have so much to learn!

I have also added the little stars you see at the top of each blog entry.  These are for you to rate my blog entries.  This will really help me see which posts are more popular and also what you would like to hear more about.  If you have a moment to run through some of the old posts and rate them I would be very thankful.  If you click on the first star it will rate the post as poor and on the last star as excellent etc. 

I also get quite a few emails from friends who read my blog  – don’t be shy, I would love you to comment here too. Any feedback however is wonderful to receive. 

Thank you for reading my blog.

J