Saturday, January 20, 2018

Potting out succulents...

It has been a stinking few days here, about 40C on Thursday and only a bit less yesterday.  Today, I got to and potted along the succulents that Annabel sent me.  Now, we live in the same state, so plant swapping is allowed but I don’t think posting interstate is a good idea.  South Australia has strict regulations for bringing in fruit and plant material.  I hate that I can’t buy fruit and veggies at a farmers market in Victoria then bring it home over the border.  There are big fines if you are caught.
~
So these are the succs, I’ve just popped them in potting mix and they should take off just fine.  Once they’re established, I can repot if needed.  That greyish one is a ring in from another pot...
~
This little Aloe was in the mix so I potted that in a mug that the handle had broken off...
~
This driftwood pot was looking a bit tired (I got it for Christmas 2016) so I pulled it apart and started again...
~

All new soil went in and the stones got a wash...
~

Much better, with a few additions...little baby succs got popped in and they will soon grow little roots...
~
That’s a better temperature - a cool change blew in Friday and by 7pm it was just above 20C.  We are lucky to live near the coast...
~

I moved my succulents under the pergola for shade, I didn’t want to lose them in the extreme heat...
~

Possibly one of the nicest desserts for summer weather is a good old trifle.  I knocked this up on Thursday (zipped home from work at 3.30pm and set the sponge in the green jelly and made the red jelly, ready for pouring in when I got home from work after 5pm.
A layer of bought, thick vanilka custard, tinned peaches and the red jelly were next. When set, I cut up a banana then topped with more custard .  You can do whipped cream as well but I didn’t.
~
Delicious after a hot day!
~
These rotten Corellas have been invading our yard and picking at our lawns.  They fly in at about 4.30am, squarking and making a ruckus!
~
Shoo, you noisy buggers!
~

Now, I must say that these standard roses must thrive on neglect, have a look at this flush of blooms!  All I did was dead head the old blooms last week and boom!  I wish I could remember the name of this beauty...
~
Other than all that, I’ve dismantled Gus’s barbecue and given it a lady clean then reassembled. It’s sparkling and ready for our Australia Day guests, arriving later this coming week.
I also potted out some petunias - I haven’t had a thing growing in pots all year.
~
Cheers - Joolz xx

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Setting up the Vegepod...and a lovely gift in the mail...


(web pic of Vegepod)
Sunday, 14th January - Gus assembled the Vegepod for me.  I think it took around 3 hours all up.  There was a bit of swearing and skun knuckles but otherwise it went smoothly.
Once he’d finished, I filled it with bags of potting mix and cow manure...
...then I planted (from back row) green peas, Lebanese cucumbers, beetroot and in the front, strawberries.
It has it’s own spray watering system.  Simply connect to hose and water for about 10 minutes each day.
I put it out in the sun then wheel it in under the pergola each night, as we have auto sprinklers that come on early each morning.  Please disregard all the dandelion weeds in our lawn! 
These are the bags of soil I used...
~
~
With this hot spell of weather, I have left it in the shade today as it’s meznt to reach 43C today. Eek!
More flowers on my rose, but no more shoots yet for more buds yet...
Yesterday, I received this box in the mail from Annabel at The Bluebirds are nesting ...
She very kindly sent me some succulents to plant out from her collection.  Also included was a nice card, some magazine pages showing ways to make succulent wreaths and some parsley seeds too!  Thank you, Annabel! :)
I also moved my succs into the shade for today.  I know they like warm temps but I’d hate to lose them.  How berserk has the chamber pot on the right gone?
Hmmm, this is what we face today.  Hot again tomorrow before cooling off a bit on Saturday.  I hate this hot weather.  I think it’ll be a Woolies chook for dinner tonight!

Cheers - Joolz xx

End of December 2017 photo dump 2...


27/12/17 Beautiful sky, view from our back yard....
Dinner outside after a hot day...
Cous cous with orange, currants, capsicum and mint...
Dukkah crusted lamb cutlets...
29/12/17 Aperol Spritz

Relaxing at our beach house rental...
Egg & Bacon McDonald Muffin...
Chilling on the deck...
Barbecued smoked hotdogs...
30/12/17 - We had Angus's family Christmas at his sister's beach rental house.  We took these yummy little morsels.  Puff pastry, shredded cooked chicken, a small cube of camembert cheese and a dob of cranberry sauce.  Bake until puffed and bubbling.  Delicious!

We had oysters kilpatrick...
We had barbecued lobster tails!
Kirby and I made these desserts.  Whipped cream, smashed Gingernut biscuits, caramel sauce and almond praline on top...served in plastic wine glasses...
They went down a treat!
31/12/17 We drove around to the Five Mile...
Suspect clouds...it kept sprinkling with rain, then the sun would come out, then it would rain...
This is further around the beach where Brianna's boyf, Michael, was setting cray pots with his family.
~

More to come...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

End of December 2017 photo dump...


As you know, Christmas day was a sad day for us as my mum passed away but we did have a nice few days up until that point...
Barbecued lamb...
~
The chef in his spotted pinny! 
The cutest registered nurse you’ll ever see - she did 4 night shifts straight, over the Christmas weekend.  She’d brighten up any ward! 😘

I gave Gus a BBQ Smoker...
Haha! This pair (in Michael’s newly built home) - she bought him a drone and he bought her an R2D2 robot.  Tech nerds!
The look on Michael’s face was like an 8 year old boy! So happy!
We dined out for our Christmas lunch, just the four of us...
Back home after lunch, I iced the shortbread biscuits that had taken so long to finish.  I made the dough on the Sunday, a week before Christmas.  Mum got more unwell so baking was put off.  I baked them on the Wednesday before Christmas but didn’t ice them...

So they got the royal icing treatment and I threw coloured sugar, sugar balls and other Christmas crap at them...
...and they turned out perfect!  Delicious too...
Hot spinach dip in cob loaf....
We returned home on Boxing Day and I was thankful that I hadn’t put up my tree this year.  I pulled down the few ornaments I had around the place. Job done.  Back to work on Tuesday for a bit.  The staff sent this lovely bowl of flowers.  It is in a ceramic pot and saucer that I can plant more succulents in....
Kirby and Nate arrived home on Wednesday and it was a warm day so we did Weber pizzas that night and sat around the fire when the night cooled off.

....to be cont...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...