Saturday, September 15, 2012
Around here the weather has been crazy. Ferocious winds after heavy rain saw some serious damage in our area. A poor man lost his life after colliding with a tree one howling night last week. We thought we had gotten off easy this time around but with several years of drought and then a La Nina cycle, the trees literally have nothing to keep them in the ground. Pitiful root balls coupled with soggy ground and the notorious gum trees are bound to drop. And that they did. Three of them in the space of a week.
Our neighbour refers to them as Widow Makers and I am tending to agree with him. How frightening to think that these trees fell on the exact path that I walk daily to tend to the goats. How ridiculous it feels to be scared of trees! How worrying it is to look around our property and note the soggy patches of ground and then look up and see a tree leaning on a precarious angle.....
Feeling very glad that we hadn't fixed the goat fence after all. And there is always a good side, right? Hubby remarked that at least we don't have a firewood issue. And there are loads of lovely offerings for our chiminea. Yep, lots of stoking of fires to be had here in the coming months.
Onto brighter matters, the eucalyptus dye experiment was a lot of fun! It's amazing to see what colours can come from nature. I'm still pondering over what to do with the two skeins of yarn I've dyed with the leaves. One is a commercial yarn and the other is some handspun alpaca.
Our chookies are going well and are enjoying getting out into their day run. Their eggs continue to delight! As do their pom-pom heads, oh yes, how could anyone resist those?
Currant cuttings from a friend are also going well and I'm interested to see just when we will enjoy our first crop. Eggs are coming as fast as we can eat them, five a day is really plenty for us!
My week rounded off nicely with Veggie Group here. After a serious few weeks of nasty weather and sicknesses within the group, it was nice to reconnect again. I was totally impressed when I listened to a podcast this morning featuring two of my veggie group buddies, Kirsty and Melanie on RRR radio being interviewed about our group. If you are interested in listening to the interview too, it is under 'Dirty Deeds' on the RRR podcasts. I can't quite figure out how to link to it here!
Wishing you a lovely weekend! x