Wednesday, 15 March 2017

TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'

My friend Chel at goinggreyandslightlygreen was talking on her blog recently about letting her veggie garden go due to the extended heatwave Queensland has experienced this summer.  I did the same but it was for a different reason, but really, unless I get the whole veggie garden under shade cloth, it seems pointless to try and keep things limping along in the height of summer these days.

The other day I was pondering how hot the summer are now and how the last two winters have been relatively mild in my area, and I wondered about the possibility of planting more sub-tropical suitable plants, particularly fruit trees.  The climate in our area varies according to which website you look at, but they predominantly say warm temperate to temperate.  It is definitely warm, can be slightly warmer (but less humid thank goodness) than coastal areas most of the time.  Our winters are colder yes, but not for all that long and day time temps are not unreasonable.

I'm not getting into the whole climate change debate except to say that gardeners and farmers would have a pretty good feel for how things are changing weather-wise.  I'm off the trawl through some catalogues just for a dream of what might be possible in the future.
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Monday, 30 January 2017

GARLIC 2016

As usual, I'm about two months behind other gardeners who probably harvested their garlic back in December.

I finally dug mine up a couple of weeks ago and this evening I cleaned it up ready for sharing and using.  I'm sure I didn't dig up all the bulbs, so at least I'll have a head start on planting time.

It was very relaxing just sitting their with the garlic skins all around me.  That is my little hand embroidered garlic bag that I hang on the side of the fridge for easy access.


I want to mince some in oil for keeping in the fridge as well as infusing oil in bottles for gifts.  Perhaps I'll also try drying some to make garlic flakes and salt.

We had our first full weekend on leave from the hospital this weekend, with family joining us for lunch at a local pub.  Peter did very well but was very tired and in some pain by the end of the four days.

This week we have a meeting with the health care team at the rehab unit which hopefully will give us an indication of discharge date and the potential return to work outlook.  It has been a long road and no doubt further to travel yet, but things are moving in the right direction.  I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers, we are just so grateful. From us to you xxxx...


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

FRIENDS AND SILVER LININGS

As 2016 draws to a close, I am very happy to say goodbye to it, as the last few weeks have been a nightmare.  On the 3rd of December Peter was involved in a serious car crash and was taken to the intensive care unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he remains to date in a general ward.

He received bruising to the spleen, 9 broken ribs, severe body bruising, and most worrying of all, bruising to the brain.  Thankfully the spleen, ribs and body bruising are righting themselves, and the focus is now on the brain.  He will need brain injury rehab, and I'm told he is in the best hospital to receive that.  No doubt he will need physical rehab as well, to get his body back in action, but the primary concern is what damage may have occurred as a result of the head knock.  Only time will clarify this uncertainty.

The silver lining, if there can ever be one from an event like this, is that friends, old and new have been so supportive and have rallied around from every direction.  Chel from goinggreyandslightlygreen has been in touch almost every day, and other members of our forum family at simplelivingforums.com have sent cards, hampers, monetary gifts and an overwhelming number of messages of love, prayers, positive thoughts and support.

Yesterday two of Peter's friends came out and cut up a big branch that had snapped off one of our trees in a storm that happened on the day of the crash.  While they were here, they also drenched our sheep and set up our new chicken plucker machine for use later in the day when another friend and her husband came over to process 19 meat chickens with me.  Thank you so much Steve and Scotty; and thank you Sarah and Adam.  It is a weight off my mind to have those birds sorted.

At present I'm splitting my time between here and Brisbane and our neighbours have been feeding the animals in my absence.  It is so reassuring to know that the critters are being cared for. 

I have so much to think about and organise and sort out, my mind just spins sometimes.  But I can say hand on heart, that my friends are getting me through this.  So, thank you.