weeds (looking good)

I love these weeds.  I guess they might not even be weeds.  I am sure they have a name. It’s just that I don’t know what it is as these little plants came with the house.

They just pop up from nothing, and seem to multiply more each year.  And they provide a spot of cheery red in amongst the greenery that turns brownery as a result of the combination of a hot summer and absentee owners for 5 weeks (that’s us of course).


I appreciate a plant that flourishes in such harsh conditions!  Especially when it looks this good cut and in a vase (from the op shop of course).

our productive garden

We used to rent our house. And then we bought it.  But because we rented for so long I caught ‘chronic renter fatigue’ or something similar.  And it seems to have never gone away.

So even though we are home owners, I think of us more as ‘home owner-renters’.  Which basically means we are pretty slack.

Which is a shame, because I love my house.  But if I am realistic, I have to admit that all we actually do is maintain it to rental standards … we are a bit lax with weeding and lawns, we ignore cracks in the plaster and we work around all the imperfections.  If we were real home owners we’d fix them.  We need new gutters, we need to renovate out the back, we need to replace the fences and repaint inside and out … just to start.

Or maybe our problem is that we have young children.  There’s just not enough time in our lives to start any of these things.  Maybe this is a more grown up, responsible and acceptable excuse?

Anyway, when we bought the house I did make an effort with the garden for a year or so. In particular I planted some fruit trees, with the aim of establishing a productive garden.  And then we had to wait of course, to see how the the trees faired. So we waited.  And didn’t do much.  And our patience (or slackness) is now paying off.  Because this year they are looking spendid!






Look … our olive tree is goaning under the weight of the olives, our apricot is nearly on the ground with apricots (another week – what do you think?), our grape vine is producing, our lemon in a pot has fruit even though it looks a bit eaten (miracle of miracles) and our mulberry has been the best – the kids have been out eating mulberries every day for a good 2 months.  I don’t think a single mulberry has ended up wasted on the ground.

It’s lovely.  I’m in to productive gardens.  I might even pick some of this rhubarb and make some relish for Christmas day. Better get to it before the bugs finish it off huh?


making some little flags with material scraps

I am using up some of the material left over from other projects, and some material I bought at op shops and making these little flags.

You can put them in with flowers or foliage to add a bit of character, or stick them in with your pot plants.


They are quite handy at my house because I mainly have a native garden, and it often doesn’t have very showy flowers.  These little flags add a bit of zing to the flowers I pick.


I have made a  whole heap of them.  I might sell them at the  makers market at Christmas.  The orange one is old sheet material (I have an interest in collecting sheets with nice patterns) and the blue and green fabrics are left over from Hughie’s quilt (mostly I think).  And the pink material is left over from when I made baby slings for the kids when they were little.


The black and white fabric was an impulse purchase from Spotlight (every time I go there I impulse shop, keep me away!) the other week … it was on sale.  And it does look good.