08 December 2019

My Week in a Nutshell

Another grey, overcast day today, very windy and cold as it has been the past few days, I love the fact that I am still wearing jeans and jumpers in December, I know summer will arrive soon so I am enjoying it while it lasts.

I had to make a trip into town today to buy a few things that I had forgotten when I went shopping last week and also to pick up a book from the library. I bought some Wiltshire knives and a pair of scissors which were on special for half price at Big W and a new external hard drive, unfortunately, it was not on special.

Spanish this morning and afterwards I bought two variegated Hearts Entwined (aka String of Hearts) and a String of Pearls succulent from the op shop.

I spent a couple of hours after lunch checking the irrigation system and adding to it where necessary, and I managed to get 1/3 third of the front garden mulched with pea straw. 

I had a doctor's appointment to go to this morning, but before that, I spent some time trimming the bottle brush tree as it was blocking the view of the footpath and pedestrians were hard to see when my daughter was backing her car out, while I was out there I also trimmed the rosemary hedge. After the appointment I dropped into Mitre 10 to buy some pieces for the irrigation system and discovered they had some plants on sale for $2.99 each so I came home with six new plants for the front garden which was looking a little sparse and needed more plants, and at that price how could I say no, if they all grow the front yard will look lovely.

After lunch, it was back out into the garden where I managed to get the rest of the irrigation system fixed and more pea straw put down, I still have a small section to do, but that will have to wait until Saturday now.
I love the way the garden looks with a fresh layer of pea straw mulch on it.
I've started working on Thursday as a volunteer admin assistant at the community house where I have my Spanish every week, it's nice to be doing something outside of the house again.

I had a meeting this morning at our local hospital where I will be working with the dieticians as an admin assistant starting next Friday, after that, I dropped in to have coffee with my daughter who doesn't live far from there, then it was home for lunch. After lunch, it was another trip to the vet as my housemate's dog also has an ulcer on his eye.

I was out into the garden early this morning to finish laying down the mulch, I also managed to get mulch on one half of the vegetable garden before the day got too hot. In the afternoon I gave the vegetable garden a good watering in preparation for the extremely hot weather tomorrow.

Another early start to my day as I had to get the vegetable garden covered, as well as water all the potted plants and fill all the birdbaths and water dishes, the rest of my day was spent inside trying to stay cool. With all the time I spend tending to my gardens and yard I sometimes wonder how I find time to do anything else, but all the hard work is almost finished now and once it is it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours a week to look after it. 

Until next time, stay safe, Jan.


  1. I've completely neglected my veggie garden as it's been way too hot and the only time I can get to it is after 3.30 pm when it's in the shade and we have been busy in the afternoons recently with various things, school activities, dentist, driving kids here and there so it's not looking good. I have the old trampoline mat that is like a shade cloth so I need to put that over it so light can still get through but not so much of the heat.

    1. It's hard to keep up with everything that needs to be done sometimes, especially when you have two children to look after. Using the trampoline as shade cover is a brilliant idea.

  2. Great to have your garden mulched before the heat arrives, Jan. Lovely that you can get plants at your op-shop too....I don't have String of Hearts, but would like to grow it as I remember my mother did. Meg:)

    1. My mother had one when I was growing up which is why I bought them. I hope I'm lucky and mine grow as well as Mum's did.