Monday, 1 May 2017

What Sherri Did in April 2017




In General

This month we began our homestead living in earnest. Our residence in the city has been sold and we have moved to the homestead. For the past number of years we have been managing our homestead in short bursts. Now we hope to see the gradual unfolding of our homesteading plans.


Good-by little house in the city.


First the unpacking.

As you know we also brought home two puppies during the month. Moxie and Banjo are a real delight and will grow to be great company for each other and us. It is really nice to have canine company once again.

Watching the action from inside the dog run


I also updated my CPR this month.

My specialist and GP had sent me for a number of tests over the last couple of months as a follow-up to some of the readings on my scheduled six-month tests. They were monitoring some abnormal readings which could have been a result of the chemo I had back in 2014, however the last lot of tests showed that the abnormal reading had returned to normal.


In the garden
I have planted out my keyhole garden; planted out some snow peas against a trellis; made a new hot compost pile, created a new perennial 'onion' bed planted with Spring Onion, Society Garlic and Chives. I have done lots of weeding - the weeds certainly sprang up following the rains provided by Cyclone Debbie.

I have also planted up some pots for colour. Included in the planting are Lisianthus, Dianthus, Pansy and Freckled Face.

Keyhole garden with compost basket in the middle
What I have been reading

I have spent little time reading as the weather is too good to spend time indoors. However I have been reading from a publication "Tools for Living a God Centred Life" which is giving me some helpful reminders.

I have also been reading from 'Life Magic' by Ruth Ostrow.

I have been re-reading Peter Cundall's Organic Gardening. Which is a magazine from the Gardening Australia Collector Series.  (Actually it is number one from the series.) I also read this month that Peter Cundall turned 90 on April 1. Happy Birthday Peter, you have been huge inspiration to me and countless other gardeners.

I hope April was a good month for you too. 

19 comments:

  1. Such an exciting time for you all Sherri. I'm just catching up now and really looking forward to your posts. Banjo and Moxie are making sure they're not missing any of the action.

    Happy to hear your tests have come back normal too.

    Have a great week.

    Kylie

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    1. Thanks Kylie. It does feel a bit exciting. It has been slow going for the last few years but hopefully progress will be a bit faster now.

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  2. Hope you have many happy years at the new Homestead:)

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    1. Thank you Jay, that is very kind of you. It all feels very good at the moment.

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  3. You've been very, very busy this month! It must be exciting to start life at your homestead.

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    1. We have been busy Julie, but we have also taken time to stop and smell the roses - enjoy the peace and quiet, the beauty, have coffee by the river and to feel gratitude. It is very exciting to now be at our homestead and also very satisfying. It has been a long journey to get here.

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  4. April has been a lovely month here, especially in the garden because the weather finally cooled down and things are looking lovely...except for the broccoli & calendula seedlings that have obviously been munched off by a possum! I will have to replant and then cover them somehow to ward off the cheeky fellow. How lovely to be beginning your homesteading in earnest now that your city abode has sold. I hope you'll tell us all about the journey! Meg:)

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    1. The sort of weather we are experiencing makes one happy to be alive. Especially after the dry, hot summer we had. The puppies had their first vet visit today and being at the vets brought on an asthma attack for me. So a trip to the chemist was also on the cards today. Don has just arrived back on the tractor after driving it down to the river for some fishing, - he caught and eel and two undersized Brim all of which went back into the river. No doubt he enjoyed the fishing anyway.

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  5. Sherri it sounds like you have had a lot to deal with on the health front. I am praying that the 'normal' readings continue and that you begin to feel 100% once more.
    Congratulations on making the move out to your homestead. Having puppies as well is such a wonderful way to start your adventure in your now permanent home. It will be nice to be able to put into full time practice all that you have been learning in regards to permaculture and organic gardening.
    My garden is about a month of full production. I have in place many greens growing and there are now green tomatoes on some of the first tomatoes that I planted. I have succession gardening finally happening and am really pleased with how things are starting to come together. My neighbour who once sprayed everything with chemical sprays has seen how I don't end up with slugs all over my lettuce. He cant bring himself to move away from neat rows of veg but has decided my espresso spray really does work on keeping the slugs off lettuce. He is experimenting with my fruit fly traps rather than the chemical ones. I don't think I will ever cure him of reaching for a spray but at least they're not nasty chemicals.
    Thank you for mentioning Bluey in your comment on Wendy's blog. He is doing so much better. He has had the plumber come and look at some things on the caravan that need updating and is talking about heading off caravanning for a few months towards the end of June. I am now happy to leave him on his own for more than an hour or two. He still does too much on some days and has to rest for the next couple of days. I love having him coming back into himself.

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    1. Jane I have been following Bluey's progress in your comments on Annabel's blog for some time, and it is so good to know he is progressing well.

      I am planning to start growing some veggies near our dam as that is where the male dragonflies live and I also have noticed robber flies there, so there is a fair chance that they will eat any pest insects. Your garden sounds healthy and productive. The gardening has been so much better during April hasn't it?

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  6. I've read so many references to society garlic recently....and here it is again. Gonna have to find out what the fuss is all about now.

    So happy for you that you are now fully on the homestead property. The ship has been burned on the beach now! :-)

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    1. Honestly I have grown Society Garlic in the past as an ornamental. It is a pretty plant, and I will be interested to see how I go using it in dishes.

      Ha! "The ship has burned on the beach" - I think we felt that way when we put the house on the market - a little apprehensive regarding the anticipated change. Since we moved we haven't looked back.

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  7. Normal reading on the test... Wonderful!!!

    Congratulations on beginning your homestead living, in earnest!

    With all that's going on, I can understand not having too much time, for reading. :-)

    Happy First Day Of May, to you!



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    1. Thanks Luna. It was a good May day. In the morning we took time out for a coffee down by the river and in the afternoon some friends drove out from the city to visit. I hope your May Day was good too!

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  8. So pleased for you, Sherri and I hope you thoroughly enjoy your future years in the homestead. It was worth working towards obviously. Good news on the test result front too. I wondered at the beginning of the year if you had had some bad results. Glad to hear the happiness in your post.

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    1. Thanks Chel. I have been out in the garden this morning and playing on and off with the puppies during the day. Don has gone fishing again. One of the neighbours was burning off this morning so I have left my washing til this afternoon. Such lovely homey activities.

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  9. Yay, for your new journey! It's going to be less stressful, to not have to commute between dwellings. We did that for about a year, as our house was being built on the land, and we lived in town. It's great to close a chapter and open a new one. :)

    I'm so glad your readings have normalised. The wait can be fraught with trepidation, but you found another relief in the all-clear! So much good news to be found in April.

    Peter Cundall is pretty awesome in my books. I still miss him on Gardening Australia. It's just not the same without him, although Costa is doing a great job. 90 might have surprised me several years ago, but my mum is bringing a friend to the kid's party we're having this weekend - and they're 95! Pretty spry too, I might add. Gets about with a cane. I know people in their 70's who didn't age as well. Both my mum's friend and Peter Cundall, both served in the war.

    Which is why I'm not surprised they both try and live life to the full. For the ones who didn't make it home. Anyway, love your garden adventures. I'm sure you'll be doing much more of it. :)

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  10. Thanks for the updates, enjoyed the read.

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  11. All the best on your new homestead venture...exciting days to look forward to:) I would like to drop by your blog from time to time to see how you do things ...I'm sure I'll get lots of inspirations from you, hope you won't mind.

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