Good Crop, Bad Crop

Last time I talked about the pumpkins and squashes, which despite the powdery mildew and earlier-than-usual demise, still gave us decent crops. Except for the Pink Banana Jumbo squash, both plants of which grew like a stunted sloth and finally aborted their puny fruit. I blame the poor quality of the seeds. Plus the slugs…

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How Goes The Swathe of Orange?

This summer was intense: intense heat, intense humidity and intensely waiting for rain. Now autumn, my favourite season, is upon us. While the heat is less intense, it's still very humid and we're still waiting for more rain. The Indian Summer this year meant mornings and evenings started getting cooler sooner than usual, and some…

In Which The Long-awaited Rain Arrives

Guys, we have had rain, glorious rain! We have been weather forecast website groupies lately. The tanks were getting low and the rain kept frustratingly disappearing off the forecasts. Then we heard that a cyclone was heading our way and we were like, "Bring on the cyclone!" Ok, I know that sounds crazy in some…

2018 Homestead Report

2018 was the year of learning to balance projects and tasks with people time and rest time. I started the year with a long list of things that I wanted to achieve on the homestead. I didn't get the memo that a small child's first year at kindy is characterised by much sickness. The Little…