Yesterday was a day of two halves. In the morning is was wet and miserable – with rain drops so fat and heavy that it seemed to come in monsoon proportions. But the ground was already overflowing so the new rainfall just lay on the top of the lawn, with only the tips of the as yet un-mown grass poking through a sea of mud and water. I was so yucky outside that I slow cooked a pea and ham soup, filling the house with warm aromas of winter.
Then I gathered together all my supplies and sat at the kitchen table and gently and lovingly sowed my tomato seeds for the season to come. For me tomatoes are the epitome of summer. A summer veggie garden without tomatoes doesn’t actually qualify as a summer veggie garden – it’s just pretending to be a summer garden. So I savoured the moment. Sowing tomato seeds evokes such pleasant thoughts of all things hot and sunny. Without wanting to wish my life away – I can’t wait for the sunny season and having a garden full of flourishing plants.
Once I had finished tucking my seeds into warm seed raising mix, I looked out the window and all my summery thoughts evaporated. It was still raining. I needed to take my seeds out to the greenhouse – in the rain. So this was the ideal time to put in to place a plan that had been rattling around in my head for a long time. I gathered up my hoses and irrigation stuff, headed out to the greenhouse and set to work.
Using cable ties I secured irrigation hose to the top shelf and then installed some mister nozzles and then connected them all to the tap. Much to my surprise – it worked! Now I can water my seedlings in the greenhouse, by just nipping around the corner of the house, and I won’t even need to get wet! Awesome! This description of the installation doesn’t even begin to do it justice – but that’s OK because I videoed the unfolding drama and excitement and loaded it onto You Tube, so you can watch it by clicking >HERE<
Then the second half of the day kicked in. The rain stopped and the sun came out. I’d like to say the place dried out – but I think we need a month of Sundays for that to happen. It was time for the next exciting thing of the day. So we jumped in the car and drove to a motorway service centre a little way further down the country and met a man we’d never met before who gave us the cutest bundles of fluffy joy!
We now have in our wee menagerie one cat, 2 goats, 1 rooster, 4 chickens, 5 baby chicks and TWO TINY BABY LAMBS! The lambs are only 4 days old and are the sweetest things. They are destined to become champions at the hands of Tim the Helper and the Joeyosaurus. We are expected great things these wee teams at the school Calf Club event in October. This is something that country schools do here in NZ and such great fun. The kids compete for cups and ribbons for various animal rearing skills and if they are lucky then they get to go to the next round of competitions at the inter-school Group Day.
The lambs are the cutest little things and as yet the drudgery of the late night bottle feeds and the frustration of yet another successful escape from the chicken coop to the veggie patch, and the nagging to getting the kids to spend time training them – once the novelty wears off; has yet to kick in. It is Day Two and having lambs is the coolest thing about living in the country in the spring – apart from having tomato seeds in the process of emerging from the soil.
Come again soon – there is never a dull moment around here!
Sarah the Gardener : o )