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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Cook did alright!

I'm back!

At home the inlet pipe to the pump on the creek
was washed from its mooring 
in the first week of my absence.
This is not an uncommon occurrence
when it rains and the creek flow increases.

It took me about ten minutes, when I got home, 
 to wade into the creek,
relocate the inlet valve, weight it down,
prime the pump and turn it on.

But these are tasks way beyond The Cook's
desire to understand.  When I try to explain anything technical,
she gets this crazy glazed look in her eyes
and I know there is no point.

So she resorted to using buckets to water the garden
using the rainwater tanks.

There were a couple of casualties
but most things survived...even if they didn't flourish.

Well, the corn did OK.

Here is the 'before trip' photo.

It looks quite lush...those plants in the middle bed,
the one with the tee pee, are carrots
going happily to seed.

...same view before I went away.
I planted climbing bean seeds before I left,
 and they are up and aiming for the sky.

The chickens evaded the vegetable garden security
and dug up some seedlings.

When I arrived home,
 I was able to bandicoot some potatoes
and there was a huge Greyzini zucchini 
which was promptly dispatched to the soup pot
and the first zucchini slice of the season.

We gave away seven dozen eggs on the weekend.
Hortense has gone clucky and is sitting on seven eggs.
The Araucanas are just about fully grown
and I think I will soon be able
to pick the difference between the roosters and the hens.
Jenny's babies are mostly feathered and strong.

It was fabulous to see my little American family
and I was sad to leave them.
But it is good to be home too.


  1. Welcome back Hazel...I bet one of the first things you did was wander the garden....I have missed your posts...

  2. Yay! Welcome home Hazel, it's good to have you back, I've missed your posts too.

    Now if Molly Meldrum recovers all will right in my world.

  3. Welcome back, I missed your posts. Looks like everything was in safe hands on the home front.

  4. Welcome back. Missed you. Cook did a great job while you were missing in action. Your corn looks good. I gave up growing sweet corn in summer here now.

  5. Looks like the garden is just fine. Love how much the corn has grown.

  6. Welcome back to the blogosphere, Hazel. Does The Cook get a holiday now?? :-)

  7. Welcome home. Your plants are looking great.

  8. welcome home, glad you had a safe trip back.
    The garden is looking great and now that the water is back on it will be even better

  9. welcome home..things faired up pretty well in the garden I think..cook done good

  10. Welcome home - and well done cook. I get a glazed look in my eye with technical things too.

  11. Sounds like the garden was left in safe hands while you were away. Bet it was great visiting those grandies. At least ours are all in the one country.

  12. YAY! Welcome back! The garden looks great! We've all missed you!


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