Friday, December 28, 2012

Loving Limbo

I always love the time in between Christmas and the New Year. It is kind of like some strange limbo time when there isn't a lot of work to do, life is very relaxed, no one expects extravagant meals, we don't have to go anywhere and the Boxing Day cricket test is on. Well the cricket didn't pan out to much but I still like this week a lot. It is also a time when I reflect a bit and also think about the year to come.
Johnson grass in the rose garden
 I tend to keep the gardening side of things pleasurable during this week but the recent rain has really got the johnson grass growing in the mulch in the rose garden. So this morning I set about removing it. It really is a terrible nuisance and can cause toxicity in livestock and harbour pests and diseases for crop growers. It's rhizomes make it quite difficult to eradicate and as we don't use herbicides, removal by hand is the only option we have for this weed. Anyway, happily I removed what I could see and will keep on top of what springs up from the rhizomes which are hidden underground.

 I also 'installed' a bird bath. I had an old light shade which looked to me ideal for a bird bath but no base. An old kettle and a metal base and it's in situ waiting for the birds to need a drink. The bath itself is made of a toughened glass but I still didn't want it too high off the ground just in case of a fall.

 This however is more like my idea of gardening in limbo. Finding eggplants ready to eat (not this one but there are a few others ready). I'm thinking a red curry tonight with eggplant and zucchini. Yum.

Although the weather is quite overcast ( and might I say lovely) today, the bees are busy, busy. They haven't been too active in the vegetable patch of late due to the kurrajong, eucalypts and apple box which have been in flower but the zucchini were receiving their treatment this morning. And I am glad.

 I was quite surprised yesterday when we went to town to buy Hope a new goldfish for the tank she received as a birthday gift that it was business as usual everywhere. I thought it was the weekend when it was really Thursday.

Hope you are enjoying this time too.


Lisa said...

It does have a "limbo" feel to it - you've hit the nail on the head.

Christy said...

The bird bath is a most creative idea. Take care, enjoy the family.


Fiona said...

yes, cricket was a bit disappointing... love the vibrant colour of eggplant... and your new birdbath is great... enjoy limbotime

trishie said...

I love this time of the year too. Just pottering around the house and catching up with old friends - so lovely.

Happy New Year! x

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Hope the heat hasn't spoiled your lovely garden and vegetables. Wishing you some rain soon :)