Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Wild and wooly weather

Here in Suydney we are at the mercy of an intense low pressure system, streaming wind and rain in from the ocean. We should be over the worst of it tomorrow.

Hundreds of thousands of folks are without electricity. The city has received 120mm of rain, and wind has gusted to 100kph. Regiional areas, under the same system, have recorded over 300mm of rain. Not disaster proportions, just annoying. Something we should expect every Autumn.

Perhaps all my leaves will hit the turf in one fell swoop.

Monday, 20 April 2015

The Ties that Bind

My oldest grand-daughter is four and a half. She goes to Pre-school three days a week, spends one day with Grandad, and the fifth day with Ma - me!

Our day together is Friday, and we do all sorts of things: drawing, craft construction, lego, gardening. reading, and now beading. Actually, the beading is a precursor to "introductory sewing". Last Friday we had 5 or so (clean) yoghurt tubs, and in each was a graded example of items to string, some big with big holes, and others more fiddley. The strings varied from shoe-laces, through plastic, to wool, and embroidery thread. We were at it for just over 90 minutes. Not bad concentration for someone < 5 years of age.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Beauregarde Sweet Potato

At a family BBQ across the road, we chanced upoon a simple way of oomphing Sweet Potato. Kirsten and I have long been lovers of root vegetables - potaoto, yam. pumpkin, beetroot - but to top them with a wedge of fresh garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and bake for 40 mins at 180C is just perfection.

Now, none of the aforementioned veggies is expensive, but I decided to give them a burl in my patch anyway. So ... here is my first attempt at Beauregarde Sweet Potato. Not the root, as I am not that well advanced yet, but should be mid-winter. Am also growing our other favourites, and shall feature them in the fullness of time.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Autumn in ... anywhere

This is me for the rest of the day!

My first raking this season was February 21, making this the 9th weekend of raking. I usually count on 13 weeks. I am now into two sessions a week. There is a forecast downpour this arvo, so want this all squared away before that!

Next season, I want to have me a small mulcher in place, to make use of all this beauty. Also need to spread my current bin of compost, and load up another. I'm late, I'm late, for a most important date. Ciao my lovelies!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Tempe House - serenaded by brass

The 'open" day for Tempe House was really a selling day for the apartment blocks that loom behind the 1836 building. I guess they know their potential clientele better than I. I have nothing against brass bands, and this was a good one. However, I just know that if this sales pitch were to happen anywhere near where I live on the North Shore, they would have engaged the services of a hip recreator of the '50s, channelling Rosemary Clooney, and Patti Page. However, The Kogarah Concert Band swayed me with renditions of music from Disney, and the 1848 barricades.

So, I have bitten the bullet and here show you the tiny, Georgian villa being overwhelmed by Pete Seeger's "little boxes".