A Quick Friday Update – Day 4 NaBloPoMo 2016

It’s been a mixed week. I’m trying to finish a uni paper and keep up with spring planting in the garden. Meanwhile, gastro has stormed through my household and has left all of us feeling a little less than wonderful!

There have been lots of good things though.

The last couple of mornings, I’ve been lifting more heads and weeding the beds as I go. While this year’s garlic crop will be less than last year on average, the heads are undoubtedly bigger.

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As soon as the garlic’s gone I’ll be planting advanced tomato seedlings. A few weeks ago, I found an out of date packet of Debarao (aka De Barao) tomato seed while I was planting out this year’s summer vegetables and decided to plant the packet as well as some fresh seed. Amazingly, the new packet did nothing but the out of date all came up. I’ll be pricking these out into cardboard grow tubes in the coming weeks and probably giving a lot away to friends!

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And finally, Bernard Black the Bunny is settling in really well. He is playful and cute and like most rabbits at that age, has a voracious appetite and the cutest, biggest, fluffy paws ❤

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A Month of Blog Posts – Day 1 NaBloPoMo 2016

Hey everyone,

It’s that time of year again! November means my annual writing challenge – a month of daily blog posts, otherwise known as NaBloPoMo. With the year I’ve had, it would be very easy to rehash the sadness and grief but I mean to focus on the many positives that surround me.

Having said that, I’ve recently been quite seriously ill, but with support from those closest and my GP providing the right medication I’m feeling much, much better.

Also, today has started out especially wonderful. Early this morning, our new (and rather dashing) black British Giant buck arrived. He’s only 8 weeks old and impossibly cute. Like most British Giants, he’s also very affectionate and loves being held and petted, but if he gets to the size of his parents he’s going to be a handful to cuddle! In keeping with the household tradition, we wanted a “B” name for him. And given our love of the iconic comedy series Black Books there was only one thing to do.

Meet Bernard Black ❤

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Bernard B Bunny

There’s heaps of good things happening in the garden, a bumper crop of broad beans and snow peas as well as the the usual forest of kale, silverbeet and various salad greens that produced right through winter. This is despite a very wet spring that’s kept the soil temperature quite low and of course the chickens are in full laying mode at the moment. But at the moment I’m focusing on university and my current unit, Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Because I’ve been ill, I’ve fallen behind with the work but I have a fabulous tutor and I’ve been granted an extension on a major essay. It’s not an area I feel particularly comfortable with despite teaching music to young folks as well as adults. I think it’s because I’ve never specifically thought about writing for those audiences and I tend to read so voraciously that I make little or no distinctions about genres. For example, I think of novels such as Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wind in the Willows or The Hobbit as great fiction rather than children’s books – and of course, all those titles fulfill both criteria. As a result I’ve learned a tremendous amount and found the unit quite interesting at many levels.

But I must get back to work, slaving over academic papers through the Griffith University online library and trying to make sense of my early notes. Then I can justify spending some quality time with Bernard, Boudica and Bella later this afternoon 😀

I’ll be back tomorrow, be well friends!