Catching Up With Life

It’s been a busy few weeks!

Summer holidays are only a memory now but it’s been great to be back at Oak, with the added bonus of a belated present from one of the Superstars. Kathryn, who is a very artistic young woman and becoming a capable songwriter, presented me with this gorgeous portrait she did when we had a morning tea break on Friday.

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Naturally, everyone knew all about it except me, and I confess I was incredibly thrilled and deeply touched by such an honour. Also,¬†I’m involved in a very exciting new program at Oak – teaching folks how to build a food garden! There’ll be photos and posts in the ensuing weeks but I’ve got some very enthusiastic gardeners on my team and a lovely space to work in ūüėÄ

Meanwhile, it’s bedlam here at my place – the house has become a fully fledged work site, with scaffolding surrounding the building in readiness for a new roof and after that, the demolition of an old disused (and potentially dangerous) shed and eradication of many Tasmanian gardeners’ bane – English Ivy. I can’t even park in the driveway at present, let alone think about getting in a load of mushroom compost for the garden beds!

Fortunately, the bulk of the yard has been spared too much disruption, though the rabbits had to be moved away from the ivy infested shed. It’s the start of the annual food glut and I’ve been drying herbs to make my own Tuscan seasoning and I’m starting to be inundated with beans, chilies, basil, shiso, cucumbers, zucchinis and potatoes.

Tuscan Mix

Tuscan Mix

Today I picked more zucchini and discovered some of the “volunteer” Roma tomatoes from the worm farm already had ripe fruit. Because I’m the only one in the house who really likes zucchini, I’ve only got two plants this year, and I think it might be one plant too many! I didn’t pick for two days and discovered a yellow monster this morning! (Don’t be fooled, the tomatoes below are really very ripe but I think the yellow beast made most of them fade in the photo!)

 

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And today is Australia Day. Over the years, this has become a very¬†fraught event for many indigenous people as it really only commemorates the arrival of the British and has been renamed by some people Invasion Day. There is a suggestion that the date be changed and I think it has merit. I think this is an ongoing conversation that we, as a country really need to have. There’s no doubt in my mind that we as a nation are losing much of what my parents and grandparents worked incredibly hard to attain. That is, an egalitarian society that welcomes new voices and a fair go for all.

As a white Australian (and therefore a descendant of immigrants), I don’t particularly like what the day has come to represent, with a lot of incredibly racist slurs aimed at marginalising recent immigrants and people of colour ranging around social media. And our politicians are certainly forgetting about the “fair go for all” aspect that I was brought up to cherish and respect, with increasingly draconian measures to further marginalise this country’s poorest people.

This saddens me so much. Having traveled a little, I know how wonderful this country can be and how grateful I am to live here. So, today I made it my business to think of the original inhabitants while working the soil, the dirt I am steward of. To contemplate the incredibly rich heritage our indigenous brothers and sisters have given us in sight of glorious kunanyi that calmly overlooks all of Hobart Рand thank my lucky stars that my forebears (boat people) came to such a beautiful country.

Tread gently friends and have a wonderful day ‚̧

Sleepy Sunday Evening – Day 15 NaBloPoMo 2015

So, where did the weekend go? I’m really tired tonight but I did get a lot done the last couple of days – I’ve finally planted the corn, zucchini and squash and about two thirds of the garlic crop is in after laying outside most of the day. Currently, it’s sitting on top of the washing machine, waiting to get plaited up for hanging, so I won’t be able to wash any clothes until it’s done – fabulous incentive to finish the job!

There’s still a lot of vegetables to plant out for summer and more basil to put in pots in the greenhouse but I’ll get there – slowly. My back is better, no sciatica now, but it’s always tricky. While it’s tremendously important to rest and allow the inflammation to reduce, exercise is essential to maintain core strength, so it’s a constant balancing act.

I also played a quick 20 minute set late this afternoon¬†down at UNLOCKED at the Brunswick Hotel, which was fun. And, because it’s work and teaching tomorrow, a rough list of what songs I’ll play at Oak is sorted, and¬†individual lesson plans are¬†done for private students.

And I found time to do some much needed university reading for this week’s online lecture, and tomorrow I’ll answer the tutorial questions. Then it’ll be full steam ahead with the final assignment!

But now, it’s time to put work, gardening and uni out of my mind and relax. There’s a scoop of homemade Boysenberry ice cream with my name on it in the freezer.

I hope you all had a good weekend, wherever you are on this beautiful planet. I’ll leave you with tonight’s sunset view from my backdoor.

Stay safe friends ‚̧

Kunyani/Mt Wellington

Kunyani/Mt Wellington saying hello to the moon