Worms, maggots and chooks.

Under the back door stairs we have a worm farm.  We’ve had it for about six months now and once or twice a week  I feed the worms with fruit and vege scraps.  Just in the past month the worm farm has been invaded by maggots! A disgusting fly must have found its way in and laid a gazillion eggs.

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I have very patiently been extracting the revolting things and have been feeding them to our neighbours hens.  They LOVE them!!!!

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We brought the worm farm for the youngest son,  He has a great interest in gardening but as it turns out no interest what so ever in worm farming.  I’m looking after them and Mr F is very happy with the ‘worm wee’ that the worm farm produces.

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Every weekend I bottle up another brew for him.  It absolutely stinks!! Seriously putrid  but it’s so good for the garden.

A new space for the washing line.

I know it’s not the best idea  having a washing line  blocking the view of the pool from the house but we don’t have a lot of choice.   When the major alterations to the house start, the washing line hanging off the back stairs would be the first thing to go. There is absolutely NO room down either side of the house to put one.  So we’re trying to make it look as nice as possible.

Mr F and eldest son have spent a few days during the Christmas holidays extending the side fence to re-hang the existing washing line and also another platform out of Merbau to stand on.

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A tree was  in the way.  So a few of its branches had to go.  Eventually the whole tree will come down as we are planning on putting a small garden shed in this space.

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Mr F and eldest son were determined to finish the job despite the heat and were very creative  with some clamps and a drop sheet.  It definitely worked.

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Here is the oldest son getting stuck in.

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Here is the completed project.  I love it!!

The Possums.

I know I shouldn’t but I worry about our little furry friends in the roof when the weather is this hot.  Its been in the  mid 30’s celsius (approximately 90 degrees farenheit) and under the corrugated iron roof they must be sweltering.  When we open the cupboard to give them their dinner late in the afternoons they are often  lying spreadeagled on the floor of the cupboard.  Is this their way of keeping cool?  Why do they choose to live in these conditions???

A few weeks ago we decided to put in a little water bottle usually used for rabbits, guinea pigs etc.  It looks like they’re using it too because the water disappears.  I did wonder if the water was dripping out, so I put a little bowl under it to see and so far its remained dry.  I’d really like to put a small fan up there but Mr F, who isn’t that crazy about the whole possum ‘thing’ thinks I’m going a little overboard.  I know he’s right, I just can’t help it.

I took these photos this afternoon when I came home from work.

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The Grass is growing!

Mr F has been very attentive to this new grass we have. He’s been watering it and it’s looking lovely. We’re under strict instructions ‘not to walk on it yet’. Apparently it’s good to resist the temptation to use the lawn for two weeks. He’s also added the timber to the small platform. The back area is starting to take shape.

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