Tuesday, September 13, 2016

An awesome day with Costa

I had the most awesome Saturday with Cost Georgiadis, the legendary gardening guru and host of ABC's Gardening Australia. He was running a workshop on soil and plant conservation. 

He has so much knowledge and was so passionate and it was great to be around so many like minded people.  We all got down and dirty (literally).

Afterwards there was a three course lunch made entirely from local produce.

It was actually held at my son's school because they have a fantastic agriculture program, with a permaculture garden and working farm with chickens, cows and SHEEP WITH BLACK FACES!! *Insert proper animal genus here*. They're so adorbs and they had lambs that were only a few weeks old. Seriously, my ultimate Saturday :) .

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Other side path complete!!!

The other side path is complete!! HUZZAH!! I spent all day yesterday putting the sand bed down for the final four pavers and trying to straighten up the rest as best I could. The site slopes about 2 metres across the 50 meters of the property and is not necessarily a gentle slope in some spots. So the path was never going to be perfectly even, but I think it's the best it can be. It's stable and walking up and down it feels natural, so I'm pretty happy with it all.

Looking towards the back yard

Close up from the side

Moving the stones was actually the task that took the longest this time. Because I couldn't use the wheelbarrow across the edging, the easiest way was to transport them in two plastic buckets. I was so over it by the end and this morning my shoulders are killing me! It's not fully finished. I'll put some solar path lights in and plant some murrayas along the outer edge, which will eventually be the fence line.

Gizmo approves
There's still a surprising amount of stones left from the pile. I really thought this second stone path would use up the rest of the pile - in fact I was worried I wouldn't even have enough to finish this. But there are LOADS left and so now I'm thinking I might just use the rest to put under the back part of underneath the house.

This is the schmozzle it currently looks like. Even Gizmo thinks it's questionable. I'm still unsure of what to do with the space to make it useable, as concreting and paving are just too expensive. So I guess the stone option might just have to do for now until I can think of (or have the funds for) something else.

In the meantime I'm just going to skip up and down the path :-). Happy Sunday everyone!! xx