The dance of love

I highly suspect the courgettes and butternuts are doing the dance of love during the night, because these butternuts are suspiciously stripy and mottled


Cherry tomatoes imminent

cherry tomatoes

If these figs hurry up, it’ll be figgy pudding for Christmas.


Most of my attention has be taken up with the fence that’s going up in the front of my house.  First order of business was taking out the old cast concrete wall.  When I started looking at houses in this area, I was determined not to go for one with a wagon wheel wall.

And I’m not talking about this kind


But the other kind.  Wagon wheel walls are very popular in these small towns, they’re part of the vernacular, along with the outhouse and thatched roof.

I didn’t get a wagon wheel wall, but I did get this

old fence

For some reason this wall was built to withstand an atom bomb, the pillars were sunk half a metre into the ground and the strong-arm man began laboriously digging them out one by one


before sanity prevailed and they were bashed off at ground level.

This is what I’m getting, the green will allow it to merge with the garden, and the beds against the fence will not be roasting in the heat of the wall.  That’s the theory anyway.  I have in mind a lovely bougainvillea foaming deliciously over the side.


Speaking of which, our local coffee shop has a lovely pink bougainvillea, it’s so beautiful that people have their photographs taken with the plant as background.  Apparently the reason it is so beautiful and lush is that it’s located in the exact place where the local people … how to put this delicately … relieve themselves.



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3 Responses to The dance of love

  1. Dani says:

    Ah, t’is a pity you didn’t get all the posts out – you could’ve made an enclosed veggie patch (against the rabbits) which also provided a bit of later afternoon shade for your veggies. And after painting the wall an avo green colour, it would’ve blended in with the scenery / future greenery and you could’ve used the walls to tie the winter growing pea plant supports to. I agree – the new fence looks much better though. Bougainvillea’s will be stunning – and a suitably thorny deterrent against “inbrekers”… 😉

    Ummm, relieving yourself against tomato plants gives them a wonderful nitrogen boost… 😉

    That doesn’t look like a cherry tomato – rather a future (large) heirloom one.

  2. Dani says:

    P.S. It looks like you may have a bit of whitefly on your tomato plant. Use a weak mixture of dishsoap and water in a spray bottle and spray the plant. ( )


    Dani, you would not believe the fight over those concrete slabs between the gate builder and the neighbour. In the interests of good neighbourly relations, I let them divvy them up and take them away and bought a book on concrete from our local Christmas market so I can make some for myself. So much easier that way. I suspect you’re right about the whitefly and I happen to have just such a spray bottle handy. Since I’m the only one who doesn’t dose the garden in glysophate, all their creepies are migrating my way. I no longer need to worry about the bunny, he dumped me. DUMPED ME. For the little old lady down the road, humph. Clearly her carrots are superior to mine.

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