The month that was... November21:50:00
(I started this post on Thursday night may I just throw in here and have finally finished it tonight, hence the intro with me watching INXS. ) Its the story of my life so I just left it be….Riveting I know.
I am currently sitting here watching a biography of INXS on tv and pondering that although they were a massive band, I must say it wasn't one band that I really got into. You? I can't even say that poor old Michael did it for me either. I really don't think Michael was as hot as they are making him out to be? Now Im right off track but they sure had a lot of good songs and as I sit here tapping away on the keyboard and humming INXS tunes, I am going through the pics from November here in the paddock and have mustered up a few good ones for your perusal.
Before the pics though I thought id share a few things with you to catch up.
The garden is going okay. The front yard at least. I have actually managed, without even planning it, to have something in flower since the end of July and its still going. How clever am I? We are still picking raspberries out back everyday and they are delicious. We have also been picking lettuce and a handful of various herbs and I have been planting seeds with the kids which have been germinating. Though with this heat of late, I'm not sure that they will reach their full potential but its fun trying. The tomatoes are struggling but we have corn, potatoes, pumpkin and beetroot growing really well. I even spotted a Dahlia growing in amongst the potatoes when I was watering the other day. There must have been a few stray tubers left from last year. I laughed to myself as only an 'avid' gardener like myself, would have spotted it as they are quite camouflage hiding amongst the potatoes. Im getting good I tell ya!
On the project front, I have lots of ideas in my head that I think would be excellent for a blog post to share and I often wonder if they will ever get off the ground. Never the less, its what keeping me motivated to have something to do other than the old baby and toddler routine. Projects in mind are some home made fruit fly traps, a pineapple shaped piñata for new years, my christmas wreath (better get onto that one) and some gardening - splitting plants and digging up tubers, replanting, weeding and some new plants.
Its a patience game and ill get there…One day!
There are certainly lots of people doing big, beautiful and wonderful things in blogland that I see when I get a chance to scroll through my news feeds and reading lists of late; including my good friend Eliza Ellis. Last week she guest posted over at a blog called Natasha in Oz using our very own Tarzali Rose in her Sangria recipe. Her pics are amazing and it was certainly exciting for us to see our wine getting a mention on the inter webs and some of my spotty glassware styling it up too. If you get a chance, do yourself a favour and check out her blog. I know she has worked really hard to get it to where it is today.
Now for some pics…unedited may I just add.
I happened to be up and at em' one early morning out at the farm to take these. The fog was just starting to lift off the water and it was beautiful. Ill be waking up to that everyday in the foreseeable future.
The cubby house is no more. A huge Spotted Gum smashed it to bits in a windy storm a few weeks back. I believe the cubby been there since Cam was a kid, so he was a bit saddened by its demise too. The good news is that there is another cubby building venture in the pipeline for our kids now out at the farm.
Our town had their annual festival at the beginning of November. There were plenty of things going on around town over two weekends and the week in between. We took part by having a wine stall on one of the Sunday's as part of the big market day, which we did last year too and it was a lovely day out. We also thought it'd be interesting to take the kids out to one of the local districts to check out the hot air balloon spectacle. I had never seen anything like it before so I was greatly impressed. These balloons are huge and I especially loved the sherrin footy balloon. As with all these sorts of ventures, the kids had a ball.
The kids have been making a few outings out to the vineyard with Cam whilst David and Pauline were away at the end of the month. It's that time of the year again where everything is happening all at once. Watering needs to get done, pumps switched over and pumps getting turned on. The suckers appearing on the vines need to be stripped off, the new vines de-headed, grass to be slashed, wires to be lifted and good old pest and disease control. It never ends, but lucky its so pretty and peaceful over there.
We have also had another eight rows of Riesling grafted over to Shiraz and at the last report and inspection, they currently look like they are all viable and are growing great guns. I am working on the prospect of some Sparkling Shiraz one day!! he he..(Its never going to happen though…)
My espaliering venture is also going in leaps and bounds. The pears and apples are up and growing on the second wire and I even spotted three apples on one of the trees. We didn't expect any fruit until next year at least so that is a bonus. This year I have made sure to put down some straw to hold more moisture in with the weather warming and we have given them a lovely feed with some cow manure. Thankfully we have been getting some good heavy, sporadic rainfall which is making the foliage beautifully green and lush.
There is nothing like a new tractor to get any farm loving nut excited. This new green tractor is a beauty and its shiny engine and clean cabin floor did not last too long as they got that baby straight to work. The first job off the ranks was Cam putting a hundred odd bales of hay into the shed.
Lastly, our growing family. That's Cam and I taken at the wedding in Geelong a few weeks back and of course a couple of the kids thrown in. The few times that they actually get dressed to actually go out and look really nice was for a mums group lunch a few weeks back. I just had to get them together for a photo. They make me laugh so much. Every day is busy.
Can you believe that Oliver is already four months old? He has discovered food and thinks its pretty alright and he can roll over. Though he isn't sure if he likes this prospect yet as he hasn't figured out how to roll back.
Time is flying.
I am really looking forward to Christmas and our up coming holiday down the coast again. We also get to finally meet the newest member of the Ross family, Zack who was born at the end of October.
What are doing for Christmas this year?
Its the silly season. I have already spotted lots of lights as I was driving around last night and I love it! All of it.
Thanks for visiting today.