let me go back a few days, those of you who read my blog, thankyou so much by the way I do appreciate the moral support greatly greatly, greatly. I am inspired by you all. As you know my whole thing is land living for living land. My hands & knees were aching & paining so bad so I knew rain was coming, the joints are never wrong. Don’t think that that stops me working though if anything it just makes me a little more determined or is it panicked I think it depends on the day, anyhoo….
In part preparation for the rain, I say in part as to do everything that needed to be done well lets not go there as overwhelmed I will get. I just do what I think will make the most impact as I go in that moment. The dam was the lowest we have ever seen it in the 14 or 15 yrs we’ve been here sorry I didn’t get photos. I’m 5ft9 & in the middle of the dam when swimming if I touched the bottom & raised my hand my fingers would only just break the surface, with the drought it is waste deep, so really really low.
I had noticed that the path around the top side had actually eroded a bit & was starting to slope away from the dam this definitely had to be remedied so donning my army; chainsaw, block splitter, spade & rake. To work I went.
The dam is to the left where the bottle brush is hanging over the pathway, so I started by breaking off the overhanging bottle brush so it wouldn’t take an eye out while working.
By working out where my edge was going to be & it is quite slopped & bare at the moment to the right of the path, for safety I dug in a few short posts. I will build a stick log wall along out of the old wattles that I had to cut down. The root system of the wattles could damage the wall of the dam.
In the photo on the right you can see I dug out along & put back (this was actually the top soil) that had drained away with the rains over the years. I will be planting smaller shrubs of fodder trees in this ridge & the trick here is you don’t want too much slope into the dam as creates the same problem all top soil would ebb into dam loosing the path again. Now it is reasonably flat & over time we will get a bit more build up along the fenced edge & in the mean time no drastic flow & loss of top soil.
You can see how badly we needed rain. Thats all for the moment for that project, its enough to start saving the land. I will continue to plant ground covers & small shrubs over the hill side & steps throughout for ease of access for maintenance.
Getting there bit by bit.
Out of the corner of my eye as the sun was going down I caught glimpse of a slight red glow, the fir tree was in flower so cute. I did have a better photo but goodness knows where in cyber space that landed.
This tree is actually great fodder for horses & goats & its cute.
Other news I don’t know if I showed you the swing set I built Mum for her 70th (3 years ago) well I can tic another project off the list, its finally painted. Our community market had half a tin of paint & a few other bits & bobs cost me $20 for a few amazing bits & pieces. I had no idea of the colour but it was outdoor paint & around 3litres of it.
Check this out for colour.
As you can see we wont loose it, ever, & the little windmill on top is just another adorable gem of a find at the local markets 2years ago.
But wait there’s more.
As I had left over paint & I didn’t want to throw it out. what to do, what to do, sitting near the swing set so from drab to some sort of on the way to fab, the little hen house is now too cuterer, I know it was going to be white with pink trim, I do have another one to paint & there will be more markets. The fab will continue.
On the local front my Boy now grown up just bought his very first new, brand new that is, car a Toyota Yaris, the fella he had helping him out was so great I would’ve adopted him. Home we went high on that new amazing new car smell. That’s the car in the background all parked & shiny ready to go. He’s so clever & he has given his old car to his sister they have their own financial agreement. Love that they look out for one another. So proud I am.
Finishing with the funny.
Mum & I got take out the other day(I know don’t judge) whilst in town & stopped next to our Woolworths, there is a little car park that overlooks a small grassy area surrounded by beautiful trees. There are pretty little pockets everywhere around our town, anyway. Mum happened to glance out her window above the fence top & we suddenly felt very uncomfortable. Inspector clueso of the feline world, we weren’t trespassing or maybe I don’t know ok so we shouldn’t have had take out were sorry. I think we ate a little quicker than usual & left.
The moral is never give up, Love your family, find the joy in your surroundings & always be aware that someone could be watching.