244/366: one into three becomes one

To change a random panel of twig fencing to fit the new image on the patio fence, I did some Mathematics. Actually, it was simple arithmetic.

I took the original panel, hence the first “one” in the title.

I attacked it with some tree loppers.

Thus it was divided into three equal portions.

From there, I attached it to the fence and it was “one” again.

And in the recycling stakes, I won again.

So now you know how one into three can become one.

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243/366: my little black wagon

Knowing how I love gardening, last week my husband pleasantly surprised me with a present of a Gard&Grow. Only problem was it came in a big box unassembled.

However, only a little daunted, I put my handisandi hat on, and set to work.

Finally I finished the job that should probably have taken only take half an hour to complete. Including a rest for a cup of tea, due to the brain strain of following directions, the project took about ninety minutes. But I’m proud of the result, having managed it totally by myself, and it will be a very handy piece of equipment for this gadget girl.

241/366: crazy concrete-loving cat

Zorro is zo cute ven ‘e curls up on ze concrete, iz ‘e not?

Now who’s the crazy one?

240/366: little garden within a garden

Utilising some of the honeycomb rocks I received from my neighbour, (Rock on),I have created a little garden within a garden, sectioning off a curved area from the rest.

I am looking forward to a nice mass of gold, purple and green in the not-too-distant future.

239/366: leading you up another garden path

Back in December 2000, I managed to purchase a quantity of grey paver bricks for $20. Though this was a bargain, we then hired Dimension Landscaping to lay the path between the patio and the rear barbecue area, thus joining the two sections with a neutral, functional path. It was well worth the money for a professional job.

Having already used David from Dimension Landscaping for the laundry side paving, we were happy to call on him again.

238/366: conifer modification plan

The huge conifers down the western side of the back yard have become a problem. While we grew them in the first place to provide shade from the hot afternoon sun in summer, we never realised how large they would grow.

Behind the bluestone barbecue is a Castewallen Gold, and behind the bluestone wall that separates the bottom and middle tiers, are two Naylors Blue and another Castewallen Gold. Further up in the middle tier are yet another two of the Gold.

Don’t get me wrong; they are still beautiful and majestic, but just not suitable for a suburban garden. I have spoken about my indiscriminate love of conifers, and the price we have had to pay in removing them.

This time I have done my own artist’s impression of potential changes. I am new at computer graphic design, so it is quite rudimentary, but it still gives one the idea of what I want. Especially if I want to grow vegies, I need a lot more sun in the garden.

237/366: home show warning

Back in 1985 we had moved into this house in March. In August we decided to go to the Home Show in the city of Melbourne to get some ideas.

By the time we reached the stand of leather lounge suites we were already tired, and as we sat down on the black leather club armchair, we were both blown away by its comfort, as well as its sleek, classic but modern look.

Just as a matter of interest, we asked the guy how much it would cost if we were to buy two armchairs and a pair of two-seater matching couches. Usually at the Home Show if you order something they give you a good deal, but the price he quoted us was very reasonable, almost as if he had forgotten to add one of the armchairs on.

We ummed and ahhed and suggested we might walk around and come back later. By this time he had realised his error so told us if we stepped off the stand the offer would be over.

We were still setting up the inside of the house at this stage, and a beautiful leather lounge was not currently on the list of must haves. Suddenly however, it was on the list at Number One.

Signing up, we ended up borrowing from his parents and paying it off over the next few months. We still have this lounge suite, rather worn and somewhat scratched by the cats, but we still love it and are glad we stretched ourselves to buy it.

Today marks the twenty-seventh anniversary of signing on the dotted line. Oh, by the way, we have never been back to the Home Show for fear of buying something else major!!

236/366: welcome to the world bubble and squeak

While I’m still in my time machine I thought I would take you back to 1985 when we got our first babies of the feline variety, Bubble and Squeak. We got them from the Blue Cross, an animal shelter, and fell immediately in love with them both.

Bubble was the white one, while Squeak, who was affectionately called Squeaky, was a lovely grey tabby. In Australia we tend to shorten most names, and if we don’t shorten them we add a Y or and IE to the end of the word (footy, barbie, hubby, etc.).

235/366: goin’ troppo inside

When we first moved into this house twenty-seven years ago, we had a cane themed bedroom, which fulfilled my need for a tropical oasis. The cane chair and bedhead are long since gone, with only the palm and lattice printed mirror surviving the intervening years.

Now that I’m goin’ troppo outside, let’s jump in the time machine and take a wander back to the late 80’s. I love the technology that enables us to scan a picture and then upload it into cyberspace. Back in 1986 when I took these photos with film, who would have believed that we would come this far?