Saturday, August 20, 2016

Catching up with an old friend.

Catching up with an old friend.
I think Dianne was the first friend I ever made outside of my family.
Here she is on the right of this photo, at my birthday in 1977, when I turned 17.

From left is Ross, Harold, David, me in the shadows, Julie on Mister the horse, Bernie holding him and Dianne on the right.
 And so I caught up with Dianne recently through facebook.
We exchanged emails and then spoke for a couple of hours on the phone, she is in WA and me in VIC.
It was so great to talk and reminisce about our childhoods together, so many wonderful memories.
Me aged about3 maybe 4. This was the age I was when I met Dianne, actually I think the photo was taken by her parents and given to me. I love and an thankful they took it as I have none others of myself till I was in my teens.

Me and my dog Susie C1973

Mrs Lardi, our next door neighbour, she was special and a gardening inspiration for me.

My brother Neil on the left, my now husband Martin in the middle and Gubba on the right.
This was the first time I met Martin.

Me around the time I met Martin, no wonder he fell in love with me at that time.

Me and my horse Mister.
So Dianne, here is a collection of photos from around the time I knew you best.
Such good times.
Thankyou for coming back into my life again after about 40 years.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 Simon just asked me about the polypipe we used to make our frames for net over veg gardens and fruit trees.
Here are pictures of another structure we made using the polypipes and star pickets.

It is a fenced area to display plants for my roadside plant stall. Keeps thieves and deer off the plants.
I saw the idea in an old grassroots mag. It has many uses, such as a vine covered cool place to sit in summer. Put the bbq in it.
Put chooks in it or an aquaponics system.
You could cover the top with net or with a more solid stuff.

The only down side or error we made was cutting the pipes too long, we cut some at 8m long but they bowed down in the warm weather and were unsightly and useless.
So we experimented and found that 4m lengths over star pickets spread at 2.1 to 2.3m apart was perfect.
The taller the star picket the higher the structure, still need dwarf fruit trees if using them in a line. Also bolting them to the picket keeps them from slipping down and being shorter but you can work that out for your self. Am happy to answer any questions.