Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Working Through the (Dust) Storm



Despite the sky turning a 'mustard yellow' due to a dust storm yesterday, described by Josephine - the Tale Peddler, our garden mulching extravaganza continued.  Right into the afternoon, we carted and distributed wheelbarrows of euc-y mulch.  It always strikes me that before one job can be done, garden bed preparation has to be paramount. In our garden, you don't just lay a mulch covering; firstly, you pull larger weeds, poison smaller shoots, wait till said weed shoots turn yellow, carry a bucket and tongs to collect various sizes, textures and ages of dog-poop, move a variety of garden artwork (as in our Emma's face above, attached to the willow tree) and sometimes - even transfer plants to different locations BEFORE scooping on the thick layers that will serve and protect the plants during prospective summer droughts.  And as the day ambled on, we sang many a ditty like "Oom Pa Pa" amongst others from Oliver Twist, as the rain soaked our clothes and hair, but never dampened our enthusiasm.

"Mulching the garden before the heat is like buying presents long before Christmas", I declared to the garden supplies lady, who wore a quizzical brow. "It is so accomplishing..."

And today?

Today was an 'indoor' day, the house being warm and cozy, thanks to the last dregs of logs in the woodshed, courtesy of the Machinist and Samuel-son, who spent many days cutting and chopping in blistery winds...

4 comments:

@eloh said...

I'm curious what you do with the "weeds" as some are poison. Same problem we have here in the Deep South. The smoke from them burning can actually kill some people. I didn't know this, we have several that will blister the skin but the smoke will blister the lungs.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

You are brave to continue to work in such conditions... bravo!

Snooty Primadona said...

We have horrible dirt storms here too. At least it wasn't a mud storm. I really hate those! Your car always looks like someone threw mud balls at it, LOL!

I can remember some years having to wear a surgical type mask while I worked the garden because there was so much dirt in the air. Ugh!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hee hee, that sounds like a far more exhausting day than mine! That is a great quote as well. There is no finer feeling than have all your presents bought early for Christmas! I saw in the department stores in the city they already have the Christmas decorations out! xx