"Lord, this humble house we'd keep, sweet with play and calm with sleep. Help us so that we may give beauty to the lives we live. Let Thy bounty and Thy grace shine upon our dwelling place." E. A. Guest


Weekend Gardening

The weekend arrived, cool but with sunny blue skies, and we puttered around our backyard and started to transform it into what we hope will be a more practical and healthy space for growing food.

The Woodman decided to literally "hoe into" the vegie garden after making a wooden frame from timber we already had stored away. 
One good thing about being married to a man who loves wood, is that you usually have stacks of it piled up in various places around the house :-)
We mixed humus through the soil and planted some seedlings of garlic, dutch carrots, lettuce, silverbeet, rhubarb and broad beans. It will be interesting to see how they fare as we head into Winter.

I was a little dubious about the height of the timber framework and it's ability to hold the soil in properly..but hubby assures me he will raise it up later on if necessary :-)

This morning we put some bamboo poles around the lemon tree to drape a  protective cover over it,  as we are having very frosty mornings this week.
The Lisbon lemon is supposed to be frost-tolerant so hopefully it will not get damaged.
Perhaps the 'guardian statue' will be enough to scare the frost away, anyhow lol!

It was a perfect weekend to be relaxing in the fresh (and I do mean fresh!) Autumn air, while watching the silver-eye finches and blue wrens darting about in the Buddleia bushes.. and dreaming of how we hope the garden will turn out. 
At the moment it isn't too pretty I suppose..but there's a nice feeling that comes with knowing we're using materials that we had on hand and not paying a fortune just to get a "look".
Trying to live simply and more frugally means making adjustments in our way of approaching things.
Being content with using humble materials is just a small one.

The biggest transformation that I see happening here so far, is actually in my Woodman!
Somehow, the garden has suddenly become an exciting place for him to work in.
He's always loved having flowers about, but never was one to weed or spend much time bent over a rake or shovel lol!! 
It's so nice to see him now..happily plotting and implementing new ideas to bring us closer to the earth and self-sufficiency.

At the end of the day, I have to agree with King Solomon -
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" Eccles 3:1


  1. A beautiful weekend in the garden! Such lovely photos! :) A lemon tree sounds wonderful! We are hoping to someday have a green-house so we can have more fruit trees. :) Have a lovely day!

  2. What joy to be able to garden even while the air is a bit cooler and you know that winter is around the corner.

    Greetings dear friend!

    Mrs. M.

  3. Beautiful post, Trish! Gardening is something I really enjoy.