One of the things I am happy about it that I don’t have to be responsible for the minutes of anything now. I have the luxury of being able to do things because I want to, not because I have to. I’m not running about the place as I was last year – well last month was exceptional. I have started reading again now that I can sit down for a bit. I also have a new camera, which I have difficulty using, so I have decided to join the local photography club. I like taking photographs and I am reasonable when it comes to editing, but would like to get better. I went there for the first time and had to do a “show and tell”and put a couple of my photographs on the big screen. On a scale on 1 – 10 with 10 being the highest, I scored 5.6, which I suppose for a rank armature, is not three bad
I have no idea what to do in the garden, short of hiring a flame thrower to get rid of the weeds. With all this rain
they have taken off something fierce and weed killer is about as effective as using a water pistol to put out a house fire. When things settle down and the weather is a bit less inclement , I might get a backhoe to take off the surface. Once I get that done I will lay down weed matting and decide what to do after that. Probably turn it into an gravel garden with a round house in the center (Hexagonal Gazebo)
Over 70 firefighters from Australia and New Zealand flew out to the USA to help with fighting the fires in the Western States, particularly California I believe. I think it is brilliant that countries with forest fire problems work together to assist each other when the need arises – such as now in the USA. A few years ago there were firefighters from the USA, Canada and New Zealand came to help in Australia.
I spent a good hour at the wetlands taking photographs. The wetlands looks a bit rough at the moment but new paths have been put in, a new parking area with the possibility of a tea-room shortly, restrooms, including a disabled restroom, ramps for wheelchair access and a barbecue area. New fencing installed, a bike track round the entire area, new trees and shrubs planted, so, when everything grows and starts to get a bit of greenery around the place it should be really nice. An excellent area for a picnic. When I was down there, there were walkers and mums with babies in prams getting ready to go for a stroll. Never really looked at the rules so I’m not sure if dogs are allowed – even on a leash. The total area is 24.6 hectares with over 8 hectares of artificial lakes. One of the better projects of a Council that is out of favour with a lot of residents.
Five months – that’s what I have left on my current site, then I have to renew with WordPress. If it were now – this week – I think I would be doing a MASH = Goodbye, Farewell and Amen. However, as it is I have from now until January to decide – renewal is in February.
A lot has happened since Christmas. I look out of the window and get depressed looking at the sea of weeds and I definitely think hiring a backhoe and driver is the answer. With regards to weeds, I am no orphan around the town in that regard – many people have been complaining about the massive growth of weeds. Then the weather people tell us that we have had our average rainfall for the year. What they don’t say is that we had a long dry
spell then the average for the year over a few months, hence the huge amount of water in the wetlands (storm water runoff) and the massive spurt of weeds. Even in the church grounds it’s a fight to keep them under control at the moment.