Damn, I wish we had set up a greenhouse at the end of last year. It was on the list of nice-to-do's but we were just finishing remodelling the house to accommodate my wife's 90yo mother and funding was a bit tight. Now of course it looks like an essential investment rather than a luxury. Too bad.
The freezer which was adequate for two of us is under a bit of stress for three.
We live a short distance from Moore Wilson's in Porirua and most of the route involves a reasonably new cycleway so that will be my main exercise I think.
You can get little ones online. Good enough to get seedlings established, then plant out in the garden. Mine is actually a carport, which I decided to put clear roofing on because who the hell wastes building space on a car? I'm running out of shelf space though.
I'd have to say that despite the darkness covid is bringing to the world, there's a shared sentiment that when this is over, we can rebuild the world as a better place. This is a giant reset. We all know that we're living through one of history's bigger bits.
Lovely to read you all :) And thanks, Alfie. Been thinking about this a lot, and I'm half optimistic. How can we keep this in mind, and return to a world altered in kinder, more thoughtful ways? That's worth pondering. (My pessimistic side says there is likely to be a dreadful toll in the developing world - better to be lucky than good, they say :( And that authoritarians might just cement their nasty grip) Finding ourselves watching al jazeera more and more for a bigger (less anglo-centric) picture.
But. We have a glorious place to self-isolate, small farm in Lyttelton harbour - definitely can't complain. Extra family home, lots to do - it would be perfect but for this 'work from home' thing!
Good to see PA winding a bit more up again. I just finished yesterday running around having a look at why the TS RSS/Atom feeds were breaking (updated libcurl issue). So while I was at it and because I was blocked on a unittest, I did a health check through all of the attached blogs. There are quite a few that look like they're waking up.
Just have to figure out the systematic issue about how to collect some of the feedburner RSS like RealClimate. Feedburner neither serve a atom or RSS feed any more. Might have to annoy google with writing a flexible scraper.
Anyone have any suggestions for someone else with an existing solution?
We got a little Vegepod earlier this year after being impressed with the neighbours' large one which we were watering while they were away. It was delivered as a dreaded flat pack but with instructions in NZ English, and after filling it with some bags of stuff and seedlings, it has been very prolific. The most successful vegetable gardening I have ever done, in a small space. But not much use telling people about this at this time, sorry.
We have a reasonable garden already which is still giving us enough vegetables for each day's dinner, but at this time of year I am usually sowing mustard or lupin to put in the compost bin when I empty it at the end of winter. Which is still what I will end up doing while muttering about how short-sighted I was :-)
Hmmm - beach walks, small forest - wonder if it's the same as my local. Blackberries perchance? We could wave at a safe distance. Our local tai chi matriarch is threatening to lead respectfully distanced sessions on the beach but I don't think that will pass the regulations somehow.
Late to the party I see, oh well.
I'm spending my lockdown (thank goodness for autocorrect, does anyone else keep accidentally typing lickdown?!) feeling tired and behind and wondering why exactly I put up my hand to work my uncommitted hours (and the rest of them) on the response, when I could be enjoying just working half time and hanging out with my family and pottering in the garden.
I mean, I know why, just feeling a little wistful about what it could have looked like.
Well, fancy seeing you here! Interesting that at least some of my remaining neutrons still steer me to PA in times of need... Splendid timing.
Key preparation in our household has been two days of building a bike track around our house, including a "berm" and a "gap" (we would have called these a "corner" and a "ramp" respectively in 1979.) Ten-year-olds ready to go, and I am praying that their brake cables hold..
Good to see some creative internet here, thank you Russell Brown.
I’m ridiculously over organised. Basically, I’m built for this sort of stuff.
I’ll be riding this out solo; nobody in my bubble. My only child is in a student flat.
I am successfully divorced – thank god, and lawyers for that!
This time last year I was in India putting hand sanitiser on my hands and being diplomatic while talking to the Muslim community. I was bitten but a wild dog, but not badly,
I have a well organised offshore capable yacht which keeps me psychologically fit. And experience at being offshore and alone has taught me, that no one can rescue me and there is no hospital, so don’t fuck up and have a sand-wedge making injury.
The hospital system is about to become stretched.
My neighbour has listed me as next of kin with mental heath services because incase the stress leads to a psychotic relapse in her.
Have a recreational garden, and a sensible bush bath. The fire brigade are also vulnerable to Covid-19.
I have a Taxi, to take people to the supermarket. Like a public servant.
Looking forward to the return to normality so I can start doing dangerous shit again.
Not getting sick or injured is the thing. I just had my flue shot.
Stay safe and well, as best you can everyone:-)
Kia ora, Good to be back, for I had drifted away, to less interesting places, over the past year or two. I have sort of inundated my social media with my proudest horticultural achievement but if I could be permitted one more posting: a large bunch of bananas (Cavendish Dwarf variety) harvested from our garden yesterday, They should get us through a few muffins and banana bread in the next four weeks.
Oops..apologies if you have to crane your neck. I thought I chose the right photo size.
Reminds me of this ‘cheery’ movie ending…
If ya wanna see how it might all end up in Australia
On the Beach 1959
Ya gotta watch those ‘psychos’ and their social distancing lapses!
Plus the cheesiest ’Waltzing Matilda’ version ever!
<edit> Not helping?
try this - The last ever Goon Show!
let the baby chickens out into the tomato bed yesterday. Since then I've got a cheap IP camera so now a bunch of friends and family are watching the wee cheepers in real time. Sadly you mob will have to live with delayed digging.
My smartphone is running so hot I'm beginning to be concerned about the telegraph poles.
Gosh it's great that this blog has been revived, thanks Russell. And in line with Ian's reference to 'Music Helps', and also the theme of being kind, I submit a tune that boomers may remember, from 1954.
"Be Kind To Your Web-Footed Friends", aka "Crazy Mixed Up Song".
I’ve posted this elsewhere but I know there’s a few muso’s follow PA might appreciate it
My daughter and her band The Dawns were so excited to release their first single “Oblivious” last week but it’s been obviously overshadowed by COVID events.
They also had a couple of gigs lined up that were cancelled like everyone :-)
The song is about a boy, “Oblivious” to their attentions
The are all girls and only 14 years old but they can play a bit
** They had to change the band name to The Dawns since that video
They had to change the band name to The Dawns since that video
Understandable, Swiss lawyers aside, you wouldn't want to cross pollinate with Atomic Flower's fanbase!
Yes, I think that was the impetus behind the change. Not easy coming up with unique name without resorting to the names of obscure medical procedures