Our Gardener has taken a well earned break. We miss him alot. [Imagine Tropical Amazonian Forest here]
I’m heading out to Mow the lawns, trim edges and gather palm fronds before Soccer!
Wish me luck.
#HardYakka #SunSmartAvoidSunStroke #IHateThatPricklyTree
UPDATE 16 April 2014 1611hrs:
Stabbed in neck, head and eye by Prickly Tree.
Just remembered it is better to trim edges and then Mow Lawns
Attacked by clan of vicious uppity quartz rocks living on the edge (literally, council strip)
Sprinkler head jumped out of the ground into the mower blades in an attempt to end its life.
UPDATE 16 April 2014 1649hrs:
Guzzled 2 litres of water
Politely asked (told) children to gather the Palm Fronds
Contracted Justin to empty Catcher into back of Garden Beds for Mulching.
Hunting for the saw to cut prickly trees arms off.
UPDATE 16 April 2014 2103hrs
HA! Take that!
And mission accomplished… 🙂
I have a palm like that, think it’s Tachycarpus. Mine is quite polite to me but I actually like gardening.
It is a lovely plant.. not so much when you grab it around the branch trunk and realise it is covered in spikes…
If I liked Gardening more, I would probably have taken the time to find out more about it (Prior to branch bear huggles) lol
like the picture
Thank you 🙂 Much prettier in the picture. LOL Prickly to touch!
Next time the gardener goes on holiday you must insist on a locum!
lol, I’ve got a wonderful gardener here right now – I googled, I called and he said, let me come and have a look.
he got here and…
‘I’Il do it’ he said.
‘Now?’ I said.
‘Yes, Right now’ He said.
I paid him $60 and whala!
Bless his cotton socks, if he has any.
I’m feeling almost over joyed right now.
Now I can concentrate on washing Match Guernseys for tonight’s Junior Thunder game!
Ah, the relief of being able to return to the simple tasks of laundry. 😀
There’s 50 of them.
But yes, much simpler than battling quartz rocks, fighting off prickly trees and avoiding Pop up Sprinklers trying to commit suicide.
50! The most soccer uniforms I ever got to wash amounted to 15 sets. But, then, it did rain that day. 😦
lol IT JUST RAINED.. %@^%$#@!$&*!@$(*@
Damn you MURPHY
Sorry, I can’t help myself.
Do you have an indoor drying space?
The dryer broke. *blank Stares*
I just folded up all the cords I might have been able to use in the garage.
It all worked out – being a synthetic material the Guernseys dried really quickly as soon as it stopped raining! #YayBananas
I swear you Australians have some of the most different plants I’ve seen.. A pink pokey plant.. Oh by the way this is omtatjuan in my new Encarnation:)
You strong woman you. Bet that’s a load off your shoulders.
Evil Prickly, Beautiful Plant… lol
hmm must be like us…a woman during PMS or Menopause in my case, lol 😛
Thanks for giving me an enjoyable start to my day. My brother covered his yard in Iowa with river-rock and mulch. He says the winter is too long and the summers are too hot to sustain grass without a lot of work and a lot of water. Maybe you should think of going that route as opposed to the military operation you’ve described here. Good to see that you survived 🙂
Honestly, we have absolutely no reason not to have a green grassy yard.
We have a fully automated rectilation system that takes care of everything in terms of watering. It also rains 6 months of the year almost non stop – so no lack of water (that is for free)
Our Gardener usually takes care of this business.
As soon as he returns from his holiday, I am going to quit in protest!
Hard work but I think you have a big reward back 🙂
I certainly do! A Half cut lawn and stab marks in my neck!
Okay Okay – I see your point.. lol
Hard work does indeed make for a pleasant outcome… I’ve only done the front so far, though it does look lovely – much better than it did 🙂
I’ll post pictures tomorrow 🙂
🙂 I am looking forward to see the handy work 🙂
I’m going outside right now (in the dark) to take pictures of these prickly branches I cut off *races off*
Oh no, I can wait. I do not want you to encounter any more things in the dark 🙂
Pictures taken 🙂 See in post for the big prickly tree!
Thank you for the pictures! That does not look friendly at all. I would stay away from it as much as I can too 🙂
Ya poor bugga 😦 armour for you from now on x
Lol, that cactus tree was out for blood!
Ouch. Maybe you should borrow a crash helmet before you go out there again.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
A full body suit more like it!
Damn prickly Tree!
I cut its branches off with a saw… Much more friendly to work around now!
Sounds like you need a good old Italian job. Go to yellow pages, search for “concretes”, pick a business with Italian name and ask them to come and completely concrete your property. Front yard, back yard, the lot.
Problem solved 🙂
Never!! I love the gardens I’m just too lazy to maintain it. Don’t mind paying someone else to do it.
Oh, and my nails, yanno.
I love the gardens too….. As long as they are some place remote from me 🙂
*Snorks* Not a man that’s one with the land eh?
No mate, not at all 🙂
I never liked gardening in Darwin. I grew to really dislike palm fronds. I’m sure one year during the wet season I could see the grass grow.
The kids don’t like the Palm fronds either. Lol
During the wet (coming to the end of it now) we need to get the gardener around at least once a week… Probably do with once every 3/4 days but there’s no way I’m paying for that..
I also had a labrador retriever and his ability to digest food and produce waste was amazing. I’m happy in an apartment now.
We have a Black Labrador Retriever!! Halo. She is a Guide Dog. She hates to drink water, we have to soak her food in it to get her to have a drink morning and night.
Her poo is like coal nuggets, which is great because that means it doesn’t splatter my legs when I run over it on the odd occasions I do mow the lawn..
I had a golden with one of those broad heads. He was magnificent. When nuggets get wet in the wet they don’t stay solid lol 🙂
I suppose you are right. We had Flame prior to Halo – she was a golden and her Poos were like massive Mountains experiencing landslides.
The spatter of Mowing over those was not pretty.
On the positive Side, you couldn’t see Flames Hair inside the house. You can see Halo’s hair absolutely everywhere. We purchased one of those Roomba critters $900 and it does a pretty fantastic job of sucking up most of her hair. That’s something that helps me maintain my sanity eh!
I’m very tempted to get a robot vacuum. I’m not a fan of vacuuming 🙂
I totally recommend it. You can get it to race around cleaning up while you are at work during the day. When you get home, it’s like a maid has been!
You’ve sold me on it 🙂
I should start charging them referral costs. You’re the 4th person.