Sunday, 26 July 2015

One Last Look at Missy's Garden

Since we've left Missy's garden, I've looked back through a number of my blog posts. I am missing the garden quite a bit. So as a final goodbye, I want to quickly revisit it for one last time, before asking you to join me on my new blog -

Checking out progress with the building of the house on a very large and empty block of land back in 2005.
The area was originally cleared for farming many years ago. Various neighbours had told us they grew small crops, watermelons and various vegetable, so we hoped the soil was OK, but it had been many years since it was a farm. 
Planting our rainforest trees

The first thing we did, after moving in was to plant trees in the front corner of the block to create a mini-rainforest. Most of the trees were sourced from the local Council or native plant nurseries. I wanted trees that were indigenous to the area and would not require pampering. I also wanted trees that would attract birds and wildlife so a bit of research went into the choosing of the trees.

It looks like original bushland now but it was carefully planned and nurtured in the early days.  All sorts of birds and creatures visit or live there so I did achieve my aim.

As everyone knows, Missy has always been the overseer. No matter what went on in the garden she kept an eye on us to make sure it was done properly.

 Helping to feed the chickens
Our visitors
the king parrots

This was a real highlight. We wondered what was happening to our sunflowers but when we discovered the culprits we were delighted. Over time they continued to visit the garden and after a while ignored our presence.
The cannas in full bloom

This was one of Missy's favourite toys - Purple Pig. It was carted around the garden once too often, left out in the rain and became brown and mouldy pig, so it went in the bin. Don't worry though, she has lots of other toys.

We loved our vegie patch but Missy loved it too. There were often lizards or bugs to chase and the ground was soft to bury bones. Plus it got a lot of sun and was a great place to take a nap.

She hated to lawn mower though. It needed barking at to keep it in line.

Sometimes the plants were bigger than the dog.
The chickens loved the vegie patch as well
favourite ginger
Missy showing her visitor around the garden

There are new dogs (and their people) looking after Missy's garden now -- She has a new garden to start and adventures to discover.

Come and visit at the new place whenever you like.
You're always welcome.

Over the Bridge

Monday, 22 June 2015

The Big Move

Four weeks after moving we finally have internet and phone connected. Apparently that is the standard time it takes Telstra to connect a new service. It's lucky the electricity suppliers aren't as slow.
Enough of the whinging -- The move went smoothly enough and most of the boxes have been unpacked now, although we still can't get our cars in the garage.

I don't think I'll ever get sick of the view. 

We brought quite a few plants with us for the new garden. Two trailer loads and some in the back of the car. There were so many I would love to have brought but I had to prioritise the space available.

I don't feel too bad about leaving them though. The people who bought the house love plants and gardening so I know that Missy's Garden is in good hands.

Currently everything is tucked along the side fence where they can get watered but be out of the sun and wind. I'm just hoping I can keep them alive until we can plant them out.

We have basically decided on a plan for the layout of the garden but haven't got very far yet. There's been quite a deal of rain which would be great for the garden (if we had one) but not particularly good for moving dirt around to create a garden.

In our neighbourhood, all of the houses are newly built so everyone is at various stages of building, moving in or creating their garden.  We compare notes on where to buy dirt, who to get to build fences, etc.

Oh, and most importantly..... Missy is quite comfortable with the move. She has a much smaller kingdom to reign over and guard, but it seems to suit her - being a very small dog and not as energetic as she once was. She can survey her yard and watch out for potential villains from the patio where her food bowls and day bed is kept. .


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