and this year we have been caught on the hop with Summer arriving a few weeks early.
Our last rain fall(only 3 ml) was on 6th November and the long range forecast isn't looking too promising so I have been busy watering & mulching the vegetable garden beds.
We are also trying to complete all our fire prevention work, paddocks and grass areas slashed, water tanks filled, all rubbish & firewood etc moved away from the house, testing generators and water pumps.....the list goes on.
One of the positive outcomes with the early warm weather has been the Garlic Harvest, so far I've pulled up over 100 plants most of them drying in bunches in the shed but some plaited and already given away to friends.
Some of the smaller bulbs of New Zealand purple.
This weekend I netted our Cherry tree and Mulberry tree both of which are full of fruit, next on the list to net are the plums,peaches and apple trees.
I also took a few photos around the gardens.................
Climbing rose "Wedding Day"is a real beauty and covers the entire wall of the bathroom.
Bob's latest artistic creation, reclyled barb wire.
Some of my favorite plants in the garden are ones grown and given by friends, I just love the bright red flowers of Altissimo against the iron tank and stone wall.
Who would think a snapdragon would grow between all this stone ?
The last photo I'd like to share with you was taken by one of our guests staying at our cottage, this little wren and his family have been keeping many people entertained over the last few weeks as they go about their daily tasks.
The picket fence is one of his favorite spots.