Summer work

A month ago, it was light and bright at 6 am, but no more… the Summer days are starting to wane and it is now decidedly dull when we start work at 7 am each day.  The pattern of working 7 – 9, taking half an hour tea (or breakfast) break, then working 9.30 – 12.30 is working well.  It gives the WWOOFers every afternoon ‘off’ to sleep, research, play games, go for walks, make music or drive into town and run around the lake.

From 7 – 9 every morning, two people water the gardens – vegetable, forest garden, apples in pots, gardens around verandah and now the plantings on the dam wall.  Here’s Clara helping along the apple in the cubby garden.  It was only planted a bit over a year ago.

Louana has been watering the apples and the forest garden every week day for the last three weeks.  The apples have never had a better summer!  The forest garden is looking great, too; we’ve lost a couple of strawberries but everything else is growing well.

Rhubarb, fig, dwarf comfrey, sea kale and a smartering of annual vegetables filling gaps in the groundcover

While the watering is happening, other jobs are also going on… here’s Jackie painting poles to be used in Pepper’s cubby deck

Later on that day, Clara finished the fly screens for the cubby opening windows

It took a day or two, but we eventually put up the first posts and beams for the deck outside the cubby door… heck, I might even build those stairs I’ve been promising her!

Jackie loves building!

Clara loves supervising, but decided she needed something subtle to emphasise her superior position.

I look like I’m smiling, but I’m really singing a song about clamps (“ripping off his turban…”)

and at the end of the day, we got the key beams up so Jackie celebrated with a hammer and clamp gangster pose.  I don’t know what it means, either.