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we have finally pulled out the zucchini plants – two of those last three were unpleasantly bitter

Saturday, May 4, 2024

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Monthly rain serendipitiness, we had 140.5mm of rain from January-March … then 140.5mm of rain in April!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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There's now a small patch of tulip bulbs under the roses near the hyacinths — acquisitions from FIL's garage cleanup

Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

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We seem to have zombie zucchini plants!

They refuse to die, every time I think they’re done, a few more fruit set and slowly grow up, while the leaves and stalks are gradually becoming more and more shredded. Surely these are the last three

Monday, Apr 22, 2024

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only just autumn but we seem to have freesias sprouting, seem early to me this year

One or two spindly ones under the silver birch trees, and in the front lawn around the plum tree and along the fence

Sunday, Apr 21, 2024

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planted eight hyacinth bulbs between the magnolia and roses out the front

Boosting the small number of spring-flowering bulbs out in the front garden, there’s only a few jonquils, freesias, and a solitary hyacinth somewhere nearby. Fingers crossed these all come up

Saturday, Apr 13, 2024

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one last zucchini remains, ripening up in a race with the drying up and dieing plants

Friday, Mar 1, 2024

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home from a week of camping, three whopper zucchini to pick and one more tomorrow

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2024

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tada! The zucchini harvest has commenced. First three picked this evening

Friday, Jan 12, 2024

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picked 1.5kg of plums to make a batch of plum sauce – that's almost the end of this year's crop

Saturday, Dec 16, 2023

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woke up early and lying in the dark I could hear the leathery flap-flap-flap as some fruit bats flew away from the plum tree in the front garden

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023

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13mm of rain overnight, the lawn needs a mow and my arm is in a sling… not today

Saturday, Nov 25, 2023

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we've harvested the last of the broadbeans, time to dig the plants in on the weekend

Thursday, Nov 16, 2023

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snails are taking over, every time there's any rain every path is covered, any mail not collected is getting eaten overnight!

Thursday, Nov 9, 2023

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the neighbours have moved out, either they didn't take their cat or it's found its way back "home" and is in our garden

Thursday, Oct 26, 2023

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Came home to find an enormous cluster of snails on the wet path where a few had been squashed this morning

Very disturbing, not sure if they were eating the squashed ones or what attracted them, about a 20cm circle solid with garden snails on that piece of footpath

Friday, Oct 13, 2023

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misc. garden updates; mowed the lawn, all the bluebells and freesias are finished, the jonquils never flowered, the one tulip didn't sprout this year

Saturday, Oct 7, 2023

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under cover of the rain, the Charles de Gaulle and Just Joey roses are blooming

Friday, Oct 6, 2023

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We've nearly got some produce! A few of the broadbeans are about ready to pick

Thursday, Sep 28, 2023

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The native frangipani[1] on the north side of the house is covered in blossom and smelling strongly

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymenosporum_flavum

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023

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late afternoon with the sun starting to get low, the blackbird[3] is loudly calling in the bay tree

The mudlarks[1] seem to have been noisy all day – all week and month really – and the Rainbow lorikeets[2] are shrieking endlessly in the flowering callistemon, but as it cools down in the afternoon the blackbird[3] takes over [1] Magpie-lark [2] Rainbow lorikeet [3] Common blackbird

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023

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The garden bed around our lemon, orange and lime trees is now a sea of tiny tree seedlings from the mulch from nextdoor's tree!

Saturday, Sep 16, 2023

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The Spanish bluebells[1] are finally flowering, and freesias[2] in various colours. The garden smells of freesias and jasmine and the distinctive bay tree[3] blossom

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthoides_hispanica [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freesia [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurus_nobilis

Thursday, Sep 14, 2023

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The plum blossom has finished for the year, yesterday's wind stripped what's left, the new green leaves are appearing

Saturday, Sep 9, 2023

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a warm enough day to have the window open; jasmine blossom scent fills the room

Thursday, Sep 7, 2023

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finally got around to removing the dead daphne from alongside the house – it fell victim to the builders and neglect

Saturday, Sep 2, 2023

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Looked up to see a Grey butcherbird[1] on the back porch handrail, one eye on the spiderwebs, one eye on the cat

After a few minutes of bird-cat stand off the butcherbird flew off to the plum tree and the cat resumed its interrupted business of head-butting a plastic bucket [1] Grey butcherbird

Thursday, Aug 31, 2023

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most of the freesias are flowering now, a shame that the carefully purchased "red and blue" ones are mostly mauve and white!

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023

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Callistemon has started flowering, so of course passers-by have started ripping branches off so they can "take the pretty flowers"

Saturday, Aug 26, 2023

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the backyard is full of tufts of white fur from yesterday evening's cat fight with the new black and white interloper

Friday, Aug 25, 2023

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we may have a new feral cat around or under the house, a scrawny white one with black blotches just shot across the front garden

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023

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freesia buds are just about open, some of the grape hyacinths are flowering, the one hyacinth is nearly open

Saturday, Aug 19, 2023

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We've tidied the shed and put out this year's hard rubbish for the council collection, the old men in utes are cruising the streets

Saturday, Aug 12, 2023

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Oddly, other peoples' hard rubbish has started accumulating on our lawn; a footstool, a few discarded belts, nothing from us yet

Monday, Aug 7, 2023

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A very noisy mudlark[1] has moved in to the garden

Saw it in the front a few days ago, in the back garden most of today, loudly calling and digging, one of the wattlebirds[2] has tried to chase it away a few times [1] Magpie-lark [2] Red wattlebird

Sunday, Aug 6, 2023

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White blossom is starting to appear on the plum tree over the shed

Sunday, Aug 6, 2023

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A Red wattle-bird[1] comes swooping in to the camellia and to sit on the fence, no photos due to the flyscreens

[1] Red wattlebird

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2023

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the blossom on the nature strip plum tree has opened, from just buds on Sunday evening

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023

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Purple-pink bud colour is showing on the street tree plum on the nature strip

Thursday, Jul 27, 2023

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Oranges continue to ripen and fall, one or two a day. Consumption is not keeping up

Thursday, Jul 20, 2023

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Magnolia blossoms on the tree in the front garden are starting to open, all the buds full of colour

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2023

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the last of the bamboo stakes have now been used to make one final tripod for the broad-beans to climb

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2023

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About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried PHP, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on Emacs Org mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is Org mode and hugo.

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