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Since rejoining BLF and going to Andy's GV on Sunday I've been finding it increasingly more difficult to get myself to work! I thought I was bad before, but you people are a bad influence on me. Here I am sitting on my front step with car keys in hand, having just planted put a few purple top turnips, looking at the rest of my seedlings and thinking, "What one more thing should I plant before I head off to my job."

Seriously, thanks for the inspiration everyone, but I have to get some work done now.

P.S. I didn't quite know where to post this, so thought I'd just start my blog!

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 19, 2017 at 8:23

Have only just stumbled across this Blog, you made me giddy, all of you, just reading about what you do. Not able to do too much at the moment in the garden but give me a couple of months after all my operations and treatment stops and I will be into it again...

Comment by Sophie on October 28, 2017 at 10:52

hahahaha I can relate !

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 26, 2017 at 8:22

yes Clive we go to Bunnings a lot usually I do on the way home from work ! Col spends his days in the shed too - once we got the house to live in stage - he works on all sorts of projects - built cubby house for the grand kids, green houses white house sprinkler system *( all automated,)  , solar powered the kids caravan , kids solar cars , he is working on an automated system for a friends chook farm ( like 40,000 chooks not the few we have )  autmatic water tank level indication you can read off the computer ( how much water how much rain needed to fill tank daily water use etc ) fenced 5 acres, built yards and shade cover for the cattle ( all 2 of them automatic water troughs  , slashes regularly , welded garden arches , trellises for squash and passionfuit and grape vines , in the middle of more raised garden beds , auquaponics set ups using solar panels, automated chook duck and guinea fowl feeders ,   Occassionally I am allowed to ride the mower but mostly I have learnt to plant and weed and keep out of his shed ! Col still has shelves o finish and indoor garden o finish in the house so nothing urgent and I know it will be done,,, yesterday we went to visit friends so now he is designing their solar panel system for them ! Engineers never retire ! And we both volunteer for local events - going to a funeral Tuesday then part of the catering team, part of a dinner on Friday nights group that raises funds for local community groups , we manage usually a garden visit one a weekend for the 5 dfferent groups we belong to , and of course a couple of days of the week we have the grandkids ... not bad for 2. 5 years here - house fencing gardens fruit trees etc. !

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 26, 2017 at 7:54

My Dad used to say that Clive! It's a good way to be, he had 23 years of fruitful retirement some of which including making things in his workshop, handicapping for the sailing club (pre-computer), playing in a band and doing voluntary work along with his food garden.

Comment by Clive Buckingham on October 26, 2017 at 7:48

Apart from gardening and all that entails I spend a lot of time in my workshop. I originally made a learning/activity tower for my 18 month old granddaughter that was such a hit I now sell on Gumtree. Plus I make boxes and anything out of wood. The GV to Andy's has now got me thinking about having a go at distilling. I'm starting my own website. A few reno projects. Oh and I go to Bunnings a lot.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 26, 2017 at 7:34

gosh Clive wish i was like that - tried retirement for a few weeks but nearly went insane - now back working casual and even today no work been outside since 5 30am working 7 30 come in for breakfast - out again til 9 30  then too hot til 3 pm then out til 6 or so - what do you fill the middle of the day up with -theres a limit to the housework, computer ,  crafts bill payment etc you can do ? anyway usually do them after evening meal or reading ! Bogi fruit club historical society , craft group etc meetings are in the evenings , bed about 10 30 pm 

Comment by Clive Buckingham on October 26, 2017 at 6:11

Now that I'm retired I wonder how I ever had time to go to work.

I used to suffer from industrial blindness a lot.

Wake up in the morning and can't see yourself going to work.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 25, 2017 at 22:52

no Elaine i don will try the library for that too ! 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 25, 2017 at 21:36

Mary-Ann do you have a copy of the Seed Saver's Handbook? It explains the distances you need to have between similar species which readily cross-pollinate.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 25, 2017 at 16:00

I work so i can indulge a little in my passion for unusual plants ! Last year it was squash marrow pumpkin and gourds for food and hippeastrums for colour  - but that didnt work for the food ones as they kept cross pollinating ! so this year its beans , and heliconias.. few more days work and I can send for some heliconias from El Arish 

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