Monday, February 6, 2012

Just peachy!

I love late summer flowers. Dahlias and Gladiolis are popping up all over the garden, I'm so pleased as I have a new found love for them. They remind me of my Nan who loved Dahlias. I, for some strange reason, did pull up a whole heap of bulbs and tossed them away when we first moved in here. I have no idea why but I'm so pleased most of them still thrive out there.

Rat damage
There has been an invader in the orchard. Pesky rats have been chewing their way through the start of our summer crop of peaches. I'm not putting up with that at all - we have hardly any fruit this summer (codling moth has got just about our whole apple crop) so I got out there on the ladder, a big deal for height-a-phobic me, and put plastic bags (with lots of holes cut for air and moisture to escape) around each and every ripening peach. I'm happy to say that we are now enjoying beautiful big juicy peaches, and the rats are no longer beating us to them!

I'm loving the water lillies that have graced our pond as well, it must be a fairly healthy environment at the moment as we have some baby goldfish to go with our other six guppies in there at the moment. Obviously when a school friend of my big girl dropped off a couple more goldfish for us one must have been a boy! The girls are loving seeing these baby fish and really enjoy feeding them.

You can even see one of the baby fish (little brown thing) if you look closely enough.

The husband has always liked to drink Lemon & Barley water as a thirst quencher, but at $5 a bottle when we go through it quickly it seems a bit pricey. So he googled a recipe the other day and made some. About 50c worth of barley, a bit of sugar, water, lemon and there you go. Plus the chooks loved the left over barley once it was strained off. Homemade Lemon & Barley - much better for us too as sugar isn't the main ingredient anymore.

Recipe here

It's been a weekend of getting ready for school again. After 7 weeks finally school is going back tomorrow.  I've loved most of the holidays but being a working parent means that the last two weeks have been a bit of a juggle. Bags are almost all packed and baking has been done.

Have a lovely week xxx Kylie


Claire said...

What stunning colours of the Dahlias and Gladdies.
I grow some Dahlias from my mums garden, it's such a lovely reminder of her.

I've never heard of rats getting into the fruit...... We have parrots. Glad you were able to save some of your fruit, I love peaches straight from the tree.
Beautiful Water Lilly too, very graceful looking.

Well done on the home made lemon and Barley drink, great to be able to make it yourself.

All the best with the back to school routine......

Claire X

Kylie said...

Claire - I'm assuming it's rats, the chew marks show teeth, and the possums wouldn't be able to balance on the teeny branches. The birds certainly have a good go once the initial chewing has started ;)

That's so lovely that you have Dahlias from your Mums garden x

Leah said...

Wow hon your dahlias are amazing! They are one of my faves and I wish I had space to grow them. Well done on getting those bags on - what a brilliant idea! Pesky little buggers - that'll teach them. I'm definitely going to get some barley and try your recipe - anything to save some $$ ay. Hope your morning went well with school starting. L xx

Rebecca said...

Great post Kylie! I cant think of anything more annoying than having all your gorgeous produce stolen (or nibbled on!) before you can get to it. Love the wee fishies too! I am definately going to try the recipe for Lemon and Barley water - sounds yummy! I wanted to award you with the 'Versatile Blogger' award - it is supposed to go to 15 'new' blogs you have discovered I believe and you should also list 7 interesting things about yourself...pop over to mine to copy the award hon.

Emma/The Log Cabin said...

Hello! Lovely to meet you, I'm a new follower. I'm so jealous of all your sunshine, it's freezing here at the moment xxx