Yes grindle. Your memory is good and I will be back soon, but only for 12 weeks I think. To receive my pension, Medicare, etc., I need to return and stay until 11th January. This will be 2 years and Moira thinks I should leave my options open. I would receive the Australian pension, minus the top ups for electricity, etc., and have this topped up by Britain. I still have no money as my husband, yes still, is very ill. The house is still not finished but the end is in sight.
Willow I live in Picnic Bay, Townsviille, which is on Magnetic Island. Most of the island is national park, so it is illegal to kill any wildlife and cats are rare here as they have to be kept in at night. It is dry tropics, so there is little rainfall. Although it is now winter, it is still extremely hot. Both snakes I mentioned are not very dangerous, but most of the snakes here are venomous. My unit backs on to the huge rocks of the national park, and it is now a garden flat because of my work. It is completely surrounded by a rather nice garden hence a lot of snakes. I hate them.
You might say what part of Lincolnshire you live in as I am interested in your soil and weather. It sounds similar to my Norfolk farm.
When Moira and Jeremy were married on Isle of Skye 2 years ago, I picked branches of lichen on the way down from a ruined castle and the guests picked foxgloves and other wildflowers, and I put 1 foot pieces down the centre of each table. The tables looked gorgeous. Unfortunately, the Canadians picked some orchids until I mentioned that this was illegal. They did look pretty though. I really love lichen and stop to admire it on my Scottish walks.
Same here Geumlover. Dierama are worth growing from seed.
I attached my orchid to the frangipani tree by using fine fly screen so it could grip the soil and hence the tree trunk. Another has to be attached by tieing with a heavy thread. It is already attached to a long piece of bark, so the bark needs thread wound around it and the branch. There was a long snake curled up on the tree trunk, and this has put me off, not surprisingly. There was a children's python on the path two evenings ago. I hate the snakes.
The floods in Cornwall made it to television. A little rain would suit us here. It just does not rain and we rely on bore water for the garden.
Today was spent taking the native jasmine off the roof of an arbour which has a very good brick floor/. I don't know what to put in its place. The jasmine was dead thatch with green on the top. I completed the garden top take the Avocado trees. I extended the potato beds to plant four seedlings of corn which Moira bought in the market on Sunday. I will try the Three Sisters method here.
I got one position ready for an avocado tree and have to do another tomorrow morning. This is not easy gardening because there is only an inch of soil in parts of the garden, with rock underneath. My brother has a sort of screw type thing to dig holes with. I will have to borrow this and a strong man. The avocado trees are coming from Ingham where the best Italian deli in Australia is situated. The Italians came originally to cut the sugar cane.
I split and planted some pieces of the clumping bamboo. They hav e new shoots coming from the base so this tall skinny plant deserves top live. I planted two lime trees this week too. All the tropical herbs are planted out of their pots now, and the next thing is to move a plant which suffers from too much sun. Now that I can manage pictures, I will show the big move.