We have been watching a mother bird sitting on her nest for quite a few weeks now. This afternoon when I went to see how she was doing she wasn't there. What a perfect time to get a photo of what she's been caring for. Little did I know her chicks have hatched - we have baby birds! How exciting. I hope the new Mummy finds plenty for her chicks to eat around here. Heaven knows the bunny that visits has been happily munching his way through our grass!
Around the few days on either side of Christmas Day I decided it was time to get my herb garden back in shape. If you look very carefully you can see rosemary at the back there and the purple flowers of the chives. The rest, embarrassingly, is weed. Nice, healthy, choking weeds.
Herb Garden - BeforeBecause I am such a weakling and a wuss it took me three goes to get through the weeding. I started and after half an hour or so I just couldn't do anymore. I'm not so sure that's just cos I'm tired either. In any case, I finally got to the end and I can see my herbs again.
Herb Garden - After
We still have some work to do. The soil is quite tough just under the surface so my heroic (and very strong) hubby will need to help me pitchfork it over. I'm simply not strong enough. Then I want to add some compost before buying some herbs and mulching the whole thing. I've always wanted: thyme, lemon thyme, oregano, parsley. Perhaps even some basil, though that's never been terribly successful.
I have to say, it's completely satisfying to have the time to wander outside a bit. To enjoy watching a mummy bird and getting that garden bed in order. I've even sprayed the lemon tree, which is looking a little worse for wear. Perhaps next spring I will even have the mental capability to consider a vegie garden, given my teaching degree will be on the verge of completion!