But I can still escape to my garden. I've been slowly turning this weedy area that I've fenced off, into garden beds, it's my space where no feathered or 4 legged creatures are allowed. There was really nice lawn growing here, but this side of the yard gets the most sun, so it seemed silly to waste it on lawn. It's been hard work though, and it seemed as quickly as I dug the grass out, the weeds crowded in because I wasn't able to get to the next stage quickly enough.
But here it is, a week later, and I've cleared a large area and put two beds in. They've been prepared with compost, composted horse and chook poo, and rock minerals. Today I finished putting trellises in for the beans, peas and broad beans that'll be planted here, with greens.....kale, bok choy and Asian cabbage .....planted in front. Photos of that in another post when I've planted up.
..............and here's one I prepared earlier. In here there's cabbage, rocket, kale, silver beet and collards, a couple of parsley plants and climbing the wire fence on the left are sweet peas. It's very satisfying to wander out and gather a good handful of greens for a meal. The cabbages will be shared with the chooks!
On the other side I've started potatoes in used chicken food bags. These are Nicolas, and I noticed today they're sending up shoots already. I'll keep covering the shoots with soil and rolling the bags up, until the shoots reach the top......then I'll wait for the yummy harvest. I grew potatoes this way a couple of years ago, and had a wonderful crop.
And here's a couple of things that remind me there's lots to be happy and thankful for when I feel like I'm taking my last gasp through the smoke haze......this beautiful face
and the colours of an autumn sunrise...............
.....till next time.