A Good Rain, Just What the Garden Wants

It’s been forecast in the past, but didn’t eventuate, but right now I can hear, see, and smell the good rain, pouring lovely water down all over my garden! It’s falling on the driveway too, which doesn’t need it, but that’s OK, the garden is happy and that’s important!

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When you have a garden, you have responsibilities to the plants you have planted, if yo want them to do the right thing for you. Too little water can mean plants die, it’s a simple fact of life (and death). Too much water can kill a plant too, of course, and I’ve been told by a horticulturist I hold in good stead, that kindness (in the form of too much water), is the main reason household plants die.

With rain, there is noting I can do to stop the garden from getting too much, but, because of where I live, there is little to worry about regarding having too much water, unless I mistreat a plant.

I recently lost a plant to having too much water, due to my lack of thought. The plant was a Calla Lily, and I loved the strong green leaves the pot plant had, and looked forward to seeing it flower. They are lovely flowers, colourful and eye-catching.

But my mistake was to put the plastic flower pot into another container, a more attractive one than the simple and plain black plastic pot the Calla Lily came in. But I didn’t think about it, at all. The lovely pink ‘overpot’ I placed the Lily in didn’t have any holes in the bottom of it, and every time the Lily was watered, a bit more water was left in the container, so that the Lily’s roots never had the chance to dry out a little, they stayed wet, always.

If you have plants please, please make sure they don’t get too much love (water)!


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When Life Feels Just Right

Gardens, dogs, Nature, family and friends, and a purpose in life. That’s how feel I have all together in my life, all mixed together to make for a good, and happy world. My community is there for me, as I am there for it.

Having a purpose in live, and feeling you are doing your best to meet that purpose, this is surely a secret to living a good life. This blog post, that I posted today, talks about this, and I feel it explains some more about me.

Life is make up of many aspects of being, what we love, what we do, what makes life feel worthwhile, who and what we love. Gardens, Nature, family, friends, and of course, our dog Missy is one of my friends.

A good garden is a lot like life in general. If you get all of the necessary ingredients right, your garden can thrive. Enough water, sunshine, fertiliser, and care from the gardener, these all go together to make your garden grow, and grow well.




A Yard Sale for My Township


Do you love sales, the garage sale or Estate sale type, or the Op Shop type, I mean, not the kind of sale where there are glitzy shops and professional salespeople. I love them and I love them so much that I’ve decided to organise one for the small township I live in.

Redbanks is a small township in South Australia, to the north of Adelaide, about 55km away. It’s an easy drive, and in fact many people living in Redbanks commute to the city, as my husband and I did when we first moved there in 1988.

We’ve both retired from work now, and we’ve moving much more into the community, but not in the place where we live. We are involved with community related things in Mallala, which is the closest town, or in Gawler which is a bigger town, further to the south south-east of Redbanks.


There isn’t a lot happening in Redbanks really, apart from people getting on with living their own lives, no community-related things. In the past, there have been things happening there. There’s a Hall, which was donated to the Redbanks Community by the Methodist Church, and there used to be dances held at the hall.

After that, there was a table tennis club active, with people travelling from other towns nearby, for scheduled competition. But no more. Sadly the hall is not in great condition, but who knows, if the residents of Redbanks became the community of Redbanks, perhaps, some interesting community things could begin to start happening.

So as a forerunner to possibly more community things, I’ve decided to run a Progressive Yard Sale, and I hope I can get more residents interested in their township. So far, I have one resident very keen, an interested person who has given me some items to sell, and one resident has told me it won’t work and nobody will want to take part.


The photo is of the card I put together yesterday, and began delivering earlier today. I’ve put these in half of the letterboxes for houses along the main road of Redbanks, and I intend delivering them to the rest of the letterboxes tomorrow. My contact details are on the card, and I hope to get some phone calls from interested residents next week.

But I’m also very keen on the idea, and am happily working on putting the word out, in the hope there will far more interested residents rather than naysayers, people with things to sell, and who wish to look around to possibly buy some treasures once they’ve cleared away their unwanted things!

I have the kind of personality where I get keen on new ideas, and I’m happiest when I can get started on working on the new idea, while I’m still fired up with enthusiasm! I went to the Mallala Primary School and asked to see the principal. She wasn’t there, so I’ve left a message asking that she contacts me next week.

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I’ll be selling signed copies of my own books, as well as an assortment of other books, clearing space for other, newer books on our bookshelves. I also have lots of clothes I no longer want, that I will happily sell for a low cost, as well as an assortment of custom jewellery pieces I no longer need. Just thinking about this feels like fun!

I hope I’ll be able to donate at least $100 to the school, from the Fee to take part. The charge for that will be $5, but if people earn lots of money, who knows how much they may actually give – $5 is the minimum amount, but if there’s enough money, I know I’ll be happy to donate more, I hope other people will feel the same way!

I am a keen community person, and I’m excited about decluttering a bit, and making some money at the same time. If you’ve ever done anything like this, and ideas, and feedback would be most welcome!