Monday, April 13, 2009


So its Easter Monday and back to work tomorrow. I've been pretty useless all weekend but did manage to go with Nick on Friday? to the Oderings sale with our hourse-warming vouchers and buy: 1 sweet chestnut, which has been planted down by the stockyards, two magnolias because they're my favourite tree and not everything has to be useful, a cherry (Dawson), two fern trees for behind the house (the dark side) and two gooseberries and a variety of rosemaries and lavenders. I think that that's all. It was a good haul anyway and mostly still waiting to be planted. This has started Nick on a planning rampage and he's been drawing up plans for the vege garden, thinking about making proper paths etc. This is necessary because this year, what with watering the vege garden, the paths have overgrown completely and many of the vege beds have been taken over by clover. Also we think that someone pinched out motor mower, so we've had no way of mowing them, not that Nick intended to. Anyway I think that I have him convinced now that it takes a bit more than just digging up a path of ground and that a permanent vegetable garden requires paths and borders. I've just finished this morning Bruce Sterling's The Caryatids - and really enjoyed it. It only took me a few days to finish so maybe Nick will read it too. Which is good because Sword and Laser (online book greoup) are reading Dune this month and I wanted to read that too as its so rare for me to actually be able to get the same books as they're reading. I've read Dune several times before of course but its been a while. I've also been doing a bit of spinning. I have found that its an activity that I can do while feeling like crap - not too exhausting either mentally or physically. Nick's Mum has 'borrowed back' her wheel so I'm drop spinning - but that's fine. it a bit slower but no harder. I should be picking up my naalbinding and doing more practice on that. Its not like I'm spinning towards any particular project. Although my linen spindle is full... I need to decide whether I am going to ply it any and take it off the spindle so that I can start on the next batch. So lots of mentally easy thngs to do with myself - a bit more productive than watching TV anyway.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The wonders of walking

I'm prompted to write this post by an incident on my walk today but there are a few things that I've been meaning to mention about the walks. Today's Incident: so there are a few regulars that we pass on our walks - various riders, cyclists, walkers (mostly without dogs to Kiwi's distress) and joggers. Today we had just turned around and probably walked about 5 minutes towards home when we pass one of the regular joggers (pink tracksuit) and she makes more than usual eye-contact (although you always say hello in the country) thereby 'flaggng me down' , I take out my headphones so i can hear her. "Are you going back that way" she said, "its just that that man has been spotted nearby and the police are about... you might want to go the other way". Well that sounds good except these aren't city blocks - going the other way would probably take me nearly two hours and since I haven't been great recently I tell her I'll be careful and keep on my way home. Home now with now incident although I kept my ears and eyes more open than usual. So who says nothing interesting happens in the country. ..oops that went off early. Also the roadkill you spot is fascinating. We've seen cats, rabbits/hares (hard to tell the diff when semi-decomposed), various birds. Did I mention about seeing bird hit mid-flight - that was a bit nasty. Kiwi and I have four different routes - today's we go towards the main west coast road and then turn down Finlays road and continue either to the big tree with the dead sheep or a little further to the corner with Pearces Rd, the other three we turn away from the West Coast rd and either continue straight up Sandy Knolls Rd until you get to the railway, or turn up Hoskyns rd. Turn right and go until "Jack & Sue's" or a bit further to Hayes Rd, turn left towards Rolleston and go either to Alpine View or a bit more to Bradley. See map The other great thing is that I'm still losing weight. I was about 84kg around Christmas time and am now 79! Yay, and its relatively painless.

Thursday, April 02, 2009