Since moving to our property, things haven’t really been going our way. Much of it from trying to take on too much too soon. We lost quite a few trees in the summer heat for example. In hindsight, we were a little naive. So when we decided to invest a few thousand dollars in top soil and grass seed, we decided to delay things and do it right. It meant that for quite a few weekends, I didn’t see my husband. He spent pretty much dawn to dusk outside, laying irrigation pipes and leveling the soil. When he wasn’t working outside, he was inside programming the irrigation system. Our hope is that by doing this right the first time, even though it’s taking such a long time now, that it will pay for itself later when we don’t have to spend hours watering lawns… or re-laying lawn that has died in the heat. The irrigation system should also help save water, which is important when the only water you have is the water your collect. But like with many things, we do our research and we try it out but a lot is left to chance. Birds can swoop in and eat the seed, we may not have laid the soil thick enough, we could under water… or over water, or there could be something that goes wrong that we hadn’t even considered – this seems to be the most common!

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But this weekend, when we went for a walk, we noticed that a lot of the seeds have germinated. It is still early days… but for now, we’ll celebrate this little win.

A few grass seeds have germinated in the foreground. A lone tree stands, out of focus, in the distance.

As for the next month, we’re taking a break from everything that isn’t a necessity. Next weekend is the Yass Show, which the children are so excited about. Then we have a run of people visiting. Although we do have a few projects lined up for winter. We’ve marked out the area for our chook shed and we’ve decided (in keeping with the theme of simplifying things) instead of making a large vegetable patch, we’re going to develop a small potager garden off the laundry. Big enough to have all my favourite herbs and vegetables, but small enough that it won’t need a great deal of attention. So for now, we’re having fun trawling Pintrest and the web for designs. It’s a case of – watch this space!

As like most Tuesdays, I’ve linked up with Jess for I Blog on Tuesdays. Be sure to check out the other great bloggers who link up!

Written by Nadia

19 Comments

nadiamc

Especially because we know we haven’t lost out on all that money we spent!

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Renee Wilson

Oh congratulations on those little sprouts. How exciting that must have been. I really hope you enjoy the Yass Show and your little bit of time out.

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nadiamc

We love the Yass Show. Very controversial these days – but we really love the rodeo!

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nadiamc

My goodness yes! Also nice to know we haven’t ‘thrown away’ any more money!

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nadiamc

The grass shoots are almost cute – but that might be my sheer and utter relief that the things have actually sprouted talking LOL!

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EssentiallyJess

How exciting that you’ve moved in!
I love seeing grass grow. I’ve often thought of setting up a constant video stream so I could fast forward later and watch it happen. Hope everything goes smoothly with yours now.

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nadiamc

Ooohhh, wouldn’t that be awesome. Like a time lapse video. I keep thinking we should keep photographing all the work from the exact same camera spot, so we get a time lapse sort of photo story… but then I never seem to get my butt into gear…

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JF Gibson

All the hard work will pay off. Speaking from experience, it’s much better to do it right the first time. Enjoy some much needed family time. ūüôā

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nadiamc

Definitely better to do it right the first time. It’s just sometimes we don’t realise what they ‘right way’ was until we’ve screwed it up the first time LOL!

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Josefa

Gorgeous images, I love the one of the sprinklers on – something so beautiful about that whether you are in the country or not. Yay for the little seeds and yay for the Yass show -sounds like so much fun xx

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nadiamc

The hardest part is stopping the children from running out under the sprinklers! We don’t want them destroying all those precious grass seeds! Next summer will be fun when there will be grass, so we can all ‘frolic’ under the sprinklers!

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nadiamc

Neither did I! I have been feeling really naive with all of this lately. Much of it sounds common sense in hindsight. Which just makes me feel more foolish!

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Sally May

I’ve just discovered your website and blog. I live in the same region, and I’m also a teacher working in the city, so I could relate to a lot of your posts! Love your work!

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nadiamc

Thank you for your kind comment! It’s great to be a able to straddle ‘two worlds’ isn’t it?

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