In this house, i could be referring to either George Michael (post Wham) or George Benson. Tonight Rob bought a new cool album from the latter using Google Play. Thanks for giving him the voucher Glenda. So while I'm chatting away to you, pop onto this link and do some groovin with me.
George Benson - Breezin
Rob has found some great music on Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay - an Internet radio station based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Its lovely to listen to new artists as well as old favourites. Don't get me wrong, I'm not locked into just "the old stuff". While you might find me listening to classic Van Morrison you may also be just as likely to be hear me belting out the latest from Pink or Ariana Grande - Bang Bang . Lovin Sam Smith at the moment - Stay (featuring Mary J Blige) or I'm not the only one .
We all love good music in this house and while I'm doing a little jiving in my seat in the office area, Tom is playing the drums with his fingers on the desk behind me and Rob is in the media room with the album details up on the projector screen, fiddling with equaliser controls to make it perfect. I am very thankful that my clever husband built such an awesome sound system not only for movies but also music. Tom's very open to listening to what we do and yes, there are times when we have had to endure hours of his. Its not bad music, its just that he will put it on repeat and plays the same song over and over for seemingly hours. I love listening to him sing out loud with his headphones on, having a quiet giggle at the some of the lyrics he makes up. Didn't we all do this?
On occasion after listening for hours to the same song I've had no choice but to jump on the PC and print out the lyrics for him because he is driving me crazy.
So, what's new? Nothing much, I've run out of weddings, LOL. The weather has been all over the place and most things are going to seed in the garden.
|When i got home from the wedding it was like this. Everything had grown a foot in a few days. The dill and parsley have well and truly had their day.|
|The leeks have seed heads before they've gained any thickness and the spinach has gone to seed as well.|
I made it back out there in the evening where you guessed it, it was so cool i needed a skivvy. Crazy crazy weather but i guess that's spring. The boys had a major scare though, one of the air conditioners went on the blink for a few hours. Yes, i know, i can just hear you all moaning from here. What can i do? Good news is that it worked later which means that its not the compressor and so its just some part that's dicky and Rob can replace it. The cooler I'm talking about is over 22 years old and so i know it wont last too much longer with the workout it gets. I'm seeing $$$$.
So what have i been up to out there? The last raised bed was emptied and the soil, laced with Kikuyu runners, was moved to the Kikuyu bed. That's right i have a dedicated bed (3m X 5m), surrounded by painted sleepers, that is just for growing grass for Tilly to roll around on, which she does. I'm not showing you photos till its finished. We are trying to raise the height up to the same as the concrete area so that its a smooth walk off. All the soil from the beds and later some sand will achieve this. Trust me, it will look cool, like green carpet. At the moment its hers but in the way way off future i see it as a pumpkin and melon bed.
This entire area in the above picture will be covered with black weed mat with several layers under the bed before its frame is put back and filled with fresh grass free soil, mushroom compost etc. It has to be done this week, because all my tomato seedlings are ready to go in.
|First tomato plants are just starting to fruit.|
|Lots of seedlings, ready to go in. They will most likely be cherry ones of heritage varieties as i know i mostly collected the seeds from them. I didn't label and so it will be a surprise.|
|Since the grass area is now under a layer of soil, the bunny i made has jumped into the lettuce bed. I'm sure he will be happy there.|
|Onion and Garlic bed is still powering along.|
|I have corn and sunflowers growing at the north end of some beds to provide some shade for the rest of the bed come summer. In the foreground is a sweet chilli and on the trellis a cucumber.|
|The lemon balm is going wild. I'm going to have to trim it down. I know you can make tea but any other uses?|
|Still getting lots of lettuce and peppers, enough to share with neighbours.|
OK, if you are reading and not just looking at the pictures, you are probably out of George. Please link on the following, to continue our musical journey and for some of the young ones, something new perhaps.
Christopher Cross - Sailing His self titled debut album received 5 Grammy's and its one of my favourite chill out albums. You want more? The Definitive Christopher Cross
Mid afternoon i was having a nanna nap enjoying the dappled light coming through the front window, now that the blind has been pulled down.
The late afternoon sun hits the front of the house and so we have planted two lilly pilly pompoms on either side of the path. I can see next weekend they will be having a haircut. They are not exactly in shape at the moment but providing necessary shade to the front windows.
|Not sure what is going in this big pot. Its was $139 reduced down to $40.|
|Now doesn't this make up for neglecting him, even though it was after 8 before he was served. Tomato, Spring Onion and Ham Frittata with salad and pumpkin bread.|
|Avo Saver - it has a recess for the stone and when you pull it tight, no air can get in to oxidise the fruit.|
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