Life has amped up spectacularly the past several weeks and looking at the date right now… wow, it’s practically the middle of the year… already. Is it just me or is time flying faster as you grow older??
Weekends are flying by as I’ve been upping my time spent “socialising in-person”, to enjoy life more. Gareth often complains that I spend too much time holed up in front of a screen, so I put a plan into action where we organise at least two outdoor adventures per month!
This past week has been a superb example of doing just that, which included a visit to Parramatta Lake which features several walking/bike tracks. It turned out to be a great spot to hang, sort of like a small taste of the Blue Mountains scenery. On a social side note, we also went to see The Rubens in concert at the Enmore and they were fantastic live!
But getting back to nature…. I’m a big fan of Instagram but I much prefer using VSco (Visual Supply Co) who have their own mobile app called VSco Cam to edit photos. They often produce that dreamy, faded look and the app provides you with plenty of ways to tweak it the way you want. The norm for me these days is to snap and edit via VSco and then from there, send to Instagram to upload and share.
All these photos were taken using VSco in the past month: the first above and second below were of the scenery at Parramatta Lake; the flowers from a corner store at Katoomba and the last one featuring seeds sprouting taken from my balcony garden.
Let’s hope this coming month becomes easier to bear, but just as exciting!
If you have any suggestions of things to do on weekends, I’d love to hear about them to get more ideas :)
Have you had a scary run in with wasps before? It wasn’t until last week that I’d had a bit of a waspy situation… right outside my bedroom!
After some searching online, we worked out that they were Australian Paper Wasps. They’re known to build their paper-like cell-shaped hives, which I must admit are quite beautiful.
I’d seen them flying about when I’d been gardening a few weeks back but didn’t realise that the nest was right here within our own balcony. Scary right? Luckily, wasps don’t attack you unless you aggravate their home and for that, I left to Gareth and his father to do with a special wasp elimination spray we got from Bunnings.
Seriously scary stuff!
Have you had to get rid of a wasp or bee hive before, and what did you use to do it?
Here are the photos that I took around a month ago, when I realised my apartment garden was long overdue for a clean up, reshuffling and harvesting!
Trying first hand without any previous advice or research into growing homegrown vegetables, this is the result of diving eyes closed straight into gardening. I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my few months of a first season gardener, specifically for vegetables.
Lesson #1: make sure containers are deep enough for root vegetables like carrots to grow!
My carrots as you can see here, are severely deformed. So much so that Gareth refused to eat them and some colleagues thought they looked “cancerous”.
You definitely don’t want to frighten your loved ones by feeding them grotesque looking vegetables! Easy fix - make sure the land or pot you grow them in have plenty of room vertically for the carrots to shoot downwards.
Lesson #2: water deeply and for seedlings, regularly!
I grew both these carrots and spring onions from seeds I purchased from Bunnings. When you first plant them in soil, make sure to water until water just starts to drain out of from the bottom. And then repeat, repeat, repeat everyday after. Keep feeding the seeds water until shoots start to sprout and flower properly.
Once a decent growth has spurted, make sure you water deeply, completely drench the plant and let the water drain freely. That’s what I mean by “deeply” - and if you’re not sure, stick your finger a few centimetres into the soil and if it’s wet then you don’t need to water it. Realistically, you shouldn’t need to water it for the following couple of days since it should still be relatively wet further down in the soil around the roots. And remember, if it’s rained, it means it can be a lazy day for you because nature has done the job for you!
Have you tried growing vegetables from seeds at home? What works well and what doesn’t? What are your lessons learned from gardening?
Who wouldn’t want to hang around fresh produce, manly men and a floral wonderland? The only con is that you’ll need to get up super early on a weekday or Saturday morning for all three! But it’s worth it - I promise.
The markets at Flemington are one of my favourite places in Sydney. Next door to Homebush, these markets are also a five minute walk from my favourite asian restaurant in Sydney: Pho Toan Thang. So head early to the markets and then have an early lunch at this joint… you’ll be jumping for joy in no time.
The main markets at Flemington are seriously sensational:
- Produce Market for mainly wholesale fruit & veg. If you’ve got a massive banquet/party coming up that you need to cater for - go here!!
- Growers Market for a smaller scaled fresh produce market from growers from local Sydney. As an individual, I’d recommend coming here to stock up, particularly if you have a large family!
- Flower Market for all the freshly cut flowers you could ever need. Since coming here, I now know where my first stop will be for a bouquet (if not from my own garden!)
My photos above were taken from all three markets. Luckily they’re all within walking distance from each other, so I hopped from one to the other. You can probably tell that it was a whole lotta fun not only for me, but for the buyers and sellers (that were mostly men) there!
If you’re planning to go, here are some tips from my own trip:
- Bring enough cash - not all places provide card facilities
- Have an idea of the type of flowers you want to buy - or you’ll get swept away by all the colours and prices! $5 for a bunch of roses? Are you kidding me - I’ll take one of EVERY colour!!
- Go as early as you can make it. The opening times change depending on the day of the week and the specific market (i.e. no flowers on Sunday) so make sure to check online or call up.
- Bring a wheelie bag or some kind of bag that will make it easy for you to walk around with and hold your goods. And don’t worry about looking like a granny with the wheelie bag - everyone does it there!
So… have you been to the Flemington markets - they’re great aren’t they? Which one’s your favourite and when do you tend to go?