June 2: Seed Planting

2016/06/02 deej 0

Winter is here. Cold nights (and cold days, too, at the moment!), rain and wet, black soil. Every night there’s the smell of woodsmoke from wood-burning heaters in the neighbourhood, and the deciduous trees are all in the last stages of losing their leaves. The sweetgums are glorious, red and purple and gold. Everything is settling in for a good winter’s hibernation. Perfect time to plant tree seeds.

 

Stone pine seedsI’ve had some stone pine (Pinus pinea) seeds and cork oak (Quercus suber) acorns in the fridge for a couple’ve months, getting the chill they need to start germinating. They’re going to go into the zone 5 woodland, along with the edible-seeded wattles from the last lot of seeds. The first stone pine seed has just cracked open, so it’s time to plant them out, let them start getting the warmth of the winter sunshine as well as the cold. That was today’s task.

 

cork oak acorns, plantedI’ve also planted another load of vegetable seeds, mostly beans and a few different squash. The tomatoes have all sprouted, and realy need planting out, and the eggplant and capsicums have started sprouting as well now. The peas I planted are well on their way to taking over the world, triffid-like, and I’m hoping they survive long enough to produce peas! In the past I’ve had a lot of trouble with snails every time I’ve tried growing peas; they’re just too delicious, apparently.

 

the new towel railOn the house front, our achievement for yesterday was to put up the second towel rail. It’s been sitting there waiting for weeks, and it finally went up last night. There was much rejoicing. We celebrated with a bubble bath, and chocolate biscuits.

 

Corvy (the newest addition to the menagerie, a little black kitten we adopted to be a companion for George) fell in the bath, but he wasn’t too fussed about it. No scratching and clawing to get out, he was just a bit unsure because he couldn’t reach the ground – and a bit cold once he got out, until he was dry again. He was more careful after that, though, and stayed next to the heater to finish drying off instead of scrounging for chocolate biscuits.

#catlife

2016/03/19 deej 0

Our darling Cloud-kitty has returned from her trip to Adelaide, and she does indeed look pregnant. She seems to remember us, and is super affectionate, hungry all the time, and starting to look a bit barrel shaped.

However. She’s been away for long enough that she’s forgotten George and Prism, and they’ve forgotten her. Prism wasn’t too much trouble – she’s not the dominant cat in the house, and never has been, so she just backed off and gave Cloud space until they were friends again. George.. not so much. First he growled at her because she smelled of other cats, and then she growled at him, and now they’re apparently mortal enemies. So, for most of this week, they’ve taken turns being locked in the bathroom, behind 2 baby gates (one on top of the other) because both cats can open the bathroom door. It’s not ideal.

Today’s project is putting gates on the library, so that George can have the run of that space – and once his run is finished, he’ll have that as well, with a kitty door into the library. We can go sit in there with him and give him cuddles and attention and company, but he can’t get to or stress Cloud.

Anyway. TL;DR: we’re modifying our house, so we can keep our cats separated. It’s a pain, but it’s also kinda awesome.

I’ve also been doing some business plan updates for Gallifrey, and amusingly my top potential commercial enterprises turn out to be: bees & honey (and mead), fresh mushrooms, quail eggs, and chicken eggs. Cuy (cavies, or guinea pigs bred for meat) are also a win on the cat food front, as feeding them is much cheaper than buying meat for the cats. So the next animal project – after hatching the wyandotte (chicken) eggs which are in the incubator at the moment – is getting some quail to put in the run we have ready for them. And then we might think about a guinea pig run.