Sunday Selections Week 40


I think for the foreseeable future, we will make the first Sunday of the month Garden Check In day. The Dianthus in our older planter pot from 2014 are flowering again.

About four weeks ago we did some new planting and two weeks ago I posted this update post.


The flyscreen wrapped garden box is doing very well. We’ve had a praying mantis which has been hanging out on top of it.


The sunflower seeds have turned into tiny plants.


The Nasturtiums are having a wonderful time in their new home. The chooks quite often stand on the hardware wire but they do not eat the plants. In a couple of weeks I will feel secure enough to take this ex-kitty door off.


As you can see, the jasmine has climbed high up the arch. It is smelling awesome!


Next time I will show you the progress of some new plants we have purchased, including my first ever succulent – Portulaca. Here they are as I was buying them in the garden centre.


And a close up of the Portulaca. There were 6 seedlings in here.


The chooks have been getting plenty of free ranging time, and Kitty Supervisor is on the job. I’ve kept that pot on the table for a couple of weeks to make sure the sunflowers get a decent start without a chook eating them incident, but that meant the cats could not eat the cat grass. It was good for the cat grass because they had been chowing down on it, and it needed a break from kitty teeth! ;)


Kitty Supervisor can watch them down here from a side window which is good, because they like to venture down here to some very old lawn clippings and leaves which were left here for a couple of years to turn into bug filled mulch – AKA happy meal time for chooks! There is a gate which shuts this area off if and when new clippings are left here – however that has not happened in some time, the bag catcher is broken.

Weekly Wrap Up –

Daylight Savings starts today here in Australia. Normally this is my favourite time of year because in previous years I have suffered from SAD – that is Seasonal Affective Disorder – however this past winter I did a lot better than usual. I’m crediting the evening candle show, an LED light changing shower head, and LED lights throughout the house for that improvement.

So today I am a little bit sad to be saying goodbye to 5-6 hours of candle time a day. I’ll still be burning candles of an evening and I think that is a long term change for the better for me, it will just be candles for a shorter amount of time each day, and more time outside in the evening for plant watering and chooky chores.

In scheduling news, I already have two posts scheduled for 2016. All my Wednesday posts are written for the rest of the year, and I am scheduled out to November for the other blog days. I like to write ahead, and sometimes posts come up that are time sensitive and the other not so time sensitive posts get pushed out further.

There Was An Incident –

Grumpy is extra grumpy this week. She did something to her eye – we are not sure what happened to start it off, but she was squinting a lot and somehow her bottom eyelid was turning in as a result. After making a vet appointment for Monday we were trying to get some photos to show the vet because we could fix the eyelid – turn it out the right way – and sometimes it would stay fixed for a decent length of time, so we could not guarantee it would happen when we were at the vets with Grumpy. Happy did a little photobomb.


I did manage to get a decent in focus shot which showed the vet everything she needed to see, plus after I showed her the photo the eyelid started to turn in while we were there. That was the last time it turned in and I hope it never happens again!

Ever since Grumpy had that terrible Kidney Shutdown of 2014, she has not been a fan of vets at all. The only person that can hold her when we are there now is The Other Half, and he is the only person who can hold her when she needs to be medicated – which she has needed twice a day this past week for a tablet and ointment in her eye.

We went back to the vet on Friday for another eye dye and blacklight look. It seems like progress has been made, not just on the eye front but also a trip where the only thing that happens is dye in her eye might help her a lot with her vet fears.

We’ll keep up the ointment for another 7 days then take her back again next Friday. This time Happy will go along for a check up as well. I fully anticipate that once the vet finds her melty spot, she will lie down on the table, purr a lot, and ask for belly rubs. :)

The Martian –

The Martian Official Website

We went to see The Martian this weekend. I’d started reading the book a few months ago. The book was something I knew The Other Half would deeply love, so I made him start reading it – and he finished it before I did! That is the fastest he has ever read a book in his lifetime.

I read the book again this week in preparation for seeing the movie and loved it just as much the second time. I was curious about a few things – would the movie begin with the same line as the book, which contains a pretty serious swear word? That would be fine in Australia but I really cannot see the US audience enjoying that. And how would they handle the night soil stuff?

The truth is, I suspect this might be the best space movie ever created, or at least a tie for first place with Apollo 13. Yes, there was some swearing. Yes, there was vacuum sealed poop. Yes, I did cringe at the whole poop thing being a germophobe, but I actually cringed more at Mark performing surgery on himself. There was nothing in the movie that I did not deeply enjoy. Matt Damon was brilliant as expected, so was everyone in it.

So if you have not read the book and you like science, space, Matt Damon, NASA and/or movies set in space, go and see the movie. If you like the movie, read the book. The movie runs for 2h20m, and it felt to me like it went for 30 minutes maximum. Sephyroth wrote about The Martian too. Beware though his post contains some spoilers if you have not seen it.

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19 thoughts on “Sunday Selections Week 40

  1. Portulaca used to be fashionable when I was a kid but it seemed to fall out of favour. I like it. Your plants seem to be doing very well and they must be loving the heat that is now around.

  2. Sorry to hear about Grumpy’s eye, did you find out the cause?
    Your new plants look lovely, I’d forgotten about dianthus and portulaca, I planted whole beds of them when I lived in Puckapunyal. Now I’m thinking of a large birdbath planted with portulaca.
    You can keep your Jasmine all to yourself, that stuff just about kills me with the stuffy sinuses and pounding headaches. (*~*)

    • Unfortunately it will be impossible to work out the cause – it might have been an ulcer, it might have been something got in there and irritated it, anything from dust right up to a grass seed.. or maybe during one of their little lets chase each other around the house and play swipe at each other Happy got her with a claw to the eyeball. :/

      The native Aussie plants are what I’m allergic to. Bottlebrush and wattle. :)

  3. As a garden nerd, I love your update, and you have reminded me that it is too long since I have grown portaluca. Love dianthus too.
    I hear you on the cats/vets/medication front. One of our cats used to put his tail between his legs and crap copiously as we pulled into the vet’s driveway, making his first task a cleanup. The vet didn’t carry a grudge – the cat did.
    I hope Grumpy Cat’s eye settles completely.

    • Grumpy just tries to hide under a towel in her carrier. I’m glad that is all after reading about your cat! :)

      I’m a sucker for any apricot flower and my Portulaca has already provided me with several.. :)

    • Thanks Ness! It has been an interesting few weeks out there, not just plant wise but chook wise. We’ve had one broody who I’ve been kicking out twice a day and the girls have been feasting on blueberry treats.. :) Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts about my Grumpy Kitty!

    • I’m hopeful about the eye. I’m not so sure if she will begin to forgive us for medicating her anytime soon, though! ;) There is a lot of Grumpy ignoring us going on at the moment.. :/

  4. My OH was going to take me to see the Martian but took his son today as it was took hot to be outside. Ah well, I’ll just reas the book. As for the poor Kitty!! Hope healing is quick! Ugh high stress for all.
    Summer is not my fav season, I’m a spring/Autumn girl.. LOL. Even winter makes the list above summer. Still I hope to not spend it all on night shift! Hard to sleep on 35C days. There is a lot of swimming to get done.

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