I can’t believe it has been almost 6 months since I moved to South Australia, the sea and salt of Newcastle left well behind. For someone who has consistently moved, I still find the actual act of moving onerous. Putting my life into boxes once again, the mix of emotion, the sorting, the photos – photos of those no longer with us, babies who are no longer babies and those no longer in my life for various reasons. Boxes which tie to a collective past, a reminder of everything beautiful and egregious in my lived life.
After living in so many different places and countries, you would think I’d be used to moving. Luckily for me, I have always unpacked with a roof over my head and with an openness for new adventure.
There has been much happiness to be found in my return to SA. I guess some things just align with your soul. It has been an incredibly busy time and there has been some travel yet I bow my head with a mingling mix of shame and guilt as I have lost touch. Too many excuses but none of which I will use. I have been busy, too busy – one of my many failings. I try but fail. I will be in touch soon with those dear to my heart whom I miss. You know who you are. I promise.
There has been a change of season during this time too. Winter has arrived to SA. The wattle is out in all its golden gloriousness. I snip sprigs during my wanderings (one of the small yet special things about living here) and have the blooms throughout the house. It is cold and crisp today with a chilled liveliness. I can hear the occasional bird and the very, very distant hum of a train on the tracks given the air is so clear.
I am missing the warmth of summer with its harsh light and that of my washing drying on the hills hoist in under five minutes and smelling so acutely of sunshine. Now though, there is time for moments spent in my favourite room, fire side with the little cat for quiet company which is loveliness itself especially when it is rainy and cold.
I am also finding happiness in the restoration of the garden – the house will have to wait, it is ‘livable’ now!! The garden is a huge undertaking so I work, rest a little, get more inspired then enjoy the solitude of getting back out there. Its not a race. There is no right or wrong, just an enjoyment of each moment spent there.
Some areas are no longer overgrown with dead plants, trees, weeds or rubbish. I am hand pulling everything and composting what I can. Three huge skips have already been filled with ‘rubbish’ from the yard. Plastics, drug paraphernalia, that which cannot be composted and more rubbish. There were good renters and not so good renters in the end. I can’t fret about it, these things happen.
Gardening has become a passion again. I love how the soil becomes ingrained under my finger nails and fills the small cuts, scratches and lines of my hands. A welcomed tattoo from mother nature.
I am a very organic gardener, no herbicides or pesticides. A healthy environment devoid of all chemicals so there will be ‘cycles’ of weeds to combat for months to come before eventually dying out.
In the heart of all this gardening there has been much compost making. ‘Brown gold’, much coveted and which during the heat of summer was breaking down from scrapes, organic matter and garden waste into beautiful friable soil in only a matter of months.
Cuttings, seedlings, succulents and colour have taken up residence in my collection of old, worn terracotta pots and rusting wash tubs and with the winter sun, are doing well. The bees, bugs, lizards and birds are returning. Everything outside has been finally swept clean of dust and dirt and it all feels so much better.
The patch is beginning to take shape again too. I look forward to it being once again filled with berries, fragrant herbs, leafy greens and the root veg of winter. It is an enclosed area, the wire allowing the small birds and insects through but it keeps the ‘bandits’ at bay. The possums, as endearing as they are, do love the tender seedlings and blackbirds, the newly mulched soil.
Re-establishing the fruit orchard will be the next venture after completing the patch. Something else on the ever growing list of ‘to-do’. The once thriving stone fruit trees and citrus are gone but then so have the roses and natives which also once filled the yard.
The fruit orchard. Next on the hit list
The vegie patch, February 2019
Slowly getting there, March 2019
My favorite gardening companion…….x
The garlic is spouting and the leaves have dropped, there is frost on the ground and occasionally rain in the gauge. These are lovely liminal times.
There are more weeds to pull, seeds to plant, garden beds to turn, trees to replace and wattle bloom to collect. Small but ever joyful moments in South Australia……….x