I hope everyone has been enjoying a lovely weekend. It's winter here so we've been spending some cosy evenings in the lounge-room cuddled up under blankets while watching DVDs. I managed another sketch in my nature journal using a reference photo I'd taken back in February.
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watercolour and Pigma Micron pen in A4 sketchbook
We had some cold, icy winds for a couple of days in the latter part of last week and it made for a spectacular cloud display.
It was like a painted sky with stipples and sweeps....I was mesmerised!
Almost like a cottonball effect in large areas
I have good news on the lawn front. You all remember from this post where the landlord finally had a new drainage system installed which left us with basically no lawn? I had to then beg for some turfing which was done nearly two weeks ago. They arrived at 7:30am sharp and got busy making LOTS of noise which went on for the whole day while they scraped and carted away the damaged lawn surface. They then laid topsoil over what was left in preparation for the new turf. Those machines sure do cut down the workload for these guys.
The next day, they arrived early and laid the turf. It feels like heaven to have decent lawn again after it was ruined from all the flooding back in February. What a difference!
Our yard went from this -
From this -
To this -
From this -
To this -
We've been watering it daily for the past couple of weeks and it seems to have taken fine. I'm a happy, little Vegemite again! The down side is that the owner went with the cheaper option of grass and this particular grass (green couch) doesn't grow well in shaded areas. The turf guy said that the green couch, in areas of high fences and narrow parts of house perimeters, will eventually die off. From experience, I know this to be true. Not much we can do about it although I've never understood why housing estate developers don't just cement or use gravel down the narrow strips of a house perimeter. Green couch probably works out cheaper for them but, in the long run, they just waste money because the grass dies off and weeds take over....I guess, by the time that happens, it's somebody else's problem.
Today is a public holiday to celebrate the Queen's birthday which I believe is actually in April so I have no idea why we celebrate it in June.....crazy Aussies, I guess. My Uncle who was visiting from England one year couldn't believe that we have a public holiday to celebrate the Queen's birthday when apparently, they don't even do that in England. We Aussies sure do like our holidays! Rain is forecast for later in the day so that will be great for the new lawn. As for me, I will probably just potter around at home and do a little painting and laundry. It's already 9:30am and I'm still in my PJs......so not the norm for me!
~ love, light and peace ~