Monday, 16 November 2009

Retrieving a garden with shadecloth

There was the promise of a cooler day today, and it was cooler, admittedly....  33.4C  (92F)  and tomorrow is supposed to be just a bit higher.... but after that, a few more days of 41 (105F)  oh well!
John has driven to Adelaide again today in his ute (no air-conditioning)...


...and on the way,  he phoned about a fire fairly close to home (not dangerous here though)...

From the newspaper an hour or so ago....

A WATER bomber has been sent to a grass fire currently burning at Freeling near the Gawler to Kapunda Road.
The fire started about 4pm and is travelling in a northerly direction.
CFS volunteers advise that the fire is heading towards Leske and Neindorf Rds and that smoke, flames and embers may threaten properties in the area.
Paramedics were called just before 5pm responding to reports a firefighter had fallen from a truck while fighting the blaze on Leske Rd. No further details are known in relation to his injuries or condition.
If homeowners have planned to leave in a bushfire, they are advised to do so now. Traffic heading towards the fire is advised to keep away from the area.

Outside,  the native frangipani is doing its best to flower,  but it is so hot...


... even the succulent plants are cooking in the sun...


Anyway,  my job for the day was to shade the first part of the vegetable garden...  I have been given some shadecloth and I have four pieces of electrical conduit to hold it up...   I cut and sewed the shadecloth and I will get some more gypsum on Wednesday (when the garden shop is open) and water that in before planting some more seedlings.   We do have potatoes, silver beet, onions, eggs and leeks,  but we need more food soon.   Being away for a few weeks is a bit of a problem.

Anyway here is the shade structure,  usable, but not completed yet.... but getting there...

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