WEED BUSTERS and the saga of the Fairy Garden.
Damn, there are SOOO many weeds to contend with before this place is in any healthy shape!
My husband is getting much satisfaction mowing down anything that needs to be eradicated in the acreage paddocks - we have to wait to do occasional legal burns, and so create weed mulch heaps in the mean time. I am now a seasoned ride-on-mower driver - well practised, with some scary 5 metre sheer drops along the creek fence line under my belt. This creek bend was ravaged during the worst of the floods. There are several wooden fence posts with more than 30 metres of their connecting wires hanging several metres out in mid-air.
Otherwise an easy and leisurely flat paddock experience with an occasional grinding stop if I hit a hidden rock (get out, pick it up) or a tree root (just avoid next time). I still have my husbands voice "accelerate, accelerate!" ringing in my ears.
I spend so much time trying to tame just the house area weeds, that I am inadvertently teaching Lucinda the intricacies of identifying and pulling weeds by the roots, carefully bagging the seeded weeds, mulching areas, and of course planning her little fairy garden. Lu has her own gloves, little wheel barrow, a set of garden tools and an eager disposition; though short lived with dashes to her swing, trampoline or playhouse to continue her rich imaginative life, burning up her almost 4 year old's energy.
We have blocked off Maisie's attempts to madly race through the side open walls of her little play house, thus landing on and destroying ALL the hardy geraniums and succulents we planted last month to keep her little wee fairy company (Fairy does need a friend!).
It was a dust bowl when I arrived. Now I have strategically placed large pots along the garden too, as any freshly dug areas also attract Maisie like a magnet - 'only helping us' I'm sure she thinks. Her dug 'nests' have increased to 3, plus who knows what under Little House, where she loves to disappear in the deep dark spider zone.
Lucinda helped paint the few boards that are on the fairy garden side of playhouse - purple and pink splotches. It is great to have an area that it really doesn't matter what is done to it, but remains the cherished work of the child. I know I said photos on the way - will get there!