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Backyard Camping

The nights are going to be hot hot hot this week. So, D set up an old tent in the backyard for me. First reason in wanting to do this is because I have never ever camped in my life. Camping is simply not in my culture, my lifestyle up till now, nor was there ever a need or opportunity. Secondly, the backyard might be more refreshing than the warm and stuffy bedroom, thus allowing for better sleep. I will know as soon as I try it, this evening…

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Little Drops

It rained a little yesterday. Enough to have made our terrace wet. D said that the short light rain was like tiny droplets on a hot pan. We probably need like days of heavy rain to replenish the water tank and to water the plants sufficiently. But in my opinion, every drop counts. I am a glass half-full type when it comes to facing the dry season. It might be my imagination, but the grass seems a bit greener this morning.

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Spider Army

One of the ways in dealing with the current summer heat is to keep the back door open in the evenings. This ventilates and cools down the house quite effectively. Unfortunately, doing so also lets in the occasional stray flies or mosquitoes. Flies I can get rid of relatively easily because they are big and noisy. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, just drive me nuts. Summer is never the favourite season of a mosquito magnet.

Then… I started noticing a few strange but definite disappearances. Maybe this has something to do with the cobwebs which I have left undisturbed? How cool is it that I have an army of spiders which are gobbling up those pesky mosquitoes and fruit flies? Oh yeah!

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Brain-Melting Heat

A few days ago, I wrote about the sorry state of the lawn. I also mentioned the tough survival of certain wild plants, namely wild daisies and dandelions. So after lunch today, I picked up the necessary tools, put on my gloves and tidied up the yard by removing the wild weeds. I just cannot stand not doing something about it. Phew… and I survived the brain-melting heat!

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Brown Patches Of Grass

As a result of the month long drought, no one in the neighbourhood can boast of a lush green lawn. Most of our front yards are sorry looking patches of dried-up grass. One also see a scattering of unwanted wild plants in the lawn, proclaiming their natural toughness. We need rain…

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Keep Pedalling

This Sunday afternoon, D and I cycled around the lake Gavers to get to a cafĂ© owned by a small brewery. After two local brews each, we decided to take a different route home. At one point during this trip, the path got a bit rougher, the path was dotted with sizeable rocks and pits. All I could think of then was ‘please don’t fall, please don’t fall…’. In order to stay on my bike, I recalled one of Einstein’s quote and kept on pedalling like crazy. This helped me maintained movement and balance. It worked and I survived the bike ride! But oh my poor thighs!

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Aerating The Lawn

This afternoon, D aerated our lawn with his father’s aerating machine. Together we raked up all the dried moss and dead bits of grass, filling up two bags. Although it is a bit late (and too warm) in the year to be aerating the lawn, D and I decided that we would not wait till autumn. We had to remove the two-year-old thatch build-up so that our lawn can grow and recover.

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Fan On

It is only the month of May and I have already used the fan several times! I am really concern about global warming. What is going to happen to us with the current and future climate changes?

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Winter Survivors

Today will be the warmest day of the week. Ideal weather for me to tidy up the back yard a bit. First task I did was picking out the dead ivy leaves from the hedge. It may seem like a pointless task to most people, but I find it strangely therapeutic. Then D and I planted out two tomato plants which were given to us by his father. After watering the tomato plants, D went back into the house. I stayed on to manually removed dry moss, unsightly weed and dead grass using a special turf rake. Because it got too warm and I was sneezing non-stop from grass pollens, I only managed to clear out a small patch next to the terrace.

What amazed me the most today was finding, in my vegetable patch, plants which have survived a not-so-mild winter. A bunch of garlic greens, one lovage plant (lavas in Dutch), a few dill plants amongst my strawberries, corianders (wow!), and lemon grass (double tropical wow!). Winter survivors…

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