The time had come to finally deal with the five foot high hedge of weeds all along the north side of the farmhouse. I had been looking at those weeds for six weeks, cursing them and their strong roots preventing me from simply pulling them out by hand. We did plan to get the bobcat down here, but then as Autumn progressed the weeds started to brown off and die down. Yesterday I gave it another go at pulling them out by hand, and what do you know – they came out easily! The result is now a bare strip of dirt, weeds, sticks and rocks but I think it’s an improvement on the weed hedge.
I am setting to work clearing the remaining weeds, raking up all the sticks, rubbish and rocks and forming some sort of plan in my mind for this side of the house. As usual I am wrestling with the fact that this not our house, we don’t own it, so how much do you invest in a garden that is not your own? A balancing act for sure. For now I’ve planted some red geraniums in the hanging baskets that were already here and put my bird bath on the veranda as I often see birds on this side of the house out the kitchen window.
Last week something rather exciting happened, although I’m trying not to get too excited about it as it may not eventuate. Some builders were here (replacing the laundry door and fixing some broken windows) and there is talk of replacing the kitchen window with a door instead. This had been on my list of ‘what-I-would-do-if-this-house-were-ours’ so I’d be pretty happy with that development if it goes ahead. And of course as usually my head got away from me and I started imagining all sorts of things on my north veranda off my kitchen…
My thoughts are that herbs out the kitchen door would be a good idea, and I have always loved the idea of a rosemary hedge. Can you see that along the veranda? I’m thinking of making a garden bed there. Perhaps a happy wanderer up the corner post? Our barbeque is currently in no man’s land on the other side of the house but with a door off the kitchen it could go here, as could our timber outdoor table and chairs (currently living on the front veranda, then making way for perhaps some rattan chairs or an old church pew out the front).
So that’s what’s out my kitchen window these days – no more giant weed hedge to look out over, just a view out to the hundreds of rams in that paddock! If nothing else, these photos show you the ‘rustic charm’ of our old limestone farmhouse, in all it’s crumbly glory, cracked concrete, rotting veranda posts and archaic plumbing system and all. Just keeping it real for you.
What’s out your kitchen window?