So, I go to the GP and say “I think I have sinusitis”.
“Yes,” she says, “you have sinusitis. Take these antibiotics.” Five minutes chat.
Cost = $92 for the consult, and more for the meds!!!
I am in the wrong business.
The mandarine tree in the drive way – biggest you’ve ever seen (the neighbours’ tree, but about a third of it hangs over our fence) is in full fruit! E picked a few kilos this afternoon (I am not trusted up the ladder just now – sinusitis = unstable and dizzy!). We’ll take them in to our day jobs and spread ’em round. They are the sweetest, juiciest mandarines.
I am enjoying the garden produce of this season. I feel like we have only a few little odds and sods of things in at the moment, but little bits go a long way. I am loving our parsley patch – it is self seeding everywhere – including in the footpath and bricks around the shed. So much better than all those bunches of parsley I used to buy and then throw half of into the compost a week later. I have no idea why I didn’t get a crazy parsley patch going years ago!!
Last year I had some old spuds that were sprouting in the cupboard – they looked disgusting, but I cut them up and planted them. We harvested a few kg of yummy potatoes last year, and I thought that was it, but we must have not found them all, because this year – more spuds!! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving – I just have to work out when to dig them up now. There’s about 5 or 6 plants, so should be quite a few spuds.
And I was going to pull up some leaves in another part of the garden, when we realised that they were in fact a sweet potato I had planted when it also started sprouting in the cupboard – so should be another little crop waiting there too!
The rocket that S gave me when I collected the mint for soap a month or two ago is happily settled in, and we have a little patch of lettuce – which doesn’t look like much, but a few outer leaves harvested make a great salad with a few added rocket leaves – as you can perhaps see – shared with garden bugs, so slightly lacey leaves!
I guess my point is that you don’t have to have much in the garden, or anything really fancy, to make a pleasant addition to your tucker, knowing that it’s pesticide free, and save a few dollars and trips to the shop.
I just have one question – things to do with pomegranates…
I planted a pomegranate tree because they look so nice – like Chinese lanterns when they fruit. This year the little pomegranate has given us some fruit. They are bursting every time it rains – I think because we’d had no rain for a while before, and the garden and been dry.
So now, I have a few pomegranates – they are OK to just eat, but SO pippy! What to do?
Soap-wise – this weekend, I am trying out minimal insulation whilst the soap is in the mould, because the last few batches seem to have got super hot and turned very brown. There could be another reason for the colour – but I will experiment.
I have made a few soap sales this week, so can now restock ingredients – in the meantime, I am still trying to reconstruct the first Rose Geranium that I made – it was a joy to use, hugely popular – but the exact fragrance mix has since remained elusive!!
Pete the Supervisor was looking sad. He’d been a bit housebound, so once the antibiotics kicked in we went for a stroll round the block. Look what we happened upon – planting of the “Tropical Orchard”, and the Winter Solstice “Lantern Walk” through our local community orchard.
What a delightful place to live! And that’s the weekend done.
Back to the day job tomorrow.
Sarah : )