First of all, I roamed around to see what I might like and that took me about an hour. Then I grabbed a trolley and started shopping. First of all I really had to have a new cover for my ironing board. Yes, boring I know, but's one of those new, you beaut, Teflon jobbies that should last for some time.
The newly planted herbs and lavender.I decided I did like the idea of a hanging pot of colour and as I already had a lovely bright pink geranium at home, I thought some more to go with it would be pretty. However, it took me a while to find any and when I did, they were white only. Then, hiding right at the back, voila! a punnet of four plants in various colours. I grabbed it before someone else did and hurried off to find the requisite hanging pot.
I rather thought I'd like something for inside. However, it is hard to grow plants inside here, it gets so hot and the poor things die, but you can do it with the right plant...and I found it. It's a new thing, I can't remember its name, but I think it comes from South America. It thrives on neglect, low light and very little water...it should do very well in my place. We have them at work and they grow into lovely, quite striking plants...so I found a good looking specimen and into the trolley that went.
The mystery indoor plant. It's not seen here, but these have fleshy, dark green lovely glossy leaves and grow fairly quickly...well the ones at work do.
However, I still had some money left on my voucher so I wandered inside again and found an aisle I hadn't been down. Ahah! I've been meaning to get one of these...a folding camp chair to keep in the boot of the car. They are so handy, especially if I go and watch Gabbie and Brooke play netball in the winter...I now have something to sit on. I also got some more ice bricks for my eskies, which I put the chilled and frozen stuff in when I do the weekly shop.
I couldn't wait to get home and plant my purchases, as well as repot some of my other poor plants, which were criminally pot bound. Shameful, I know. Anyway, I had a happy couple of hours planting, repotting and getting absolutely filthy...and thoroughly enjoying myself.
A very happy repotted maidenhair fern
below, an equally happy repotted cycad.
Fred and the boys were also outside taking the tent down (it had been up over the holidays for the kids to sleep in occasionally), and I heard Fred say to Scottie, "Give it to Robyn." I could see Scott had a bit of a branch in his hand, a fairly long piece, and on the end of it was a huge huntsman spider. With its legs out, it was the diameter of a saucer and ugly and hairy. Fred found it in the tarpaulin he'd put over the tent one night when it was raining. Needless to say, Scotty has put it in a container to take to school tomorrow.
I suggested to Fred that we have a couple of glasses of wine. Jane wasn't home. They have a couple of Dutch girls, who are travelling around Australia, staying with them and she had taken Kirsten and Ilse to Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's place) for the day. So I made some guacamole and grabbed a packet of crackers and we sat on the patio and chatted while waiting for Jane and the girls to get back, which they did at about 7.30 pm.
I wandered off home, had some cold smoked chicken and salad for dinner and fell into bed at about 8.45, absolutely bushed but pleasantly so, after a lovely day.