We call it Boxing Day…

The day after Christmas, that is.

According to Wikipedia:

The exact etymology of the term “boxing” is unclear and there are several competing theories, none definitive.

…but it seems to mainly be related to making up alms boxes for the poor which were given out on the day after Christmas.

Here it’s a public holiday, no matter what your charity frame of mind.

Another hot day today with temperatures up around 37°C ( 98.6°F) and the wind blowing a gale once again. I really don’t mind a breeze, ‘specially when the weather’s hot, but this wind we get here is ridiculous. And today’s has been an easterly as well, so apart from air movement it’s done nothing to make the day more pleasant. We were woken several times through the night by the sound of the wind and of the fence creaking alarmingly. Luckily fence is still there, and wind has now dropped off slightly.

After me talking to my mum about the computer and TV that Paul, my brother, bought her today, Stephen taking to his dad and skyping his mum (Christmas day in the States) we spent much of the day outside. Once again we filled the pool for Anzac. Kaz is welcome to use it too, but she won’t put more than her paws in – very gingerly.

New video of Anzac:

Cooling down

Cooling down

Eating treats

Eating treats

Dog Paddling

Dog Paddling

Kaz in the pool

Kaz in the pool

Ready for action - in ball-chasing position

Ready for action - in ball-chasing position

And we had a small veggie harvest today; a few tomatoes and a capsicum.

Today's veggie harvest

Today's veggie harvest

Stephen's Boxing day cray

Stephen's Boxing day cray

And to finish off a small video of yesterday’s blue-tongued lizard

and another small one of the dogs in the water:

Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow…

Our organic veggie garden continues to be very productive.

Our Veggie Garden

Our Veggie Garden


We’re still getting tomatoes from the same 3 plants that were so prolific back in January. Mum started picking tomatoes for us while she was looking after our girls when we went away for the week in December. We had such an abundance of tomatoes in january that she made us a huge batch of tomato relish. The plants aren’t producing in excess right now, but we’re still picking enough each week, that we really don’t feel ready to pull out the plants and reutilise the bed.
The 5 bok choy plants are still giving us more than we can use. They have been a great producer. We just go out with a big bowl and a sharp knife and cut off a bowlful of leaves and add them to whatever we’re cooking for tea. The plants are lovely and healthy and as long as we keep cutting, they keep growing and haven’t gone to seed.
Now that the weather is milder (mid-high 20’s(C) during the day and low teens overnight) the silver beet is doing really well. We have Fordhook Giant and Rainbow Chard varieteis planted. Last week I made a yummy silver beet pie (to a spinach pie recipe) with feta cheese and filo pastry. Silver beet can be a bit bitter, but if you pick te leaves while the are fairly small and young they are delicious, and most people think the coloured stem varieties are sweeter.
We had a few nice cobs of corn. Next year we need to plant more.
The first sweet corn from our garden

The first sweet corn from our garden


The beans haven’t been as successful as we would have liked, but we are getting about a handful a week from them. That bed is really under-utilised, though.
Something is eatitng our broccoli! We had a couple of nice heads growing then went out one morning and half of one of the heads had gone. The next morning that whole head was gone! A couple of days later the other forming heads had been eaten as well. We managed to pick one nice head for ourselves. We can only think that we have a possum visiting the garden at night, though it’s not eating anything else and I would have thought a possum would be interested in ripening tomatoes.
We have an abundence of chillis. Hungarian yellows, scotch bonnets, and several other varieties.
Some of the chilli peppers from our garden

Some of the chilli peppers from our garden


Most seem to be pretty high on the heat scale, so I’m staying away from those.