Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Im on holiday

Hi guys,

Just wanted to let you all know that I am taking a extended break from blogging for a while.

If you are interested in hearing about what I'm up to please feel free to add me on Facebook but be warned I talk a lot of rubbish sometimes LOL!! Anyway lots of pics and funny antics going on over there so just search for Kirsty Gobbler's Run and you should find me...if not email me on the link to the left.

See you soon!!

Love Kirsty

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Problems and Solutions

I have been fighting an uphill battle with weeds! These are called marshmallows and have a huge tap root, almost impossible to pull up. I tried to hit them with a whipper snipper but the stalks where so thick the string kept snapping. Looking at them was really starting to get me down so I had to do something..........

I asked at the local fruit and veg shop if they wanted to get rid of some cardboard boxes and they were keen to off load them! So I set about just pushing the marshmallows over and putting cardboard over the top weighted down with bricks. This didn't look very good but was doing the job :) I just lay the cardboard right up to the plants that I was keeping.

I wanted to put a mulch over the top to cover up the cardboard but recently I had been to hear ted Brown from the Wimmera Native Plant Nursery
and he mentioned that during the Horsham fires on Black Saturday organic mulches like bark chip had caught fire and being light had blown with the huge winds into spouts and stuff so I wasn't keen on that! He said that pebbles/rocks can make an attractive mulch and water passes through, it doesn't break down. I rang the local concrete place and ordered a tonne of 20mm rocks. I took in my rickety old trailer and the guy put less than a tonne on cause he was worried about me making it home! I loaded wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow full of rocks and carefully covered up the cardboard. I think it looks fantastic!

I have used all my rocks up now and have only down one side of my front garden down to and around my frog pond. I will start to lay cardboard on the other side on the weekend. As it was Mother's Day on the weekend gone I took my Mother in law to the Wimmera Native Plant Nursery and stocked up, I have a lot of planting out to do :) I'll show you guys more pics when I finish the other side!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I am my Mother's Daughter

Here are a few pics of a Funky scarf I felted this morning. I will be doing a 'This is how I did it' post in a few days but I don't have time tonight. The sparkley threads are from some cheap ribbon I bought and shredded. The wool had been part of my learn to spin era so had large clumps of chunky spun and then segments of thinnly spun bits so I just fluffed out the chunky bits and left the thin bits spun....does that make any sense at all?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Halls Gap Zoo!!!

I would love to be doing a post about my brilliant vegie garden but at the moment I don't have one. I'm waiting on a fence to be finished to keep Paul and Kelly (the sheep) out but while I'm waiting we went on a day trip to the Halls Gap Zoo. I thought it would be like a back yard thing with a few miniature sheep and a duck but it was incredible! All the enclosures were huge and so well layed out and a number of the animals where just walking about and you could feed them. For $1 you can buy a small bag of suitable feed but just inside the gate a deer ate mine bag and all! So this post is just a collection of pics taken on the day including one of my darling man. If you ever get a chance to go make sure you do, you won't regret it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bathroom reno's

I have been doing up my bathroom for some time now. When I bought this house it had been vacant for 5 years and inhabited only by possums and a horse! It was very run down and in fact the bank questioned my purchase as they believed it was close to being condemned. As many of you know I love 'having a go'. I don't always know what I'm doing but I will give it a go anyway!
So back to the bathroom. There was a door from my bathroom into my laundry which I never used. I access my laundry from the external entrance close to the clothes line. Soooooo I decide to take the door out and patch up the hole and build a seat along the bottom. Its a Small bathroom and there was wasted space from the end of the bath, across the now 'not there' door to the other wall, I thought I would build in a bench seat to keep my magazines on and clean towels etc.
I removed the door without much effort and used very thin MDF to cover the hole. I then built the bench seat trying to save all I could on timber. I used the end of the bath for one end and the wall as the other end and the MDF as the really all I made was the front and top.
I was so proud of my efforts I rang my best friend to tell her how great it was while I painted the master piece! Chatting away painting the back of the new wall when suddenly we heard "CRACK"
I had forgotten that I had made the bench seat and as such it wouldn't be as strong as if, well a professional had made it. I had stood up on the bench seat to reach up higher on the back wall which I was painting with white enamel undercoat. The crack we heard was the bench seat collapsing. As it collapsed I was sent flying into the new MDF wall.......and straight through it!!!!!
That's right, like a footy player through the banner! As the wall I crashed through was covered in wet paint now so was I and as I landed in the laundry I was also covered in tumble dryer lint and dust stuck fast in the wet paint! My friend was still on the other end of the phone and said all she heard was the crack then a crash then a silence and finally me crying. Through my sobs I told her I would call her back. Somehow in the fall I lost my fingernail from my little finger and once I stopped that bleeding I realised I was otherwise unhurt! The wall and bench seat were not so well off. When I finish replacing the broken pieces and the painting I will upload pics!