Saturday, September 25, 2010

Visitors friend

My visitor ( who is doing an exceptionally good job as the monkeys have steered clear of my veggie garden ) has brought a friend along to guard Brionys' nursery at the back of the house. On the right we have a compost heap and on the left her plants she is propagating. We have some indigenous trees and some Paw-paw trees which have germinated from seeds from the compost. The monkeys had been coming and destroying the trees by stripping the leaves from them, so I decide to put a man on watch.

Here he is patiently guarding. The brush wood behind him is Lantana and a common Acacia tree (it restricts the other indigenous trees) which we have cleared through the winter months.
When Briony was throwing stuff on the compost heap the other day she accidental bumped into our guest and apologised, much to her embarrassment.

Here’s a nice close up. That’s Tam’s room behind him which she still has to paint .The other day she was working in her room when she heard a noise out the back, Going out she saw the monkeys in the bush wondering what this new person was doing, so Tam went up and had a chat with him to give it a bit more authenticity, it worked as they went away.

Here he is from the outside in. I have some fruit trees on the other side of the garden which when in fruit are raided and we are left with the few. There are Litchies, Mangos and Mulberry.
I think I will put another man on guard there.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Visitor

We have a new visitor to our property.

I have been experimenting with raised vegetable beds as the soil on the property has little nutrition from the top soil being washed off and the ants and the insects play havoc on the seedlings. Having tried a few sites I decided on the raised beds, which we seem to be having some success. But now the monkeys keep raiding the garden and they pull off the unripe fruit have a taste and then throw it on the ground much to my frustration.

I brought Briony and Tam down to look at our new visitor. Can you notice any sinister person standing there looking after the veggies?

Here he is standing or should I say slowly moving around guarding the patch. I have it suspended on a belt hanging on the rafter and the wind gently moves him around. He is a couple of bin bags filled with grass a couple of discarded shoes tied on the bottom a hard hat and a yellow planter tray as the face a old blanket draped over his shoulders and a stick stuck in his belt to look like a gun. Even I feel a little uneasy standing next to him.

Here he is posing for the camera Fos looking on warily he did give him a bark earlier on. I think I might modify his face and make him a little more glamorous.

Here Briony and Tam are looking on bemused by him.

Briony and Tam looking at the veggies, lettuce,spinach,carrots, tomatoes ,beetroot and in the tubs on the side are butter nut and egg-fruit.
Well I hope it works?