Sunday, October 07, 2007
Gardening, knitting, cooking...
This is our vegie plot - note the straight lines. This is the first time I've had a vegie plot with straight lines. My, ahem, method is more...organic. But The Accountant had an old broom handle that he used so everything is lined up. He also dug trenches between the rows. We covered the whole lot with pea straw so you can't see the trenches. But they are there, oh yes. As my daughter comments, with some surprise, it looks very professional. Jamie from next door warned us that the possums will eat everything so we'll buy a net.
The purple bush up the top is a native peppermint tree - I can't remember its proper name, but it's very pretty at this time of the year. We're looking for another one, but so far haven't found the right one - there are quite a few of the narrow leafed variety, but not the little round leafed ones.
I did have a photo of my beautiful mitred knitting squares, but the compact flash card reader is refusing to read the compact flash card. I think this may be because I removed it last time without doing the remove safely thing - I mean, I did do that, but clicked the wrong thing to remove! I've had problems with this flash card reader - sometimes it reads the memory stick, sometimes it doesn't. Very annoying.
Cooking - the pumpkin and chickpea salad with tahini dressing - well, I've cooked the pumpkin, now just waiting on the tahini, chickpeas and coriander which are being hunted down the supermarket aisles by the intrepid Accountant and boyman.
I've been thinking about marriage lately - well, in my case, marriage - but long-term relationships in general. It seems that I know a lot of people who have recently ended relationships and I've been wondering what holds people together these days? What makes certain people stick it out together and others just drift apart?
The Accountant and I argue, mostly about silly things - how to load the dishwasher, general tidiness and so forth. But we also do a lot of laughing together. Will we last? What makes people last? I think we have stickability - and also the determination to honour our commitment. And, when I think of what we've done so far, I feel quite proud of us. It's not easy moving three extra people into an existing household, renovating and keeping on writing through all that first messy year. It's not easy living with children who aren't your own, learning how to step parent, negotiating with teenagers and all their dramas. We've managed three camping ahem adventures, one exchange student, one teenager moving out and in with her mum, the writing of at least two and a half books, the beginning and dropping out of one phd, and the inherent stresses of my seasonal work - sessional teaching and weeks away. Yep, I think we're doing well!