It’s been a while and after blogging 4-5 times a week most weeks for the last three months (are fimpressed by my commitment? I am!) I found myself at my parents place for a couple of days….. WITH NO TECHNOLOGY! So no blogging, no reading blogs, no facebook (though I did have a quick check of that and my email on my parents insanely slow broadband… boy do they need the NBN), no texting or surfing. It was kind of good. I had also forgotten my purse, so it turned out to be a very cheap couple of days too.
It was nice to go ‘home’ for a mini break – funny how I still think of it as home even though I haven’t lived there for 15 years. I wonder if that will ever change? The girls discovered the sheer pleasure there is in a game of ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’, the delight of playing with my (and my sister’s) old My Little Ponies, the challenge of a good game of memory and a couple of puzzles (it was a bit wet there this morning so inside games were on the agenda).
Mum and I had a good wander around her garden which is looking better than ever thanks to some great Spring rain, intermingled with sunshine and warm days. Her garden has been challenging given a good 13 years of severe drought and insanely hard ground during those years. The soil isn’t great and it is BIG. There’s still a few areas she’s struggling to find the right plants for, especially those with a bit of height, ground covers have done magnificently. She’s used a mix of natives and non-native and is planting thickly so that weeds are crowded out making it more manageable. Lawn has been almost impossible to maintain given the years of no rain and some huge trees around the place. Amazingly they’ve had 21 trees removed from a fairly ordinary-sized town block. In our wanders I got some cuttings to put into my new front garden, including some jasmine, violets, lavender and a succulent I don’t know the name of.
We spent the evenings and rainy periods inside looking through Mum’s old gardening books, including a couple given to her by aunt. Inside the back cover is a written plan for her garden from 1942! What a treasure. I was madly taking notes and jotting down plants, soil and position requirements and ideas for my front garden (mostly), which I am hoping to make a cottage style, interspersed with herbs or other edibles. I was originally going to make it quite formal with brick paths and geometric garden beds but I’ve changed my mind. Now I think I’ll plant the whole thing out with just a path from the gate to the veranda. I want to get plenty of variety, colour and flowers (and foliage) I can pick and bring inside….. well that is until I change my mind again and do something completely different.
I know this post would have been much better with photographs….. but I had NO TECHNOLOGY! Next time I’m ‘home’ I’ll take some and share them with you and as I get stuck into the front yard I’ll share that as well.
After this techno-fast I’m back embracing my phone, tablet, camera and laptop. I feel a very late night coming on as I catch up on things. Have you ever had a break from the techno world, on purpose or otherwise? How did you find it?