Water water water, mulch mulch mulch, that's all that seems to be happening around here at the moment. This summer is so dry compared to last year and I am watering such a lot of plants and grass as sparingly as possible, just to keep things alive, with one eye on the water tank level. We can store 125000 litres in our tanks and we estimate there is about 30000 left, of which we can use 20000. You have to keep a certain amount of water in the tanks so they don't blow away!
I am trying to build up the mulch around the plants in the hope of keeping a bit more moisture in our sandy soil. These native plants are struggling as I am trying to only water them once a week, it's not enough. If I can just keep them alive this summer then another growth period during the rainy times will hopefully establish them enough to cope better next summer.
Do I sound a bit fed up? Well, yes, I am. Can't wait for some rain and to see lots of green grass again. As my neighbour put it as I moaned to her, "don't worry too much, in about 6 weeks we will all be complaining about too much rain". Okay. So, instead I decided to do something within my control. I've been frugal the last 13 months and haven't been to the hairdresser, thought I would grow my hair, and to quote my daughter, look like the hippy bogan I have become. :-) However, in my tetchy mood and fed up with hot hair all over the back of my neck, I had a hissy fit last week and booked a haircut! This is before...
And this is after. Holy crap it is short!! With a few blonde foils scattered through. After a couple of days of getting used to it I like it, and I love that I can't feel hair around my neck any more.