The move has occurred and I have begun to settle in and even found enough time from the unpacking to do a quick sketch. It is so good to be back in Castlemaine full-time, (will almost I still go to Melbourne two days a week for work) and I can finally get to play in my garden. Lots to do and lots to plan. Next to my art, creating gardens is my favourite thing and at the rate I move around, creating gardens is what I end up doing, rather than watching them age and mature.
This is the view out of my front door, of the old pepper-corn tree with the bird feeder and elk-horn plant. The crimson rosellas are frequenting the feeder again as I am able to keep it topped up for them. It is so lovely to have their flashes of colour in the garden. There are also blue wrens hopping around and I will be drawing them in upcoming works.
I like to think of gardening as drawing and designing in 3D, with the added bonus of scent. The garden will be a major inspiration for my art, so dear readers you will be seeing the creation of the garden along with the creation of the art.
I have done lots of researching on sustainable gardening techniques including permaculture and have found that you can make straw bale gardens. You use strawbales and start them decomposing and then plant into them. They will last about 12 months before they break down too much and you use them as mulch. I am going to use some for the vege patch and others for an annual flower garden. I will share the results with you. Lots of pretty flowers with an abundance of gorgeous scent.
So hopefully I will be making pretty things and getting enough sleep. The recipe for a happy life.