Friday, September 12, 2014

Grow you good things!


Tis done! All 2000 trees, 10,000 cane berries and 13,500 strawberries are in the ground. It was a massive job but of the most satisfying kind with new buds swelling and the first leaves appearing already. We expect the strawberries to be ready by Summer and even though we have a long way to go before we are ready to be open to the public it has been an absolute thrill to get to this point and see the transformation from bare paddock to future orchard brimming with so many varieties of delicious fruit. It is a dream come true really. To get this far in such a tight time frame we had lots of help, so along with Jamie we had a team of 6 people help with the planting, with the final 7 trees saved for the Kids to plant out on Sunday to celebrate the beginnings of our new family venture.












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  1. Good luck - it looks wonderful. x

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    1. Thanks Sara, it should look better and better with every season that goes :-)

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  2. You don't do things by halves do you Mel? Have you got any quince trees?

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    1. We have plans for them next Winter, stay tuned Lady of the Quinces x

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  3. Wow - that looks amazing. You have certainly been working hard.

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    1. It's been a shock to the system, I'm ready for a holiday Jo! :-)

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  4. It is such an incredible setting, Mel! I love, love, love that picture of all five of your kids holding the trees. I can just see them in about 30 years showing it to their own children, and looking around at the fully developed orchards and vineyards wondering where time has gone.

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  5. Fantastic! Wishing you lots of luck with this wonderful project. Let's hope they all grow, grow, grow.

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    1. Thanks Anne, crossing our fingers and toes and hoping all the wildlife behave themselves :-)

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  6. That's a huge amount of work and so satisfying. Congrats. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. Thanks Kathy, it is very satisfying to see this part all done, especially with the very short timeframe we had to do it x

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  7. Oh Mel, well done! What a huge accomplishment and I wish you good seasons, abundant harvests and pest-free days ahead.
    I'm sorry that I missed your last post, and absolutely sympathise. I tell our kids that it's a sad fact of life that they will out-live many beloved pets in their lifetime. They become such a huge part of the family and leave a gaping hole when they're gone. I have a beautiful Rottweiler Ella who is nine, grey hairs starting to dot her muzzle, and I find I spend a few more minutes every day with her head resting on my lap. Time is precious.
    I was surprised to read that we're no longer keeping score in kids' sports games. Due to distance our kids aren't involved in any team sports yet, but I just can't believe how we think these days. Why people think that kids can't learn about loss, going without, sharing, (I could go on and on) because it might hurt their feelings. Life isn't all beer and skittles, and I don't think it does kids any harm to learn that!

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    1. Thanks Fiona, saying goodbye was so hard. We knew Remy was getting on and knew it was a matter of time but thought we'd only have him around for another 6-12 months. He deteriorated very rapidly over the last few days of his life, so heartbreaking x

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  8. Wow. I'm gonna have to come for a visit when you do open. A good excuse to get back to Tassie. Huge job. I honestly don't know how you do it xx

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  9. Wow, that's amazing Mel. Well done for getting all those plants in the ground! What a beautiful place you've chosen for your family to grow too. x

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  10. Magic photos Mel! I love all that land and all that promise lying beneath it now. What a wonderful effort by all of you. The children look tickled pink, it will be so special for them to look back on this time :) Love seeing your little puppy in amongst it all too, beautiful memories created xoxo

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  11. Absolutely fabulous, you are sowing your future, and your children's future......so exciting! :) xxx

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  12. Wow, what a wonderful dream and achievement. Best of luck to you all. It must be hard to get any work done with that stunning view behind!

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  13. That must have been so much work getting everything planted. It will be so exciting seeing it all starting to grow and your dream realised. Sarah x

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  14. Wow, I am speechless. What an amazing achievement, getting everything into the ground in time for the growing season. I hope to visit one day when I am old and wrinkly, to eat apricots from your trees. Cx

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  15. Amazing, what a great effort by all involved and the kids will forever cherish their own plants.

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  16. That's amazing Mel! Well done! You must be delighted. Bee xx

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  17. Wow, what an undertaking! Huge congrats on that achievement, I bet you are all buzzing! And exhausted, too. I loved your photos here, I never tire of your breathtaking view. x

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  18. wow......that is amazing. i wishing you luck with your plants.
    great photos,too.
    have a wonderful week,
    regina

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  19. It looks wonderful & so exciting - good luck Mel

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  20. Brilliant mel! It is going to look amazing when they all fruit. Such an achievement.

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  21. What a beautiful life your children (and you!) lead. Kellie xx

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  22. Am so excited to see the progress of your big dreams...yay for you guys!!!
    That photo of the 5 of them is fab

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