I'm back ... and I'm on leave for two weeks*. Had breakfast at the Gravy Train this morning (scrambled eggs wrapped in a roti smothered with chilli jam) and have now moved on to the next thing on my list—trying to get some work done around the house.
The first thing is to get the front garden cleared of the luxuriant, drought-defying greenery that has been so vigorous that it has blocked the footpath outside my house. I've been meaning to do it for a while but last week the postie called the Council to complain. (Remember the old days when the postie would've just mentioned it to the householder? Or the even older days when the householder would have ensured that the triffids stayed behind the fence, so dangling vegetation wouldn't be a problem. Moving right along ...)
The Council issued a notice, so I'm taking the opportunity to clear the acacias, hakeas and other local plants and redo the front garden. No large shrubs and small trees this time. It's going to be everlastings and their ilk with some Lechenaultia thrown in (if I can get them to grow here).
Slightly less bother are the potted plants. I've just noticed that my dragon lilies (Dracunculus vulgaris) are making an appearance. If they produce flowers, I'll have to shift them to the back of the garden for a while. As is the case with many aroids, flies pollinate them. And the flowers smell of things that flies adore ...
* Unfortunately I had to go into work on Sunday. That wasn't too bad, except for the whole getting-up-at-7-am business. Who knew that Sunday had a 7 am? Not me.