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Monday, 13 August 2018 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 13 August 2018
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Garden breakage
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Last month Mick planted our Salvia microphylla cultivar in the garden. It looked rather sad, and I was concerned about wind damage, so I put a wire cage around it with plastic foil to keep the wind out.

How do you anchor the protection? Two metal stakes (“dropper” in Australian) will do it. But wouldn't one dropper on the edge through the mesh do the trick too? That's what I did.

Today I found out why that's not a good idea:


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It's not dead, but it has certainly suffered. One stem has broken off, and I have planted it in soil in the hope that it will take root. And of course now there are two droppers round the protection.


Wheelbarrow breakage
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Yvonne's wheelbarrow had a flat tyre. How did that happen? It seems that wheelbarrow tyres are of particularly bad quality. Turned on the air compressor to pump it up again, without much hope that it would stay there.

I was right, though not quite the way I expected. The air pressure shot up, probably beyond the recommended pressure. How far? I barely had time to look before the thing exploded on me:


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Clearly there's no repairing that tyre any more.


Random breakages
Topic: general, gardening Link here

They're not the only breakages we have had recently. We also have the dish washer that I have been dragging my feet about, the ducted vacuum cleaner sounds like the motor is on its last legs—why, in a device only a little over 3 years old?—we have a power point that is still hanging out of the wall, and one of these silly halogen lights in the useless range hood has burnt out. What is it, anyway? There seem to be no markings on them whatsoever. It took me quite some time, with the help of eBay, to establish that it is a G4 bi-pin lamp similar to the one on the right of this image:

But what power? The manufacturer was too polite to include that information. After some searching I discovered a marking on the reflector in the range hood: 12 V, maximum 20 W.

Still, enough stuff to fix to justify a journey into town, something that I really didn't want to do. To Wiltronics, where they were just as confused as I was, but they finally gave me my 20 W globe, $5.95. It wasn't until I got home that I discovered that the 20 W were spread over 2 10 W globes. And later, on eBay I bought 20 20 W globes for $7.19, including postage. At that price, it's hardly worth returning the others.

Then to Bunnings to buy a new wheelbarrow—$99. I should have asked about wheels, but I couldn't find any staff. Also some irrigation hose and some fertilizer, not only cheaper than I expected, but also clearly labeled:


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7-1-7-9. What does that mean? It proves to be an approximation to the percentages of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulphur, conveniently in alphabetical order of English name, not chemical symbol (N-P-K-S):


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Isn't that a good idea! Yes, indeed, except...


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The bag on the right has the same description, and a completely different composition (9-1-7-12)! Not the slightest explanation as to why they have two different ones, nor the difference that it would make.


Tuesday, 14 August 2018 Dereel Images for 14 August 2018
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Spring on its way
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It's getting milder, and today we took the dogs to the „Große Linde“, really some kind of conifer. On the way we had flowering Acacia and—not so pleasantly—Oxalis, a rather pretty weed:


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We also saw the first few Pterostylis of the season, not really worth a photo.


More kangaroos
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We have had a lot of kangaroos on the property lately. Light is almost always against me: we live at the east end of the property, so the afternoon sun comes from behind. Still, I got a few good shots today:


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