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post #2441 of 2489 Old 01-21-2020, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Erratum - as I went past the edit window: "He" whose saddle training needs picking up again is, of course, Julian... (and not the donkey!)


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I would be so excited if I showed up at an AirBnB and got offered a beautiful ride! Sounds like great fun. And....this is the time of year when your description of your delicious fresh garden veggies starts to make me really jealous I am buying so many potatoes and canned tomatoes these days. Only 46 days until we put the clocks ahead and start thinking about things growing again!
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@SueC - wow you've been very busy! Love men's tennis as well! You have some wonderful reviews, that's awesome! And the ride was very generous of you. Love the pics.
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Last night I did indeed go riding, and the donkeys made it eventful. First of all, as I was riding around our house to get to the track behind it, I noticed our three original donkeys were playing games near the farm dam. Sparkle, the blind donkey, was dashing between Mary Lou and Don Quixote, playfully rolling her eyes and gnashing her teeth at them, and also backing up to them pretend-kicking. Donkeys do this not from a distance, but with actual body contact. She was barging her backside into them and doing little dances, and cantering around them in circles with the most droll facial expressions and body language, and the others were responding in kind, until the whole lot of them were cantering circles around each other and playing tag and general silly-bug'gers. Then they all decided it would be a good idea to follow the horse and me down the track.

This is what it looks like when you have donkeys tagging along. Same donkeys, different day as I didn't have a camera on me.

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This time though, I was trotting the horse and they were cantering along behind me with their little rocking-horse canters, full of fun and making little sideways leaps. It was exceptionally funny. We had to leave them behind on the boundary gate, because I don't fancy trying to collect up a bunch of adventuring donkeys from the neighbour's property...

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I would be so excited if I showed up at an AirBnB and got offered a beautiful ride! Sounds like great fun. And....this is the time of year when your description of your delicious fresh garden veggies starts to make me really jealous I am buying so many potatoes and canned tomatoes these days. Only 46 days until we put the clocks ahead and start thinking about things growing again!
I can imagine that it must feel like a drought. We usually have something from the garden year round. However, in our locality, cucurbits haven't done well these past two years. Yes, we only had 400mm of rain in 2019 and about 500mm in 2018 when we should have had 800mm, but it's more than that - since we do irrigate the vegetable garden. The temperatures have been too extreme - it's too cold at night, and too hot and windy during the day, for much to do well at the moment. Can you believe that for the past two years, and after being completely inundated by them year after year before that, I have been unable to get even a single zucchini plant to grow - and this year I tried starting them in the greenhouse, and the moment they were out, they were sulking and / or dying. One plant that's been out there for over six weeks hasn't gone beyond the six-leaf stage in all that time. It's really disconcerting.

The cucumbers were similarly difficult, and the pumpkins (apart from one volunteer pumpkin, God bless it, which has turned into a triffid and is carrying around 40 pumpkins, which we've started eating - crosses between Potimarron and Turk's Turban) - huge germination failure, including in the greenhouse; sickly plants once out, very few making it past being small plants. I finally got our first cucumber for the year off one of the two surviving cucumber plants, out of 30+ attempted. The plants are still quite small; normally they should be over-running the place.

The tomatoes have leaf and fruit diseases this year; around half of them are affected, and that's despite of the fact I grow them all from seed and didn't plant them in the same spots as last year - and we didn't have disease last year. I think this summer has been too cold for growing healthy cucurbits and tomatoes so far. Also the beans almost all died, this year, and that's after a winter where nearly all of our peas died as well.

The fruit is all a month late and the new nectarine tree has lost all its leaves and looks like it's dying. The established peach doesn't look happy either. The apricot was going to yield this year, but then all its tiny developing fruits froze in an ultra-late frost - it's an early variety.

Huge trouble germinating anything in the greenhouse in general, compared to "normal" conditions, so although the garden looks full, it's got lots of spent plants with nothing to take their place. Mind you, the celery is going really well this year, and the onions, and there are some things to harvest, just not nearly as much variety or yield as normal.

I hope this pattern breaks and that things go back to normal... but they may not. Anyway, I wish you lots of success in your own upcoming growing season!


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@SueC - wow you've been very busy! Love men's tennis as well! You have some wonderful reviews, that's awesome! And the ride was very generous of you. Love the pics.
Who do you think might win the Australian Open this year, @lb27312 ? I'm finding it hard to predict. I mean, possibly Djokovic again, but there's also a lot of young talent coming up. I kind of don't think Nadal or Federer will get it this year, just looking at their preliminary matches during the ATP Cup...

Re the ride - I really only do that with people where I think it's going to be a near-dead certainty of a good experience all-round, which is not too many, so it's fun for me too. I feel really lucky to have such a horse and access to such lovely areas, and like to share it around a little. Especially because I know that it's going to be much better than the standard tourist horse ride experiences! And if you're in a position to offer that, it would be sad not to do that from time to time.

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...something else. On this journal, we've had a lot of discussion of difficult families and mental / emotional health. In the middle of last year, I sat down to write what I'd learnt from my own experience, and from discussions with others, from scratch. I wanted to show that people who struggle in these areas don't deserve to be stigmatised on top of everything else - and that with many of us, you'd generally not know unless you were a close friend, or part of a discussion group or support group on the topic. I wanted people to be able to walk a mile in my shoes, after being diagnosed with complex PTSD five years ago, and the aftermath of dealing with that. Also, I wanted to give people who are in the thick of that kind of experience right now some hope that things can really get better, and that they usually do if you hang in there and keep addressing it - as well as having time where you're not focusing so much on that. And, I wanted to do my part in increasing the amount of talk in the community about these things, so that people who are affected, and the people who love them, don't feel as alone or isolated.

Because music was such a positive and central part of my experience all along, I posted this on a music forum. It needed to be a forum, because that means it's unedited and in an author's exact words, and you can post clips of music, and you can't do that in mainstream media, print etc. I posted it in a forum specific to one of my favourite bands (and only a relatively recent discovery for me, five years ago, courtesy of Brett's extensive music collection), which also meant I could stop earbashing everyone here with a plethora of their music! Because this particular band tends to draw people who are different, and because they break the mould by being emotionally expressive about quite personal things, I felt that that kind of audience was the right audience for what I wanted to say. It turned into quite a journey to write it, and for some reason exactly the right words came along.

So I've finally decided to post a link, because the discussions and support about all this stuff with the journal group here was a huge factor in coming to the point that I was able to write about it from several paces back, for a general audience. So here's the link:

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This forum isn't hugely interactive (although I'm working on it ), but this thread does always have visitors, and because I was helped so much through the years by what other people who've gone through things like this have written, I like to think that someone out there is having an easier time because I've talked about it in the open and extensively like this.

On a side note, and for anyone dealing with addiction, personally or with loved ones, I wrote two posts that were a mix of fun, science and personal experience (because you can get unhelpfully addicted to your own brain chemistry) on another thread, which is sort of journal-like and I just write whatever comes up, responding a huge array of B-sides. Here's the link to those particular posts:

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It's not going to be everybody's cup of tea, but I'm sure it will be somebody's.

Thanks again to everyone here who has been there when I've talked about these kinds of things on this journal.

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It is odd that you say you had a bad zucchini and tomato year. Having a bad tomato year is par for the course in my neck of the woods, but zucchini is bound to overflow. In fact, some people refuse to eat it anymore because it is so prolific...

Anyways, my year was the same! My zucchini did not prosper, and off the several plants I only brought into the house two of the things!! It was not a zucchini year! It seems to have travelled. I believe it just stayed cold for a bit long here, but Iím not sure that was the problem.
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For comparison, @Knave , people near the coast here, who didn't have the same chilly night temperatures, have been growing zucchini with reasonable success this year - although not as prolific as usual either. A donkey society friend who lives close to our place is experiencing similar trouble with all cucurbits, tomatoes and beans this year - it just isn't warm enough. Nights are cold; days are either cool and overcast, or we have heatwaves with high winds. Really extreme.

You know for sure the world is ending if you can't get zucchini to grow. Most of the time, you can't get zucchini not to grow.
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You know for sure the world is ending if you can't get zucchini to grow.

So true!!
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That made me laugh too! Over here preparing for the apocalypse...
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