September 24, 2004

The train keeps rolling on

It's Friday, pumpkin. I know that means nothing to you, but it means something to your mother and I.

We're having a long weekend this weekend, and planning to spend it in our garden, launching "Operation Take Back the Backyard". By the time you get here, it will be late autumn, and beginning to get colder. Right now it's the beginning of spring, and beginning to get warmer. With the passing of the seasons, the imminence of your arrival makes more sense to me, and I become more driven to provide a comfortable, safe place for you to arrive in.

This weekend, that means that I am going to mow the lawn, weed the vegetable gardens and move my Large Planter Box (otherwise known as a bathtub) to a new place with a mind to making it block off a section of the courtyard that the dogs are particularly interested in, and simultaneously create a tropical herb garden that will do something to combat the smell of dogwee. Time alone will tell me if this change will do any good.

The end result of all of this work is ideally that we will once again have a backyard that we can use in the summer months. There's going to be loads of people here at that time of year from other parts of the world, and it will be nice if we can show them a bit of the way we live in Australia.

Working in the garden for us this spring is something akin to how we feel about you coming. There's a lot of work that needs to be done to adequately prepare, and then there's work to be done in making sure that the seeds we sow get the things they need in the right concentrations, but at the end there's a wonderful result that is all the more exciting because we've created it ourselves. In a way, the planting that we do this weekend will mirror your own development inside your mum. So here's to you arriving this autumn to find a beautiful blooming jasmine vine on the bungalow....

Love you.

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