Crazy about gardening

Living in melbourne is still new to me. Living in a 1000 sq metre land is very new to me. Attending to the garden’s needs is brand new to me. There is so much to learn!
My first task was to find out the names of the plants I have on my compound, excluding the weeds. Perhaps I should categorise the weeds as well. I have, at the moment, identified 36 different plants on my compound. Wow!

I have listed them on evernote, with the pictures.

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s258/sh/ee4c39cd-b5d0-46a8-99cb-03baec6cabe3/6d05eb23a22db09dd0163aa56daff026

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Bulbs?

I went to the Tessalaar Gardening and Plants expo on 6 April. This was an event for green thumb and budding gardeners. I would like to consider myself falling into the second category. With a house that has 1000 sq m of land, I have plenty of opportunity to try to bring out the green thumb in me :)

I was inspired by the moving train set at the entrance of the event. Hope that my garden will look like this one day.

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There are so many plants on exhibition. Hubby and I decided to try planting spring bulbs on this vacant bed that we have in front. So we bought the spring galore pack.

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Will start planting the bulbs this weekend and hope for the best.

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Finally…

After procrastinating for several months, I finally summoned the qi to “fix” the broken image links of this website. I shouldn’t have used Shashin… not a good plugin – it messed up all the photos :(

After coming to Australia, by God’s grace, I landed a job as a teacher in a local state school. The half year contract has ended and I didn’t continue – for the fact that I’m moving far away from the school and I’m just not used to the students here. They are very different from Singapore.

Students here have it good – home work once a week, no CCA, lots of activities besides studying. All I have to do here was teach and attend professional developments :) It’s very different from what I worked for in Singapore. There’s no Teachers’ Day celebration, no National day celebration… but the downside – students are more rowdy and loud. Perhaps in another post I will list the similarities and differences between the 2 systems.

Kopi-O has acquired his winter coat is is growing up well. I read some where that it will take 3-5 years for a sheltie’s coat to be fully grown. He’s not even 2 years old, hmmmm….

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Kopi-O’s growth stages

Kopi-O is about 1 yr and 4 mths now :) he has been with us since 2.5 months. We were blessed to be present to witness his different growth stages. I’m happy to say that he never had an awkward moment…

This was him when he first arrived. So small and cute! With those puppy eyes :)

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At 3 mths old he was chubby

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At 4 mths, he grew longer, and was starting to lose his black stripe at his back…

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At 5 mths, he has completely lost his black stripe and grew a lot longer!

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At 6 mth, he was not only bigger, but cuter and fluffier. His ears never perked up, unlike other shelties…

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This is him at 7 mths. Definitely beginning to look like a sheltie. With more chest hair too :)

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At 8 mth, he still sat like a turtle. No frills on his forelegs yet…

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At 9 mths, he was 16.5 inches tall and weighed 10.6kg :) fluffier, with a little frills on his fore legs. He started to abandon his turtle sitting pose

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This is him at 10 mths… Not much different, just fluffier

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At 10.5 mths, just before taking his first flight down under

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He spent his 11mth birthday at the quarantine centre. The cool weather has aided the growth of his fur :)

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At about 1 yr old, he loved the wind. He coat has grown much longer and he has acquired a lot of chest hair :)

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A 13 mth old kopi-o. Frills are getting longer on his fore legs

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14 mth old kopi-o. He’s reached his full height. The only room for growth now is his fur :)

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Recent photos of kopi-o :) still so cute!

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Wow!

Wow!! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog… A lot of things have happened and there just wasn’t time to update. No, that was an excuse, I was lazy :(

Kopi-o, he’s grown into an adult dog now… Still as cute… I’ll talk about him
In a separate post :)

I have since resigned from being the moulded of the future generation of a tiny red dot country and have moved on to another country that’s also a continent :) why the move? My husband and I wanted space and quality of life and the red dot just doesn’t meet our criteria anymore :(

He has a job while me, still lingering and trying to figure whether I should continue in the education line, or simply jump the ship. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the job of a domestic engineer :)

There are many things to do here :) When we were residing in the tiny red dot, we often ran out of options as to where to go during the weekends. It was also hampered by the fact that we couldn’t own a car. But here, cars are cheap, spaces aplenty and we can bring kopi-o to almost all the places :)

It’s autumn now and I’m enjoying the subtle change of colors that I’ve never encountered before :)

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