Uta’s Diary, September 2016

13 Sep

Yesterday we bought a few things for our backyard.

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We  already planted somef things in these boxes. We  may also use some pots for more planting.  At the moment Peter is still struggling to remove  some spread out roots of the camphor laurel tree. The main roots we had taken out by the people who removed our three obnoxious trees from our backyard. The far away roots of the camphor laurel tree are very, very thick. They lifted up some of the earth in the backyard. So Peter took it upon himself to try and get rid of some of them. They are so very hard. Peter thought maybe a chain-saw would do the job better than his little axe. So he bought one yesterday. Sadly, he found out, it does not work very well. He still has a hard time cutting through these roots.

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There is one little bush left that stood near the camphor Laurel tree. It is cut back a lot, but perhaps may come back again.

There is one little bush left that stood near the camphor Laurel tree. It is cut back a lot, but perhaps may come back again.

Once we have levelled the area sufficiently, we may try out some of that grass.

Once we have levelled the area sufficiently, we may try out some of that synthetic grass.

Whenever we do some gardening,we do only a bit at a time. We cannot do too much in one day, otherwise we get too sore. After a couple of hours, we usually feel, that we have to stop.

7 Responses to “Uta’s Diary, September 2016”

  1. Christine J Randall September 14, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Unfortunately, chainsaws do not like dirt and grit in the chain. It blunts quickly and can be quite dangerous. It will be worth all the sore muscles, though, when done. I look out at my wilderness and tell myself I’m keeping it wild and rugged for the birds and possums. 🙂

  2. aussieian2011 September 14, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    The Camphor laurel roots must be very vigorous, and also travelers by the sound of it, it doesn’t sound like the Camphor Laurel was planted by you and Peter, hope you get all the root system out.
    Cheers.

    • auntyuta September 15, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

      That’s right, Ian. Probably some birds planted it. We never thought it would become such a huge tree. We loved to sit in its shade. Of course, the root system is not at all what you need in a small backyard close to the house. To get the whole root system out for sure requires some more hard and patient work by Peter. I hope too, that it is going to end well.

      Near these big roots you can see some bare branches from a camellia bush that we had planted and that had been growing close to the camphor laurel. We hope this camellia bush might eventually grow again. It used to have often beautiful big reddish flowers which we enjoyed a lot.

  3. gerard oosterman September 16, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    Well, with persistence, and a bit at the time, you will conquer the roots of the camphor laurel. We spread a lot of hardwood chips over the area that used to have grass. It works vey well and looks nice. I would like to put a ‘like’ on your posts but for some reason, it does not work. So, here is my ‘like’ 😉
    We bought an electric chainsaw years ago and used it once only. It did not really do much. We left it behind on our farm, dangling from a hook in the shed.

  4. auntyuta September 19, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Thanks very much for your ‘like’, Gerard. 😉
    Last Saturday Peter did get some help. A younger, very strong bloke helped him a bit along with some of the big, big roots. We’re working as much as possible on improving somewhat this whole outside area of ours. We could probably achieve more quickly a bit more if we were willing to spend a substantial amount of money on improvements. However, we’d rather save the money for a few more overseas trips. So we’re really in a bind there!
    Besides, we should leave some of the money for our funerals, shouldn’t we?

    • auntyuta September 19, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      I was curious to find out whether it makes sense to say ‘in a bind’ I looked it up in “Wiktionary, the free dictionary”:

      in a bind
      1.(idiomatic) In a difficult situation, usually of one’s own making; having a dilemma; faced with a problem or a set of problems for which there is no easy solution.

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