Crazy Weed(er)

I was enjoying a chilled Sunday afternoon today when I had a funny experience I’d like to share.  I was sitting on the footpath pulling out some weeds when a man called out to me from across the road.  He was polite and friendly and said something like ‘Hello, what are you doing?’

I replied that I was weeding, and that it was a ‘good steady job’.  We exchanged a few more pleasantries, then he went on his way.

This is not the first time someone has asked me what I was doing whilst weeding the nature strip.  And a lot of people who are driving by slow down to see what is going on too.

It got me to thinking – what do they think I am doing ?!?  I might be getting a reputation for myself as the ‘crazy lady from the old house’ who likes to sit outside on her footpath and play in the dirt !!!

I guess it must be a strange sight, one doesn’t see people pulling out weeds by hand much anymore.  I like it, it’s very grounding (sorry couldn’t resist that pun!) and it’s lovely to get out into the fresh air.  Also I don’t like to use chemicals when it can be avoided – I would feel terrible if an animal were to get sick from eating grass that we’d poisoned – and the chemicals can run off into the stormwater and cause more issues in the waterways.

Anyway enough ranting, below are some pics (very exciting ones I’m sure you’ll agree!!)

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The results of about an hour’s digging (various garden variety weeds within)  I was rather proud of this effort, it’s a fair sized bag and most of them I managed to extract with the roots on.

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My trusty digging fork – note the worn handle & uneven tines from unconventional but effective digging style 😉

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