Two weeks with my family in Holland flew by… And the goodbyes are never easy…
Neither was the trip back! After a monster 24-hour journey, we made it home in one piece late on Sunday afternoon.
Steven and I looked at each other when we drove over the bridge. Home! And Kruger, our beloved back yard, was looking so lush and green! The Crocodile River had picked up and was flowing beautifully; the grass had grown tall in the time we were away!
By the time we brought all our luggage inside, it was completely dark. We had to take Alex for his first day of grade RR in the morning, so I could only check what our garden looked like when we got back and Jack was in bed. Our poor little one was still exhausted from keeping everyone awake during the flight…;-)
A lot happened in our Kruger garden during our absence. For starters, our rain gauge had 55 mm in it! Which explains the green abundance all around. Not just in the park itself, but in our garden too! The wild grass and paper thorns sprouted all over and grew to about knee length in the two weeks we were away! It is going to be a massive job to get rid of all that before we can start to plant grass. Luckily we found a good gardener to help us with that!
And then I checked the rest of the garden. Well, well, well… What can I say…but:
My veggie patch is a big mess… All my onions are gone, so is most of the spinach and the cauliflower. The paprika plants took a bit of a knock when the potato plants fell on them, but luckily most of those are intact. I pulled the potato plants out and actually got a small harvest of baby potatoes as a consolation prize!
From what our neighbor’s son tells us a small breeding herd broke through the fence between our two gardens. By the looks of it, they went to town feasting on the veggies and succulents I so carefully planted and nurtured. I am convinced the elephants that we see around the house often just knew we were away! And they took full advantage of that knowledge.
Look, I knew when I started my vegetable garden that there would be a chance none of my veggies would actually make it onto our plates: A calculated risk especially in the dry season. But all around us, there is more than enough to eat for them now. Fresh green grass, juicy leaves, flowers with big bulbs underneath. So them coming in and pulling out my decorative grass was totally unnecessary if you ask me. They did not even eat it! Bad ellies. We are going to have to have a bit of a chat. And next time we go away, we will have to have some countermeasures in place;-)
Anyway, onwards and upwards from here I guess. Let’s get the fence fixed (again) and continue with the garden and the veggies. A dear friend gave me a whole array of seeds I am going to plant soon and we will go from there.
And tonight, we will have potatoes for dinner; Potatoes from our own Kruger garden. Harvested from the red soil I mixed with elephant dung as fertilizer. Thát to me is freaking cool!!