We still have had no decent rain and pests like Passion vine hoppers are thriving.They excrete honeydew seen here as wet sticky blobs. Sooty mould then grows on the honeydew. Nothing will get it off and it makes the fruit into rejects.( the fruit in the photo (click to enlarge ) are the correct shape etc and I pulled them off just one plant. There is very little we are allowed to do ( that is effective ). We had a pyGanic spray a few days ago and then a lactic acid ( clean up spray ) to see if any of the honeydew would wash off. ....not really ) Today we got a new heavyduty dust buster and I am doing the edges of blocks with that. It does suck them up but the battery soon runs down and it takes lots of time and patience. But I have to try something.
I am still picking this many every second day. R is picking loads of big red tomatoes too. We have cucumbers and courgettes and lettuce still doing well. I have let the broccoli got to seed - too many pests on it. It is attracting white butterflies.
Over the weekend my sister and partner were here. They can't walk far so we went driving all around the neighbourhood. We were taken by surprise how much new development there was. Here are some sights we saw.
A new pontoon in the inner harbour where folk were fishing.
The Mt. is in the distance.
Here are some attractively coloured hydrangeas being grown under shade cover for the export market.
This is lying in the carport till next Wednesday when a builder is going to take out the old door and frame and put this new one in. Our new backdoor, with some blue glass.
I am having the afternoon off as I am going to a friend's Birthday Party at 6 pm and it's VERY hot and I usually work till 5.50 each evening. The boss ( me ) said it was okay.