Tonight I want to share this post from 2011. It is rather timely as I have noticed that one of the consistently highest categories of our spending is ‘house and garden’. There is always something that needs doing.
This morning I went to Maleny. I had several things to do and they all cost money. I began to think about this and realised that we would have none of these expenses if we lived in the city. Mind you there would be other costs, and wild horses would not drag me back to suburbia.
I picked up our 4 new point of lay pullets, otherwise known as the new chickens. Here they are.
Then I paid for the repairs to the ride-on mower.
The Duke had managed to break a link in the steering when he last used it. We have sloping land which is scattered with volcanic rocks (boulders, actually) which are mostly submerged and other obstacles such as large tree roots. We need this mower as there is a lot of grass to keep mowed. Here is part of the backyard.
I took Psycho Dog to the vet as I had found another 2 paralysis ticks on him this morning. He had one a couple of months ago which made him quite sick but luckily this time he is not too bad. It will still cost me quite a bit for the antidote.
I have bought a new tick collar (due for one) today, also.
My final purchase for the day will be online. I am going to buy a set of dog clippers so that I can keep his coat really short as that is the only feasible way to be able to find the ticks. The cost of the set of clippers is less than one dose of tick antidote so a cost-effective purchase. Previously, a friend would clip him about every 4-5 months but because of the extreme tick season this year he needs clipping about every 3 weeks. She is no longer doing it so I have decided to do the clipping myself. He is a border collie with a thick, double-coat which makes it almost impossible to locate the ticks. We live in a tick-prone area but the ticks are particularly bad this year. Perhaps it is because of the wet summer we had last year?
This is what Psycho Dog looks like when he is clipped. I think he is quite handsome.