Halloween-style weeding

I spent a lot of time in the garden today, whipping it into shape ready for vegetable planting. While the kids scrabbled in the leaf litter looking for pill bugs to put in their newly established pillbugaterium, I filled our green waste wheely bin with armloads of weeds. Once I got into it, I was too enthused to stop, so I kept piling weeds and prunings on to the brick paving. I’m not exactly sure what I am going to do with this mountain of vegetation. Did you read The Nargun and the Stars when you were young? It’s a spooky Australian tale which has stayed with me ever since I read it when I was about 9 or so. Instead of ancient rocks which move around at night, I have a huge weed pile – which I hope stays where it is.

** Just for those who are feeling incredulous, I did add the fireflies and teeth in Photoshop.

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15 Responses

  1. Cassandra says:

    Is it my imagination(or possibly your photoshop fiddling?), or does the Weed Monster have 2 dark eyes and an open mouth with 3 pointy teeth? Either way, what a great monster, and huge garden effort!

  2. jasmine says:

    ‘The Nargun and the Stars’! You’ve thrown me into a weird vortex of semi-memory. In the back blocks of my brain there with Worzel Gummage , Catweasel and some show about a little gypsy girl called Kitty (I think). Now I’m going to have to track them all down!

  3. Hoppo Bumpo says:

    Gosh, I can definitely see a face there too. I don’t dare go near my compost bin after seeing this!

  4. melinda says:

    what an achievement.all those recipe links from the previous post have kept me not very far away from the computer for toooo long! and you know the AUD buys so little yen right now.in a way you are lucky your trip was postponed.

  5. Tamie says:

    Oh I love the weed monster, it’s adorable!

  6. Frogdancer says:

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one with huge piles of weeds waiting for the bin to be emptied. But the only eyes and teeth in ours are from the cats, when they duck under and explore.

  7. Cate says:

    hilarious! like a spooky andy goldsworthy.

  8. I so wish I could get my butt in gear to yank out a pile of weeds like that. Instead, I just sit and think about all the things I should be doing to my yard. That weed monster represents a day of very hard work. Hats off to you.

  9. Rachel Power says:

    Nargun and the Stars–yes both the book (which I still have) and the TV series loomed large in my life as a kid. Such a particular creepy atmosphere! I feel like I’ve been waiting for it to become a cult classic ever since, but it’s never quite happened…

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t see the fireflies but I really like the teeth! Hope the slaters like their new home, we always used to call them butcher boys. Nargun is a wonderful book, it made being in still, rocky country sooo excitingly spooky…

  11. Yes i remember the Nargun – but only the TV series, not the book. my family still refers to biiiig rocks as Narguns.wow, way to bring back the 80s memories! 😉

  12. Great monster! The teeth really make it spooky…GreetingsMara Zeitspieler

  13. freya says:

    OMG! Nargun & the stars! time warp, engaged.I’ll never forget that rock, 4 wheel driving over the hills…great work on the garden. i hope to have a matching pile of my own real soon.

  14. Jo says:

    Oohh! I laughed out loud when I noticed the teeth, that made my day! funny how the weeds still grow when we have had no rain.

  15. Julia says:

    One of the Sydney Festival events (January) is an adaptation of ‘The Nargun and the Stars’ http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2009/event/_item/event/THE_NARGUN_AND_THE_STARS. It looks amazing.And Dan Zanes is also playing. I remember you recommending him way back… My kids and I will be going! http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2009/event/_item/event/DAN_ZANES_AND_FRIENDSx

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