Swings and roundabouts

It’s been a week of mixed blessings at Chez Fork. Today we received a totally unexpected package from one of TB’s family in Adelaide. It is a wonderful selection of cured meat products, metwursts, bacon and fritz (or devon if you’re from NSW), which came from Linke’s Butchery, in Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. All these items are made on the premises and we know from past forays they taste very good.

A 'care package' of Linke's cured meat products.
A ‘care package’ of Linke’s cured meat products.

We were really thrilled and got straight into eating the fritz with our lunch. There could be bacon on the menu this Sunday morning I think.

On the not so good side we have just found out that we have a termite infestation in our house. The treatment to get ride of the termites will start next week. Thankfully the treatment is by baits in closed containers so our land will not run the risk of contamination which was a problem when spraying was the standard treatment, not all that long ago.

One unexpected result of this discovery is that we cannot continue with the regeneration of our front garden bed which was started just two weeks ago. It turns out that if we disturb the termites they may retreat to their home nest and that will nullify the baiting process.

Garden work with local magpies
Garden work with local magpies

The termite-chewed woodwork (the posts and planks in the photo above) went before we found out we had a problem with an active termite nest.

Our 20 year old Lomandra half way through pruning before it was moved to another part of the garden.
Our 20 year old Lomandra half way through pruning before it was moved to another part of the garden.

It will take at least a month, possibly two before we will know whether the termite treatment has worked. Until then we’ll just have to stick to working in the back garden well away from the house.

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