Its definitely spring again.Nanas plum tree in the front yard has flowered not once but twice.I havent seen it do that before.The first flowering was gorgeous then in amongst the new leaves I saw a few more flowers.So far the budding fruit seem to be staying put so maybe this tree will have a glut this year. The plum in the courtyard has just finished flowering and the new Black plum that got planted last year is just starting. The bluebells are out and the violets are beginning to fade. I have been pondering what goals really need to happen this year and have decided that the water tank is a must,along with redoing the gutters, which probably should have been done last year. One idea that a friend told us that we would not have thought of, is to put a T join at the bottom of the down pipe from the house to drain the water that will sit and stagnate. Because the tank cant sit right next to the house and have a straight pipe to it off the roof;the pipe has to go down, then along below ground then up to the tank.Meaning that this will have water sitting. Originally they didnt do this and found that when they had their first rain after summer the water was rotten and infected the whole tank which had to be drained. Ideally the tank should be right by the house,but there isnt any room to do that. Unless we can come up with a way to support the pipe to the tank so it Can go straight in. The other thing I really want to get done this year is to remove all mums roses out of the front garden.They werent really a problem when the apple tree was little and not fruiting that much, but it has grown and they now make it quite differcult to reach the fruit on that side. There is one of mine in there that has to be moved to a more shadey spot.I got this from a friend and named it after her.In hot late springs it has trouble forming its flowers properly.Its a purple sweetly scented rose with flowers that form in 4 quarters rather than round a central point like the others do. I moved the cherry tree out from where I planted it last year into a large tub. Luckily, it was still asleep when I did this and the root ball hadnt grown too big. Its been about a week now and the buds are just starting to wake up, so I think it got moved in good time. Where I want to put the water tank is right in front of where this was and I was worried that it would be damaged in the process.The idea is to replant it near the tank so we can stand on the tank to get to the cherries and if needed make it easier to net the tree. The new cheese season has been going really well. I got some different types of cultures to try out.I hadnt realised that there were two types that produced a white mold cheese so I got that along with the one that produces a red mold that is used when you brine wash the cheeses. I had my first go at doing this last week and so far it is looking ok.Actually the cheese itself is better formed than the earlier ones and hasnt got a saggy curved side. I had a go at making some soft lunch sized cheeses also with this new white mold but is too early to tell if its working or not. I wanted to make the other cheeses at 1kg or less and have found that 8 litres of milk makes just over 1kg.So when it dries out abit it should be about right. I have been eyeing up the fenceline next to the back gate as a good spot to build a leantoo wood store.This would deal with afew differculties. -The brushwood I put on to top the existing fence is now old and sagging and looking like shit.I have started to remove it but have found that the chooks now realise that they can get over into the neighbours,not that they do this alot, but They just cant be allowed to. -Having the wood stored here means that when it is delivered, it comes off the trailer straight into the leantoo, so not so much lugging wood around.It doesnt take much to go afew extra metres to bring it inside when its needed.We would basically get out of the truck, pick up the nights wood and tke it inside with us when we get home. We get our privacy back again and utilise a spot that isnt being used for anything. The extra mass along here should cut alittle more of any annoying noise from the rooster.The neighbours house is slightly down hill from us which should help. (hehe, the woodshed used to be the old original laundry so its quite roomy with a 3 metre stud-unfortunately it no longer has the copper laundry tub in it...but somewhere to make and store my cheese, once the walls and ceiling have been lined?) The East wall has a concrete wall 2/3rds the height of the wall and below ground on this side.The south wall has the neighbours fence 2 feet away and their large lemon tree shading it from some sun, the house blocks alot of the afternoon sun, so it shouldnt get too hot and with an existing window in the back wall that could be turned into a cold safe quite easily. I had thought of doing away with the metal garden shed and putting the tools etc in here,but I can see this just being filled up with Stuff and not being utilised properly. Have to say though, that where the garden shed is would be a good spot for a greenhouse. Because the dome is stuck on the one spot I have continued to let the chooks out all day everyday.I was going to move it back over the part of the garden in reverse, but with these really nasty winds we have had spring up,I havent dared to.The sailcover is tied in two spots, one at the trellis and the other on the back fence, with the third corner pegged down with a thin pipe stuck out at an angle so it doesnt slide up the pipe and come off and so far everything has stayed put quite nicely. When my daughter came to stay, I mentioned that I have always wanted a pizza oven/outdoor kitchen.She tells me her hubby is very keen to help build this, so now we need to find out exactly what sort, size, shape etc... would suit. Anybody have an outdoor kitcheny thing going in their back yard?