Yesterday I did pull out the old weed mat from the shed and laid it out around the compost bins to start with. We also had a roll of galvanised wire which got cut off in not quite foot sections. These were bent in three forming a staple and were used to hold the mat down. The oldest bit of weed mat was used first cos I figured that the area around the compost bin was going to get alot more wear and wouldnt be worth putting the fresher stuff there. The odd hole got a patch put under it and stapled down. The newer stuff still on the roll was just enough to do along the existing trellis, so now we have a 'square edge' to start from to get the back mandala lined up as good as its going to get. So far so good. We had quite abit of growth on the original winter savory so this was given a hair cut and the prunings were used to edge the beds along the trellis path. I stuck the garden scissors through the weedmat to make a little hole and pushed the cuttings thru that and firmed them up. I'm pretty sure that the mat is not going to last forever but it makes me feel good to have it there, I see a newly purchased straw broom being used to sweep it clean every now and then while it does last. Hopefully by the time it needs replacing I will have come up with a more long term solution that will not cause more problems than it solves. We have been collecting the walnuts that fall from the neighbours tree andso far have got quite a haul. They arent very good for long term storage being soft shelled so we have been sharing them out amongst our friends and scoffing them like the delectable treats they are. It was time to collect the Chokos too before the frost got on them so there I was crawling through the Bears Breeches (acanthus?) and getting disengaging them from the fence. These seem to grow quite well in the long grass and I found these accidentally by almost breaking my ankle when it rolled on one. From the vine that I didnt get rid of in time I think we easily got at least 50kgs. I knew the neighbour loved them and for some reason hadnt got his to grow so I took a bucket of them over to the fence and hollered. She wasnt too happy to see them but he was delighted and after telling them afew recipe ideas to make them more tasty they swopped a bucket of Feijoas for them. They have two huge Feijoa trees and said that on thursday gave away 75 pounds of fruit just on that day and had started to run out of people to give them to. Our trees are still recovering from their haircut and are only just starting to drop their fruit. I do wonder if they are alittle slower because they are started to get shaded by the neighbours walnut tree. I was alittle bit nervous about talking to them cos they can see what is going on in our back yard and thought they would have something to say about how slightly overgrown it looks but they didnt and didnt seem to be just being polite about it either. Back to the Bears breeches. I originally grew these along the fenceline when I noticed that the wandering jewel weed didnt grow under them and at that point had neighbours who didnt care and let it grow all over the place. When I crawled in amongst them after the chokos I was expecting to find the convovulus vines all through them but apart from two there wasnt anything growing in them. I was absolutely thrilled to see that my pulling this off the fence and where ever else I saw it has started to pay off and have decided not to pull out the bears breeches from around the garden to make more room. The other neighbour on that fenceline got a butternut stuck up on a post for them to collect. I wasnt sure if they would see it as it was getting abit dark but it had gone not too long after so hopefully that will go towards keeping them appeased too.