Or rather, re-reading, this book for the I-don't-know-how-many-eth time, since 2007 (when I got it in the mail, signed and dated by the author!)
Full of images and wonderful stories from gardens on properties around western Queensland, whenever I go back and re-discover this book I am again given lots of ideas and inspiration for my own garden. While I don't have hectares, I do have a large space, with the problems of bore water, and challenging soil types, as well as differing weather conditions to contend with.
If only I had a bobcat or my own little personal tractor and trailer to play with - but one of the challenges of living "in town" is that I can't just duck down the cattle yards for a load of manure when I want some, like I would if I lived out of town. I have to wait, and plead, and go through complex negotiations with The Husband to bring home my requirements.
However, I am quite pleased with the very recent, albeit temporary, acquirement of a little trailer that goes behind my beloved John Deere mower, which makes the moving of mulch, and tree trimmings etc much easier (it holds around three wheelbarrow loads).
So, I am slowly reading my way back through this book, savouring each individual story (each garden has its own little tale) and re-examining the photos for ideas to solve my current gardening dilemmas...
Perhaps you will see some fruits of my labours soon, perhaps not. It depends on the outcomes of some complicated negotiations!