We've been living here for exactly 6 weeks - but I still feel as though I'm on holiday. Being able to see the sea from the kitchen window is what does it I think. As well as the view being across the gigantic park on the other side of the back fence. As for the house ..... We've planted 4 of the umpty trees we ordered. Those are the 3 avocadoes in the soil and 1 cumquat in a pot. Still patiently waiting for their turn are ... deep breath .... nectarine, cherry, early white peach, late golden peach, blood plum, 3 pears, kiwifruit (male and female), 3 kinds of berries- loganberry, marionberry, blackberry thornless, yes! (+ another thing I've never heard of, jostaberry, already in its pot), jaboticaba, lemon, grapefruit - it's a bit late in the season so the other citrus were sold out - have to wait to be ordered in the next batch. That'll be 3 oranges, lemonade, blood orange, another cumquat - the sort you can eat skin and all straight off the tree. Maybe a Meyer lemon for a pot in the backyard. Ademan wants a mulberry and the daughters want us to plant a fig tree. We've got 2 whole wine barrels to cut into 4 large permanent pots for citrus and a couple of other things. Ademan rang up about ordering posts for trellis to espalier trees onto. His preference turned out to be nearly $100 per post !! So he's rethinking while he's chopping down and shredding some of the hideous oleander and other monstrosities to be replaced by fruit trees. The neighbour gives one of those knowing nods when she describes the previous owner as 'not much of a gardener'. But the strawberries already have beautiful babies growing. Soon have to cover them. The only real problem is that the garden will be wrapped up like mummies for half the year. The uncountable birds in the park will get all the fruit otherwise. At least we still have magpies, not outside the door as they were at the other house, but across the road murmuring to each other in the middle of the night. No kookaburras though. And snails!!!! Never, ever saw a snail at our other house. The various families of lizards kept the populations down to the invisible level. Might have to build one of those stone 'hotels' to encourage a few bluetongues or stumpies. Back to fig trees. I love figs, but I loathe the stinky, loathsome smell of the trees. Anyone know if that can be controlled?