The CanYa Team

How to do some gardening and stay married…

Could your marriage survive this 10 tonne home improvement project?

Busy life, big dreams

I’m someone who likes to do hands on projects around the house.  I dream big, and I get started on my own steam (you know, modern woman can hammer a nail just as well as the next man, no need for hire-a-hubby or even a volunteer hubby and so forth).

Busy Mum_Multi-tasking
“Jane” of all trades, master of none

And being the working mother of 4 children, I take advantage of the few hours I have here and there to get stuck into a little juicy project, and hope like anything I can get it done before there is a chorus of ‘I’m hungrrrry!’. Unfortunately I’m not a big planner – preferring instead to do the planning as I go along (I pride myself on my multitasking!).

But SOMETIMES you need to know when to call it quits and call in someone to help.

Let me illustrate…

Pile of Rocks_Darwin
This is 10 tonnes of rocks! More help needed than these 3…

 The garden isn’t going to fix itself!

So the other day, I decided something NEEDED to be done about the verge. It was covered in weeds and debris and it was a nice sunny morning. Perfect. Hat on, shovel out, I get to attacking the weeds and scattered palm fronds. Two hours later, I have a very large pile of palm fronds on our verge.

Feeling quite satisfied I turn to catch my hubby looking at my palm frond pile with a quizzical look on his face.  “Where’s that pile going?” he asks (in a voice devoid of any hint of negativity which is a credit to him!). Hmm. I hadn’t thought about that yet and it was a rather LARGE pile.

So, where IS that pile going?

Three weeks later, after a failed attempt at finding a friend’s trailer to borrow and another failed attempt at paying my brother to get rid of it, I finally decided to find a rubbish removalist on CanYa!

With CanYa, I managed to get rid of that pile that day!

I promised my hubby I’d never do it again. He just looks at me and decides to buy a palm frond mulcher the next day. Okay. FINE.

Good idea in theory…

Problem was, now that I had de-weeded my verge, I needed to keep the weeds out. Ideas pinged and I settled on getting some rocks from through a Facebook gardening sale – low maintenance, great base for a waterwise garden. I informed my husband that some rocks were getting delivered to finish the verge and about 30 minutes later, they arrived in style. My poor hubby looked at me in quiet disbelief – to be honest I was a little shocked that ten tonnes of rock was such a HUGE pile!

Pile of Rocks_Delivery
In case you forgot how big a pile of rocks I had to deal with!

I kept up a straight face – of course I knew what ten tonnes of rock meant and of course I was going to spread it straight away. In fact “it would all be done by the end of the weekend“, I enthusiastically told my husband and the truck driver. And I pretended not to hear the truckie ask my hubby if he needed a drink. What pessimists!

Three months later, after many calluses, an ever suffering husband who I cajoled into assisting to move 2 of the 10 tonnes, a good dose of realism kicked in when I still had 3-4 tonnes of rocks left over (in a large pile in the SAME spot the palm fronds had been in!).  Sigh. Time to save my marriage and call in some gardening help from CanYa.

Completed Gardening
Worth it in the end!

 Don’t suffer, let CanYa help

I don’t know what the lesson for me is in all of this, but I do know that stubbornly trying to get a job done on your own doesn’t work – and sometimes it’s better to know when to call it quits and get some help.

Actually, it’s probably time to organise that nice CanYa babysitter Courtney again. Date night required NOW!

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