Well the weekend was a glorious one to farewell my poor old boots..some people have mentioned they looked pretty good and i agree..sadly looks can be deceiving .
These boots have climbed rocks ,trees and rough terrain in my quest for good photos and in order to wrestle with the bush here..they have jumped fences and given me purchase on the ground when i have had to climb a sheeps back (don’t ask) they have stomped bits of burning bush when burn offs have gone a bit awry and waded through mud when helping out near the dam.
These boots have been at the vets with two snake bites and kicked things in anger when those bites happened. They have run after dogs…cats..and sheep.They have climbed ladders and helped me paint fences and walls.
They have been with me while i have trimmed and pruned and hacked my way through scrub,they have been in the kitchen preparing meals with me.
They have been under me while i crawl on the ground taking pics of roos they have been there while i have clipped fencing, dug rocks,weeded,watered,walked the dogs moved the sheep and hung the washing.
They have sat with me under gum trees resting my eyes and listening to the bush,they have been by bonfires watching the flames licking the black skies,they have been with me while i fell asleep with the cats in their catio.
They have helped me build gardens,catios,fences,kitchens,pulled up tiles moved soil and gravel and laid turf .
They have been on my feet while i have laughed and joked they have been on my feet when i have sung and danced in the yard,they have been on my feet when i have yelled and cried..they are my boots.
Sadly the soles are paper thin..many miles have been walked in them. They no longer support my ankles and this is a problem with the rough terrain here.
They sadly are no longer safe and yet still look beautiful..worn and with a patina only a hard working boot can have ..and so this weekend i gave them a new purpose.
I selected some sweet violas..with happy little faces and a cheery disposition i carefully filled them with the best of potting mix and planted these flowers within them.
I gave them a position where they can be not only beautiful but can watch as the new boots take over the hard yards..and they did..the start of the fencing for the veggie garden took us all weekend..i could almost hear my old boots sigh…
My new boots are good and with time will be great and also much loved..for now they are learning the ropes ..they have a long way to go..