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Monday, 16 January 2017

Hiding from the Heat

Along with the rest of the country we have had some over 40 days here during the last week - (the last 2 days have been lovely at just over 30 degrees) so there is only one thing to do and that is hibernate inside under the cooler!! Not actually hibernating, just escaping - we have been on a cleaning binge - so not many photo opportunities there.


The preserving continues - tomatoes are getting sunburnt so I will be picking them green to make pickles - then I will be buying from a local farmer (whose tomatoes don't get sunburnt for some reason) - will still let some ripen for our meals.

Our chooks have continued laying despite the heat - so yesterday afternoon was a cook up. Lunches for a couple of days!! 


It is nice to be able to go to the fridge and just get something out to heat up and throw some lettuce and tomato together and there is a meal!


Karah has been home all week after spending Christmas with her dad. She went to a friends place on the weekend and came home with a yummy cake they had made - lovely with a cup of coffee after dinner last night.


She is not one to nurse newborn babies but we did manage to get her to hold Hope long enough to take a photo!


No sewing this week - a lot of cutting out and prep work done though. This is the beginning of some secret sewing. Hope to have it finished in the next couple of days and into the mail for valentines day!!

That is just about it for me  this post - a week of finishing off cleaning out rooms, some sewing and prtobably some more preserving!! What are you all up to this week??


Monday, 9 January 2017

Hope!

Six days before her due date and 'Hope Maree Naomi' is here!


Not all brand new but close enough - 6hrs old. 7lb 5oz; 49cms. Isaac is beside himself with happiness and Kita is just exhausted!


First cuddle and talk for Ma-ma


William (4 months) and Hope (6hrs) meeting for the first time!!

I woke this morning with Naomi on my mind which made for a teary morning on my part - there is always a reason she is comes to me - guess she was making sure her niece arrived safe and sound - I just didn't pick up on it!

And my FNWF sewing was just in the nick of time.

So now that everything and everyone is safe and happy and life is as it should be I have been doing some more preserving this evening. Photos on the next post!





Saturday, 7 January 2017

FNWF

The first Friday Night With Friends for 2017 was last night and I actually managed to stitch and complete!!! We have a new granddaughter due sometime in the next 2 weeks (doctor will decide when) and as I promised to buy the baby bath I thought I would do some accessories to go with it.



Face washers


Towel, face washer, and bib. No idea why the photo has cropped one side off - it was there when I saved it!!


Towel, face washer and bib.



a couple of extra face washers.


You can probably guess that mum likes Winnie The Pooh!!

We already have 6 natural grandchildren so which only 2 are girls so another little girl will be a nice change; along with our 7 step grandies we will have a total of 14 by mid January - the family is growing!!

Thank you Cheryll for hosting FNWF - why not pop over to the LINKUP and check out what everyone else got up to last night - I will be between chopping and prepping tomatoes for Passata Sauce and marinated tomatoes/onion/capsicum!!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Keeping Up The Pace!

Well here I am onto my third post of the year before the first week is done! Wonders never cease.


My first batch of tomato relish is done.



I was given some apricots (which would be the smallest I have ever been given), so I have also made some Apricot Butter - as the apricots were very ripe it hasn't thickened as well as it should have but now problem there - it still spreads nicely on buttered bread and with cream on top it is the ants pants.


 Not as sweet as jam and is pureed as well. Would go well as a topping on ice cream also.


The first of my winter food preparation. Parsnips were on special at one of our fruit and vegie shops so I have started stocking up for soups and casseroles.


This week I have Abbey staying with me. She is now eleven and a half. Today Shimika came to spend a couple of days also. They busied themselves covering paper mache boxes with fabrics and making dreamcathchers. Chips of course were needed to keep the creative juices flowing!!


I have even done something craft wise - cutting out drink bottle holders.


And pot holders also - some for gifts and some for market stalls.


Got these out which I started about 15 months ago - 2 teapot cosies - aiming to get these finished for CWA Land Craft in March; and


these potholders also for CWA Land Handcraft in March.

In November last year Griffith Branch CWA members made 36 pillowslips, 14 activity bags and 6 emergency bags for the Children's Ward at Griffith Base Hospital.


Here are Karah, myself and another member Heather with staff members when we presented them.


The activity bags had a scribble pad/or an activity pad, coloured pencils and a sharpener;


and the emergency bags had soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and tissues. Our hospital is fed by a large number of outlying towns and quite often patients are transferred and arrive with just the clothes they  have on their back - the staff were happy to have the emergency packs for these patients.

DON'T FORGET the
AUSTRALIA DAY SWAP being run by Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches - sign up closes on the 6th January so if you want show your love for our country pop over to Anthea's blog and sign up now!!





Monday, 2 January 2017

And so this is .... 2017 ..... YAY!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

May 2017 bring each and everyone of you lots of beautiful memories, lots of laughter and love, good health all through the year; and I hope that you all achieve some if not all of your goals for this year
So I thought I would share some of the 'good' start to 2017 I have found around the traps.

Rose cuttings that I planted back in September - I have lost a few but I am happy with the strike rate.

My tomato plants are starting to give us heaps of tomatoes - relish to be made tomorrow I think.

Tomato bushes are loaded - might have to make some green tomato pickles also.

Zucchini plants have started producing hopefully I can start putting some in the freezer and use some as fresh vegies.

Bean plants have surprised me - I almost never get beans, the plants usually die first!

Pears are well on their way

some of the peaches are starting to ripen.

apples on one tree

and a few on another tree


the last of the nectarines - yummo


happy to find a little bit of colours somewhere amongst the garden beds


Crepe Myrtle - always so delicate and pretty


This boy is now thirteen and a half, my how he has grown up. Lachie with the changing voice and nearly as tall as me - sounds and looks strange when he sidles up for a cuddle! Mr serious trying to ignore Ma-ma taking his photo.


I can always get the smiles though!


This pest - orphan found on the side of the road and hand reared - they needed to have her adopted because they were going away for a few weeks - so the one with softy and sucker emblazoned across her forehead said yes!! I have tried a few names on her - lamb chop, sunday roast, irish stew - she just looks at me knowing damned well she is here forever!!


Even the machinery had something good for me - a smiling boy


A fresh flower ready to burst open


another flower already open - just a quarter of an inch across!


and after 10 years - someone is making an attempt to level the driveway - maybe one year it will get finished - see I do have faith.


Good old faithful - always a bright spot in the garden.



Friday, 30 December 2016

AUSSIE DAY SWAP

Remember the Australia Day Swap that Jewells Australia Day Swap? Well with Julie's blessing Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches is running it this year.


This is the link to the sign up and information post on Anthea's Blog:
http://hibiscus-stitches.blogspot.com.au/

Closing date for signing up is the 6th January.

Let's show our love of our great country & have a good fun Aussie themed swap!



Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Best way to Spend Boxing Day!!

Christmas lunch was 10 minutes from home, at our daughter in laws mum's home - seafood lunch - so light and easy! Christmas dinner on the other hand was 3.5 hrs away - at my son's between Pretty Pine and Moulemain - hot drive for Christmas afternoon. Bbq dinner (fish, steak and snags), light salads and drinks. 
BUT........ Boxing Day lunch beats Christmas day by far this year!!
Fresh caught yabbies, cooked and eaten with salt and homemade seafood sauce as an accompaniment!! YUMMO!!!


Our son, Adam is an assistant manager on a station between Moulimein and Pretty Pine where there are some good damns. Our grandson Lachie put the yabby nets in one damn last night and collected this little haul this morning - well this is what remains after 6 of us had been eating for a while!!


Claws of the medium size ones. Big and old yabbies - haven't seen them like this since I was a child visiting my uncles farm at Tullamore. That first bite brought back a lot of childhood memories!!

It is serious business getting to the meat!! A great lunch to finish our visit.

One family member is so organised - that didn't last long when others helped themselves!!!


Cousins together for the first time - Abbey and William.


Ollie does love the blonde girls!!  Adam has been putting his hat on Ollie every time he sees him for months - this time he accepted it - 'Yeehaa' was what he said.


Lachie and Ollie having some fun together.


He did enjoy wearing that hat for a while.


Two cheeky cousins - William was a bit dubious about that camera Ma-ma had in front of her face!


This one is an observer and thinker.


Homemade gingerbread men - my favourite Christmas present!!
We had a simple but enjoyable and relaxed Christmas this year.
Now to spend some time at home and get into some gardening each morning, take more photos for more posts (the only goal I have set myself for the next 12 months is to get back into my blogging - have somissed reading what everyone is up to!!)

Merry Christmas everyone!!