Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hanging out to Dry...


Welcome Sunshine...We are ALL happy to have you back...

 
 The warmth of the sun has been missed this last week with bucket loads of rain falling day and night....however I must add that the rain and cool air has certainly brought with it a different feel to the Christmas break this year, it makes a nice change from our usual hot and sticky December. Everything around here is  wet and slushy, parts of my garden are waterlogged other areas flourishing...We are lucky to live on a steady slope so we have no major water problem areas, our biggest disaster would have to be the chook coop...My girls are drenched and it will take weeks for their coop to dry out...and the smell...just like a muddy ol pig pen! Pew!  They are extremely happy today to be out in the sun for a bit of drying time...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Weather for ducks....

 
 

But not for chooks ....

My poor little chookies......all wet and soggy...not a patch of dry ground left to stand on, even the new straw is soaked. 


Hubby has decided to extend the chook coop so If we can can that done in a few days time then we might get some higher, dryer ground ready for the rain predicted again next week...

and that was Christmas.......2010

 If Christmas makes you happy clap your hands..
If Christmas makes you happy clap your hands..
Christmas time comes once a year,
everyone is filled with cheer
Santa's coming everyone so clap your hands..
If your happy and you know it and you really want to show it
clap your hands and sing a Christmas song with me...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Are you sure there is only 4 sleeps till Christmas....???



My list of "Things to Do " is slowly getting done...

So much Baking....So little Blogging.....

This year I am hosting Christmas...It's all so very exciting, we have always traveled away to family but not this year.
We've put out our invites and the family are all on there way to our place...
At least the kids are ready!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

The heart of my home...

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!
STAY TUNED FOR THE RENO  
COMING SOON
Today I am linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter , 'Pretty over the Kitchen Sink'
Leila writes the most amazing posts about keeping house, all things important in the home and also offers some great advice on raising children. Please allow yourself sometime to read her blog.
I have been waiting for the right moment to do a kitchen post and well I guess it just falls right into place now.

My kitchen is small but practical...... Oven on the left, sink in the middle, dishwasher to the right and fridge just an arms length behind me. It is by far my most favourite room in the house.  It is situated right Smack Bang in the middle of my house and adjoins our main living area.

My day starts and ends here....
  • Good Morning Kisses with my husband
  • Lunchboxes made and packed for my school children
  • Lunchbox and thermos made and packed for Hubby
  • Breakfast prepared for the little ones
  • Dishes Done
  • Coffee time...
  • Fruit time...
  • Lunchtime...
  • Bottle time...
  • Coffee time...
  • Dinner Meal preparation time...
  • Dishes Done...
  • Afternoon tea time...
  • Coffee time...
  • Babies dinner time...
  • Final Dinner Meal served...
  • Dishes Done
  • At least once a week I also Bake.... 
  • I also keep all my daily "To Do" list on the Fridge, my calender, my shopping list and all my school notes... 
  • This is  the place where my children come to talk to me, cook with me, spend time with me.
  • It is the last room I leave when I go out as I grab last minute food and water for the little ones, 
  • It's the first room I enter when I get home,  usually to put the kettle on ready for my next coffee...  


The Old Wood Stove... now my fruit bowl shelf and potato keeper
Centre stage, not the most practical item to be sitting in the middle of my living room but the favourite of my collection...


My Kitchen is a very busy but organised place.....

 I also love that this place is now home to my collection of old kitchen utensils and wares...I  wonder what the story is behind each and everyone of these pieces, what kind of kitchen did they originally came from...?

Friday, December 10, 2010

The result...

 Thick Creamy Curds
with Texture and Flavour...


and Colour...

and the Whey tastes like buttermilk....
Dear Santa,  Pleeeease can I have a Cow for Christmas :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Farm Fresh

Milk....

I still dream about having a Milking Cow, a  little milking shed down the back by the chooks....
But in the meantime I have a  friend who has a friend who has a dairy....and I got 10 litres delivered today. 
Yum!  
My mother was raised on a dairy farm. I'm sure my mother  would probably rather forget having to get up at 5am to milk the cows, (then peddle 20 km on her bike to school) then have to do it all again in the afternoon...you know the story......

It was this farm that has given me some of the most  cherished and memorable moments of my childhood.  By the time my cousins and I started hanging out on the farm in the school holidays, my grandfather had passed away, and the days of the working dairy were long gone, however we were still lucky enough to have my Nana, and Fresh Milk from a couple of house cows that my uncle milked. We had fresh (sometimes even still warm) milk on our cereal for breakfast, and when we were thirsty we poured ourselves a glass of cold milk...I remember Nana saying "make sure you shake it up first" as the cream would sit on the top. That was my favourite part, I never did shake that bottle.
Its been nice to sit here, drink my glass of milk and take a long pleasurable walk back down memory lane....
Hubby tells me he was also raised on fresh milk, growing up on a remote property in New South Wales, it either had to be farm fresh or powdered...He is such a big strong man now!

Now, back to work...in the time I have taken to write this post, myself and the kids have already guzzled down 2 litres! So, that leaves me with 2 litres more to drink tomorrow and 6 litres to make my cheese, just enough.  I have heard that the cheese made with raw milk adds an extra depth and flavour, so this I soon shall see....

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


 Rudolf with your nose so bright...won't you guide my sleigh tonight....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Two more hungry mouths to feed




I found these two on the weekend at the Markets, I just had to have them!  They are PekinX and have the most adorable little fluffy feet. Don't know yet if they are rooster or hen but am hoping to breed a few more little fluffy feet's around here...
When I first bought them home I put them in a closed off area of the coop I keep for mummy's and chicks
'The Maternity Ward'

My Speckled Hen was not impressed! They immediately identified her as mum and started nuzzling in to get a little bit cosy. 
 Mum had other ideas about this though...
She already had 7 chicks to take care of and the thought of an extra two must have really freaked her out...She got a little upset with the fluffy feet's treading on her turf...Not a Happy Mama.
Not that you could tell by these photos...
Just like the best of  us mums she’s really trying to LOOK like she’s got it together!!!
Poor little dears,  I quickly moved them...
They now have a new temporary home with the Quails,
just until they are old enough to hold their own in the coop.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I've been bitten by the craft bug!!!

I have always admired people who work with a needle. There are so many lovely things to make.... but who's got the time to do it...? Isn't it something grandma does because she has nothing else to do!  It's also much easier, quicker and usually cheaper to pop out to the shops and just buy it. Time to weigh it all Up! It's just like growing your own veges really, handmade  is so much better for you. It makes you happy and it makes you appreciate life more.Who doesn't appreciate the time and effort a loved one has put into creating something uniquely just for you. Crafting is a way to portray and communicate feelings and emotions.  I find it challenging, therapeutic and very fulfilling.... all this said, apart from dabbling as a child, my first experience and an ongoing project so far is sewing 125 felt pockets for my children's new Christmas advent calenders.


THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU to my beloved cousin ,  you are such an inspiration and I thank you immensely for my new found appreciation for "Craft".  My cousin (I will call her Mrs Moo) has inspired me throughout my life with her creativity, open-mindedness, persistence, direction and her deep generosity.  She is a better than brilliant cook, a talented designer, and an extraordinary mum.  PLUS she writes a really Great Blog!!! Thank you for always being there.....

When Mrs Moo turned up with this rabbit/dolly for my Annabel for her 4th birthday I was so touched.  I couldn't believe that she was sewing in her spare time, as I entered her world and explored her passions I suddenly realised how achievable and gratifying it was to DO IT  YOURSELF!!!  I started asking myself, why don't I just make that? What a door that opened...lists and lists of things I can make in my sparetime!!??!!??!!??!!??.....................!!??


I attended a craft night last week with her local craft group, WOW, something different...it wasn't a bunch of granny's sitting down knitting and drinking tea but in fact a group of rather trendy and clever  mums and like minded friends, knitting, sewing dollies, cutting out  patterns, more knitting, making paper flowers, and me stitching my felt pockets...and of course, there was drinking tea. One of the other crafters asked us if our whole family was crafty?   Ooohh...I'm not crafty, I thought to myself, but as we reflected back on our childhood and our mothers and our grandmother, yeah.....it's in our blood.
So off I went to Playgroup this week, with my craft basket in hand and taught all the mums to make a very simple stuffed felt Christmas bauble.They thought I'd gone nuts (we usually do kids collage, finger painting and playdough). But soon they were into it... while the children were happily decorating and eating freshly made gingerbread -thanks to one of the other talented mums, they were off stitching and stuffing and glueing and dabbing, smiling away and how proud they all were of their designs and stitches.... and I bet they hang them on the Christmas tree every year and think back to the day that they were made..........with love.

Looks like there is going to be lots of fun Crafting done in our house from now on...


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Today we are celebrating my eldest daughters 11th birthday.
It wasn't party year this year but she still managed to talk me into a
two friend sleepover...
With hubby still away and Sam off with his Poppy for the weekend, it was a
 "Girls Night In"
Twister, Nachos, DVD's and Chocolate! 
Jessica's birthday has always been an extra special day for me, she shares her birthday with my Nana.
My dear Nan's passed away now but I know she is here with us today, as she is everyday....
Happy birthday to these very special ladies in my life.  XO

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whats been happening in my Garden this week...


 
 The last of my Gooseberries are finally ripening up, I have had so many bugs in these babies we've not been able to enjoy many this season.

 
Some of my Parsley is starting to seed but it is just as luscious as ever....



 Rocket  - this has taken off and growing full speed ahead
(is this why they call it rocket?)
I'm sure It only sprouted up about 2 weeks ago...
This will spice up my salads, baby rocket ready to pick and eat tonight!


Cucumbers are flowering and climbing up to visit my Capsicums



Should have another bunch of ripe raspberries by the end of this week.
Did you notice...we have six more.
I'll just have to share mine with hubby...



Dill is growing particularly well and will make a nice garnish and sauce with our prawns on our
Christmas Lunch Table.


Coriander not doing so well....maybe it doesn't like living next to the dills....??



I have thinned out and replanted  some of my  tomato seedlings, and this time I have fenced them off with chicken wire stop the  chooks digging and scratching them up again...Tomato plants are popping up everywhere at the moment, I should try and just leave them grow as they are instead of moving them, they never survive once I've unsettled there roots....


And finally, I have collected a bunch of nasturtium seeds from under the old bushes, they get pretty scraggly after a while and need a good tidy up so I'll be pulling these out next week and planting a few new ones around the place.
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