Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
KIDS!! Ya got to love them.
Have a great weekend everybody I 'm off to here....
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Well these are the photos of those seedlings only 1 week later. Boy do they love growing in these tubs, I think I will be growing them here all the time now.
Yeh I know I'm late posting them, but blogger wasn't being kind to me and wouldn't let me load the pictures. Even now it has loaded the photo above sideways despite my many attempts and some Choice! words directed towards blogger to right it.
Meaning no that frypan in the first picture really isn't defying gravity. Oh and in case you are actually even wondering what I do have a frypan in my garden for, it is filled with water for my Guinea Pigs that run loose throughout my garden.
The tubs I have them planted in are actually old concrete Wash(Laundry) Troughs that people were throwing out of an old house they were renovating. So in keeping with my recycling, frugal living philosophies they were of course destined to come live with me. A lick of old green paint some potting mix mixed with Organic Booster & Compost and there you go herbs near my back door.
Anyway today I am going to make some fresh Pesto with all that Basil I have growing (Yummy)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I have been looking at Mincer's this year in all the kitchen shops, most are around the $150.00 mark for one with any quality about it, but yet they are still not as heavy as this. I mean this thing literally weighs a ton. I hope I never drop it on my toe although I would probably have a hole in the floor to!!
I have scrubbed & scalded & then scrubbed & scalded again. I then soaked it in Olive Oil.
It has come up pretty good, so next time my local IGA has Rump Steak on special I will try my hand at making my own Mince(Ground Beef). In my area Mince ranges in price from $4.99kg(I would only use this for pet mince) TO $13.99kg for premium. The IGA has Rump Steak regularly on special for $5.99kg but at least I will have the advantage that I know what is in it eg-Preservative Free. Also it is common knowledge in Australia, among people in the trade that water is added to the mince to make it weigh more.
Mmm I would rather pay for wine than water!!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Oopsey has been very safely closeted up over at the SILVER SEWER'S in England while their postage strike has been on, but now that has lifted she will be heading back to her home down under & visiting Joolz's blog SIMPLY JOOLZ .
While we are on the subject of Oopsey I must thank MARGARET's RAMBLINGS for taking care of her while I was sick.
A big thank you to the DECADENT HOUSEWIFE who made some clothes for her to continue her round the world holiday & for the Howling good postcard she sent me. Thanks Decadent Housewife it was such a nice surprise to get a postcard all the way from Canada.
Pop on over to the Silver Sewers & you will be able to see where Oopsey has visited for the last while & don't forget to keep an eye on Joolz's blog to see what Oopsey gets up to next.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Have you started your Christmas preparations yet?? I have just started, yesterday I wrapped some presents and went through my Present Pantry to see what I could gift out of there. I collect things all year for my Present Pantry, always good for last minute presents & parties. Usually I try to buy things on sale & put them away.
I am feeling a little tried and run down today but I think it's only a case of having a busy week with lots of late nights, anyway I hope that's all it is not me getting sick again. We have had some thing on every night this week- Presentation Night, Art Night, Drama Night, Army Cadets, Football and of course when your out every night you don't have a proper evening meal. I'm not a big daytime eater so I must have a good dinner, besides we miss having a good catch up around the table.
Did any of you Aussies have a bet on the Melbourne Cup?? I backed the winning horse "SHOCKING" but despite working in the racing industry for many years I am the last of the big spenders(not) when it comes to backing horses, but never the less $68 was a good little return for me.
I had 2 young foxes get into the chook pen. DS forgot to shut the door. I lost 3 hens & the rooster, another hen that they had started on before I went running down the back screaming(must have looked a sight in my pj's and work boots) is recovering with a bit of TLC. I have had to separate her as the other hens were picking at her wounds. Aren't chooks cruel even to their own. It's so true what they say. They really are cannibalistic.
During the week I moved my herbs into these tubs. With not much water it will be easier to look after them. I planted some new Parsley & Basil as the others had gone to seed and then moved my Mint, Comfrey, Aloe Vera, & Spice Plant. These ones will be easier to control now their in a tub as they tend to go wild and take over everything. Herbs are so dear to buy from the supermarket couldn't believe the prices when I had a look last week. It costs nothing to grow a few herbs, always fresh when you need them not wilted, limp & dying like the poor ones in the shop. How they ever have any flavour beats me if I had use them I'd rather use dried herbs.
Anyway I planted these out at the beginning of the week & gee they have grown so much already. I will have to take another photo to show you just how much!!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
These 2 lovelies cost me a grand total of $1.50 & while they are not in the best of condition they have come up not to bad with a little TLC.
I will wash them again and add some borax to the water as this can help restore softness.
(2 Tbsp per 10L water)
I usually make my own Wool Wash here is the recipe-
4 Cups of Pure Soap Flakes
(I grate sunlight soap but if you want to you can just buy a box of Lux Flakes)
1 Cup of Methylated Spirits
2 Tbsp. of Eucalyptus Oil
Combine & store in an airtight container. I usually use about 2 Tbsp. dissolved in hot water then added to the cold water in my laundry tub.
Here is another recipe for Wool Wash that someone gave me. I haven't had the chance to make it yet as I still have some of my usual homemade wool wash left. So I can't vouch for it, sounds nice though. I love the smell of Lavender on fresh laundry.
If anybody has tried it let me know what it's like???
LAVENDER WOOL WASH
4 Teaspoons Dried Lavender
1Litre boiling water
500g of Pure Soap
(Once again I guess you could use Lux Pure Soap Flakes but I will grate & use Sunlight Soap) It really is much more economical to grate your own.
1 Tablespoon Borax
Steep the Lavender in boiling water overnight. The next morning strain it through some muslin. ( When things call for this I just use a large men's hankie) Retain the Lavender Water.
Combine the grated soap, Lavender water and borax in a saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until blended. Remove from heat. This will cool to a soft white jelly. Store in a jar & seal.
You will need 1/2 cup of this to hand wash woollens or 2-3 cups in a washing machine to wash blankets.
That's all for now, time to get down off my soapbox LOL!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
A family of Magpies
Sorry no photos of the birds they were all to quick for me hurrying around the garden doing their morning rituals, but here is some photos of our resident Bearded Dragon, isn't he/she(does anyone know how to tell the diff) awesome.
He is so quiet -as you can see from the close-up photo. Still gives me the fright of my life sometimes when I don't see him & nearly step on him only to have him scurry off at the last moment. We once had a few Bearded Dragons around the garden but at the moment there only seems to be the one. I do hope the others come back. We have so much development around our town at the moment the wildlife seems to be diminishing. It's not the sleepy country town it once was.
I am trying more then ever to create a safe refuge now days and the appearance of the Blue Crane & the Storm bird, 2 birds I have never seen in my garden before have heightened that.
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday
Thursday, October 22, 2009
After being sick I am now a good advocate for kidney health, did you know you can lose 90%use of your kidneys before realizing it, but by then you are already up s#*! creek- without the paddle of course.
Thank you so much to everybody who has left me kind & thoughtful messages, thank you also to all my loyal followers who are still following me despite the fact I haven't blogged for so long. I hope to be able to catch up on every ones blogs over the next week or so. It is interesting to see I have still have had quite a bit of traffic at my blog despite the fact I haven't been posting. Maybe just passing through on the way to another blog. Who Knows!!
Lastly my sincere apologies to Margaret at Margaret's Ramblings she hosted Oopsey for me and I never got to do a post for her as I was right in the middle of my treatment. Where is the little bear right now?? Does anyone have a clue?? I have received no comments saying she is over at someones blog. Will have to try & track her, the kids have been asking & asking.
Thank you so much the world of blogging truly is a wonderful place.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Of course if you make your own the taste will probably be superior, but if you are in a hurry with guests coming for dinner and need something for a scrumptious dessert the preparation time for this tart is only about 10Min's with a prepared flan.
2 Eggs lightly beaten
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Since getting back I have been surfing around trying to catch up on a few blogs. Thank you to all that leave me such lovely comments -even when I'm not blogging regularly. I love getting comments it really makes my day.
I am a bit disappointed about missing out on sitting around "The Biggest Kitchen Table" with Rhonda at her blog Down to Earth. I have read back on her posts and will still probably follow through and do my own audit over the next week or so.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I finally got a day at home that was dry enough to pick them!! What's even better than that is the fact that they got a frost on them last week, so this should ensure they have a good shelf life.
I haven't planted any Pumpkin, Luffa, or Gourd seeds in years. Every year they just seem to self sow themselves and there they are back again the next year. This spring I will be planting some pumpkin seeds though as I would like some different varieties.
Last night we had yummy Pumpkin Soup for dinner. The soup my family like best is when I make it with Coconut Cream and Red Curry Paste. We also had homemade Garlic Bread to accompany. I had made quite alot of Garlic Bread a few weeks ago and frozen it. Even better than our homemade Pumpkin Soup & Garlic Bread was my families company at the table and last night believe me they were in fine form. I think they are very very excited with the School Hols starting tomorrow and the fact that we may be in for a visit from Soldier Boy sometime next week. YIPPEEE!!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
And stand over one of the heating vents.... Mmmmm blows lovely warm air up your shirt. So I am told. Personally I didn't try it myself, I was wearing a dress and didn't want to do a Marilyn Monroe reenactment.
I wanted to go on the big sky wheel at South Bank Brisbane, but nobody would go on with me bunch of scardee cats. You can see Emerald standing in the foreground of the photo. I thought it would be good to see the city lights from up high and maybe take some good photos. The sky wheel stands about 60 metres high, weighs 350 tonnes and has about 46 fully enclosed climate controlled capsules that they call of all things "Gondola's". Apparently the views are fantastic as it is right next to the river.
Anyone been on it??
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Just walked into my sons bedroom to see what he was up to.....
I can't think of a better way to spend the Queens Birthday Holiday then curled up on your bed with the warm winter sun streaming in on you. Of course cats always know the best place to be and "Jayden Victor" is no exception.
I'm surprised though that he has even changed out of his PJ's. Lane that is not the cat!! LOL... but I will not be the least surprised if the bed doesn't get made today. Care Factor.. NONE.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The kids all love going back to there roots, catching up with the kids they grew up with and making you realize as you watch them hanging out together how much they really all have grown.
This is one of the only times the kids have been out to Roma and not visited their Daddy's grave. In fact they didn't even ask to. I have been puzzling over this for days since we have got back but have not said anything to them. They know what they want to do and for me to say anything may make them feel as if they should or have to. I have always let the kids lead the way here -talk if they want to or not if they don't. I think this has been the best way. What do others think??
See the photo above doesn't she look so "at home"
It just goes to show you can take a girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl. DD declared to me that she would love to go back to her old school St Johns to finish her senior year.
Mmmm I swear the Ute never used to be THAT full of kids -They really have grown. Seems like there is more toy dogs and less working dogs as well now or maybe it's just a new breed.
Hope all my Aussie readers are enjoying their long weekend.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I hope you all like it and will leave her a comment.....Thank you!!
This poem I wrote, and hopefully it will give people the inspiration to live life to the fullest.
"Something to read everyday
Something to make you smile
Something to say when you’re sad
Or just every once in a while
Or maybe it’s for when you cry
You’ll always remember these lyrics
This poem you’ll remember til you die
Times you’ll never forget
Places you’ll see and go
And sometimes you’ll have regrets.
Things you’ll want to take back
But that’s how your life was suppose to be
And that’s a matter of fact
One day you’ll remember the things you’ve done
And the adventures that you’ve had
Always remember the good times
Smile and don’t get mad."
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Stanley River flows into Somerset.