Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weekly Catchup - The Heat has arrived!

 As I mentioned in my last post, we went to the agricultural show at Kimba last Saturday. Here are a few pics from the day. 

It was very warm and I got sunburned.  I was not happy about that, but it was my own fault.  I had a wide brimmed hat on, but it wasn't enough. 

Here is our grandson riding in an event. He did well again, with eight firsts, three seconds, three thirds and Champion ridden riding pony.

These old cars were on display. The two in the middle belong to my dad.

My dad instructing hubby on how to drive this old T Model car.  

The kids were having great fun with these...

We watched the shearing competition, lots of hard yakka going on here.

Sitting down to lunch under the big top tent.

Mum bought me some of these seeds, the proceeds go to the Royal Flying Doctors. 
I am curious about the cucumber seeds, I have not seen them before.

Then on Sunday we got out of bed early and went to an auction at Murraytown.
This was the lovely wheat crop right where we pulled up.

 Hurry, hurry lets get a ticket...

I love days like this.  We used to go to auctions and garage sales regularly, we really must start doing this again as it is so much fun.  Once again it was quite warm, but I wore sunscreen this time J
We came home with a few things. 

 Five dollars for this egg basket.

 Hubby bought this old bread tin for twenty two dollars.  
I have wanted one of these forever but they are so expensive in the antique shops.  I couldn't believe we got it so cheap...

These old books were inside the bread tin. Hubby has claimed them J

A kerosene iron with its original box...five bucks!!

Here is the old Tilley iron.
 I will be fine if the world goes belly up now I have this! 
Better make sure I have kero on hand lol!

And we got some more blue barrels. This is the reason we went to the auction. 

As soon as we arrived home, hubby set to work to cut them in half.

 All cut, washed and airing out.

I picked up a Moccona coffee jar at an op shop on the way home. Fifty cents! It is a nice big one too.  The old bottle was a bonus in the box with the old iron. 

Around home...

Another woe for hubby...He had a water leak to fix.  The second one this year.

In the garden progress is slow...but we are getting there.

 I am a tad excited about this little nectarine tree that came up among the strawberries.

 Still plenty of flowers on the strawberry plants.

The rhubarb has taken off.  I was hoping to separate it this season, but that hasn't happened yet.  It will probably get too late by the time I get a bed ready.

The Heat is here! 
37C today, 
38C tomorrow 
37C Monday  
36C Tuesday.  
Hopefully there is a cool change for a few days after that. There is no rain in sight!

This morning I went out into the garden and watered and mulched everything.

I planted capsicums in three barrels.  I ended up with eleven plants in one punnet! Guess I will have an abundance of these this year.

 The silver beet is growing well now.

 I spied a cute lady bug.  I like to see these in the garden as they eat aphids and such...good bugs J

 I picked some of my baby spinach and lettuce to include for our tea/dinner last night.

I enjoyed it with homemade vegan veggie patties and homemade tomato relish, yum, yum!

 I have this little glass container full of pretty shells from when my girls were little.  It was sitting in a cupboard never to be seen, so I had an idea to make use of the shells and display them. I will now use this container for a tiny succulent garden.

 My new table decoration.

I decorated this little jar and added potpourri. It smells very pretty in our bathroom. 

I have been busy Spring cleaning my house for most of the week and I will continue on with the task until it is all done.  It could take a while as I have gotten so far behind with things. 

Well that was my week.  It flew by in the blink of an eye. 

What about you? What fun things did you get up to?

Take care dear friends,

Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Catchup

The beautiful weather has continued this week.  It has been very cold at night and we have had to put the fire back on for a few nights. 

Last Sunday we went for a day trip to the Farmers Markets at Wirrabara in the Flinder's Ranges. It was such a lovely drive with all the crops looking exceptionally good. It has been an excellent season for the farmers.

I snapped this on the way home. 
I only had my phone, as I had left my camera at home...
The last time I took a photo of this little building in the paddock was after a huge bushfire had passed through. It was lovely to see the pretty canola crop looking so healthy.

 This is how the native peach (quandong) leather turned out.

Totally successful!

And totally tasty.
I am definitely going to make some more!

I tried something new. 
Today I made a thick shake using quandongs for flavour.  
This is really delicious!

A big amount of vanilla icecream, couple scoops of stewed quandongs and a little milk.  Whiz until thick and well mixed.

This is my healthier milkshake using milk, yoghurt and quandongs.

 Out in the garden I have been removing the dirt from the garden beds.  This is a hard slog and feels like it is taking forever.  My back is not what it used to be.
You can see the tree roots that are causing all the trouble in this bed. 
This is why we are switching to barrels.  
We went to Adelaide Thursday to pick up some more. 

While we were in Adelaide we popped into Bunnings to look for a raspberry tree, but they didn't have any, so I came away with this one. Hope I have made the right choice and that it grows okay.

This is a cross between a blackberry and raspberry and called a Tayberry.
Anyone grow these?

The silver beet is looking brighter...

More yummy strawberries!!

The seeds I planted are mostly all up.
The bigger ones are special Greek cucumbers that my Greek friend gave to me. I cant wait for these to grow so I can show you what they look like.

 Tiny basil.

And zucchini.

This is how the lettuce and baby spinach is growing.  I picked some of the spinach to add to a meal the other night.

Tomorrow we will be going to see my parents.  The local agricultural show is on and our grandson is competing on his pony. A chance for the great grandparents to see him ride.

This week has really flown by and I haven't had a chance to post more photos of the fruit dryer.  Hopefully I will get to it on Monday. 

How was your week?