Friday, July 17, 2015

Out the Back

It's bonfire time!

Cleaning Power lines time.

Weed pulling time.
They are out of control. With all the rain we have had, the weeds are flourishing.
I am picking greens for the chooks trying to keep them down.

 I had some help the other day.

All that green makes nice yellow yoked eggs.

 I have picked 71kg of mandarins so far this season.  
This is what is still on the tree, probably the same amount again!

Our grapefruit tree always produces well.
Although not a favourite fruit of ours it is great blended in with our mandarin juice in the mornings.

Things are quiet this time of year in the veggie garden.
This is the kale leftover from last season. It is looking a bit shabby, and there are weeds all around...

However, the kale in the barrel is looking healthy.

As is the garlic.

The nettles are growing really well and taking over the veggie garden.  Time to find a use for this plant I think. Maybe some herbal tea?

Some potato plants.  
So far I have managed to protect them from the frosts.

 Same with the capsicum.  Although small, they are still producing and they are so juicy. They never make it inside, I devour them out in the garden J

I am still getting the odd tomato.

Spring onions and weeds!!

This little wild daisy plant has been flowering for months. The tough and hardy little thing grows in the gravel in our back yard.

Bird of paradise.

Succulents are flowering this time of year.

 Could Spring be not far away?  The Geraldton Wax is preparing to put on a show.

 Not sure of the name of this native bush.

 Its flowers are gorgeous.

I am surprised by this little wild peach tree (quandong).  It has fruit ripening already. Usually this happens in September, so this must be an early variety.

Our shed is almost done. Yes it has been over twelve months now lol!
The structure is up.  Next the guttering goes on then the cement floor will be put in.  Once the guttering is completed we are getting two more rain water tanks for storage. These will go down the side of the shed.

And to finish off with one of our pretty sunsets from a few days ago.

It has been so cold here this Winter, its been quite a shock to have to rug up so much. The fire has been on for weeks.
Even parts of Australia are getting snow in areas that don't usually get it. What is going on with the weather?

Have you had snow where you live? 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Winter Wood, Hobbies and Fluffy Chickens

Its that time of year again. 
Time to get the log splitter out and get our wood ready for Winter.

Hubby has collected some big logs over the past few years and this saves us so much money. I think the price of a tonne of wood is $130 and you don't get much for that price!

 The wood shed is now full again.  Enough for two years burning.

Hubby has a new hobby.  He has restored this 1914 rifle back to its original glory.  He has done a fantastic job! This rifle was owned by hubby's grandfather.  He did not fight in the war, but came by this rifle later and used it on their farm. It would be very interesting to find out its full history. The original solder who this rifle belonged to would be good to know...

From this...
To this...

See our new additions?

We were gifted these two cuties.  
They were given in exchange for fertile eggs from our girls.

 Two little silkie hens. I am yet to name them, but I am thinking Chinese names would be suitable, as this is where they originate from. The white girl is very forthright and the black girl is timid in nature. 

 They have settled in nicely.  
Our other chooks give them the occasional peck, but otherwise all is well in their world.

It is wet outside again today.  
Fire is on, the house quiet so a chance for some "me" time.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rain Drops,Puddles and Mandarins

We have been blessed with a generous amount of rain this week.

I never tire of pictures of rain drops and puddles.

Wet washing. 
I don't mind at all J

    This is our mandarin tree.
    It is absolutely loaded with clumps of mandarins and they are so heavy that the branches are breaking. 

    I have been picking quite a few already even though it is a little early.  Some of them aren't quite ripe, but I need to get the weight off the branches. 

    They are very juicy with a bit of tang.  A little while longer on the tree and they will be nice and sweet. 

    We juice these to have with our breakfast, much nicer than orange juice J

    I have picked three full buckets so far, each weighing roughly 8kgs and I cant even see where I have taken them from the tree.

    Do you have excess fruit? What do you do with them?  Any mandarin recipes out there you would like to share? 

    I am hoping to try Mandarin Cheesecake J