- Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Last night we went to the drag competion in the nearby City of Whyalla, a fun night was had by all, that's if you like fast cars and lots of burnt rubber!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The best place to be in this weather. The pool got a workout today.
Nectarines ready for stewing. They are now in the freezer for use later.
The preserves, these were done in the microwave. The rest I will do in a preserving kit that we have bought.
My pantry, the "Disaster" area.
That's better, organisation at last. This took me two days to sort through and clean up and I am determined for the pantry to stay like this. The smallest room in the house and the hardest to keep clean!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I have made some more pickles as shown in the photo above, thanks to Rhonda Jean's recipe. Her blog site can be found here http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/ I have also made Rhonda's Lemon Pie and that was delicious, mine is pictured below, you must try this one. I am proud of my pickles as this is the first time that I have attempted anything like this. They are yummy!
I have a heap more apple cucumbers that will need pickling soon, (see picture below top). Our nectarine tree, (see pics below) is ready for the fruit to be picked. It is absolutely loaded with some of the branches touching the ground. I guess I know what I will be doing over the next few days, preserving and stewing nectarines.
The weather is hotting up again with tomorrow expected to be 40 degrees Celcius. The poor vegies are not liking this weather one bit, we have had to cover them with shade cloth to try and protect them from the hot sun and so the water doesn't evaporate too quickly. The normal garden is struggling as well. Even the geraniums are looking sick. Three hours watering a week is taking it's toll. We have lost a few trees and shrubs due to lack of water.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
This is the nearby silos at Thevenard. Photo taken from the Ceduna foreshore.
Another photo taken from the Ceduna foreshore. The beaches on the West Coast are just beautiful with lovely white sand.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
This pic is of my hubby in a Locomotive cab. He is a Locomotive Driver and gets to travels great distances across South Australia. Some trains can be 1800 metres (1.8kilometres) in length and 5000 tonnes in weight. He regularly travels the Nullabor Plain to a remote town called Cook. Other places he gets to go to are: Whyalla, Adelaide, Broken Hill and Manguri (near Coober Pedy).
This picture is of hubby again (pictured on the left in this photo).
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I am a bit late writing today. The temperature today again reached 44 degrees Celcius. A cool change tomorrow with a high of 38 degrees. We spent a lot of time in the pool to keep cool, we should have got it put in ages ago.
All my visitors have gone home so now I can try to get my house back in some sort of order. I have a month off from doing my Home Day Care so this is an ideal opportunity to catch up on some housework that I don't get to do while I'm watching the children. I will be working a 45 hour week caring for four children when I start back on the 21st January.
I have started with the hardest spot for me to keep clean, the kitchen. I have cleared all the benches and give them a good scrub. I then cleared all the cupboards and drawers out and thrown out all the clutter that I don't require. Tomorrow I will start on the pantry which is a nightmare to keep organised because everything tends to be tossed in there out of sight. I will gradually move around the house from room to room cleaning and tossing until it is all done.
My dear friend Jodie is visiting this month from Western Australia so I want to be all organised by the time she arrives. Jodie's house is so neat and tidy, I wish I knew how she maintains it. I am looking forward to seeing her again.
This is a pic of our house from the swimming pool enclosure. Looks like a big rain cloud overhead but it didn't happen. It rarely rains here but when it does we get a downpour and everything gets flooded.
We are attempting to be as self-suffient as possible by having solar power installed. We have all the panels just waiting to be connected. Also we are wanting to install a wind generator. We already have a solar hot water system, which I might add has been working overtime this past week with all the hot weather. We harvest all the rain water already.
This picture shows rain clouds heading over to the nearby popular Flinders Ranges. It was taken from our place looking north east. You can see that we are surrounded by saltbush and not many trees. This shot was taken just on sundown. We get some pretty awesome sights of the hills at different times of the day, particularly late in the day.
My daughter has left me on my own to continue with this blog, so hopefully I can work out what I am doing.
I hope you have all had a good day and I will catch you all again tomorrow.