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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, March 2, 2010

Garden update

We aren't so lucky with the rain that other parts of Australia are receiving, it's been a long while since it last rained on our little patch of dirt.
We have erected some shade for the few vegies we have growing.
The tomatoes are coming along nicely.
Won't be long and I will have that many little tomatoes I won't know what to do with them all.

The capsicums are doing really well, I am picking quite a few of these each day. I will be cutting them up and freezing for later use in stews and on pizza's.
Life has been pretty hectic for me lately. I have been really busy working nearly every day, plus trying to keep up with everything in my own household.

Re my health, I had blood tests done and they have come back all clear and apparently I am very healthy. I was really pleased with my Cholesterol reading, it was only 4.3 which is very good, I must be doing something right. I have also had an ultrasound and that appears to be okay as well. My doctor is on holidays at the moment so I won't know what happens next until I get to see her again. To top everything off, I had a wisdom tooth removed a couple of weeks ago as it was aching like crazy. I ended up with a big swollen face and black bruise like I had been bashed. The poor dentist was horrified when I showed her and she put me on antibiotics in case of infection.

Earlier tonight hubby went to work a freight train to Cook so I have had a busy day today cooking for him. I made banana cake, vegie pasties, and some spaghetti bog. He gets home Thursday morning and will be gone again Friday morning, so I will need to fit some more cooking in sometime soon. I have another house to clean tomorrow. (I clean rental properties when they have been vacated)

My youngest daughter, her partner and son have moved to Quorn, so I have been trying to help her out a bit as well. They have bought 25 acres of land up there so they can run their horses. There were 15 horses at last count, all different sorts and sizes. This girl and partner just love their animals. The property has two houses on it. One is only 3 years old and the other is very much livable as well. Next time I go up there I must remember to take the camera. They are finding it a bit of a struggle travelling back and forth to their work places and there are many kangaroos on the road.

Our son's (under 14 years) soccer team have made it to the grand final which will be played this Sunday. How exciting, I hope they do well. As it is a long weekend I am hoping that all the players are available to play.

Thank you to all that have passed awards on to me. I am hoping to collect them very soon.



  1. Thank you for such an interesting post, Tania. Sometimes we consider our lives so mundane and we think no one would want to hear about them, but people are always interested in the lives of others. Glad that your tests results are good. Hope you get some rain soon!

    Liz (aka Ninny) from Oklahoma

  2. Dear Tania,
    is it still so hot and waterless ? In Bavaria we have sunshine and finally all the snow melt away. I found it interesting to see in your blog what live is in Australia and would love to see your daughters land and horses :-)
    Its good to read, that you are ok and maybe your cholesterine is so good because of all your healthy vegetables and fruits you raise there :-)

    Have a very nice week !

  3. Well you have been busy and everyone has busy times and just don't get time to post. Glad your test results came back good.
    Your garden is looking good despite the lack of rain, we live in a weird country flooding in areas and drought in others.
    Hope you get some rain soon

  4. Hi Tania,
    I'm so glad that your test results came back fine. :D

    Our tomatoes are fruiting beautifully, too, although we could really use some rain.

    Have a wonderful week,

  5. Nice to see you back,and all tests are a-ok :0)
    Your vegie gardens look great dispite the lack of rain and the heat!
    Toothache has to be the pits !! Id rather give birth myself,lol.I hope that clears up REAL soon for you.
    Congratulations to your daughter and partner!A huge step,but one they will never regret :0)

  6. Great to read an update Tania. Wow, it's still very dry out your way, isn't it? Sorry to hear about the toothache but good news about your tests!

  7. Hi Tania

    Nice to see you back after a while. I've been busy the last week or so (getting Kirby back to Uni in Adelaide) too so I haven't posted.
    I probably sounded like I had blinkers on, talking about poor children who live in filthy conditions in Australia in this day and age etc. I do know it goes on, it happens in my own town. I just can't understand why anyone would not want to wash themselves and have clean clothes on each day.
    I believe one of our primary schools has started a 'Parenting School' where parents can go along to learn the basics of parenting - I assume - discipline, hygeine in the home, laundry and kitchen, healthy diet, doing activities with your kids, making do on less and making healthy, cheap meals instead of takeaway food.
    Perhaps the Government needs to get onto this.
    I'm glad the summer is over (at least by the calendar)- bring on winter!

    Cheers - JOolz

  8. Yes, Tania - glad your test results came back good. I had bloods done a couple of weeks ago and front up for a 45,000km grease and oil change (health check)next week. I could only hope that my cholesterol will be as low as yours. Being a cheese & wine lover, I don't think that will be the case. :(
    I'll reveal the details if they are not too shocking!


  9. Thanks for your comments everyone.

    Joolzmac - I agree that something needs to be done to teach these young ones about parenting and running a household. It should be part of the curriculum in high school. I am glad to hear about that school taking the step to teach children the basics of life skills.

    My son got in trouble at school the other day in Home Ec as he refused to cook because the other kids were putting their fingers in the food, then in their mouths and back in the food! Yuk, the teacher needs to teach about hygiene especially with things like swine flu going around.


  10. I am glad your tests came back all clear! What a busy lady you have been. Have a great weekend!


  11. You are indeed busy. I am so glad that you have had some rain. Not long to go now and the hot Summer will end.

  12. gosh you are a busy girl. I had a tooth extracted earlier on in the year and yes it hurts!!!

    Great to catch up with what you are up to.

    Gill in Canada

  13. Hi Tania,

    I really like your shade sails over your garden. What sort of material did you guys use to make them?



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