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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.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Crunchy Lemon Muffins and Bonfire Day

With lots of curious looks from the busy bodies...

Checking out to see what was going on...

We have lit the bonfire...

We had two big fires going at once, so we decided to burn these during the day this time after ringing the CFS to let them know. The block looks a lot better now the pile of rubbish is gone.

LEMON CRUNCH MUFFINS
Hopefully the recipe can be read from the picture below.
These muffins are so nice if you are a lover of citrus.

xTania

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Random photos of a day on the farm


A bit later than I had hoped, but as promised photos of my daughter and SIL's little hobby farm.
They have purchased 21 acres in the beautiful Flinders Ranges at Quorn.
(Thank you to K. Harrison for some of these photos)

Our youngest daughter, son, Magic the mini pony and Oscar the dog.

Number one grandson having fun with the 'pet' snake...

Say cheese...

The 'pet' snake with SIL. Showing that the snake had a full tummy by the bulge...
snake...
The view...
again...
Magic the mini pony....
Baby puppies...
These puppies have since been sold...
Some of the horses...
Last count there were about 16...
Too cute...
Young foal...
'Tom' the siamese cross farm cat...
Magic the mini pony, not impressed at all with all the attention.
We had a lovely day with a barbeque lunch, twas very cold though, and we were glad to get home to a nice warm fire.

Things have been pretty busy here of late, with working and a trip to Port Lincoln, I haven't had much spare time to blog.

Best wishes to you all,

xTania


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our place

This is a picture of our drive way,
you can tell my hubby is a train driver...
The 373 is a kilometre peg, located at the old location ahead sign at Coondambo siding which is along the railway line north of here, opposite Glendambo.
For information on the Trans-Australian Railway see here.

8:55 PM
Our little block marked in red,
via Google maps...
Saltbush, saltlakes and sandhill country.
I have had a busy couple of weeks so sorry for the break between posts.

I have been cleaning a couple of houses from top to bottom, the last one was huge and dirty. It took me two whole days with hubby's help and still could have done more to it. The one last week needed the yard tidied up as well so it can be sold. Hubby did that.

In case you are wondering what I do now instead of Family Day Care, I clean houses for a bit extra cash. I run my own cleaning business and clean mainly for a local real estate agent that my daughter works for. This keeps me very busy during the period from August to March, then it quietens down a bit with only the occasional house. Mostly I clean rental houses/units once they have been vacated.

In between time I have been making some homemade goodies that I had run out of and trying to keep up with my own household.

Homemade hand lotion.

Taken from Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen's Classic Country Collections book:

Combine equal amounts of glycerine, honey, lemon juice and olive oil together. Shake well in a bottle and use when necessary.

Makes my skin feel so soft...
Some laundry detergent using Rhonda Jean's recipe found here:
I also tried out Rhonda Jean's recipe for orange cake, mmm yum, a beautiful moist cake. Possibly very fattening! I sent the remainder with hubby on his trip to Cook when he left tonight. He can get fat instead of me lol.
Our chooks laid 258 eggs in June. They have been laying really well so long as we keep them shut up in their yard until lunch time, otherwise they go wandering and we are not sure where they lay. There is lots of green around at the moment so the egg yolks are a lovely dark yellow colour.

We went for a visit to our daughters little farm last weekend, I will post some photos in the next day or so. She has a menagerie up there with mainly horses of every shape, size and colour. This girl and her partner are real animal lovers.

It is freezing here tonight. Fire is on but my feet are still cold. I think Mr Frost will be here again in the morning...

Best wishes,

xTania