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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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Around here

It has been a quiet week here...


I am having trouble with my shoulder (diagnosed with bursitis) so not doing too much if I can help it.
The doctor ordered a cortisone injection which I had on Tuesday. For the first day it was painful, and after that it seemed to settled down, only to come back sore again over the last couple of days grrr!
I am restricted with movement and it is very frustrating.
Just simple things like sleeping at night, tying up my hair, washing my hair, drying myself, putting clothing on and off, doing clothing up behind my back, hanging washing up on the line and taking off, reaching anything that is above my head.
Will go back to the doctor on Tuesday to see what he has to say. Hope they can ease my discomfort soon. Anti inflammatory medication didn't do anything to relieve the pain.
My exercise has come to a halt, but so far my weight is remaining roughly the same, so that is good. I still need to watch what I eat, basically no sugar and fat and will need to continue this healthy eating for the rest of my life. Junk food has become a thing of the past, haven't had any since January this year.
So far I have lost 7 kg (15.4 pounds) and I would like to lose just a little more yet. Will posts photos soon.

The garden is still going although we are not getting too much off of it now. It rained all day yesterday so the vegetables have had a much needed drink. Another cool day today with a bit of rain, and it is supposed to be cool all week, so where did the heat go? Not much around this year...

Silver beet...

have been feeding the chooks with this and adding some to my protein drink for that extra lift.

is producing plenty of flowers but not too much zucchini. The ants dont seem to be doing their job at transferring pollen from the male to the female flower. I have been out there to do their job but still no zucchini. They get to a certain size then die off...
This is as big as they seem to get, then go yellow and gradually die back as you can see in the picture.

is still producing well. These plants are four years old and still going strong. I cut them back when they have finished for the year and they sit until next season.
Apple Cucumber
has just had it's first fruit.
I am thinking these are cucumber plants. A while back I popped a couple of seeds in the ground that didn't shoot in a pot. They came up with the last lot of rain. We will have to wait and see what they are.
tree is loaded as usual
so is the

are coming along
Op shopping


A pretty Johnson of Australia side plate...

A vintage handmade apron

that is double sided...
an old tiny prayer book...

not sure how old though as there is no date inside, which is a bit of a shame.

Have a wonderful weekend,



  1. I hope your Arm get better quickly :) All the best

  2. Ouch Heartpoet has had the same condition - very painful.

    Rest up lovey


  3. Hi Tania,

    I do hope your shoulder improves soon. Not very pleasant to be in constant pain. Ask your doc about glucose injections. These helped my husbands shoulders (both were bad) tremendously. It's a relatively new thing and has no side affects like cortisone but I think it feeds the tendons ect. and helps healing. I have rather a tight neck area because of a car accident many years ago. It has been playing up due to tension and my doctor has given me two lots of glucose injections and I feel it is definitely easing. They use it a lot in sports medicine apparently. Perhaps worth a try.
    Also re the zucchinis, we had bumper crops this year with the stripy lime green variety. Neighbours with the dark green ones had the same problem as you. I can save some seeds for you if you like and send them to you. Just leave me a note on my blog and I'll get back to you.

    Blessings Gail

  4. Having an injury like that makes everything hard to do..we don't realise how much we use a joint until it hurts! I adore your new apron. I think the hymn book must be pretty old..the writing looks the same as my granny's and she would have been 112 this year~

  5. Hope your shoulder is better soon. I am quite envious of your capsicum - we pay over $8 a kilo here for it and it is a little hard to grow as we have a short summer.
    I love Johnson plates and have quite a few in my collection. Nice to serve up pieces of cake :)

  6. So sorry to hear about your pain. I hope that gets resolved very soon. I love your garden pictures. There your season is winding down, and ours is just getting started. Take care. Congratulations on the weight loss. And best of luck with everything.

  7. I hope you feel better soon. We didnt really have a summer here either. It was wet and muggy and it felt terrible. I hope winter isnt too cold and wet.

  8. Good Morning Tania, I hope you are feeling better soon, Looks like your still being very productive though...with some great finds at the Op Shop and your garden seems to be holding its own at the moment,(you'll be back out there in no time!) you have a great assortment there...Thank you so much for dropping by my Blog, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Karen GBJ :)

  9. I am so amazed by your garden. It is a real credit to you Tania. Rest your shoulder and hopefully get it to heal a bit, tricky things they are. You'll have to go braless!

  10. i got that too from typing on the keyboard and not having my arm supported. Was soooo painful. Dont get it anymore now.. but had 3 or 4 bouts of it. Put your elbows on the table or on an arm rest... helps to avoig the problem.


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