Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekly Update - Around Here

Hello dear friends.

Sorry I am a day late with my post.  I woke with an awful migraine yesterday morning and it knocked me flat for most of the day.  I spent the morning sleeping, and by mid afternoon it had started to lift. I do not suffer migraines, so what has caused this one is a mystery. Hopefully I don't get any more...

This week has been another busy one, and like a good girl,I have limited my time on the internet. I have also stayed away from the shops. 

Around home I have been de-cluttering again, but I will tell you more about that later...


Out in the front garden,the hippy plants are blooming.

This is such a beautiful flower.
 



I am not sure what the proper name for this tree is? Hubby calls it the itchy tree because the pods cause him to itch!
Quite a pretty flower though.

Baby sleepy lizard.

 They love to eat geranium flowers so we have discovered

and the bran that the chickens eat.

I have included a video for you J

 Monday night we went to watch our grandson perform at the end of year music concert, but I forgot to take the camera, such a forgetful Nanna I am becoming!  He plays the flute and guitar.
Tuesday we watched him play basketball.  
He is number 22.

I have started walking again. This was something that I had stopped doing also. 
I cook tea, dinner or supper, depending where you are from, and I leave at about 7 o'clock. It is so lovely at that time of the evening and I walk for forty minutes.

I get to see rabbits, kangaroos and the occasional emu on my walk. If you look closely you can see a bunny in this picture. Sorry for the blur on the finger printy lens.


The road I walk along...

I think I might switch my walk to early mornings at seven o'clock this week, that way I wont be so rushed. I will also increase the distance as I become fitter.


Out in the chook house,

we have babies galore!

 Four chicks from this hen.

Three from this one.

Four from this girl.

That makes eleven new chickens!

Look at these cuties sleeping J

I saved and dried the rose petals to add to my potpourri.

and dried some apples. 
These taste yum!

Out in the garden things are looking very good. Everything is starting to get bigger.

Capsicums

Tomatoes


Rhubarb

 Zucchinis

Cucumbers

Silver beet

I haven't progressed any further with the other barrels yet, hopefully I will get to them this week if the weather is cooler.


We had leftovers made into a yummy pie.


And delicious homemade pizzas. 
So much better than the bought variety!
  
What is hubby up to?

He is helping his mate make a bed frame for the old Bedford bus he lives in. He is always doing something, no wonder he is so skinny!

Hunter gatherer hubby with his catch of the night. He is such a grub!!

 And to finish this post with a
 gorgeous sunset from a couple of nights ago.

How was your week? What have you been up to in your neck of the woods?

Take care,



35 comments:

  1. Lovely flowers, beautiful sunset.

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  2. Awesome post Tania. I am sorry about your migraine. Kaye had one as well and she never gets them these days either. I hope you are feeling better they can really knock you out.
    I love your chooks. I like that you have different colours. I have a thing about getting bantams... and I love the pretty ones that are brown or grey and speckly... but I dont know where to get them from this is my problem..
    I love all the things hubby does. He is a good handy guy! Your dehydrator is a great asset I think.
    Also your plants in the barrels are looking excellent.
    I have the same pie dish. I like enamel ware. I have three sizes in that shape and love them. Plus I love making pies as you know!
    Mum grows those giant flowers. She has red ones. They are spectacular!
    Have a great new week. And feel better too! With lots of love, Annabel.xxxx

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    1. Are talking about bantams like these Annabel? https://www.google.com.au/search?q=5+Belgian+d%27uccle+bantam+hens&rlz=1C1CHMO_enAU525AU525&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CBwQsARqFQoTCN71wNa13cgCFeQwpgodYdkKuA&biw=1242&bih=606#tbm=isch&q=+Belgian+d%27uccle+bantam+hens

      If so I know where we can get you some, just let me know. If you want fluffy silkies we can probably get some of those too :)

      I love enamel ware, but only have two dishes like the one pictured, a large and a small one. I bought them at an op shop for baking homemade egg custard, but I use them for many other things too :)

      Enjoy your week too!

      xTania

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    2. Dear Tania, Those Bantams are close! My dream is Pekin Bantams or Wyandotte bantams... grey or brown. But getting them many be too hard.Also in the city I can only have girls. But I would love them! So of you keep your eyes out that would be great, They dont have to be pure or anything fancy just small, that fat kind of shape and pretty colours. I think it is the shape that gets me!
      I hope your week goes well! Many thanks! Love Annabel.xxx

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    3. We have a few chook breeders whom we are friends with Annabel, so when you would like some chickens let me know and I will see what they have :)

      xTania

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    4. Thanks Tania! I was checking back to see what you said... just mention Pekin and Wyandotte bantams and see what comes up in conversation. I can be ready anytime. Of course I have the no rooster issue as well. But I figure sooner or later I will find some nice little bantam hens.
      I am hoping we might get some more of the blue barrels, if so would you be needing any more as then I can return the favor. Let me know...
      With love, Annabel.xxx

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  3. We had a migraine alert in Wales yesterday due to the atmospheric pressure, I succumbed early evening and had to resort to pills and bed by 8 pm. I use enamel pie dishes and love a "fridge bottom" dinner. When I make a casserole I always make enough for a pie as well. I love the blue planters and have bought 2 of the drums to cut in half and use, they were £7 each and 4 tubs that size would be well over £100 from a shop.

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    1. I have not heard of migraine alerts before Pam. That is something new to me :)

      Those blue tubs make great planters, hope they do well for you :)

      We pick ours up as cheaply as possible. Sometimes people are getting rid of them for free...I like that a lot!

      xTania

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  4. Hope you never suffer another migraine Tania, they really are cruel. I just love the colours in your flowers, so pretty and very Australian with the oranges and dark reds of our outback :)

    Were the apples done in your solar dehydrator? They look so good.

    And your garden looks great too. I have flowers on my capsicums already! Sadly the wind has blown the blossom off the apple tree and the orange tree so I'm not going to plan on an abundance of apples this year.

    Hope you have a lovely week, I can hear thunder in the distance and the wind has come up here, I'm praying for rain tonight.

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    1. I hope I never suffer another migraine too Cath. I felt like I was going to be sick, it was awful. Sleep was the best remedy.

      Yes the apples were done in the outside dryer. I sliced them really thin and soaked in lemon juice to retain their colour. They are really flavoursome. Hubby thinks I should have cut them a bit thicker, but I like them just the way they are :)

      I have baby apples on our tree, I spied them today. I hope they hang on to give us a taste :)

      We desperately need more rain here, things are so dry. I hope you got some your way...

      Wishing you a wonderful week,

      xTania

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  5. Well done with the hunter gatherer. Rabbit is so yum.

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    1. I was a bit wary about posting such a pic on here. Especially as I am vegan these days. But this is life and how it happens, and has happened for generations before us. Rabbits are plentiful at the moment so we could have more to eat soon. Cheap, yummy food for us :)

      xTania

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  6. Fabulous post!
    I commiserate over the migraine....I had one this week too....I was an awful mess for a great deal of the day!
    ps....I think that tree is known as a Kurrajong Tree

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    1. Thank you Cath for the information on the tree. I will follow it up with further research. Its always good to know the names of plants and trees :)

      xTania

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  7. Hi busy Lady! Hope the migraine stays away - I hate them too, especially in the heat. I'm loving your barrel garden, I'm just at the stage of preparing my beds for summer plantings - always a bit late to the party that's me! Have a great week.

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    1. Hello Barb,

      I am late with my veggies too, and will probably pay the price come the hot weather in January...

      xTania

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  8. Lots happening at your place Tania! All those chicks, how sweet. I've resisted breeding any more laterly (no rooster) as we seem to be seeing more carpet snakes of late. Glad your migraine cleared, they are no fun.

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    1. Our bantam hens wont stop going broody and we feel sorry for them so we put eggs underneath them. They make good mothers :)

      We have no trouble selling eggs and we get wheat to feed them for free, so they don't cost very much to keep. We have had snake trouble in the chook house for the past three years, hopefully no more for a while.

      xTania

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  9. I only ever had 1 migraine in my entire life and never want another one, hope you dont have to endure anymore either, Great pics Tania, your barrels look really good and those flowers are amazing. I hope you have great week :)

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    1. I never want another migraine either Karen, it was just awful! Not sure what caused it, hoping it is the first and last one I ever have!

      Wishing you a lovely week too,'

      xTania

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  10. Tania, how many barrels do you have? Hubby said I could have the ones 'down the back' so I need to fix them up. Like Barb I am running late with some of my planting. Have been waiting to harvest the seeds from the winter veggies.

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    1. Hello Nanna Chel,

      We have twelve barrels up and running, twelve more ready and waiting :)

      Hope you are having a lovely holiday with the grandies :)

      xTania

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  11. Your weeks are so full. Its not that mine arent its just always the same. I love your variety you have. Oh to be a stay at home person. (Whinge Whinge). You can keep your big spiders and i want you to swear, no more spider pictures. Yuk.

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    1. Spiders? Did I miss something lol? I know it is Halloween and all that stuff but....

      xTania

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    2. Huh I must have been looking at an older post. I'm trying to catch up on all the missed reading. You girls are prolific.

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  12. You are so busy Tania that the last thing you need is a migraine! I hope you are well now. Great work on the planting as always! Mimi xxx

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    1. Hi Mimi,

      Yes life has become very busy especially now I am not on the internet as much. I am claiming some of my life back, with clean, healthy eating and exercising again. I am missing reading my favourite blogs. I only allow myself one day a week to catch up :)

      xTania

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  13. Well done hubby - always good to eat a garden eating bandit!

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    1. Oh yes, and he tasted good too!

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    2. We both know how much effort goes into raising protein - harvesting wild sources can only make sense!

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  14. Aren't you afraid of being attacked by a roving band of Tasmanian Devils on your walk? You should take an older person with you. Remember, when you are attacked by wild animals, you only have to run faster than the slowest person in the group.

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    1. Hehehe Harry.

      Sorry to disappoint you, but there are no Tassie Devils in my neck of the woods. Thank goodness for that! While most of our marsupials are cute, the devils are the ugliest and unfriendly creatures out there. They'd bite your finger off in an instant!

      xTania

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  15. P.S. as always I really like the lizard photos.

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    1. I know, that's why I post so many lol!

      xTania

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I love reading your comments! Through them, I have learnt that there are some truly lovely people out there. Thank you :)