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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.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Random pics ~ the ones that dont make it

Good evening friends,

I take a lot of photos, but not all get published on here. So I thought I would do this post with some of the photos that don't always make it...They are in no particular order.

One of my roses. The plants are still small, but the blooms are getting bigger and prettier...


A chocolate cake I made for my daughters birthday back in May...I used Mimi's recipe for "Best ever chocolate cake".


The gift I received from my daughter in law for Mother's day...


Homemade biscuits.


 
And some flowers from them both.



 A healthy rise on a sourdough loaf...


A photo of my sons x-ray of his teeth.  As you can see on the bottom, his wisdom teeth are definitely going to cause him problems, so he has to have them out. He has decided to get all four removed...ouch!


Golden syrup pudding using Annabel's recipe...


Morning walk...


Pretty tablecloth, op shop find...


Another op shop find. A lovely sideboard runner in perfect condition and perfect fit.


I picked one fig off a tree I have in a pot...


Yum!


Just because...






A meal cooked on top of the fire.


New border on an old blanket...


Free acrobats from my back yard...


New babies were born...


Two baby sleepy {shingleback} lizards...they looked so cute with one of his legs wrapped over the other one. Only a few hours old here.  They look bigger than they actually are, probably only 5-6 inches long. A bit hard to see them properly in the shadows. These stayed around for about a week then disappeared. Hopefully after Winter I will see them again...


Tempting them with food.



 Food...bean burgers ready for the freezer.


 Scones...


Knitted this cutie at Easter time.


I see you...


Hubby has an addiction!


A gift from Annabel, as exchange for a soap saver...


A gift I crocheted for my daughters birthday.


Getting creative for the gift cupboard.


Unusual cloud formation just before strong wind and dust storm...the dust can be seen at the bottom of the cloud.


The best sound there is...


That s all for tonight folks.

See you soon,

xTania


Saturday, June 8, 2019

a quiet day

Hello friends,

Not a lot to report about today. Was a slow start to the day as I slept in until 9am! I must have needed it, but when I sleep in I am sluggish for the rest of the day.

Another lovely day here except for we now have cloud cover.  Hopefully it is gone by tomorrow, unless it contains rain, then it can stay as long as it likes.

Hubby is at work until 10pm so I am relaxing in front of the fire watching the Adelaide Crows play. I have just finished tea {vegan veggie stew} and will pop the kettle on for a cuppa and dessert {quandong pie and yoghurt}.

Tomorrow we are going over to my parents again.  Will go early in the morning as hubby is working later in the afternoon, he will be driving the Ghan train to Marla.

I put the old wonky arch back in place. This was removed when the new veggie garden was being built. I made this from the long spindly branches after pruning the fruit trees a couple of years ago. The heart hubby made from a piece of the mesh that surrounded the old flu when we replaced our combustion fire.


This mornings view from my new garden seat...you can see where hubby has been burning scraps of wood.


I added some green matter to the compost bins. Thank you Robyn Louise for telling me about using stinging nettle in the compost. I have a few nettles growing so I will water and make good use of them.


I planted a geranium ivy out near the orange tree.  I want to see if this will spread out like a ground cover.


I dug a big hole and put a couple of shovelfuls of rotted horse poo in to give it a kick start.


I finished moving the bricks to form a ring around the mandarin tree thus continuing to make the pathway wider.


Then I removed the mulch left on the path and put it into the bed around the tree.


I will keep building on this.  I noticed that it was quite damp under the mulch that I removed, so it is a good indicator that it works well to keep moisture in.


The rings I completed yesterday. The inner brick  is where I need to move the rest of the bricks for widening the path.


The bricks on this one need to go in a bit as well...


The same view from my garden seat at sundown. The clouds have moved in...


I found some time today for a bit of craft. Made this pin cushion from off cuts of an old wool blanket. In the background is a wheat heat pad I need to finish. Still deciding on a design to sew on it.


When I finish writing this post I will be continuing on with this crochet blanket. Once again I ran out of wool...pink this time. I wasn't able to match it up perfectly so I have picked the closest colour I could find. In the future I will buy more than one ball of wool so I don't keep getting caught short when deciding to try a new project haha!


Fifteen seconds of bird song at days end...


Enjoy the rest of weekend where ever you are.

See you soon,

xTania





Friday, June 7, 2019

the orchard ~ part two

Hello again friends,

Once the cold morning had warmed up a bit I went outside to do some more work in the orchard.

Firstly I want to share some photos of the beautiful sky we had today, this one with The Flinder's Ranges in the background.


The last leaves of Autumn...




Mid afternoon...


I had a few bits of wood laying around so I made up this seat. I will look further for a log of similar size as it wasn't quite level. This is at the back of the veggie patch and will be a great spot to sit and watch the sun go down.  I can envisage a fire pit out here also. 


Remember the red back spider I mentioned in my last post? Well here she is...


I added some leaves, manure {horse and chicken}, straw and clippings to a couple of the compost bins, and gave them a good water.


Then I started picking up a few old bricks in the wheelbarrow and carting them back to the orchard.  These get used for making borders around the fruit trees. I only managed a couple of loads as I didn't want to aggravate my leg so soon after the treatment.



Then it was time to put some manure around the orange tree.


While I was doing this I got to thinking...as you do when you are in the garden ~ smiles

I have been wondering about how I can use the water from rain a bit better so it will benefit the fruit trees. I came up with the idea to dig dirt out of the pathways and lay small rock {or something similar} down to keep in the moisture.  Surely this would help the trees a bit more...


Hubby came out to see what I was up to and I mentioned my idea to him. So he suggested that if I make the paths wider {just over a metre} then he could use the dingo digger to dig the dirt out for me. Now wont that make life easier?

So the rest of the afternoon was spent moving the pathways to make them wider!


I had to relocated this little seat to a new spot. 


Another peaceful place to sit and ponder...


I made a lot of progress and still have a fair bit to go, but if I do a little each day, or when I can,  it will get done.







Needless to say, my muscles are letting me know that I have used them and I definitely wont have trouble sleeping tonight.

Another cold one tonight followed by another gorgeous day tomorrow. I am enjoying the sunshine and getting jobs done while the weather is so nice. We are having a run of warmish days coming up next week.  I work Monday and Tuesday and we will be in Adelaide Wednesday and Thursday so not a lot will happen around here next week. Making good use of my time this week will pay off.

So on that note I will say good night and see you all soon,

xTania