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Life on two acres of arid dirt, on the edge of the Australian outback.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

simple days at home

I am taking in a new view for my early morning walk. A change of scenery is good.

A clean and tidy pantry. Nothing fancy, just in order.

Home made muesli.
A bit of this and that. I start with about four cups of rolled oats and add a bit of everything else. You can stir through some molasses or honey if you like. I don't toast mine because I feel it kills any nutrients that may be in the food. I prefer as natural as possible. The muesli is served with fresh fruit for a delicious wholesome breakfast.

On the shelf.

Any one for tea?

Daisy love.

Rescued chrysanthemums.

The mother in law tongue has multiplied.

Our place to keep cool.





Lemon grass.

Cucumber vine.

Home made multi purpose miracle spray.

And laundry detergent.

Fresh smelling laundry.

A visit from my grandson...and his guitar.

On the window sill.

Gifted figs.

A very lucky thrift shop haul, with quite a bit of vintage amongst it.

This pretty little dress was tucked in with the fabric. I am hoping to finish it off for my grand daughter to wear later on. It just needs the neck done, and I am thinking a white collar maybe? Suggestions welcome.

 Love the smocking and tiny grub roses.

Vintage table cloth.

This is a single sheet set and will be made into something pretty.

And thank you Julie for recommending this most delicious Lemon Drizzle cake. This is so bad, but oh so GOOD! The recipe can be found here.

How is your week going? Are you doing something special for Australia Day?

It is will be too hot here for any celebrations. We will go to the early morning breakfast in the park, then hide ourselves away for the day.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

goings on

Last weekend I drove up to my parents place for a cup of tea and cake. This is something I try to do as often as I can now they are getting older. It was a good chance to take some photos around their little farm.

Let me introduce Geraldine...she is such a cutie but can be a bit mischievous at times.

My parents veggie garden. It is growing well under the shade my dad put up last year.

Leeks gone to seed.

 My dad coming up with ways to keep the birds from taking his fruit.

Gum tree bloom. 

The perfection of succulents.

Hollyhocks through the fence.

And here at home...

A huge apple cucumber I picked last week.

Meals prepped for hubby’s trips away.  Leftover roast chicken made into curry.

Trimmed the oregano again and picked two eggplants.

Oregano placed in the solar dryers.

Making a batch of Kombucha. This happens every five to seven days.

All bottled.


Endless chore of washing dishes. No dishwasher here.

My grandsons request for lemon slice.

He loves it.

Another vintage find.

 Ratatoulle using eggplants and zucchini from my garden.

Reviving my sourdough starter.

And a beautiful sky to finish.

Stay cool or warm, depending where you are.  We are going through a heatwave at the moment. Yesterday reached 46.8C (116F), and it is meant to be hot here for the next week.

What is going on in your neck of the woods?

Take care and I will see you soon,