So this week some of the ways I feathered my nest included:
We had a couple of use it up and bits and pieces meals. This was firstly tiredness. But it was enough and very inexpensive.
I was given three dozen fresh eggs from my sister in law. I thought ok! it is time to make Christmas cakes as they take five eggs each. So next week I will be baking a lot.
We came to the city as is usual for now. I scheduled an extra day so that I could catch up with Hilde and also my Aunt.
Firstly Hilde... As usual she gave a big bag of fresh lemons. I haven't counted them I am guessing about thirty as they are huge ones.
Also she gave me lots of little plants of oregano, sage and thyme. I can really fill up some spaces in my herb garden with these and they are all so useful.
Then I went on to my Aunts. Her garden was a picture. Loads of rain only added to it looking so beautiful.
For anyone who follows Bluebirds on Facebook or Instagram I posted a video of her front yard. This yard began with just a lawn. She soon got rid of that. Many of you know my Aunt now from previous posts. In her 80's she is smashing it. She is an author, one of her well known books is A Fig at the Gate.
Like my Nana she loves flowers, garden, fruit trees, chooks, eggs, lemons...
Like my Nana she seems young and fit. From them both I have concluded to wear a hat, never retire,
keep my hair colour, work outdoors and garden, be creative and busy. Well, that is the plan!
When I arrived she had a wheel barrow full of plants ready for me. Potted plants, dug up bits with root systems, all sorts. A vast area of things for my garden that she is so thrilled I have. This was so lovely. I never thought I would get it all into the car but we did it! Oh... plus giant fruit cake for my Dad, homemade jam and a book he will like. In it all went!
My Aunt mixes herbs and veggies in with flowers.
She sows her seeds in a wheel barrow of soil so that the tiny seedlings grow without snails etc attacking them. When she is happy she plants them out...
Also you can just wheel them to wherever you want...
Today I am heading home and will get right on to planting all my new bits and pieces. It is a lot. I will count as I plant. I think I might have enough to be pretty close to filling my garden beds. I have been working on one flowering plant per meter (or close enough to a yard) and hope things then fill up.
This trip took me past a number of good op shops, an amazing fruit and veggie place and a meat wholesaler.... so you guessed it! Of course I always make the most of a trip and I got a big box of veggies to take home. Some great bargains and I have so much!
I got a giant slab of steak... enough to have steaks for dinner then have a cook up and make a casserole, pies etc. I know I can get a lot of meals from this.
In the op shops I found some true bargains including this book of David Austin roses...
I paid $5 and it has giant rose images that I am going to use to make an inspiration board in my craft room. The smaller images will become cards and gift tags. It has hundreds of pictures!
I did a big shop at Aldi to take home. So when I get back first I will be planting then I will get cooking! If I get the slow cooker going I can be cooking while planting!
My Flybuy statement came and I have saved up points so I now have $50 free groceries. I will turn that into $100 by only using it on half price specials that I stock in my pantry. This will be very handy with Christmas coming. (Flybuys is a type of store rewards.)
That reminds me! I can think about Christmas now! I was too busy with the wedding but now the next thing is Christmas! I do have a lot in my gift cupboard but I need to do a kind of stock take and work out what I do have and what I need. Next week I will start working on that.
Today I am heading home. I can't wait to get planting. Chloe and I are going to a local farm this weekend... they are having an open day and selling preserves, flowers and vegetable seedlings. They put on morning tea as well. I thought this would be beautiful to go to!
How did you build up your home, save, get ahead, increase your preparedness or pantry this week?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx