Andy gave me flowers when I came home from the farm!
I am always saying to make hay while the sun shines. This is because the sun doesn't always shine! We have times we are not well, are overtired, caring for others and various things that mean we can't get some things done. That is ok! We do what we can and when we can. Yesterday I took Harper for a long walk in the sunshine so that Lucy could have a sleep. She was dead on her feed as she has had bad nights recently. It was sunny so we headed off with the pram and I looked at lovely gardens and saw beautiful parrots and Kookaburras. I say to her that at the moment a cared for baby, a meal on the table and the most basic things are all she needs to be trying to do. That is enough! More than enough.
Keeping things going is enough and if we can manage that it is success.
On our walk I found a perfect picnic spot that has a BBQ, table and chairs all under a huge Morton Bay Fig tree. It is GIGANTIC. I never knew it was there. I love finding picnic spots...
Some of the ways I saved money this week...
On warmer days I used recycled water on the garden. I use the rinse water from the washing machine out the back and the bath water out the front. This is quite good exercise. My Doctor once said to me I need to do weight bearing exercise as women my age need to. I told her I carry 20 buckets and watering cans of water a day around the garden from the house and water everything that way. Does that count? She said YES! that was fantastic and more than enough. So I am killing two birds with one stone.
Chloe gave me two large cement pots she found on the roadside out the front of where she lives. They are the two pots on the left here...
They are big! It is hard to show how big they are but the bottom pot of the stacked pots is a large half wine barrel. So this is my grouping at my back door and I refreshed some and planted up others. I have cherry tomatoes, basil, two types of parsley, chives, strawberries, baby spinach, oregano, thyme and capsicum. I water it all with water from the kitchen ie the water that comes out of the tap when you are waiting for the hot to run, left over tea, water from cooking etc. I am really glad I got these started and will post an update when it is all grown.
The stack I have usually produces a lot of food. I have a larger stack and a smaller one. I did weaken at one stage and include some flowers. I can't wait for it all to be big again as it gets in summer but this is how it is this week.
Year after year I have found Cherry Tomatoes do very well in pots. And you get a harvest for just ages.
I finished another Christmas present. This time more kitchen towels in black and white.
The beginning of the week was cold so I cooked a beef casserole then the next day made meat pies. I was able to add some meals to the freezer this way. The crock pot makes the most tender pie fillings.
Also I made spinach quiches which were a dinner plus work lunches.
The ones to go as work lunches I cook in king sized muffin trays. For little kids do them in mimi muffin trays so they are just the right size to handle. These freeze well too.
I feathered the nest by:
I helped the family with some meals/cooking.
We increased household security.
I added to my pantry and cellar.
The planting and the additions to the freezer...
How was your week? How did you save money and build up your home?
I am thinking of September 11th today and what that day was like.
It kind of changed the world. I remember that day like it was yesterday
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xxx