This morning we just have rain and that is good. The garden and farm can soap up a lot of rain!
By contrast there was a fire near the farm during the week. It was a worry at first but it was soon brought under control. However the next morning this was Chloe's view...
It is out now. And raining as well just to be sure.
Some of the ways I built up the nest this week include:
I cleaned out my fabric cupboard. I made ham bags for the fridge. Several old sheets that the material was not so good in I used to cover my Hydrangeas in the scorching sun. Some soft fabric I made swiffer covers and dusters. Then I made a pile of fabrics suitable for some projects plus a few things to mend. I will get to these on hot days.
I made pizzas for dinner, one to give away and for the fishing day picnic.
I made a big chocolate cake for lunches and the fishing picnic.
I did my grocery shop at Aldi.
We had a big potato salad and I picked parsley from the garden to sprinkle over the top.
My sister in law gave me about two buckets of figs. They are huge!
The first night I filled some with cream cheese and wrapped them in Prosciutto...
They go into the oven to bake and come out all caramelised and beautiful. I served with rocket and balsamic vinegar. They were so good. Tonight I am making fig pizzas with cream cheese. Tomorrow the ones left I will make fig and almond jam.
I also got some peaches. They are not quite ready. After this rain I think next week I will have loads of peaches to pick.
I hope so! I have big plans. We will use a lot fresh and I will give the girls heaps. Then I will make crumble (crisp) and stew some. I like to poach them whole as well. I check the tree daily to assess the situation! Once the birds get into them very much it is time to pick them fast.
We have been picking strawberries. These are in my herb stack a the back door.
Ive been making bath soak and the bath bags from muslin. Also rose petal face and body scrub. This has been so much fun but I will save for Wednesday!
Andy caught Blue Swimmer Crabs. He shared the haul with his son so they had 6 each. This was his dinner for two nights. He loves them!
Between the crabs and the figs I was able to save the meat I have bought and freeze it. I am now well ahead and with pizza tonight from the figs even further ahead.
I have to show you some cuteness. Mums friend comes to see her with her babies with her.
When I was little we had a baby Kangaroo that we bottle fed. It grew to over six feet tall!
Outside a window this week I noticed we have a nest! It is honeyeaters and I took the best photo I could but it is still a little fuzzy...
Yesterday they got out of the nest and sat on the branch. I look at them about 100 times a day! Poor Andy hears a running commentary of what the birds just did.
My Vicky Challenge:
After huge savings last week that were due to a lot of DIY and fix it ourselves projects I thought this week would be much lower.
Also I went into Lush and had a really good look. I counted way too low on the soaps I made. A medium soap in a slab in there is now $14. I was amazed by that but took photos to prove it!
Speaking of... I checked on the price of figs and they are currently $2 EACH here. They are sold in packets of two...
$4 for two figs. I thought no one will believe this so I snapped!
My sister in law gave me 68 lovely large ones. That's $136 in figs.
I made 32 bath melts/soaks. They are $9.95 each in Lush that is $318.40
10 tubs of rose petal scrub... theirs is $16.95 thats $169.95
The crabs were $44 retail.
The peaches $3.90 a kilo.
I made the lunches and the fishing day picnic $150.
Six pizzas for entertaining, lunches, fishing day... I will count $100.
The total I wrote in my book is $922.25
Now personally I think some of these prices are ridiculous but I write them in as theses are the real retail prices and we enjoyed all this for free or for not much!
I certainly saved on groceries this week.
Tonight we are having the fig and cream cheese pizzas and a salad.
I don't even have to buy yeast ever again as I have the sour dough.
It was really a lovely week! So many nice things happened! The rain has settled in now without the wind so this is good.
How did you build up your home, save or get ahead this week?
Little bits add up!
I hope you have great weekend! xxx