First I will start with the most important thing! Chloe got engaged a week ago Sunday to farmer Luke!
Yes they got engaged in the paddock on the tractor. I guess you don't get any more down on the farm than that! He posted this picture and said that all in the rows of hay in the morning he found a ring and she said yes! They are both so excited it is a joy to see! We are excited, Mum and Dad are excited!
So there is a wedding next year!
Ok back to normal life...
I started wrapping Christmas presents. I am using up all my odd bits of wrap, ribbon, stickers etc! I always save ribbons. My tip is to run them through the hair straightener or curling iron and they look brand new again.
I made crustless cheesecake and peanut butter cookies.
Cookie sent me some glittery foam material. Some of it I used to make Harper a bath toy. I cut out flowers, stems and birds...
Thank you Cookie! She loved it!
At the moment many of the streets in Adelaide look like this:
They are Jacaranda trees. The footpaths and roads are also purple. As is your car if you park under them!
I pruned all my roses as they have finished the first flowering and they needed a tidy up. This will get me a second round of flowers soon.
On Wednesday I headed down to the farm. As always I went to the country op shops. I found Maggie Beer, Donna Hay, Marie Clare and Stephanie Alexander beautiful cook books. ($4 each) Also jars, a ballerina tutu for Harper, brand new baby singlets (undergarments) still in packaging which I will embroider.
At the farm we had an electrical storm and it started fires! The minute I got there the phone and CB radio was going crazy as a fire was going and everyone was rushing to get it out. The evening was spent watching lightening. Several fires did start but were brought under control and since it has rained thankfully. It isn't many years since a terrible fire came quite close to Mum and Dads house. This also was just before Christmas so it was scary!
Mum had two new lots of ducklings just hatched. I came home with eggs and lots of honey.
Mum also gave me some beautiful jars of moisturiser/skin care so I am stocked up for months!
I often post photos of the farm. I notice that decorations are natural things. This is on Dad's table of things he picks up in his travels...
They are from Red tailed Black Cockatoos in the north. We have the yellow tailed ones at the farm but not the red. They are really stunning! You cannot beat nature. Mum has deer antlers and birds nests, feathers and pine cones and things like these on tables and mantlepieces. Pinecones, gum nuts and antlers are lovely for Christmas as well. To me these are far more interesting than most things you can buy!
I am unpacking, catching up, putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping presents... I feel like I have stuff everywhere! But there is a lot to do!
With all this I am behind on emails and a lot of things! But I will catch up over the next week I hope!
How did you build up your home, save and get ahead for the week?
I hope you are having a lovely weekend. It is hard to believe we are in December! Summer. Christmas. An engagement! xxx