This is our fruit season and I had worried about this year as most of the trees that have provided us fruit belonging to neighbours and had all been cut down. I prayed that I will still end up with fruit but I did not expect such big results! And I still have more coming!
First of all I had the plums that I shared on Monday from my Aunt. Most days I have been making something with those.
So far I have made lots of jam and it is just beautiful.
I made crumble and stewed up big pots for stewed fruit. I have frozen containers of these which I will use for the rest of summer. Chloe will be here over the weekend and she will take some home and I am making my use it up fruit cakes tomorrow to take care of some more!
On the way home from my Aunts I went to a fruit shop and they had big bags of cherries out on an amazing special. I love cherries so much and it is nothing for them to be $20 a kilo ($10 a pound) so I bought a five kilo bag! (I got them for $4 a kilo) So then I had a car load of plums and huge bag of cherries!
These were so good and we lived on them for days. I stewed up most of them which is exactly like tinned black cherries.
The syrup is beautiful and the colour gorgeous!
Lucky I have Mum's freezer space which is about full after all of this!
On Tuesday I headed off to see Hilde and do my further afield grocery shopping. These days have been paying off so much. And Tuesday was another success! I found a new fruit and veg shop to try. A lady told me about it on Facebook! Well, this was a fantastic tip! I ended up with half cases of strawberries for $4. I have never seen prices like this. These prices were about one tenth local prices.
I couldn't believe it! I also got apricots for the same price.
This store will be on my regular circuit from now on!
Other savings that day were hair colour for 33c a box as opposed to the normal $20 each. I got 12 just to put away and keep me going for ages. This alone was a saving of $236.
Also shampoo, conditioner, volume spray all for equally tiny prices.
I had afternoon tea with Hilde who gave me lemons and for my Birthday she gave me a vintage tea set which is just gorgeous! It has little pink roses on a lemon background. I just love it!
The lady I met on Facebook who had told me about the fruit and veggie store.... this was a funny one. We both belong to a household organisation group. She had posted that she was wondering where to donate lots of old linens. I saw this and wrote to her and told her my daughter is having a country wedding and we are collecting vintage linens for projects we are making for this. I sent her photos of how it is going to look. I thought this was a wild long shot! Also that she probably lived too far away. She wrote back and said she had just what we needed and it turned out she lived fifteen minutes from Hilde's! I couldn't believe it!
So my next stop was her place on the way home. I made a friend! She has a beautiful home with a huge pantry! She grows veggies and herbs. She sews! She was just lovely! And the linen! There was lace, embroidery and everything we need.
On top of this she gave me a stunning Shabby Chic style mirror! And olives she had picked herself.
This was all too good to be true and once again I didn't get murdered meeting someone I met on a Facebook page! haha.
Chloe is coming up tomorrow. I can't wait for her to see all of these supplies for her wedding projects! Then the sewing will begin!
Back home I have had my work cut out. The apricots needed using first. I stayed up late Tuesday night and made most into jam. It is a beautiful colour.
There are so many uses for jam all year. Also a collection of jams is a lovely gift. I thought I would never get to bed that night. There I was making jam and I had a car load of unpacking to do which just had to wait!
Next I needed to work on the strawberries. We ate some fresh for a few days and then I cooked up a huge amount.
The smell of them cooking was just beautiful. So now I also have strawberry jam.
The tree in the lane kept producing ripe nectarines and I picked about 13 kilos this week. Luckily these will last a few more days before I need to use them.
I packaged up dried roses and petals for a swap. They look so nice in their box ready to go!
Each day we picked cherry tomatoes. I am using these up fresh in salads most days.
My parsley is going to seed everywhere. I started to pick the seed heads to package it up to include in the next swap party.
I need to count my total number of jars of jam and containers of stewed fruit... then I can finish adding up my Vicky Challenge. It will be a good week!
Andy worked on a couple of projects towards his part of the Vicky Challenge but they will get included when they are finished, next week I think.
I am taking part in a book study with Patsy. We are reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The first chapter is "Make Hay while the Sun Shines" so I finally found out where that came from. I guess that is what I have been doing this week!
On Wednesday it was my Birthday. We went to the beach in the evening. It was so beautiful. The water looked like a mirror and I snapped this photo before we left...
My sewing challenge is going ok but I missed two days due to fruit! I will share what I have been making next week.
I hope you had a good week! How did you save, get ahead and feather your nest?
How are you going with your goals and challenges?
How are you making hay while the sun shines? Some of us are in heat and some of us are in freezing conditions! We have to just go by the season we are in!
Have a wonderful weekend. I am baking and working on the fruit I still have... and this is before the peaches in the lane are ready. I never knew of this tree or the nectarine tree until I started my nightly walks. To my amazement it appears no one picks any of it. So now my nightly walk includes carrying a big basket! xxx