The biggest thing would be that we settled the sale of our house! And I completely finished unpacking the very last things that we brought home at the last minute. (And everything else as well.)
Also I came home with rosemary cuttings and I dug up little bits of violets to plant under my roses at the farm. So that is it for the old house!
I am heading to the city today just for one night. Chloe and I are going together! She is Christmas shopping. I will see the girls and do a grocery shop and have a few appointments. Anyway it is good fun just having girl time.
Some of the ways I feathered my nest this week included:
I made two impossible pies with several cartons of cream I got for 40c. Bargain! This made a dinner and most of the weeks lunches. For impossible pie I just add some gluten free flour. This saves needing pastry. So easy.
If I see cream on special I buy it and freeze it. Once I had Harper with me and she was pushing one of those little kids trolleys. There were cartons of cream for 8c! So I started putting them into her trolley since she likes to be in charge. After about ten she said "Nan Nan Bel I think that is enough cream..." haha
We had a big day with our ride on mower being delivered!
I have been watering the fruit trees. The fruit is growing! The mystery tree is an apple I think...
Whatever it is I hope the fruit is good as there are THOUSANDS of them.
We invested in bird netting. This was an adventure. It involved ladders, poles, cooperation and a lot of muttering... but we did it!
This is a pretty big tree... around four or five meters high! So you can imagine the fun of this. We decided this should be an olympic sport as it would be hilarious to watch!
Meanwhile we rescued a baby cockatoo one evening as it fell out of the nest. It was almost ready to fly. We interfered as Magpies we attacking it. The next day the parents came looking for it and we put it back on the lawn and they fed him. We watched all of this all day to see if he was going to be alright! On the third day finally he flew! Who needs TV?
Also we relocated our own bird into a big old cage that we found in the shed. We planned this but it was too heavy to move until Luke came and helped.
Luke always looks like he is having fun... because he is! But truly he is so helpful!
I did make him a chocolate thank you cake.
My niece is rising "good laying hens" in her ag class at school which is also a school fundraiser as they then sell them. I ordered five. Five of these are coming my way when they are old enough...
They are kind of strawberry blonde! They are at that awkward teenage stage...
I gave myself a hair trim.
I made up a bunch of essential oil gifts. Apart from moving house learning about essential oils would be the best thing I did this year. It is a life changer. Health wise it made a huge difference.
I made beauty serum for a friend. I use this and love it. In a small bottle I put Emu oil then I add a few drops of Lavender, Frankincense and Geranium. That's it! I copied this from a website where they charged $50 for it! It is lovely and deeply moisturising.
Then I made my copy of Clary Calm which I use coconut oil (the type that stays a liquid) in 10ml roller bottles. I get these from eBay. To this I add Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang and Geranium. Generally I do ten drops of essential oils to 10mls of oil. This is a bit flexible. This blend is divine and so relaxing. I basically wear this every day.
I made myself a hair treatment oil. I added Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Sage, and Ylang Ylang to Castor oil. When I do a treatment I use this on my scalp. I have a thing about having thick hair...
I made several that were already purchased blends i.e. On Guard, Console, Germ Fighter... just adding ten drops to my 10ml roller bottles and labelling these.
Then I made my ULTIMATE sleep blend. I made this up and now re make it often.
It is coconut oil and add several drops of each of Lavender, Vetiver, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Cedarwood.... It is divine! I think I am addicted to this! If I wake up in the night I rub it on my wrists and it is genuinely dreamy.
This all gave me several gifts. Some I used my little boxes Lynette gave me and some went into little purses. When you have all the oils on hand it makes it so easy to make beautiful gifts.
I have a Home Pharmacy section in my index, there are lots of posts on Essential oils in there. You can get very good priced excellent quality oils! And they go a very very long way aS they need to be strongly diluted.
Next year I hope to post much more about oils. Now I have some essential oil jewellery so I will cover that down the track.
A really good thing happened toward our preparedness. I contacted one of our neighbours who is on a property out the back of us. It is someone I used to know years ago! She knew my voice instantly and she sounded just the same too! We exchanged numbers and caught up. We came to an agreement to help each other out. If she is going to town and I need something she will get it. If I go to town I will ask her what she needs. She is caring for her elderly Mum. Also in the case of a fire we need to be in close communication. This is so good. She is so lovely and now I have a friend nearby!
My garden has grown so much! I have loads of baby tomatoes, the rhubarb is growing, the spinach and silver beet is almost worth picking. Ten weeks ago there was no garden at all!
I will do another wave of planting yet. I have Jane's seeds in pots. Once they are big enough I will find spots for them. I always find Basil doesn't do well until after Christmas so I will put in a lot more later.
If I go away for one or two days I can see things have grown when I get back. Things grow fast!
I strung up loads of outdoor solar family lights. I love them!
So that is pretty much my week. It is a beautiful day today, perfect Spring.
How did you build up your home, preparedness, pantry or savings this week?
Have a wonderful weekend!
I know I have at least one more Show and Tell to post yet as well! xxx