So where to even start!?
First of all can you believe it's NOVEMBER. We are so close to Christmas and the end of the year. What a whirlwind.
Mum is out of hospital. She had eight days there which is quite a while by todays standards. Now she is home. She could do with some prayers as she has a lot of pain. Antibiotics fixed her infection but a bulging disk doesn't get better fast and her leg pain is really endless. Mum is also used to being super active and this has really hit her hard.
Next bit of news... our house sale was due to settle at the end of the month. Yesterday we had a call that the buyers would love to bring it forward to next Friday! We just said yes... but this means a lot to do with paperwork, having the house ready to hand over in one week. Really there is not much left to bring here... I just like to leave things sparkling!
This is also very exciting. Things we have been dreaming of doing... like a ride on mower, fire season sprinklers etc we can do!!!
I have been thinking what a big year this has been. Soon I will talk about the year from a preparedness point of view. The things we can do now will really add to this area as well.
Every week we have a day or two in the city to see the girls, upkeep the garden and keep things tidy.
Before I left I made a couple of very healthy banana cakes full of left over homemade yoghurt, double the bananas the recipe said and the last of the eggs I have been using up.
One was for the Lucy and the girls and one for us.
On the way to the city Lucy called saying Harper was suddenly really ill and they think she might have pneumonia. I felt sick. It turned out to be bronchitis and an ear infection. Thankfully once they worked this out she recovered so quickly... and even ate a heap of cake!
I picked lots of roses from my old garden, thinking they would be wasted. I have some on my bedside table and some drying for cake and coconut ice decorations.
We achieved clean gutters! Seriously the gutters had not been done in years. We also did the smaller houses near us and the big shed. This all was like compost some of it rich and black. I thought ok I will use this on the veggie patch!
If this is a nice sight to you then you are obviously a gardener! 😊
The roses we planted just a few weeks ago are flowering!! They look so nice and make such a difference to the strip they are planted in. Even my Dad said how they are perfect for that spot.
Two things I need to add in... I had a wonderful parcel from Sue. A beautiful country cookbook that is so good and a book of slow cooker recipes. I am loving these thank you Sue.
And Jacqui... Jacqui has made quilts for both Harper and Scarlett. They are treasured by Lucy and will be kept forever. Chloe found a parcel in her post box down the track at the front gate! It was a wedding quilt!
This is a totally inadequate picture but all I have just now... it is the soft colours that Chloe loves and includes vintage feed sacks. I had to explain to Chloe how floral vintage feed sacks came to be. I nearly cried explaining it.... It has extensive hand embroidery and is just amazing. We are both so touched by such a gift.
Jacqui your kindness and generosity are beautiful. Thank you.
During the week we had a visitor in the driveway.
I took a video of him walking along. It is on instagram and FB. The girls thought he was hilarious when I showed this to them. I think it is the way they walk like the kind of wobble side to side.
The birds are getting much tamer. I am starting to get some photos now.... hopefully soon I can take many. Each week they are less wary of us.
This trip to the city, with the house now sold, we could collect our furniture! You don't know how excited I am about this. All this time we had a bed and a plastic table and two plastic chairs! To sell the house and have it look nice I left all my best things, vases, flowers, plant, linen, furniture...
So we hired a truck and loaded up! We only got back Thursday and unloaded. So since then I have been putting things in place and having a lovely time.
It all looks so nice! I have plants and flowers, my dining table and chairs... yay!
I also have my fridge/freezer!!! Now I can do so much! Before we turned it off to shift I only had four items left in there. Two packets of sausages and two packets of pastry. They went into the eski with the cold groceries.
When I got home they had started to thaw. So today guess what I made? Twenty one sausage rolls!
Chloe and Luke are extremely busy with shearing. Overtired I would say. So I took them a dozen and added a slab of chocolate brownies. Luke (despite all this) came and helped unload the truck. I wanted to make him something.
(Cooked sausage rolls, some about to go into the oven, finished brownies...)
Whenever I use ready made pastry there are always odds and ends left over. This time I made a jam tart.
I used some strawberry jam I made in summer. So nothing was wasted!
It is so nice to realise how much we did this week! And next week is shaping up to be very busy. This all will help us so much though. I worried I would have to look after two gardens, three hours apart, for a summer. It would have been so hard. In a week I will be able to concentrate on one house and one garden. We will have the house funds early as well. I think this is all the result of so much prayer as it is truly amazing to have it all so soon. We are so grateful.
How did you build up your home this week? There are so many aspects to feathering your nest. An extra meal in the freezer, something to add to the pantry, something you made that saved you money, getting things done! It all adds up. It is amazing!
With Christmas coming we still have plenty of time. I get ready for lots of baking in December. The Christmas cakes are already made and wrapped. I am glad I started making and collecting gifts in January! I saw I have plenty of wrapping paper that I got on a huge sale after last Christmas and it is gorgeous! I have a lot of ribbons saved so I am ok there too.
With things settling down I am hoping to do a Show and Tell so we can share gift ideas, baking and packaging ideas with still enough time to do some of them! So get your photos ready!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx