I had a very good week. Luke and Chloe came over on the weekend for dinner. It was a beautiful evening and not hot at all. In the city I found an old chandelier that did not work and got it to hang outside over our table. My ultimate dream would be if a bird builds a nest in it... except for the mess underneath I guess! Anyway I really like it.
I made potato salad, rice salad and a bowl of tomatoes from the garden with fresh basil (also from garden) and I baked a ham. For desert I made chocolate cup cakes.
This all gave us loads of left overs. I love salads that keep a couple of days! So the next two nights we lived on beautiful ham and salads.
All week Andy worked on a sprinkler system over our roof in case of a bushfire. He is going as fast as he can before the next lot of real heat. This week has been really reasonable. This morning there is a beautiful cool breeze blowing through the house, it is lovely!
I made a batch of yoghurt.
I am really happy with this, finally I sat and altered some tops that I love but are too big. Each one probably only took ten minutes. I altered six. There was one that I decided no amount of altering would fix so I donated that one. But I got six "new" tops to wear and it's wonderful!
I had a trip into town. There was one op shop open so I went in and found beautiful bone china cups and saucers for $2 a piece. I also got some brooches which I am planning on using in a craft project...
I also got a cone of Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton in pink for $2!!
Every day I picked tomatoes.
Yesterday I made some into a batch of Tomato Relish. It turned out so well! It is delicious!!
I finished up some more sets of hand towels....
I did two in the white. Glenda game me sparky white cotton! It is so pretty.
I did two in the blue.
Then some wash cloths. I am making little flowers for the corners and flowers with a sparkly centre.
My Bay Leaves from Mum's garden were dry so I sat and bagged them up into cellophane bags. I stamped a heap of little calico bags to put them into.
These will be little gifts to go into hampers, kitchen themed gifts and they are small and light so could go into the mail. They added a lot to my gift cupboard. I also replenished my own jar as I always use Bay Leaves in stock, soups etc.
Our the back we have a courtyard area. This is the last area I need to do something with and plant. So I started on that and planted some creepers to cover the fence and some flowers along the edges. It is looking much better already. This has been on my list to do for a while.
I made a cheesecake in the slow cooker. I used the crumbs from failed gf biscuits to make the base.
Yesterday at Mum and Dad's Chloe heard a noise and went to investigate.
This Cockatoo had crashed into a window! He was stunned but he recovered and was ok.
I am happy with the week! It was a bit of this and that!
How did you build up your home, get ahead, add to your pantry or save this week?
It is a beautiful day here. Tomorrow is Scarlett's birthday so we are heading south to the farm down there and Mum is coming with us.
I feel happy with my week and January! Now on to a new month! This is our last month of summer. Bring on Autumn!
Jenny is a Bluebird that is in trouble right now. She and her husband bought their own home for the first time before Christmas. Many of you follow her for her beautiful embroideries. Her town Townsville has been declared an emergency/disaster. She has flood water in her yard up to her doorstep and they have sandbags. But the water is still rising. Please pray. xxx