We started the week back in the city. We had the house ready for inspections and then I had time with the girls and we did things like the grocery shop to ring back to the farm and I got my first flowering garden plants to begin the garden beds. This was so much fun and I had made no really plans about colour scheme but I chose my first ten plants. The colour scheme chose itself!
I thought everything looked glorious and even after travelling three hours home I had it all planted by evening! Ok I am keen! Then it rained so this was a wonderful start.
Sunday we knew was going to be a busy day. My nephew James said he would bring the tractor over to remove more dead trees and pull out the stumps in the ground. He said he would arrive about 8 am. I could hear the tractor coming along the road in the distance, chug chug chug. Then I heard it alter course to come down our drive way. I ran out to the gate to greet him! I took photos as he drove up the driveway! I was so excited! I knew from experience with James that this day would mean an enormous amount would be achieved.
I was not wrong!
He proceeded to get rid of the famous bee tree and others that were way too close to the house for safety or comfort. Then he made a pile in a neighbouring paddock which will end up a bon fire next Autumn.
He pulled out enormous tree stumps then filled them with nice dirt for my garden.
This is how the whole day went except I called "lunch!!" and put out ham and salad rolls and drinks and we all sat on the deck and had a break.
It was a fantastic day. This work made us much safer in fire season. Provided wood to chop up for winter and our whole yard look much better.
We continued to have bon fires. One of them was the biggest ever! Again we have reduced rubbish and made our place much safer in summer. Due to this we still have not once sat in a lounge chair, watched tv or spend evenings inside.
It has been raining but the next week is now meant to be clear. So while we still can we have a fir like this every night. Soon fire season will be declared and burning will be out. Our opportunity to clean up will be over until autumn. So we keep going.
Inside I worked on my linen cupboard. It is a beautiful big space. I made it smell lovely. Baskets make it look really tidy!
I made progress on my emergency and medical cabinets as well.
I just started to get ahead with meals and started a list on the fridge. I want to be at least thirty meals ahead so if we cannot go to town or shop then we have a month of meals easily to fall back on. The pantry is well stocked. This is building up the freezer.
In the lounge room on both sides of the fireplace there are cupboards and shelves. They had yuk counter tops on them which were not too glorious.
I took action! Chloe saw them and was full of praise saying they now look amazing. She was confused how I did it. Contact. Good old stick on Contact. I have to say it looks convincingly like marble.
To achieve this I watched online tutorials. Past experience of covering school books with this stuff involved almost ripping out my own eyelashes and eye brows and did not go smoothly. lol So now I know how to do it and it is easy!
I used a nest (with fake eggs) some deer antlers and gum nuts to decorate them. A friend saved me this fallen nest. It came down with a tree yet is prefect. I just love it.
Out at the front of the property is a mail box. It is a typical rusty tin. Inside it has a canvas mail bag and this is where mail comes. I added my little touch with a wren on each side.
He kind of fits in with the rustic theme.
Out the front the side of the road is lined with bright yellow. It is a kind of low wattle I think. It is everywhere! Plus Wattle lines the driveway so everything is yellow! It is lovely.
On Tuesday Chloe came and picked me up. We went over to the farm to have lunch with Mum. It is so nice to be neighbours! While I was there I dug up little bits of ground covers from the garden. Mostly they are either white or purple flowering which will suit my garden. I need lots of ground covers. Because the ground was so wet it was really easy.
This is the little collection I came home with...
By evening I had them all planted then it rained all night! The next morning they all looked perky so they are off to a good start and filled in a lot of gaps. You can now see the beginnings of garden beds! Since our house is white the colour in the garden will really stand out!
I planted pumpkins and zucchini. The area I picked out for fruit tress and veggies has a rabbit proof fence. It is so perfect! Each night I dug a row over towards a veggie patch. The pumpkin and zucchini are looking good. The rain has helped a lot. I have planted more as seeds. Next week I hope to add actual rows of corn, sliver beet, tomatoes and beans. I need to keep digging....
We saw Black Cockatoos right next to the house and there are white ones continuously out the front. I think the only thing is they might like my veggie garden so I could need a scare crow or something...
I have one established fruit tree. It is a fig and look! It is covered in babies!!!
There are several mystery trees that I am sure are old fruit trees. We are watching them. They may not fruit but we will see and I am hopeful!
We noticed a little nest down quite low in a tree. I grabbed the ladder and up I went!
The bird had used blue twine to edge her nest. It had four babies. I took so many photos!
You know how I love bartering. Already farm life has led to lots of bartering! We have allowed some guys to cut wood to sell. In exchange they have helped us with areas we need cleaned up.
In fact the wood they are cutting helps us clean up the area and they cleared for us a messy spot. This was the next bonfire.
They are also cutting us some wood for our own woodpile. So it is just a win win. This has helped heaps get even more work done.
My little city car cannot even make it over to Mum and Dads. I would literally have to be reduced if I even attempted it. So I am selling that and buying Chloe's car. Now she is getting married Luke has a giant four wheel drive. So hers is no longer really needed. So this is my new car...
I have only driven it twice so far but I really like it. Now I can head off to Mum and Dads anytime.
The first thing I did was put scissors and gloves in there plus a basket for collecting flowers. Next I will add the first aid kit, wool blankets, water and other emergency stuff. In fact I better make a note to do that next week.
Now we are back in the city! Today is a big day... we are picking up Chloe's wedding dress! Already the car if full of new plants to take back tomorrow!
So that was my week! I was pretty exciting and exhausting but in a good way!
How did you feather your nest this week, get ahead, save, build up your pantry?
I hope you had a good week. Every bit helps. Goals are achieved one step at a time and each step makes a difference! Be encouraged that your work is important.
And now before I head off...
She wrote me this week....
"My ETSY shop is finally opened! I have wanted this for years but never would have started crafting again if not for your encouragement and the other Bluebirds. Thank you very much for helping me with my dreams."
This is so wonderful.
This is the link to the shop to see what Kelsey has made...
Kelsey has offered a coupon for us for the next week until September 28. It is BLUEBIRDS10 for a 10% discount.
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