I am so glad to be sitting here looking over my week. It was a really good week and this helps me appreciate it.
Starting from where I left off last week... I finished up using the last nectarines. I used up the last nectarines several times as I kept getting a few more. I froze a lot of stewed fruit and we ate this for breakfasts and deserts. In hot weather cold fruit is so good.
I started picking peaches from the lane way tree. I am still amazed no one else so far appears to be picking them. The tree is covered. Like the plum tree I can pick baskets and so far I have made no impression at all.
I have filled a basket as full as I can carry each night.
After the first night I have taken a step ladder with me too. So there I go walking down the street with a basket and a ladder. When I say night this is around 8 pm as it is still daylight then and this is a bit cooler as it has been really hot so evenings is when you do watering, anything in the garden, outdoor work!
It seems with a ladder and a basket I can carry 8 to 10 kilos home. (about 17lbs) and this has been every night. On Wednesday night I got two loads as Mum was going home to the farm so I picked a basketful for Dad and a basketful for Chloe. We packed them into flat boxes for the journey back to the farm.
We had Mum's and Lucy's Birthdays two days apart. I had afternoon tea here.
I cheated on the cake as it was so hot I didn't bake. But it was a success. The little girls had a beautiful time as well as the actual birthday girls!
Harper had her own mini china cup plate and saucer and sat on a large cushion.
She pretty much got stuck into everything and drank cups of water tea. 😊
We had singing and candles twice for entertainment value!
Everyone took home cake. Very happy!
Some savings during the week included:
Cartons of cream for 31 cents!
Two lamb roasts half price.
Two trays of lamb chops half price.
Two containers of ricotta cheese for 80c
I froze most of this so it was a wonderful stock up!
I used my Flyby points to get a free large ham and pay for some general groceries. I added lots of things to my pantry like tinned pineapple, beetroot and tomato. I had $40 to spend but it went further buying specials.
We picked cherry tomatoes every day.
I had some beautiful mail! Jane sent me homegrown and dried herbs including her chilli (which comes with a warning) I am so happy as I love building up my spice cabinet.
Julie sent me the sweetest gift tags and pretty papers!
Jacqui posted a parcel of embroidered linens towards out wedding projects...
Oh my goodness thank you Jacqui! Chloe was so excited!
Yesterday I was driving past the Quince trees I keep an eye on. They are in a park. Also they are visible to thousands of people daily. This time I stopped and went to inspect properly. Many were on the ground and many were pecked by birds. It was now or never. So I got my trusty big basket out of the car and picked the good ones.
As well as so much traffic past it there is a seat under it and a car park next to it. So why does no one pick them?
To top this off when I got home I checked the current price of Quinces. I nearly fell over. They are currently $2.40 EACH.
And my favourite thing to make with them is Quince Paste and this comes in tiny little tubs for around $5.
I always look up the prices for my Vicky Challenge! So I had $200 worth of Quinces it turns out. Heavens knows what they are worth once turned into Quince paste! Yet no one picks them!
I am needing to deal with the Peaches first and happily Quinces will wait a while.
My sewing has had to go on the back burner for a little bit or else I will lose fruit. But with the long weekend hopefully I will get back on track.
To top it all off I had a road side find!
I have always wanted the old sewing machine drawers as they are perfect in shape and size for storing bars of soap (and other things) and look so pretty. I got five and they are ornate and carved along the sides as well. I am amazed. And also this old utensil holder... which also would be beautiful with a plant sitting inside. I did the worlds fastest u turn getting to this lot! haha!
My weekend will be one of making peach pies, crumbles, cobblers etc. and eating them fresh! I am making quiches from my cream and eggs to eat with big salads.
How did you build up your nest, save or get ahead this week?
Take a break to see how far you have come and all the things to be grateful for.
I hope you have a lovely weekend! xxx