First of all Mum is in hospital. She was suffering a really painful leg and nothing relieved the pain then went downhill in other ways. So Sunday night she went to hospital. She has a lung infection so was straight on to a drip of antibiotics and a buying disk in her back which is causing the leg pain. She is doing much better, still in hospital. Yesterday though she was knitting again. You know to worry when Mum stops knitting so this was a good sign!
The good thing... WE SOLD THE HOUSE! It is official and now we are waiting on settlement. This is so wonderful. We have a list of things to do... new rainwater tanks, a ride on mower, fire preparedness and other things that really need doing.
Also... we can come and pick up our furniture! All my nice things were still in the house to make it look beautiful for inspections. My vases and flowers, plants, most furniture and outdoor things too.
At the farmhouse we have had a bed and a plastic camping table and two plastic chairs! That is about it! Hence very few photos of inside! I will be very excited to get my things and set up rooms!
Some of the ways we built up our home and got ahead this week included:
Chloe and I went to a farm open day. They grow all kinds of flowers and veggies for sale. On this day they sell preserves, fresh veggies, seedlings and set out tables and chairs and serve tea and cakes. It was gorgeous! We toured around their veggie garden. This was just the rhubarb patch...
I was so inspired. Chloe said it make her gardening feel inadequate! haha!
I came home with many ideas, a big bunch of rhubarb (for Dad) basil seedlings and four tomato plants. It was so much fun! There is so much to learn and these are opportunities to see how other people do things. They demonstrated many alternative incomes they have going too.
In the kitchen I cooked up a giant batch of spaghetti and meat sauce. This made many meals. The left over meat sauce I thickened with gravy and made two dozen meat pies.
With left over pastry I used some frozen plums (from last summer) and made plum pies. They were really good! I gave half of all this to Chloe and Luke and froze some.
Last week my sister in law gave me three dozen eggs. So I got busy and used up quite a few.
I made Mum GF scones. I always add an egg to these as it helps them rise. Then I made GF pancakes.
She did eat two cakes before she ended up in hospital. We froze the rest.
Then I made six Christmas cakes. Making them now is ideal as they get better and better with a few weeks to age. These used 20 eggs!
I will wrap some up as Christmas presents. Usually I tie a gold bow or something with a tag. Some will go into the pantry for when I just need to feed people. Andy being one of those people as this is his favourite cake.
Chloe recycled all her wedding flowers. She made me a huge arrangement of wild and dried flowers with some fake ones added. No one would ever figure out which is which.
Soon I will have a hall table to put them on! I love them. They will always remind me of the wedding too.
Luke let us use his ride on mower to bring the wider yard under control. Aside of actual lawn around the house we have a big area to keep neat under the gum trees.
Soon we will have our own mower! 😊
In the garden I have so many things coming up! Giant sunflowers from Jane, beans from Sewingcreaions...
It is less than six weeks since we moved and there was no garden at all. Just weeds! Now we are almost ready to start harvesting the first things like lettuce leaves...
I am getting a bit nervous about rabbits, birds, sheep.... now things are looking tasty someone is going to be bound to try and break in. But so far so good.
Every time I go to the farm (Mum and Dad's) I get the ladder out and climb up to see how the babies are doing. These are Grey Shrike Thrush. The parents are practically tame. They are really big now!
Before heading to the city I made the girls some cakes...
I made a dozen but only four got the fancy treatment!
It was only yesterday that we found out the house is sold as the buyers finance was approved.
This is still sinking in. We will come back next week and hire a truck to move our things. I will also have my fridge/freezer. There are so many things I am excited to set up!
I have been reading and reading a blog called Frugal Measures. Now you all know I follow A Working Pantry and do Patsy's Classes. There are so many wonderful blogs and websites. I feel like I need a lot of good "food" to think on. Well I am adding Frugal Measures to my list of those. With not having TV I am finding things better and reading more things that are useful and inspiring.
How did you build up your home, save, get ahead or add to your pantry and preparedness this week?
What are your goals in these areas before 2018 is finished? It gets so busy as we get closer to Christmas! I did go through my present cupboard and I have about three quarters of my gifts! So now I have a list of things I need to get and need ideas for a couple of people.
Today we head back to the farmhouse. I can take my houseplants, flowers and vases! So excited!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx