First of all we had Mum's birthday. We had afternoon tea at the farm and I made Mum a gf date and honey loaf as a little present.
Then on Tuesday it was Lucy's birthday and the day that she and her family moved to their own farmhouse. Now this was a big move and a five hour drive with the girls and her husband in another vehicle. And it was hot. This also felt like a significant day. All of our family is now on the farm. The city is really no longer part of our lives.
We had a trailer loaded up and Mum arrived here to come with us and meet them all as they arrived. We set off with everything for their dinner and the goal of helping and making things pretty well set up by evening i.e. beds all made ready to get into etc.
By a fluke we arrived at the farm about two minutes ahead of Lucy and the girls and I held the gate open as they drove through. Harper was saying "Nan Nan Bel!" then "Nan Nan Pat!" and Scarlet was pointing at all the cows running around lol
It was really good as the girls were all happy and there was no anxiety about such a big move.
I also had arrived with Harpers requested cake just as she said... chocolate cake with hundreds and thousands. Even in my beaten up old cake tin so it was rustic to say the least. But not to her. To her it was beautiful!
This is the thing with kids. They love that you MADE IT for THEM.
I also took little gf cakes as part of our picnic but we didn't stop to eat them the day just was go go go.
When we left we felt it had been a good day and Mum and I felt it was mission accomplished. We had a long drive home but it was a happy drive.
Next we had a really hot day. Now we were not as badly off as some like Tania who had 49C.
It was 45 here and it was windy. When I woke up and felt the air and the wind it was the first time I felt nervous to live here. We have done all we could in a short time to prepare for fires but oh how I wish we had another year or so to do it as there is still much to do.
Anyway it was a long day and I watered the garden five times. I had old net curtains draped over things, even chairs sat over some plants!
We kept sprinklers on all day for the birds and one in the chook house. In the evening all kinds of birds came to sit under the sprinklers. Some we had never seen before. We had Butcher Birds sitting on our railing dripping wet from the water yet looking like they might die panting and looking stressed. I felt about the same.
Today it is much milder. Not cool but much better!
So aside from all of that some of the ways I saved and built up our home included:
I added Bush Basil and Eggplant seedlings to the garden. And kept them alive despite the heat amazingly!
I spent a while tying up tomato plants and tidying the garden generally.
I picked loads of cherry tomatoes. I gave some to Chloe and some to Lucy plus basil for salads. Also I roasted a whole tray with some thyme.
I cut Andy's hair.
Mum gave us something for our emergency supplies... it was a tow kit i.e. when someones vehicle is stuck you can get them out!
A few things were completed for my present cupboard. Most of my crafts I just put over on The Tuesday Afternoon Club. With hot weather I get more crochet and crafts done as I just have to be inside more.
I finished a pari or hand towels with a crochet edging.
I made bubble bath and and used lots of my dried rosebuds and blissful essential oils in milky bath bags.
Some of these were for myself and some for gifts.
I have a table covered in Bay Leaves I am packing up now that they are dried nicely.
I was very honoured to be asked to be involved in a new Facebook group. I feel it is a wonderful and important project so I said yes. I want to say that since participating in A Working Pantry Classroom group and the classes Patsy conducted I have loved these groups. A place to chat and learn and distance is no problem. Like here I guess! You might only know three people in real life with the same interests and passions. But in a group you soon have a dozen such friends.
The group is The Women of Proverbs31 and Rosanne has felt called to step out and begin teaching and encouraging and establish this at this time. So I am very excited about this! If you would like to join we would love to have you!
So that was my week! Today we are kind of catching up as it is milder weather and I feel a bit exhausted.
How did you build up your nest this week? Did you save, add to your pantry, get ahead in some way?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx