There have been signs of autumn though. First of all the Easter Lilies are out. They are everywhere!
It was a really good week! I did some baking. Mum and I were heading off to see the girls. I made chocolate cupcakes with hundreds and thousands, I used some apples in an apple cake and some little gluten free cakes.
To make the apple cake all I did is mix up a gluten free (you could use regular) cake mix, our half in the tin... sliced up two small apples and spread them across the batter. Then poured the rest over that and topped it with apple slices and baked it. It was delicious. I drizzled icing over it. Warm is would be a good desert. Mum did a similar one using pears over the bottom of the pan. Then when she turned it over the pears were the top. It was beautiful!
Harper isn't much of an eater. She sat and ate two and a half cupcakes! Scarlett picked out hers and scoffed that. Everyone loved the apple cake.
The pears are all ripening! Every morning another few are yellow rather than green. It is amazing to see as they were so rock hard I never believed they would ripen. And they are BEAUTIFUL. The nicest pears I have ever tasted. So we are eating pears daily.
We were given beautiful lamb for the freezer. I packed it up into meal portions.
Each day we picked tomatoes and herbs.
I mended a sheet as it was one of my good ones and I am not parting with it!
A beautiful packaged arrived from my Aunt. It was lovely. She had a friend travelling through a town nearby and he dropped off a parcel for Mum and one for me. It was like a care package tied up with string and a note on top. It contained beautiful bath towels and a wonderful cook book!
Also it made me think to take every opportunity when someone is travelling. Postage has become impossible for parcels now. We have to go back to the old way of sending things with someone, when people visit send them home with their Christmas or Birthday parcels rather than post them later (several of you have mentioned doing that) and saving good boxes to pack it all into!
One night I made pizzas and used up an enormous amount of cherry tomatoes. They were delicious!
Mum gave me some jars.
Chloe, Luke, Andy and me went out to dinner at a local winery. We sat outside and this was the evening sunset...
It was just beautiful and a fun evening.
We have Black Cockatoos and it is very difficult to get a photo but they are used to me driving along the driveway and I got an ok photo, it is the best I have so far anyhow.
They are huge and they are noisy but I love them!
Wednesday night my Dad rang. He asked me if I want to go apple picking. Obviously I said yes! It involved a 40 minute drive and instructions to turn right at the rocks and pine tree. I was to meet him there at 10 am.
Everything you do here involves packing. I loaded the car with baskets, a ladder and my long handled fruit picker. I packed tea, coffee, cake, gloves... and off I went.
The big and very old apple tree had the hugest apples I have ever seen. Dad said they were small due to a dry year! The tree was over the ruins of an old cottage.
Through that window you can see a tree. That is a big old Mulberry tree! It was too late for the mulberries but next year I will be there! I write in my diary when to visit various trees so I don't forget. So I have Mulberries, mid February, written in my notebook.
We had a cup of tea and a chat then got down to picking apples.
To demonstrate the size.... the small basket is my own apples which are a medium to smaller size. The big basket is Dad's apples...
After this I continued on to Mum and Dad's and gave Mum a whole basket of these as she will start cooking with them. Then I had the journey home!
When I had time to craft I worked on my blanket and I made a start on pot holders, for my gift cupboard and some for my kitchen...
And I made bookmarks...
And healing salve, sleep salve and germ fighter salve.
Mum gave me some wool wadding so I can work on more potholders. Inside the first ones I cut up some old blanketing that was damaged and it made good insulation.
So it was a wonderful week! I feel like I have lots of little adventures here!
Today and tomorrow are very hot. In between watering and looking after the chickens I will be inside quietly card making. I am so thankful that in bad weather I am never bored. I have all the apples to deal with, pears, crochet and the table covered in card making bits and pieces. I want to make enough to package up cards to give as gifts. The small bits and pieces will become gift tags.
How did you build up your home and pantry? I hope you found ways to save and get ahead.
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx