On the weekend Mum and I headed down to see the girls. This makes a day trip where we head off at 9am and get back here about 5. Mum then still has to travel further back to her house. We also do our shopping on the way home in our regional town which we love!
I had made up chocolate cakes on Friday ready to take.
The girls are finding that further south it is a lot colder. Even in February they have needed scarves and warm things in the evenings. Mum made Scarlett a knitted vest and both girls warm hats.
It was a glorious day. We are planning to do the same next week.
This week we finally got to a job that has been waiting. We cleaned out the entire chicken yard, took away all kinds of junk the last people left laying around. We put in new nesting boxes and hay. It looks so nice now. I have always been confident that this yard and shed were fox proof. But when we moved so much stuff I found a place a fox could have got it. It was just tin shed sitting on sandy soil with a gap between the two. A fox could easily dig under that!! We are amazingly lucky. We collected heavy rocks and filled up this space with those then filled it in with dirt. I am pretty sure it is fox proof now. Talk about lucky!
Last week I showed that I was given four boxes of little candles. I started finding ways to use them as gifts. I made up several of these "Blackout boxes" for some birthdays coming up...
We started picking the apples. Dad thinks they are Pink Lady variety.
They are really good apples! Every day I will pick a bucketful. I am sure these were ripe as they basically fall off the tree if you knock them. However many are still green so those I will leave longer.
I also picked a lot of tomatoes and I pulled out some that are finished and just looking messy.
We planted two lemon trees!! This takes our fruit trees up to 6 now!
Some of my white sheets were looking less than white due to rain water with gum leaves in it! I did a strip wash soak and they came up new again. This is probably old news to many of you but it is the hottest tub of water you can get, 1/4 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup borax, 1/2 good laundry powder. Agitate it all a few times and leave soaking over night or a good few hours until water is cold. Then rinse and wash as normal. It worked a treat. I put a few stained kitchen towels in with it and they came out spotless!
We now have an endless supply of venison. This is a game changer to the grocery list and expenses.
I finished up my lavender sachets. In the end I wrapped them each in a cellophane bag with lavender essential oil inside. This was a craft from Fee's Little Craft Studio. I love them!
And in spare moments I worked on my Sweetpea rug...
I am loving this. I live to get to the next colour change!
So that was my week! It was very nice! Today is a lovely day. Dad already called in for a cup of tea. He is always up and off to work early. I am going to get some washing on the line and some more apples picked.
I hope you had a good week too. How did you build up your home, get ahead, save or add to your pantry? It is so wonderful to find new ways to do things, learn new skills, take advantage of new possibilities! Make hay while the sun shines, that is what I say! xxx