On Saturday I visited the girls and took some Easter cooking and treats. The lamb came with me in the car! I had bottles prepared and off we went. The girls loved him! Before we left I noticed the lamb had a dirty side where he had sat in you know what. So I made up a bucket of water and thought what do you wash a sheep with? Then I thought "I know, wool wash!" It worked a treat and he smelled lovely. It was only a patch wash not like a whole bath...
I had made more quiches and took two dozen and honey gingerbread cookies for the girls. My biscuits didn't look very glamorous but they liked them and they were demolished!
This all caught me up with the eggs and I also gave Lucy a dozen. Then when I got home I went and collected more eggs! haha!
I search Lucy's veggie garden for thistles and also brought home some chard and spinach for the chooks. They just go crazy over this!
Mum and I are heading down to see the girls today so I go with a big IKEA blue bag to fill with chicken greens and my garden gloves and scissors.
The rest of Easter long weekend was spent with everyone working on pulling down an old (and dangerous) shed at Chloe and Luke's. It was a big job. Luke had the tractor there and when he had time he drove it over here and went up behind the sheep yards and dug out big tractor scoops of sheep manure and drove them down to the house. He dumped several scoops in the fruit tree yard... this will be for new fruit trees and my pumpkin patch! Then near the veggie and flower gardens and finally some for Andy to spread on the lawn as fertiliser. I can't quite guess how many wheel barrow loads one tractor scoop is but a fair few. This was so fantastic! We joked that his Easter gift to me was a pile poo but I said this is the best gift you could ever give me! Now I can plant pumpkins, trees, build up my veggie and flower gardens and more!
This week we had some rain on and off. Not enough but something. We are really desperate for rain.
I made up a batch of Miracle Cleaner as I was completely out. I love this for the way it smells and that it is natural and kills germs. The spray bottle once had Aldi cleaner in it and I saved it and soaked off the label.
So many containers are actually quite nice to recycle for make-your-own things. The foaming soap dispensers are easy to refill too.
I visited Mum. I came home with a big basket of Bay Leaves.
There is some Rosemary tucked in there too... this was for a lamb roast that Mum gave us. She also gave us some beef. It was fantastic as they are big bits and will make many meals! Also it was lucky... Mum asked if I had room in the freezer. Because of the new (yet old!) freezer from Adelaide I now had plenty of room so I could say yes!
The old freezer, having been in a shed for years, was a bit scruffy. Despite a good clean the top had marks. I covered the top with marble contact paper and it looks amazing and matches my kitchen bench tops! Appliances that are scruffy or marked can be painted, have a chalkboard front, be covered in contact... seriously they can look fantastic. I once painted an old fridge pink and had roses all over it. I loved that fridge!
It is Andy's Birthday coming up. His favourite cake is fruit cake so I made one for him and two extra. They store for a long time and I love to have cake on hand for visitors. A fruit cake is a good gift too.
Sure enough Dad turned up so I opened the little cake and sliced it so he could have some.
I made a tray of gluten free scones and froze them to go with soups etc.
The lamb (who is now called Scooter) is 12 days old. He has done so well and skips and plays and follows me everywhere. Then suddenly early in the week I thought he wasn't so energetic. Then in the evening he couldn't even stand up! I thought it was curtains. I reviewed everything and found maybe I was diluting his formula powder a bit too much so I strengthened it. The amount I was giving was right.... anyway within two days he was back to normal and now he races ahead of me to feed the chooks as he knows where to go! He also likes to come in to see the chooks. They are less keen!
I was given four beautiful plants for the garden for Easter. These were the best gifts! I planted them all right away.
I have been working on my crochet blanket and a fairy garden and cupboard.
Near the kitchen I have this little door that Harper was fascinated with. Once it was a laundry shoot then some genius put a water heater there. So it was a door to no where... and not pretty!
I have been working on it to make a fairy cupboard. This is so far...
The little Blue Wrens are my favourite part!
Yesterday I made little cakes to take with me today for the girls...
And also a chocolate cake for Chloe and Luke and one for us.
So it was a great week and we went ahead in leaps and bounds especially in the garden department. I am saving for fruit trees. Normally they go in during winter. So we can dig and prepare the spots for them now and make protective surrounds. Soon this yard will be the lambs yard too for a while.
I think one of the Bantams is going broody so soon I can do my swap with Allie and hatch chickens!
And Harper and Scarlett's dog is due to have puppies THIS WEEKEND!
In what ways did you get a chance to get ahead, build up your pantry and supplies, save and feather your nest? I hope it was a good week for you too! xxx