Where to start? First of all last Friday I headed off to a town north of us to catch up with a friend, Wendy, who I had not seen in many years. It was so wonderful to see her. We have so much in common and she was in town as she works regularly in the local craft store/co op. It was so much fun! Wendy arrived with beautiful big jars for me and I took her eggs. She is a wonderful cook. I found great bargains in the shop too. Wendy pointed me in the direction of a bottle she thought I might like for bubble bath. She was right!
I got the little dog as the girls love dogs and I thought he could be a cake topper. (Was $1.)
Also these lovely fine English china little bowls.... $2 each.
With the farm dogs growing up I made some dog beds. These are thick memory foam. We had a mattress topper neither of us could stand to sleep on even though it was thick and soft. It seemed like such a waste. I had the idea to set it to good use and cut the whole thing up with a giant sharp knife. For covers I decided to ask Mum if she had old pillowcases. So I cut them to size. So we have a stack of retro print dog beds haha!
My stash went more than half way to the ceiling. The boys were pleased!
The puppies are amazing now. This is them only getting nine in a photo was beyond me...
So.... meanwhile I had the calf feeding after many trials. She is one moody calf. Sometimes she drinks. Sometimes not. I was very worried at first. I literally spent HOURS trying to get her to feed. I learned the mother cow licks the calf all over to wake them up and get them to feed. Not being prepared to lick her all over haha I rubbed her all over and talked to her, tried different teats etc. FINALLY she drank! She drinks when she wants and if she doesn't want you can't do anything to change her mind. If she wants a drink she stands next to the gate and bellows.
This morning I was having a dream and there was a calf bellowing as part of the dream. Something said that the bellowing just didn't fit into the storyline... then I woke up fast as it was Laffie wanting breakfast! I go down to feed her in my dressing gown.
Now she likes her head rubbed and is generally a big baby.
Just now Laffie is waiting at the gate...
During the week I made pizza bases and pizzas, Dad's favourite cake and then I cooked to help the girls. I made three pasta bakes with meat and tomato sauce (kind of like lasagne but with spiral noodles) and cup cakes.
So it was busy busy busy AND THEN Luke turned up with newborn TWIN lambs that just just been born, orphaned and rained on. They were a mess and so tiny.
I grabbed old towels and rubbed them dry and we sat them in front of the warm fire.
Things started to get interesting at this point. The next day I had to go into town and the lambs were on a four hourly schedule. So they came with me in the back of the car in a basket.
I found some bargains at the grocery store and stopped into the op shop. I found maybe the best bargains of my life. There is a pure wool luxury range and a local factory. They sell wool underlays and quilts etc. There were items with "seconds" marked on them and I believe they had come straight from the factory and were brand new. I could find no faults with them so the reason they were seconds must have been so minor. I got a woollen underlay in Queen size and a King sized Quilt for $5 each. They are just divine. I just could not believe it. When I got home I looked up the prices. Now I knew they would have been very expensive. The Underlay was $699 and the Quilt was $589. I paid $10 all up. I am beyond thrilled. I also got a quilt for a gift for someone which I gave immediately and was so appreciated. What a day!
For some reason I decided it would be a good week to start The Swap Party in The Tuesday Afternoon Club. This is so much fun. If you are already a member you can join in the swap. This will keep us busy for the next week.
Yesterday we headed down to see the girls. I stopped to check out a little op shop. Oh my goodness it was my day again! I picked up a heap of the most beautiful childrens clothes. I am just washing them up now. First I showed Lucy to gauge her reaction. There were Ralph Lauren little overalls, smocked and exquisite little dresses, cardigans.... Lucy just was in love with them all.
This little dress including the little shirt was $4 and the Ralf Lauren overalls were $3. 😍
I also got a bag of various big needles like darning needles, hook needles and needles to sew thing like canvas etc for 50c the whole lot.
We set Laffie up a little house lined with hay and she is snug.
We had the gift of help. Dad sent over a worker with a chainsaw and he helped us with some trees we could not manage ourselves. It was an incredible day. He cut and we carted and loaded the firewood. What was achieved in that day is mind blowing. I am in awe. Now we have many big bonfires to have but it helped us so much! Things look neater, there is no tree leaning on the chicken house now, the driveway is clear, things are much better for next fire season and some trees that were a hazard are gone. What a blessing this day was. I had a bath that night soaking in Epsom Salts and then a hot pack on my legs!
I came home with spinach for the chickens and that is my next job, to go feed the chickens.
I am very behind with many things. How anyone manages twins I don't know as twin lambs, a bigger lamb and a calf are a handful and the kitchen is full of bottles with different formulas! If I have not replied to your comment from last Friday I am really sorry.
If you would please pray for Mum we think she has kidney stones, we are waiting on test results and she is in pain.
What a week! I hope it was a good week for you. How did you build up your home, pantry, savings... how did you get ahead and get things done? I always say little things add up! They certainly do.
Have a wonderful weekend!xxx