First of all on Friday we got our puppy! Dad said to get a dog. I was thinking this. Rosanne confirmed it. And there were farm puppies. Lucy's family adopted a dog that wasn't very wanted or loved when Harper fell in love (and I mean LOVE) with this dog a farm worker had. Their love become so obvious in the end the worker said "take the dog!" and so they had an instant dog. I was very cautious. You do not trust an unknown dog with children. However it turned out that Kelly was the most patient loving dog ever. She became a family member in a day.
When the girls wake from a sleep they say "where is Kelly?" and Kelly turned out to be the most excellent working dog and helps Kato during the day. She is the hardest worker ever.
However one day I asked if they realised Kelly was pregnant? No apparently they did not. I told the girls "You are getting puppies!!" and they were dancing around saying "yippee yippee" while Mum and Dad looked shocked. I predicted the puppies would be born on Andy's birthday. and they were born the evening before!! It was pretty exciting!
And NINE puppies were born! So one dog turned into TEN! (sorry to everyone who already knows this story!)
You can see how much Harper loves this dog and it loves her back. Scarlett loves her too!
From the litter we chose a girl and one that was less mad keen on chasing sheep.
We chose this little one and named her Scout.
Well, she has been so good and we just love her!! We are in a little routine now and she is happy and we are happy!
Meanwhile the older lambs are almost ready to wean. The middle lambs including Jellybean are doing well. And Blossom, the baby is going along well too. I managed to get a photo of them all sun baking after being fed with smug and happy looks on their faces. Blossom at the end is the funniest of them all! haha!
Some of the ways we build up our home, preparedness and pantry and saved money included:
Dad had given us a leg of venison. I roasted one half and it was beautiful. I am now slicing it for many meals.
I made a few dozen man sized pasties. These fed everyone plus gave me many freezer meals. They are rustic but taste good!
A couple of days later I realised oops I have a whole packet of puff pastry left over in the fridge. I was inspired by Mel S and Wendy to made trays of pinwheels with cheese, bacon and tomato paste. Again they fed everyone!
I was sewing lots of custom made door snakes for Lucy's house. She has beautiful old fashioned french doors but they leak a lot of air. And it is really cold. So I made eight to fit just right.
Then I went on and made four wheat heat packs for the girls... same reason... it is really cold down at their farm!
Speaking of cold, we had several severe frosts. We have some garden damage from this. But we are learning this is our first winter here after all.
I picked more broccoli from our garden to go with our meals.
We planted three more fruit trees. With all the trees we planted we still needed an apricot and an orange. I added another lemon. They are all in with tree guards around them. Now we have an orchard of twenty fruit trees! I am so thrilled about this as it was a major goal.
I was able to give eggs as a gift of help.
I made a big batch of pumpkin soup for us and also as a gift of help.
So that about sums up my week. Of course a normal week involves all the usual cooking, cleaning, washing, family Birthdays, shopping and so on. It is so much! People say "oh what do you do with yourself?" as if surely I must lay in bed all day dying of boredom. This is why it is good to review your days and week. We have a good answer full of industry and productivity! I have a fair idea of how much I saved. I keep track of things we added to the pantry, freezer... how we are tracking at being more self sufficient and more prepared. We are making hay while the sun shines!
How did you build up your home this week? I hope it was full of opportunity for you! xxx