While it is fine and not raining we are having daily bonfires and wood cutting. This is cleaning up our surrounds and making next summer safer plus building our woodpile. It is beautiful being outside in the winter sun.
Some of the ways I saved, got ahead and made progress this week were:
I made a couple of tins of biscuits to take to the girls and keep at home. Luckily four and two year olds are easily impressed with my flowers! This is my Honey Gingerbread recipe and it is so delicious.
I used my gluten free sour dough starter to make some fruit bread for toasting. I do not find it rises as much as regular sour dough but it is delicious none the less. I slice and freeze it ready to go.
Mum gave me a giant chunk of roasting meat and I roasted it with heaps of vegetables. I plated up our roast meals plus two more and poured gravy over the top. I LOVE doing this as then you have a kind of homemade TV dinner to reheat. The left overs made several lunches and tonight they are a shepherds pie.
I had so much beautiful mail including cards and letters from the Swap Party. This was a photo I took earlier in the week. New supplies!
Our mail comes Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I fly down to the letter box for my mail. It is lovely! Thank you to everyone who took part in the swap and I hope you have been having glorious parcels arrive too!
In the garden I have a whole patch of broccoli ready to start picking!
I had op shop success with a set of flannelette sheets for $5 and a bag of cottons. Also some lovely floral fabric.
With animals now a part of farm life and the possibility of orphans arriving at any time I decided I needed to keep on hand everything I need. This seems to be like with sick children... everything happens on weekend and public holidays and in the middle of the night. So I need everything on hand. I set up a new pantry! Behind the door in the laundry I had a space. Andy put up these shelves for me. I rearranged my cupboards and had all these containers available to use for teats, formulas, medicines, bedding, bottles, funnels, leads, collars, you name it.
The wine rack part of the shelves is for feeding bottles. How handy is that!? This has already made life easier and I will continue to build up supplies as I can.
Setting this up causes a big re arrange and now my poor pantry is in better shape as many things I had in there came out to the laundry. This means I have more kitchen pantry space to stock up. It is so much better!
The lambs and calf are taking a fair bit of my time. But to see them out playing in the sunshine is so lovely.
This is the baby. She has been named Jellybean by a lovely young girl named Maggie who loves sheep. This lamb is a week old now but was so tiny! She still is tiny hence the warm coat!
During the day they all play together in the yard with the calf. At night they go in a warm bed in the shed.
Laffie has grown and bounds around like a manic and moo's very loudly when she decides it is breakfast or dinner.
She is really playful and funny. When cars come in the driveway she tries to race them up to the gate.
When I needed a rest this week I sat and made some gift tags and packaged them up.
So that was my week! I have been sleeping well as hauling branches and logs for fires is pretty good exercise. But each area we get cleaned up I am thrilled with. Over the next few weeks this will all be an enormous job.
How did you build up your home, add to your pantry, get ahead and feather your nest this week? I hope it was a good week for you. I hope opportunities came your way! We have been very blessed with all kinds of ways to get ahead. It is so exciting to see how week by week we have been able to make so much progress in setting up a true homestead and becoming more self reliant. Chipping away at things works! Today with the sun shining on it my vegetable garden looks so beautiful! This time last year that garden did not exist. This time last year we weren't even sure we were moving!
Take every opportunity and go for it! xxx