But now we are smoke free, fire free and some of the worst affected areas in the country have rain!
Rain is also forecast for here. I sure am hoping that is correct!
The first adventure of the week was Saturday. Shearing day. My sheep were "rounded up" by getting out the biscuits and they all came running. This was the first time any of them have been shorn. I took biscuits with me so after their hair cuts they would get a reward.
Blossom went first. She honestly didn't care. The shearer was kind of amazed by these docile sheep!
So her wool is lambs wool which I saved and it is so soft.
Paddy was waiting for his turn. (for anyone new Paddy is Chloe's pet Alpaca)
You hear that Alpaca's do not like being shorn and put up a giant fight and kick and so on. Not Paddy. He just relaxed and it was so funny. He looked like a big teddy bear. The shearer was really nice and talked him and Paddy talked back. Alpaca language is quiet little mmm mmm mmm noises.
Alpaca wool is so soft like a cloud. As it came off we found a neck! haha!
The transformation was amazing. Paddy was completely fine with it all.
I ended up with a lot of wool for my spinning and two beautiful brown/black fleeces also. As this came off the sheep it was like thick velvet.
The sheep are much more comfortable now as this is summer. They all had their biscuits and off they went back into the paddock. Paddy and Blossom went in the trailer home to Chloe and Luke's.
This all took a whole afternoon!
Other than this some of the ways I got ahead, built up my home and added to the pantry included:
I did some baking. First I made two high fruit cakes that my Dad and brother like.
I had bananas to use up so made two banana cakes.
Then I made up little sausage rolls for Harper to take to Kindy on Friday. And full sized ones to share with everyone else.
I made tomato relish as well and this went beautifully with the sausage rolls.
And Harper's favourite Peanut Butter biscuits.
We had beautiful peaches and have been living on them but I also made a peach crumble which is the most beautiful thing ever.
Lucy gave me a box of Lux Flakes. I love these. If you are not in Australia these are pure soap flakes.
On the way home from our trip to see the girls we stopped in town and I went very quickly into the op shop. I had so much luck! I found flannelette sheets with big pink roses and soft flannel pillowcases to line my joey pouch (that I am crocheting) plus a bag of sewing cottons, beautiful fabrics and so much more. Even a toy bunny for Scout. It was fantastic. I will show everything in The Tuesday Afternoon Club next week. It is so good to find supplies this way.
During the week Mignon came over with MORE JARS!
Dad came by with venison. Lots of fillet all packed beautifully.
One night we had toasted sandwiches for dinner and just used stuff up. I need to re introduce toastie night weekly.
The pumpkin patch is growing...
There are lots of little pumpkins forming...
I now have a little chicken coop for my little bantams. This is because I want them to have chicks.
I also get to talk to them while I water the garden.
Finally... I made up some Liqueurs. Here I have Coffee, Baileys and White Chocolate liqueur. Some of these are gifts. They are are delicious. I love my collection of bottles too!
So that was my week! I like to see my relish lined up and food in my freezer. The garden is coming on and I have new things coming up to fill any spaces I still had.
I hope you had a wonderful week. How did you get ahead, save, add to your preparedness? There are so many little things we can do and they all add up!
Over the weekend I am going to re launch the Vicky Challenge for 2020. So there will be a weekend post. This is a very motivating challenge and really works for me.
Now I am off to feed the chooks and collect the eggs. We are so lucky it is not hot, just nice. If all goes well I plan some sewing over the weekend! xxx