We have had lots of rain. Everything outside is done quickly between showers. I see a gap in the clouds and I run and feed the chooks. Another gap and I move the goat and this is how it goes...
Our state has had no new Corona Virus cases reported in a week. This is so good. I will find out today how the shops are...
I did some bartering this week. Increasing my bartering has been a gaol and we have a lot going on!
My niece came over and she cleaned the house gutters and cleaned the flue on our fireplace. This was just hours before the rain hit! I lit the fire and it is so cozy and lovely. I paid my niece in Lasagne and Chocolate cake and we had lunch together. This was wonderful. Lasagne is her "currency" and she had at least four dinners worth. While I was at it I made four. One made meals for us, one for Allie, one for Lucy's family and one for the freezer. I am all for extra meals ready to go in the freezer. This is one way to get ahead.
I started seeds in little pots and egg cartons. I have trays of seeds in my sunroom which is kind of a closed in porch. To my amazement the Broccoli came up in two days!
I also have Rainbow Chard and Spinach up. I never thought I was great at growing from seeds. I have usually purchased seedlings. But now I am determined to get good at this! And it is fun and going well. While it is cold outside now this room gets some warmth if the sun is out at all or if the tumble drier is on.
In the supermarket we were allowed to buy as much bread as we wanted and they had a heap out marketed down for 39c!!! I got 8 and left a whole load still for others.
Still working on apples... I made apple puree... both girls love it and so I keep two daughters in apple and I made three apple crumble (crisps) but I make them gluten free. They are yum and I froze some.
The weather is cool enough for soup and I made my first batch using pumpkins I picked last week. I roast a tray of pumpkin, an onion, an apple and some garlic. Then it goes into stock and is blended. This is Matt Preston's recipe, more or less. I make it really thick. Well, it is so good!
Before the rain I took this photo of Scout guarding everything (in comfort of course) and watching me at the same time. This was such a normal day photo complete with my soap hardening in the lounge room.
Another photo of normal life was this one taken yesterday. I was in Andy's ute. The gang are like "does anyone have any biscuits?"
The sheep put their feet on the kick board fully willing to get in the car and we say no no! haha!
Last week I showed I had made small soaps with the idea for them to go in little tins in our handbags. As I cut them out cookie cutter style I had left over soap in odd shapes. I put it into a pot of water and boiled it and blended. Then I added some germ busting essential oils.
I didn't add too much water at first and let it cool. It was a bit too thick so I added more water and blended again. Then I got a good thick nice consistency and filled my household pump soap packs. It is soo nice! It smells good, feels good and does a good job. I then filled any bottles I had ...
It is also pretty, lustrous and pearlescent which was a complete fluke.
With so much rain I was able to do more indoors and I sat near the fire and made cards. I made lots! Mostly I put crafts on The Tuesday Afternoon Club. Here is a sample... these are zero skill involved cards.... just an image from an old book slapped onto a card! However every time you do this you save around $8 to $10!
I also made up some laundry liquid. I love to make this and it smells beautiful. After the soap I am running low on bottles!
This recipe is for 10 litres. I love to get out my soap making pot. It has had a work out lately!
The recipe is here. This is an earlier post on beating costs like Nana did.
My seedlings sprouting has me planning. I have spaces to plant them and those areas are mulched. I am finding myself planning ahead more and have started building up the soil where the pumpkin patch was. First mulch then manure and whatever I can add to build it back up. Chook poo is next as there is plenty of that. I am on the watch out for things I might be able to use for raised garden beds and things to fill them. By Spring I hope to have expanded my spaces for herbs and veggies. The soil here is quite sandy. Now I look at everything and think of how I might use it to improve the garden. I had some garlic starting to shoot so this has been planted.
I hope you had a good week. How did you build up your home or get ahead in any way? How are things in your area and are you experiencing shortages or rationing? Have you seen any major price rises? I have a Pantries and Preparedness Post coming up on ways to manage some of these issues. Meanwhile my shopping today will be interesting, I have no idea what to expect!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx