Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sydney bound

Leaving the men folk in charge of the farm for the next two days while I gallivant around Sydney. I very much hope that it is raining here at home while I'm away and not raining in Sydney because I will be enjoying the city on foot. Hope and I are going to have a blast and Grace is going to play her violin. Win win.

As I will be away, I won't have internet connectivity. That's what happens when you don't own a mobile phone. So I will catch up with all of you, my lovely friends when I get home. Probably after I have had a bit of a rest.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Beating the heat

The predicted heat for today has arrived. My weather gauge is telling me it is 43.2 degC (109.76degF) on the veranda and I definitely won't argue with it. If I had a swimming pool, I'd probably be spending plenty of time in there keeping cool but as it happens, I do not. In an effort to keep cool and carry on, I've been up since before the sun  getting the outside chores completed. I'll do some more when the sun settles behind the hills later. The rest of the day has been mostly inside. It's the best way to beat the heat here.

I've also been sewing. A couple of lightweight shopping totes to send somewhere or other. I like a sewing and a lot of the time I like to make things that require thinking and measuring and careful cutting. Not today! Today it's the easy stitching kind that's best.

Card and letter writing  are absolutely perfect hot or cold weather pursuits. The post office is kept busy with the amount of mail that comes in and out of this house. In fact, if I have your address, expect a little card and note from me next month.

What I haven't done is bake. I need to bake something for the lunchboxes and for my trip on Tuesday. I'll do it when I have the oven on for tonight's dinner- pizzas. Why do I do these things? I should use the outdoor pizza oven but it is rendered useless in these high fire danger periods.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time Poor

Time poor. That's been my story of late. In all honesty though I don't think I've really been doing a lot. Well not anything that is of great interest at any rate. I'll have to try to change that. I know, I'll take a trip to Sydney next week and then come home to celebrate my son's 21st birthday. That should do the trick.

Quite surprisingly given my homebody tendencies, I am looking forward to the Sydney sojourn. I'll get to visit places I know from my life before the farm and have a look at the sites of the harbour. I'm also planning on doing a spot of shopping and eating out. I guess I'm looking forward to a break from my real life. It's nice sometimes.


Monday, November 17, 2014


As I no longer have to go into town on Mondays, it has become one of my favourite days of the week. It's my day that I feel I accomplish the most. The house gets a good going over, I organise my week and I have a bit of time to myself after I work.
Today I've been busy doing all of the usual chores. I did my exercising early because if I leave it to later, it just might not get done at all and I really NEED to exercise.


 I planted out my 'free' seeds that arrived from Diggers. They are free in that I didn't pay for them but I pay a yearly membership and the seeds are one of the perquisites.

The zucchini are absolutely relishing the hot weather. There are a few zucchini ready to pick and plenty of flowers coming on. I'm sure in a month or two I will be regretting planting so many but for now I'm happy.

 I'm also quite happy with this gladiolus. The corm came all the way from Sharon's garden when we swapped dahlias (Sharon sent me gladdies as well). Thanks Sharon. The dahlias she sent are coming along too but no sign of flowers just yet. I'm looking forward to the surprise as I have no idea what colour or type they all are.

Once I log off here, I will be busy putting together my Christmas swaps which go out this week. I have had a nice time sewing all sorts of Christmassy things but I do think I will take a break from stitching anything red for a while.

Before I forget, I have done a menu plan for this week. Here it is:

Menu Plan
Monday- curry
Tuesday-? takeaway/ toasted sandwiches (I'm taking a short trip tomorrow)
Wednesday- pie
Thursday- Stir fry
Friday- Pilaf
Saturday- Zucchini slice
Sunday- Pizzas


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Seeing Red

Lots of sewing but nothing to show and tell because it is all secret sewing. What did I do to see red? I measured twice, I cut once but I didn't think thrice. I cut the chevron pieces the wrong way and it just won't do. Aargh!

I've surprised myself using so much red. It is bold and bright and demands attention. If I was a colour, I would NOT be red.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Back to basics

I'm not sure if it is the heat, the time of the year or just a whim but I have been contemplating this and that of late. Random things and some not so random. What I do know is that I feel that I have a need to go 'back to basics' and tighten my belt both figuratively and literally (that might take a while), pay more attention to what needs doing and just do it and perhaps even spend less time online. Get my routing in order... again.
It is so easy to become caught up with online things where one page leads to another and so on. My online time needs to be quality time, interacting with friends and learning things, not just meandering wherever the next link takes me. Having said that, it is sometimes a meandering results in a nice piece of serendipity that leads to a new blog and a new friend.

With the incessant heat, I've been doing all of my outdoor chores in the cooler times of the day. That is in the mornings and evenings though last night it didn't seem to cool down at all and we were at 30degC at 9am this morning. That is more than warm enough for me. The sheets were dry in next to no time which is the silver lining to the cloud (or no clouds unfortunately).

Immi with Gidget playing on the rocks

Part of  thinking in a 'back to basics' kind of way means I am menu planning. My menu plan does not make for the slightest bit of interesting reading but I'll put it here anyway just in case someone wants to read it and in case I lose my piece of paper where it is written.
Menu Plan
Monday- curry
Tuesday- Steak with potato salad with chilli Caesar dressing (Annabel Langbein recipe)
Wednesday- Pasta bake
Thursday- Lamb and chickpea tagine
Friday- Stir fry
Saturday- Pumpkin and leek tart
Sunday- Chachouka (eggs baked in a capsicum and tomato stew)
More meat this week, I'm donating blood.
Today I've given the pantry a going over. It needed it. I have no idea why I bought a can of mango many moons ago. Maybe someone gave them to me, I don't recall but they were definitely out of date. However they came to be in the larder, they are gone now and the chooks enjoyed them very much. I hope they won't mind regular rations this evening after such a gourmet start to the day.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday Night with Friends

I'm quite happy with my effort for this Friday Night with Friends this month. It's always a good sign when you want to keep what you've made. I'll just have to make another. The only problem is I can't show or tell because it is swap sewing. It's that time of year where anything I make is either being sent away near or far or is going to be wrapped up and secreted away until birthday or Christmas.

I've been making sure I have everything sorted too with lists and such. I'm very good at writing lists.