Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I'm going to be selling beds and mattresses for a large chain. I have retail experience but have never sold a bed. Suppose it won't be too difficult once I now all my product knowledge. Product knowledge is swimming around in my head right now as I had my first shift yesterday.
Now that I won't be working such long hours I will try and write more often.
I have been doing some baking, and our garden is looking fantastic.
The chookies are all laying, and we get 5 to 7 eggs per day. We are both enjoying our googs, they are sooooo nice.
Have a great day.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
This is one of my favourite flowers, I love it because it just pops up every year. No need to re plant it. The chooks also love to eat the lovely green leaves.
The broadbeans are flowering but not much else. There doesn't seem to be any little beans yet just lots of flowers.
This is the 3rd year I have had my blueberry bush. this year it is full of lovely little flowers, if all the flowers on my bush turn to berries I will be haveing a blueberry feast. I think it loves the drink of tea I give it every morning.
On the other side of our fruit salad tree we have a branch of apricots. this is the first year it has flowered so hopefully we will get fruit.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
Steve and I have started to get ready for the spring, it's not too far away you know. We have started to prepare the garden beds at the allotment (Steve's parents house), we are making the gardens a bit smaller and higher this year so the are easier to reach across when weeding and planting etc. We are also going to add a couple of extra beds to compensate for the lost space.
We have been doing a bit of work over the last 3 weeks pruning trees and just general garden maintenance.
Our winter plantings haven't been too successful, we have a bit of broccoli but that is all, I don't know if that is the wet or the cold winter we have had. The snow peas have finally started to flower so they should start to fruit soon.
In the greenhouse we have peas, rocket, coriander, spinach, lettuce, marigolds and assylums. We have signed up with www.ezyvegies.com.au for $20.00 per year they will give you help with what to grow and when to get the most benefit from the garden. As they are based in Sutherland which isn't far from us I thought I would give them a go.
Our Chookies are going really well, the little girls are now 16 weeks old, they certainly love their food and we put them in the back garden to clean out the wandering dew, which they did with great delight. They are five wonderful little personalities all different. They are scared of Rosie, who is at the top of the pecking order, from watching them I have noticed they even have a little pecking order starting among themselves. One of the black hens I have called Harriet as she is a great escape artist. If you need to know if something can be escaped from the just put Harriet in there and you will find out very quickly.
Have a great day...
Monday, July 05, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I found this photo of Riley while downloading Picasa and having it sort all my photos into one place. Isn't she a cutie. Riley was just over 2 years old in this photo and she is now 6 years. It's so amazing what you find when looking through old photos even digital ones.
We got five new chookies last Saturday the 19th of June. They have been living with us for one week now and they are so cute. We have 3 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Australopes. I can't tell them all apart so I haven't given them names yet. waiting for them to get bigger so I can work out their individual personalities. One of the australopes has a red chest and is quite a character already, we are thinking we might call her Houdini.
I'm going to try and upload a photo I'm having a bit of trouble with blogger and the uploading of photos, but I will give it a try.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Have a good shortest day of the year.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Here is a crochet project that I'm working on.
When it is finished it will hopefully be a string bag. I'm making it out of 8ply Bendigo Wool Mill cotton, I love this cotton, I make all my dish cloths out of it. Now I don't crochet very well, but I hoping I will get better with a little practice.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Found a video on you tube on how to make stock in it. can you believe chicken stock in 30 minutes, how much electricity is that going to save. I usually cook chicken stock for 4 hours on the stove. I can't wait to try out more recipes. I think the pressure cooker is going to become a good friend in the kitchen.
Monday, May 31, 2010
I have been very slack keeping my blog updated in the last 2 months. Winter starts tomorrow so I will try to turn over a new leaf. I just have to try and get better time management skills, I don't manage my time too well and I'm a bit of a procrastinator. For example I had so many plans for Saturday, and I didn't do any of them.
I had a dietician appointment on Saturday, I put on 300g. My goal for this month is to loose 4 kilos, June is a lot quieter than May, I should be able to do it, I need to start walking again that would help, If it isn't raining in the morning we can walk Revesby Heights when we deliver the junk mail. That should help with the weight loss. I haven't been able to take the kids for a walk either in the last month.
That's all for now, back soon.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
I'm too young to have been married for this long. I am married to a wonderful man and I wouldn't trade him for the world.
We went to the Royal Easter Show today as a special treat, It was great, we had a lovely time, it was busy but not too busy. If I have time I will post some photos tomorrow.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I'm going to rave for a few minutes to get something off my chest...
I just want to let you all know that it is a good idea to do a Greenslip Quote online with NRMA and not just Renew your policy. My Greenslip was due for renewal today 8th March, I had a look at it on Saturday and noticed it was $300.00 more than last year. I got straight on to the Greenslip calculators and it came back with the cheapest quote as the NRMA for us (we are gold members), as $436.05 my policy renewal was $678.00.
I got straight on the telephone to them to be told that I didn't have any other insurance on the car in question. When I told the very rude person on the end of the phone I did have insurance just not with NRMA, the policy came done $200.00, to $487.00. I was told online quotes aren't always correct (when you do them in comparison websites) and as soon as you fill in your info the premium will increase.
Went to pay the policy tonight and thought I would do the online Quote again but this time in the NRMA website, I got the same amount $436.05, so I decided to ring again, to find out about the $50.00 odd difference, to be told again that Online quotes can change once you fill in all the info and was given even more run around... Whilst on hold for the fourth time I decided to see what would happen If I continued and filled in all my details, guess what, it went all the way to payment and was still only charging me $436.05, I ended up telling the person on the end of the phone, who kept trying to make me out as the fool, that I would just let the overpriced policy lapse and purchase a new policy, for $51.00 less
I wouldn't have stayed with NRMA but for us they have the cheapest green slips around. So don't just pay the policy...
Do some surfing and save yourselves some money.
Sorry It's so long winded but I had to tell the whole story so you got the full picture.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Bye for now.
Monday, February 22, 2010
The three new hens weren't in real good condition when we got them, but now 3 weeks later they have bright red cones and are giving me three eggs per day. Not bad for old chooks.
They aren't very friendly, but they are getting better. Time will tell.
Steve Planted a garden full of root veges yesterday. Carrots (purple ones), parsnips, turnips, and we already have beetroots in. There are Broccoli, Cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts in seedling trays. we will plant them out his weekend. I ordered purple cauliflower seeds from http://www.thelostseed.com.au They sell Heirloom seeds. I like to keep old varieties going.
I just finished reading "Animal Vegetable Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. It was fantastic. The story of one family eating only local food for one year. This included food from their own garden, farmers markets and he local area. I was also about only eating food that was in season. Not only fruit and vegeables but meat as well. I would highly reccommend it. I got it from my local library.
I have also given myself the challenge of not buying magazines. I have a 2 year subscription to "Super Food Ideas", and I buy "People's Friend" every week, but that is it, no other magazines are allowed. So far so good, When I was at the library the other week, I noticed they had all the mags there to read and you couldn't borrow them till the next month, so that is what I'm going to do to get my fix.
I hope everyone is well,
Saturday, January 23, 2010
You Go Troy...
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Below is my very spoilt cat Kirby. In the next two photos he has made himself comfortable right in the middle of a scrapbooking class. My Wednesday night ladies just love him and don't mind him making himself at home on top of their work.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Here are some of the Chillies I have been harvesting from my plants, I turned these into 6 jars of my Nana's Chilli Relish. This Chilli Relish is very popular in my family. There are only a few of us that make it.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Sitting on the back patio again enjoying the morning, yesterday I went and spent the birthday money I was given. I really needed a new hat with a wide rim and some new sunglasses. I bought both. I had been admiring a hat at Flower Power so I went and bought it. It was $30.00 but they were having a sale so I only paid $26.95 a small saving that went towards my sunglasses. I went to my favourite chemist shop and bought 2 pairs of sunglasses for $25.00, not that I loose sunnies but I am always putting them in strange places and not able to find them when I need them.
My good sunglasses have got too big for my face since I have lost weight and I can't bend down with them on without loosing them. This is frustrating when you're gardening.
My friend Christine gave me a nice blouse which I'm looking forward to wearing. It is white with crocheting on the front.
Oh well I had better head off to work again...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This morning I harvested some of the first tomatoes of my tomato bushes. They look beautiful, they just have to ripen a tiny bit more to be perfect. To date we have harvested 35 long chillies and I have turned them into so far 5 jars of chilli relish. I willdo another three jars when I come home from work this afternoon. The girls and Kirby are certainly enjoying the cooler weather.
It is a lovely cool 20 degrees c sitting out here that is why I don't want to get organised to go to work.
Well have a good day all.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Back to caring for the children on Monday. Have missed them a little bit. Aidan, Riley and Kelly will be here for the night tomorrow, it will be great to catchup with them.
Made a batch of Chilli Relish this afternoon from my own chillies. The last batch I made a couple of weeks ago I didn't put enough vinegar in it so it is really thick and didn't darken up enough.
I left a few seeds in this batch to give it a bit of bite.
Managed to pick up a box of mushrooms for $2.99. I have cooked these up and they will be yummy on toast for brekky over the next few days. Mushrooms are so filling.
This might help me get back on the weight loss track after the chrissy break. How come it's so hard to stay on a diet over christmas.
Last weekend we spent time in the garden preparing bed so that they can have a rest before we plant them up for winter. We also planted some more corn, the last lotdidn't do too good, Our soil doesn't seem to be holding the moisture so we have treated it with Wettasoil, and see if this helps. When you stick your finger in the soil after watering the soil in only moist for the first millimetre, then it is bone dry.
We have two of the biggest pumpkins that have set on our vine, just hope they can go the distance. The vines are certainly big. We have a Jap that has come up at home, and it is taking over the garden like some alien octopus. I hope we get some fruit on this vine.