Sunday, May 31, 2020

The last of the autumn sunshine

The sun was shining today and it wasn’t too windy so I decided I’d tackle the roses 
They bite so I always have to work myself up 
So I turned this 

Into this 
Also weeded as we went along 
It definitely needs a new layer of mulch 


Meanwhile hubby weeded the veggie gardens. 
The first garden is going fantastic and I’ve been harvesting greens for our dinner now for over a week 


The second planting. The plantings of leek have disappeared 
I think birds scratching for bugs either ate them or just dig them out and they died. 
I might try again if the seedlings are much bigger. 
There was such a rush on veggie seedling they were selling them very small 


The first batch of the broccoli is ready for harvesting 


The cabbage is coming along soon will be ready 


The camellias are all still alive and doing well 
There is even new growth so that’s a good sign 


A bowl of mixed greens 
There’s is the broccoli, kale, silverbeet and some beetroot leaves 
I’ll blanch them and make them into a kind of warm salad 


So that was our day today 
It all took longer than it used too and I even had hubby to help me 
But I guess I just need to admit defeat and listen to my body and do it as I can 

Hope your all safe and well 
See ya xxx


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today for lunch

Got up early today 
Would of been lovely to head off to the pool but still 
Not able too 
So decided to start the process of making the dough for the boys lunch 
Got the rising happening in front of the fire 


Then made the focaccia filled with cheese and salami 


Now being enjoyed in front of the wood fire outside 


The boys really enjoyed it. 
I’m the best boss ever! 

See ya xxx


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Experiment baking

I’ve started back on my ketosis diet. 
Not really a diet. Just the way I will eat. 
I went off it while in iso because it was just easier, or so I thought 

I started to gain weight 
And I have a nagging feeling I have more pain and inflammation when I eat carbs 
Not a scientific explanation but just how my body reacts 

I know since I started to eat this way again the swelling in my hands has subsided 
And the weight is slowly moving down again 

But I really missed bread 
So I found a recipe for keto bread and today I made some 

It looks like bread and sounds like it when tapped to see if it’s cooked 
And it slices nicely as well. 
The eggs I used were from a local egg farm and a few of them were double yolks 
So it smells eggy but it didn’t taste like eggs so that’s ok 

I didn’t have almond flour. Just almond meal so I used that 
And I didn’t have the Xanthan gum
But it has stayed together well 

I sliced it still warm and had it with butter. Yummmmm
It freezes well so I’ll freeze some and keep some in the fridge for me to eat over the next few days 


Here is the recipe I used. 
I got it from the net 
If you give it a try.  Post it and let us all know how it turned out 


The sun is shining today although it’s been wet and cold 
The craft room is progressing 
I’ll post about that in the next day or two 
Hope your all well and safe 
See ya xxx


Friday, May 15, 2020

The week that was

Happy Friday everyone. 
What a week we have had 
I’ve been and got my results of my scans I have a bulging disc, fractures in the spinal bones and nerve damage
And they have been there for a while 
I knew this already but it’s nice the doctors now know 
So a care plan in now in place and we will do what we can to bring my pain levels down 

It will all get much better once pools open and I can swim daily again 

Mean while
Hubby had an accident and has broken some ribs 
So we are both hobbling around like two old cripples right now
Feeling very sore and sorry for ourselves 
But as always we will survive it’s going to be a hard few weeks I guess 

On other news fronts 
My roof is going on my craft room as I type  
Hopefully it will get done before the next lot of rain 


Still working on those baby blankets for charity number six is almost finished 
Pink diamonds I really like this pattern. Not hard at all and I can listen to my audiobooks 
While I crochet 


Just finished book one of the Belgariad and about to start book two. 
Love these books and can read or listen to them read time and time again 


Today I made more soup and a rosemary focaccia to go with it 
The rosemary is from my garden. I love when I can use ingredients 
That are home grown always taste better I think 



That’s the latest news from the nest 
The weekend looks promising. The rains have stopped for now 
We won’t be doing anything strenuous just resting and recovering 
But you never know what the days will bring 
Enjoy your weekend
Stay safe and well 
See ya x


Saturday, May 9, 2020

Current news

Currently we have the bones of a new craft room 
It’s getting exciting now. We can see it taking shape 
There have been some modifications which will reveal themselves as we continue the build 


The underlay is dry. 
The really soaked stuff was taken out 
It will be replaced and carpet laid properly when the carpet man comes to do the craft room 
But for now it’s fine and I can use this room again 
Which is great as it’s cold and wet again this weekend 


Not being able to swim or have my therapeutic massages for a few months now my back is
The worst it’s ever been. 
I’ve had to resort to using a Cain as my legs give was while walking and I fall 
If I have to use a cane I think I nice bright pink one is the go. 



Hubby has been very busy at work all week
And as I’ve been totally useless all week the new plants haven’t been planted yet. 
So this morning hubby is taking charge and planting in the rain 
He says it’s actually pleasant and it’s making the digging easier 
I feel bad. But I just can’t help it. 




I think they are going to look stunning once they all grow and flower 
It will really brighten the yard 
Notice the swing set. I got it from a friend. She was getting rid of it as her grandchildren 
Have outgrown it. 
So now my grandkids will be able to use it 
It has a slide too. But we will keep in storage  for now. As it’s pretty high
Give them a couple of years to grow a little more before bringing it out 

So that’s been my week
I’ve not done much. Even crocheting has been slow as I can’t sit for long without pain 
So I’ve just been walking slowly annoying the boys both working on the room and working at the shed lol 
Hopefully I’ll be back to my normal soon 
Stay safe and well
See ya xxx



Monday, May 4, 2020

My weekend

It was a lovely weekend of rain, wind and bitter cold here at the empty nest
So I finished off four baby blankets 
All the white is gone now except for half a ball. 
Starting on the pink sparkly yarn now 


Decided to walk to a friends house for an iso coffee and got hubby to pick me up 
Not a bad walk. 
I was hoping it would help ease the back. 
Didn’t, but at least I had burnt off some calories 


A couple of the locals I met along the way 




Yesterday bought ten Camilla plants. 
Will plant them along the fence in the back yard  


How did your iso weekend go 
Stay safe and well 
See ya xxx


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

There’s always a spanner

The weather here has turned very wet again 
And up until now when the back concrete floor was put it in was in a room 

But now that room is gone and a new room is waiting to come into the world 
But there’s always a spanner in the works 

The floor outside is a tad higher than the one inside and it’s very flat. 
Great for a floor but water pooling outside has seeped inhere and 
Under our almost new carpet 

As you can see. The carpet I chose has a plastic backing. So that if there are any accidents the liquids don’t run into the underlay 
And then you get that constant seeping of Stains 

Well it worked in the reverse 
The underlay is saturated but the carpet is mainly fine. Just a little wet right at the edge 

So the carpet has been pulled up and the wet underlay has bee taken out 
Our carpet layer was rung and he will come and replace the underlay and relay the carpet 


We have put sandbags outside and my nephew has silicone the inside. 
So now hopefully that will keep the rain out 
What a palava. So today’s actual progress on the room was hampered not only by the weather. But by the added work that had to be done 
Hope your all faring better under isolation 
Stay well and safe 
See ya xxx